candy
photogeek
crschmidt
At our old house, we always ran out of candy, so I live in perpetual fear of it.

At this house, we were totally ghost town one year, and we ran out of candy the next.

It looks like tonight is gonna be ghost town again.

And I made Jess not give away any of our candy just in case and now I feel bad because we're going to have like 20 pounds of candy.

Someone at work does a "Candy for the troops" buyback arrangement every year, so I definitely need to make sure to bring (most of) ours in.

Happy Halloween.

Projects
photogeek
crschmidt
Overall, I have a handful of projects I'm working on.

- Livestream Alerts: Website for generating alerts during Livestreams. Most recent work: Adding support for donations through the Extra Life charity drive. Open source project at https://github.com/google/mirandum
- ytgvoting.com - a quick, me-only (at the moment) voting tool for use in livestreams. No open source code yet, but the intent is to provide something simple to use so that a third party (e.g. a production ops person) can set up polls remotely from the streamer, inspired by some features in Primtetime with YouTube Gaming.
- My own Livestream channel - I'm now taking on a more podcast-style format, with different planned topics and an intent to be covering "recent news" as well as general topics. (for example, tomorrow I want to talk spectrum scarcity -- from spark-gap radio transmissions through spread spectrum and hedy lamarr through to the spectrum battles of now; as well as more weekly topical things like Twitch's recent announcements at TwitchCon.)
- Patreon-related work for channel: I now have a patreon with some supporter-only content every month, and I'm working on building up the size of that community.
- Tutorials about Livestream Alerts: I manage another YT Channel with tutorials about Livestream Alerts that I'm maintaining/attempting to create content for as well.

I guess I have a few projects going on.

sigh, humans
photogeek
crschmidt
For the last 36 hours, I have been unreasonably upset by the simplest, stupidest things that people do. Why can't people just be more smart and less annoying? God.

Also, Julie actually walked with me to Central to get a donut this morning. On the way, she caught a Bulbasaur (mine got away); on the way back, we both caught a Scyther. (There's one on Lopez Street near the playground in Cambridgeport, if you're interested.)

tweet history
photogeek
crschmidt
My 2007-2009 tweets are a lot more true to life today than I would have expected a decade. Some things have changed (I no longer think I should go to Burning Man); but many things have stayed the same.

- I still work on open source code.
- I still get upset about the people who treat me as their personal work mule because I try to be supportive/helpful.
- I still sometimes take efforts to step away from the computer, and pride myself on short term goals like "not using it for 24 hours".
- I still freak out and change plans at the last minute when anything gets in my way.
- I still feel bad about going to the fireworks on my own, even though Jess hates crowds and loud noises.

It's interesting to see the things that stay the same, nearly a decade on.

schmidt rules
photogeek
crschmidt
When I was 8 years old, I got brought to the local library, where sports writer Sam Smith was doing a book signing for his recently released book The Jordan Rules. This was the time of Bulls (and particularly, Jordan) mania: I was a huge Bulls fan, and although the book -- a 333 page non-fiction tome -- seemed massive to me at the time, I was in love with it, and read it repeatedly.

In the front of the book, the inscription that Smith wrote -- in between all of the others in line, to what must have been at the time a somewhat odd-seeming 8 year old presenting this book for a signature -- an inscription that I still haven't forgotten: "Maybe I'll be writing the Schmidt Rules next?"

Until looking it up just now, I had no real memory of what the Jordan Rules were. ("a defensive strategy employed by the Detroit Pistons against Michael Jordan in order to limit his effectiveness on offense" -- Jordan Rules, Wikipedia) Instead, what I always thought was that these were a set of rules that I could make: Like, they'd be writing about the rules that I wrote to bring order to ... whatever.

Recently, I've found myself making a handful of joking references to rules about me within the YouTube Gaming livestreaming community: things like "Chris is always watching", or "Chris should always cheat." And I just realized: it's something like the first time that I can think of when there has been something that I could realistically think of as the Schmidt rules has been written down.

I'll never be the kind of offensive basketball player -- or player of any sport -- that requires a professional team to generate a set of rules against me. Nobody will ever write about the Schmidt Rules. But that doesn't mean that they're not there. And then can be whatever I want them to be.

happy birthday!
photogeek
crschmidt
at the end of a long shitty week of work drama and debacle, I had both a lovely pre-birthday livestream -- with more than 150 visitors stopping by to say hello -- and a lovely birthday party, with more than 30 people coming over, from old friends like volantwish and pezstar to newer coworkers like those from my Nokia days.

Thank you all so much for making this a special day. In a lot of ways, it turns out that turning 0x20 (32, as represented in hexadecimal) was just a reminder of what it was like to be 20 in decimal.

Thank you to everyone.

oh jeez being sick sucks
photogeek
crschmidt
I am so sick, and it so sucks.

It's not really sick. It's just an upper respiratory thing I can't shake. (And really, I've probably been suffering from it all week; I was sleeping 2-3 hours longer than usual, unable to focus, etc.) But it just keeps ramping up and getting worse and worse.

Thursday, I was coughing -- more like allergies than anything else -- but not feeling crappy. Jess was like "You're sick! You should stay home!" and I was like "I'm not even sick!"

Friday, I was feeling crappy, but didn't actually start coughing until I was on my way out the door to work. I was still thinking this was somehow allergies or something. Spent all day coughing unproductively, doing a number on my throat. I messaged Jess around noon and said "You're right, I'm sick." Still stayed at work, which I feel bad about in hindsight because at least one of my coworkers will probably end up sick, which wasn't really my intent :/ When we got home last night, Jess was like "You're probably wishing for sweet merciful death. Go to bed."

This morning I woke up, and said "Last night, you said I was wishing for sweet merciful death. I wasn't then, but I am now."

Today's been a nap/take meds/grump type of day. It's not great.

Plus side: 3 day weekend, so at least I'll probably be better by the time work rolls back around.

It's wintery.
photogeek
crschmidt
I object.

Instead, I've sat at home for the past hour dicking around on the internet. But I really should go to work one of these days.

Quiet
photogeek
crschmidt
It is rare that our house is actually quiet when I'm home. (Well, super rare, I guess: our fridge is pretty noisy.) But even if you discount that, it's very rare that I have much in the way of alone time when nothing else is going on.

Living in such a small apartment with 3 other people -- even people who are relatively self-supporting -- just leaves so little psychic space for anything else.

I dream of an office for myself; a small studio for photography and video; a sunroom of some kind; I dream of large bathrooms, I dream of high ceilings.

It's not what I get, but maybe someday.

Until then, I just sometimes sit back and just enjoy the quiet times. Like now.

obtusity
photogeek
crschmidt
Being intentionally obtuse when someone is genuinely asking for help bugs the crap out of me.

Or maybe... I don't know. As I write this out, I can see how some people would consider they're being helpful, and I probably use this technique at times. But this morning, I saw someone asking a question in the UAV Legal News and Discussion group: "I have done x, y and z as I believe the law requires. What next?" and someone saying "What law?"

Dude. You know what law. You've been in this group for years. The law in question is the June 2014 Interpretation of the SPecial Rule for Model Aircraft, originally included in the FMRA of 2012. You describe it as "recommendation", which is not actually true, and you know better.

Yes, it's being challenged in court. Yes, it's questionable that the FAA passed it at all, as it is a promulgation of rules as prohibited by Congress, but don't just play pretend: describe why *you* think that it's not law, or explain what you would do in answer to the person's question. Don't just sit there and pretend you don't know *exactly* what he's talking about, because you do. I know you do, you know you do, and this poor fool who came to this group to ask a question just wants some freakin' help.

So I guess it's not about being obtuse, in this case, it's just about being a bit of a dick. So, rule #1: don't be a dick.

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