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Caffeine's Journal

Welcome to my journal. Here you will find more details about what I'm up to. You can use an RSS Reader to read it by adding this feed to it. You can find more personal journals like this in The Neon Kiosk.

2024-01-10 — Summertime

Happy New Year! The year started busy with a month-long trip to my family home in the middle of nowhere, with several mini-trips in between. I've been trying to rest as much as possible when I'm not working, and I miss making music a lot.

I'm casually revisiting jerdehl.c to see what can be improved. I had an old version of it that sounded better than the current one, and I'm working on integrating the improved fire crackling into it.

Besides that, there are many social visits, new tattoos to be done, and pool time. Summer is upon us!

2023-07-12 — Low energy, low key

It’s been a while since I wrote a journal post. I have been busy with my December Adventure, and my energy levels are not so good. It’s also too warm in Rio, and I decided against traveling.

I even took some time off from work to recharge. Hopefully, things will improve.

2023-11-14 — The good kind of busy

I finally finished the song I had been working on for so long. Now working on an acoustic version before releasing both as an EP. I've also been trying to finish the amazing book The Magus by John Fowles. I'm almost there, but I'm not sure I want it to end.

I've been also working on a solo dice game concept. It's in the early stages, but it shows promise. Let's see how it develops.

2023-11-06 — Overthrown

Since the last post, I focused on creating new music, code, and infrastructure. I created my own vault that works with Bitwarden and secured it with Tailscale. Then, I switched from LastPass. Next on the list is Authy.

I also joined the Micro Fiction Games Jam this year and have been playing my submission nonstop. I really enjoy it.

Here's the game in its full glory:

Roll 2d6 — the Crown's power.
The Riot starts with 0.
Roll 1d6, and add it to the Riot’s.
You can ignore the roll, losing 1 power; 
the Crown gets 1.
Keep rolling.
When the Riot's power is higher than the Crown, 
it becomes it.
Time to topple them.
Use the new Crown power as basis.

2023-10-04 — Back home

Just about to land in Rio after spending 8 days in Greece. This trip was much needed. Taking some time alone, even with business meetings in between, helps reset the mind from the daily routine.

Timezones create distance, allowing you to approach problems from a detached perspective. I wish I could maintain that clarity even in the midst of chaos.

Like most tourists in Greece, I fell in love with it. I avoided touristy activities and, as usual, sought out the less polished parts of the city. My brother always says I have a knack for finding the "Portland" side of any place.

I had fantastic food and coffee and received a warm welcome from people in the extreme metal scene. While buying luggage, I made a friend who is a guitarist, and I hope we can collaborate.

Athens is a diverse and vibrant city where you can find anything you want, as long as you're willing to pay the price or negotiate.

(This journal entry is a part of my upcoming report about my trip to Europe in late September 2023).

2023-09-20 — Better

Today was productive. I managed to organize many things for my trip next week and put some of my old music online — that had been on my list for a long time. I also managed to solve some pending company issues. In addition, I played around a bit with the source code of the editor that m15o released. I love it. I'm considering modifying my current setup to make it my daily driver.

Yesterday, my energy was still a bit low, but I managed to, in addition to working, get a haircut and shave. I ended up sleeping relatively early. I think that helped me a lot.

2023-09-18 — Gloomy

I'm still pretty gloomy today. I wanted to get immersed in a game or an excellent book, but I couldn't bring myself into it. Lots of meetings, an international trip in about a week, and an endless to-do list. Meh.

After picking up my child from school and stepping out of the house for a while, I feel energized. It's funny how that works.

2023-09-17 — Recap: Week 37, 2023

This week's been crazy professionally. I barely got anything done besides meetings, but there was a ton to sort out. Zero mana for several days. Yet, at the same time, I was riding this wave of hypomania - I just had to finish a song and release it. Not chasing fame or anything. The deal? Personal satisfaction - crafting something unique.

On top of that, I've been working on migrating my website to a simpler static website generator I'm home cooking, and get it out of Roam Research. It's going to be a long project, but that's part of the fun.

Plus, I need to organize things for my upcoming trip (happening soon) and figure out how to keep everything on track while I'm out.

2023-09-16 — Disappear

Just for today, I want to fade away and be devoured by the void.

The burden is too heavy for a single one.

Now playing: liminal dream — luna.

2023-09-15 — Hello World

The Journal is ready to go! I see it as something that's a mix between Mastodon and my Now page. I'm not exactly sure how to use it, but I plan to share personal life bits, brain ramblings, and project updates. It might even be therapeutic for me. So, let's get started -- we're officially kicking off!

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