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Surf

“You can’t stop the waves from coming, but you can learn to surf.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

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I guess this is along the same line as “if life gives you lemon, then make lemonade”. But surfing on the waves looks much cooler. 🏄🏽

Why we grow old

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Who to meet?

“If you could go back [in time], who would you want to meet?”

~ Toshikazu Kawaguchi, “Before the Coffee Gets Cold”

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I have watched movies or read stories in the time travel genre, but the typical topic or question is 'what would you do'? However Kawaguchi's novel asks 'who'. Additionally, the time traveller knows full well beforehand that going back in time will not change the present time at all.

So if you could go back in time just for the sake of meeting a person, who would you want to meet?

Last year I found the post in the community forum on how to add search using Glitch and DuckDuckGo and tag. I use tag, but it is not exactly search. DuckDuckGo does not return exhaustive search result for me; possibly because they do not index my site fully. Glitch somehow did not interest me much at the time. So I wanted to set up my own search someday.

Fast forward to now. Recently I deployed a couple of simple personal projects using serverless platform on Cloudflare and for the third serverless project on Cloudflare, I decided to do search. And so here it is: search.hendry.id.

Search indexing uses Elasticlunr and text rendering uses Showdown. Both are open source libraries under MIT License.

There are still improvements that can be done, but for now, I can already search all my posts. Yeay! 😎

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Good morning

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Kanji Dōjō

I made an app to practise writing Japanese kanji. Please check it out. Or if you know someone who is studying Japanese, please share it.

Huawei Watch Fit follow up review

I have been using the Watch Fit for sometime now, so this is a follow up to my initial review.

The watch strap is made of soft rubber; it is really nice. However, unlike Garmin Vivosmart and Xiao Mi Band that use a clipping mechanism, Watch Fit uses traditional buckle mechanism. And for hours and hours typing on keyboard, traditional buckle does not sit too well for my typing comfort. Thus during the day, I stay with my mechanical watch which does not use traditional buckle.

So I only wear it at night and for running.

Sleep tracking turns out to be interesting. Whenever I feel lacking energy, the sleep tracker confirms that I did not get a lot of “deep sleep” the night before.

The Watch Fit does not have any setting to turn GPS on or off, which I thought odd initially. But then I realise that it is actually set by choosing the exercise mode. Initially I thought: why does it have “Running Outdoor” and “Running Indoor” modes? The answer, obviously, “outdoor” mode turns on GPS. Likewise with other outdoor exercises in the list.

Acquiring GPS signal is a bit slow most of the times. I don't know if this is a factor of my neighbourhood's location or not. To date, I have not used it elsewhere.

The GPS distance measurement is not consistent. This is a bit annoying if I run a fixed route. I now understand why there is a wide price range for GPS-enabled fitness trackers. If precision is important for your regime, I can see why you will want to buy high end fitness tracking models.

As for my current need, I am learning to not worry about it.

Battery life is as advertised by Huawei. When it is down to 10%, it will alert me. The recharge time is fast. It takes 25 minutes from 10% to 80%. Give it 10 more minutes and it reaches 90%.

The system has been stable for me. I did not run into any issue at all, but Huawei updated the firmware twice already for minor enhancements.

In closing, if you want GPS and not too demanding about it, Huawei Watch Fit is a good value for casual fitness tracking.

Have fun with your exercise.

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The point of a company

“The whole point of a company is for regular people, each with their distinctive characteristics, to join forces and accomplish giant tasks they could not undertake alone.”

~ Satoru Iwata

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Performance objectives

“In my career, I have enjoyed more when there was no financial motive attached. I have seen the worst in people and teams come out when they compete against each other. I have the same feeling towards promotions tied to performance. People tend to pick work that gives them the best shot at promotion rather than something they enjoy and good for the company in the long run.”

~ Dhruva Krishnamurthy

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Tomorrows will run out

“Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we’ll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. ... Here’s the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant.

... It’s not about slaving over a project or living on a whim—it’s about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make.”

~ Todd Henry

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