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Yodeller

Welcome to the Yodeller: my ongoing project to try and write something every day. You can read more about the background from here. If you are a new reader you might want to start from the beginning.

Forgotten topics

I try to write down all the topic ideas I get. Sometimes I forget, sometimes it's already there. Sometimes I even forget I have already written about it before.

It's hard to remember all the things I have written already. And having written so many posts it's not even realistic to go back and check them all.

With all the posts and ideas I'm not sure how many times I have also skipped writing a topic down. Thinking I must have already written about it.

Then there are the weird scribblings in my notes I have no idea what was I thinking at the time I wrote those down. Maybe they would function as an interesting prompt for a post, resulting in something completely different. Maybe I just should go through the list every once in a while and clean them out.

Looking at that list, one thing is certain: I'm not going to run out of things to write anytime soon. It's just that many of those ideas require a bit more work for me to be able to write about them. Doing dome background studying or just clarifying the thoughts in my mind. Or just taking the time to write them down.

Adversarial writing

Writing, or doing anything else competitively has it's merits. While I try to improve my writing every day, having a competition in mind gives that urge to improve a bit more weight.

If I'm participating in a competition why not try to give my bests. Why else even bother? It gives more incentive to put some extra effort to the writing.

It's also not just trying your best. Often times even that is not enough for the win. What matters is the feedback and learning opportunities you get from it.

Seeing what others write with the same exact goal as you have can be eye opening. Sure, with such creative challenge there are many ways to comply with the given topic. It might be hard to compare different submissions, but you still see more possibilities on how to execute the task.

The feedback is the best outcome. Not only from your own work,  but you also see how others' work gets graded. Who and with what kind of text gets into the top. What was valued more by the popular vote versus what judges thought. There is a lot of lessons to be learned from such a simple competition. You just need to acknowledge them all.

Pandemic: season 2

We finally started it, the Pandemic season 2. Almost after a year of getting it. To be exact, this was our second game after the prologue we played ten months ago. Now, we finally managed to get the campaign started.

Our son was visiting us and naturally, we wanted to play something together. We might have way too many games as the decision to choose the game that would have suited everybody wasn't easy. In the end, it was still a compromise.

I loved the season 1 and others liked it too. Maybe it was too good and the expectations for the season 2 were high. That's why it took us this long to get the campaign started. The prologue experience left us a bit underwhelmed.

Now that there has been enough time passed it might be easier to accept it doesn't reach to the dame level as season 1. At least it still feels like it after the first campaign session. But maybe it's just different. We need to give it a bit more time to get started. I hope once we get familiar with it, it doesn't feel that bad anymore.

And I'm not saying it's a bad game. It's still good. It just doesn't reach quite up to the level of it's predecessor.

Sidetracking

A while ago, I was about to write my thoughts on writing competitively. Or doing anything competitively in general.

I was planning to compare the learning one can gain from such activity to the one utilized in machine learning using generative adversarial networks. But that in itself provided already enough to write about I had to skip the comparison for the time being.

After I had written that post about GANs I was supposed to continue with the original topic next. But as usual, other topics happened and so far, I still haven't written it.

Today, once again, I was thinking of writing that pending post. But as you can see, I'm writing about something else. Well, not completely, but still. 

In this case it might actually have been a good idea to write that GAN post first. To ensure there is some background information my readers know before reading the other post  That way, I wouldn't have to explain too much of the technical details anymore. I could instead focus on the topic itself better.

Now I just need to write that post someday soon instead of writing more elaborative background posts, or these meta posts explaining why I haven't written it yet. 

Who am I?

How could I tell somebody who I am when I don't know it myself? It's not that I haven't tried. Quite the opposite. But more I learn about myself, the more questions I have. Why am I like this? How did I end up like this? Do I really want to be the person I am today? Who will I be tomorrow?

I could tell you to read through my posts from the past three years. But that would only give you a glimpse of who's behind the words. And that would miss the first 38 years of my life save those few posts when I have written about them.

I could tell you a story. Of how I came to be, at the definitive moment of my life. Or perhaps a nice metaphor. Imagine; warm summer evening, wind gently blowing. Waves breaking, against the shoreline, ebbing. Calm and soothing. Below the surface, depths unending.

I could tell you what I know, where have I been, what am I dreaming. I could tell you a million things.

But I see the puzzled look on your face. That's not what you came for.

So let me try this again.

Hello, my name is Janne. And I'm a writer.

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