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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.

And then there were four, again

Our latest cat Nandini, or Ninni joined our family on Friday. After a while we have again four cats. The set is, hopefully, complete again.

She has already settled in quite nicely. At least she knows the feeding times already. That didn't take long. She has also been curiously exploring around our apartment and comes along really well with all the humans.

Our other girls have been a bit reserved towards the newcomer. And the feeling seems to be mutual. There has been a lot of hissing and murmurs going on during the weekend. Luckily Mörri, the oldest one has been much more relaxed about the kitten. He has used to having new cats being around. After all, Ninni is already the sixth cat that has joined the pride while Mörri has been around.

I'm sure it doesn't take long until she will be relaxed around all the other cats as well. Even tempting them to play around. Just when they started to be old enough to begin a bit less wild. At least that keeps them in shape for a while. Unfortunately, that probably doesn't help keeping our house plants safe. Just when they started to recover and grow back.


Procrastinating breaking the streak

Every now and then I feel like I should break my writing streak. It's inevitable, I know. And I want to make it on my own terms.

But when I get to it I manage to postpone it. Every time. First, I at least need to write about it. I owe you,  readers, the explanation why there won't be a post tomorrow.

The next day, usually one of the following happens:

There is something interesting to write about that I just can't miss.

I have changed my mind, I still want to go on with the streak.

I forget I decided to quit.

For the first case, I usually just think that ok, I'll do it the next day then. Rinse and repeat. The second one obviously breaks the loop. Until next time.

The third one is definitely the most common. I don't set any reminders for it on purpose. I don't mind forgetting it. Couple of weeks later I might get the feeling that I must have forgotten something. But after checking my notes and not finding anything it's fine.

But more often it's just the lack of that decision in the first place. "I'll just write one more day and break it after that".

Sleep no more

Last night I woke up just after midnight. I was so refreshed I thought it was already time to get up. After checking the clock I realized even if I felt rested enough at the time  would regret it sooner than later.

After what felt like eternity I finally managed to fall back to sleep. Six hours later when the alarm finally went of I felt like I could still sleep for a while, still tired.

No matter how long I have slept it always feels better to wake up on my own. Somehow the alarm always manages to interrupt the sleep at worst moment. Even if I only wake up half a hour earlier feeling refreshed but thinking I still have time to sleep. After that half an hour, if I manage to fall back to sleep  will be more tired when the alarm rings.

Better to get up then instead having that additional half an hour of sleep. At least I should have gotten enough sleep unlike when waking up after just two hours of sleep. Then it's not a good option no matter how rested I feel. And I don't want to spent a few hours awake at the middle of the night.

Information diet

About two weeks ago I decided to take a critical look on my daily information consumption. I had accumulated a lot of sources that produced hundred of articles to go through on my daily feeds, which I only ended up reading a fraction.

After the first iteration I managed to drop the amount of items in my feed by two thirds. After living with this greatly reduced amount of information I found myself more relaxed going through the list. I also paid more attention to the topics instead of just scrolling past them as fast as possible, probably missing more of the interesting articles than just having fewer items to go through in the first place. I also didn't feel like I'd missed out anything important.

So yesterday, I decided to have another go on the pruning. There were still sources that I already considered to drop during the first round, but still left intact. Looking back to the statistics since I found I still don't read many of the articles from them, so they had to go. It was surprisingly easy to let go of them.

Now, I'm down to about 20% of the original amount which is already great. But maybe there is still room to cut some more.

Yesterday I learned

Learning happens all the time. It's hard to choose just one thing I learned yesterday, there were so many. Mostly they were small things. So small that without paying attention I wouldn't even have noticed them. But when I had to keep it in my mind I started to notice many occasions where I learned something new.

Learning doesn't have to be big and remarkable as long as it's continuous. It's not even possible for us to take in too much information at the time. We need some time to process and adapt that information as well. Otherwise, we'll just lose that information.

Of course, learning about all those little things leaves me in a situation where I need to do a hard choice. Which one should I write about? Should I write about Stanislav Petrov who, in 1983 saved the world from full blown nuclear war. Or maybe about the different use cases when it's more appropriate to use AWS Fargate instead of Lambda to host your applications. Should I focus on more professional knowledge or resort to my personal curiosity?

Maybe the biggest takeaway from all this is the fact I learned about the learning itself. It can happen all the time when you are open to it.