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Productivity Report - August 2018

This month's banner features screenshots from my latest game Sky Runner.

Broad Overview

August 2018 is the 24th month in which I have tracked my productivity. That's 2 whole years! Well, this month was a good one I'd say. Let's look at the numbers.

  • Fitness: 61.75 hours
  • Software Development: 62.25 hours
  • Music/Art: 1 hours
  • Other: 4.5 hours
  • Total productive hours: 129.5 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 4.18 hours.

Software Development

My software development goals for the month of August 2018 were:

  • prepare/study for class (begins 8/27/2018)
  • Make a game for Ludum Dare 42 (begins 8/10/2018)

Let's start with Ludum Dare 42. The theme this time was "running out of space". I made an infinite runner called Sky Runner; and honestly I think this might be my best LD entry yet. Here are the links:

So I made a cool little game, thus succeeding in one of my goals, and so everything is just great, right? Well, not exactly. There was a very unfortunate dark event that occurred as I attempted to make the initial commit of the game's source code to GitHub. Everything was deleted. All that code that I would love to reuse later - gone. On the bright side, I did have the foresight to create a web-build of the game before all this happened, so that is why the game is still available to play. However, since the source code is gone, I feel like I won't be able to list this game on my projects page. Oh well. After some investigation, I think I mostly understand what I did wrong; at least I am sure that I understand enough to not accidentally delete everything again in that way. Really, this is a blessing in disguise. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn more about git.

Ok, moving on. How did I prepare for class before it began? I started by reading the first three chapters in the textbook. Then I started reading Discrete Mathematics and it's Applications by Kenneth Rosen. This book, and discrete math in general, gives a lot of great information on data structures and algorithms, or rather the mathematics underlying these concepts. This is probably where the largest part of my software development hours come from this month - reading this book and working through example problems.

I started class on August 27, and so far so good. The class seems to be structured well, and I can tell the professor knows the subject well. Since all of the material and assignments have already been made available, I may be able to finish the class early. I am not aiming to finish early though; I really want to take my time and make sure I have a deep understanding of the material.

Fitness

In August 2018, my overall fitness hours totalled to 61.75 hours. I spent 26.00 hours lifting weights, and I spent 19.5 hours running and cycling for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 5.87 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 4.40 hours. I also started counting my stretching hours, which totalled to 16.25 hours.

After another month on a plant-based + fish diet, I have continued to lose weight (slowly). I now weight somewhere around 182 lbs. This is the lightest I have been since high school. I am unsure whether or not I am still losing weight, since the weight loss has slowed dramatically. By middle of next month, I should know if I am still losing weight. By the way, one thing I didn't consider before is the fact that I have pretty much stopped using oil to cook. I wonder if I would have lost just as much weight on my regular omnivore diet if I had stopped using oil.

As far as other benefits, I haven't noticed anything. My skin is still better, so that's nice. I do not think this diet has helped much, if any, with my back pain. Honestly, it is hard to discern. Nevertheless, I will continue with this diet, because I enjoy the food I'm eating.

Are there any downsides to this plant-based + fish diet? Well, maybe. Lately I feel that I get light-headed more easily when I stand up too fast. Of course, this could easily just be due to the fact that I've lost so much weight so quickly, and my body isn't use to this little amount of calories. I can not reasonably attribute this to the particular foods I am eating (or not eating).

Music/Art

Last month I said I would probably omit this section for this month. Because of Ludum Dare 42, I actually did create a new song. Keep in mind that I made this in about 1 hour, so the quality reflects that.

Other

In this past month, I spent 4.5 hours doing other productive stuff.

Books

This month I read The Republic by Plato, translated by Allan Bloom. This book also includes an interpretive essay by Allan Bloom, which I still am in the process of reading.

The Republic is a very thought provoking book. In it, Plato (through the mouth of Socrates), investigates the meaning of justice. The investigation leads the reader on a long and winding road through a whole bunch of different topics of philosophy. Most notably, this book details the founding of a hypothetical "good" city - a city that is perfectly just. By making this city analogous to the individual man, it is then examined the nature of a perfectly just man. Throughout all of this, there seems to be quite an emphasis on education - in how the just man (and citizen of the just city) must be educated from the time of youth on into adulthood.

I can safely say that reading The Republic has even furthered my interest in philosophy, particularly in political philosophy and philosophy of education. However, for now I am unsure of how much time I will have to devote to reading outside of computer science related stuff. I will continue to read and study in philosophy as often as I feel I can spare.

Goals for next month (September 2018):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard in my Data Structures and Algorithms class. Take the time to really learn this material.

Fitness Goals:

  • continue with plant-based + fish diet