Weeknotes: Searching and wandering
First off, it’s been already 6 months since I started at my new job. I haven’t met any of my team mates (except a couple) in person yet 🤷🏻
What. A. Year. 2020 has been, am I right? Let’s just say we’re all adjusting and coping with this situation. Maybe we’ll all be vaccinated this year and it’ll go back to normal?? I don’t wanna write about it now. It’s just a bit too much. Maybe we’ll be reminiscing about it in 2030 over coffee.
This is still a new site, but I thought I should add a search function to it. Lunrjs looks like a perfect thing for a site this small. There’s no server needed. I wanted to test it first, so I created lunrjs-testpage1. It’s a WIP, but when it’s done, I should be able to just move the client side code here.
The other day I was thinking about how there are different kinds of search engines. As the number of documents increase the value of relevancy increases. Big web search engines do a lot of work and try to figure out what’s more relevant.
Last month OpenAQ announced the public availability of the new LCS Pilot. What does it mean? There’s a new API v2 that’s serving air quality data from low cost sensors. This multiplies the number of AQ stations on the platform. Read more from the OpenAQ blog.
I’ve been using Jupyter Lab for work and personal use for some time now. And I really wanted a
black formatter that formats my Python cells. Just a button in the toolbar and that’s it. As I was starting to look into how to make Jupyter extensions, I found JupyterLab Code Formatter. This was exactly what I wanted.
Sometimes you don’t need to force yourself to work. Let yourself play and wander. Write about stupid stuff. Type whatever comes into your mind. Create something that might not end up being useful. You don’t always have to work on something useful.
Get the ball rolling. Playing relaxes you and gets you ready to do the real work. It can lead you to actual work. Also: I should doodle more.
After writing this, I realize this is similar to diffuse mode.
New tech stuff I learned about #
- s3 object lambda - You can add lambda processors to your S3 object and serve different results depending on the request. Kinda neat?
- adminer.org - A very simple looking SQL web admin tool I found. You can even hook it to ElasticSearch apparently.
- Write SQL in Jupyter cells with ipython-sql
Reading/watching highlights #
- Get better at programming by learning how things work
- NFTs are a dangerous trap
- How to Finish Your Weekend Projects in One Weekend (video length 12:36) Weekend projects never start and end in the weekend. The ideation, planning, ordering materials, etc. should happen in the previous weeks. He explains that you don’t want to get stuck with unfinished projects. As time goes, the initially planned project becomes less viable, more so for the unfinished one. And nobody wants to work on abandoned projects. Also: Finish your projects
Event of this week: #SuezBLOCKED