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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.

Blockers on the way

It's hard to write about anything else when you have a certain topic in mind. No matter how hard I have tried to write something today, the one I want to write about, but which is not ready to be written constantly comes to my mind instead.

It's funny how the problem is not having nothing to write about. Or that I wouldn't want to write at all. It's almost like an opposite of a problem to me, unlike for those who struggle to write.

And it's not just that I'm not ready to write that other post. While I'm exited to write about it, at the same time I'm afraid I'll never write it. I have too high demands for myself for such texts. I want to write it properly, get the facts straight.

So I need to take my time. Both to be ready to write it. And also write it properly, not quickly or in a hurry.

Maybe I should have just written it today. Then, I wouldn't struggle with this one now instead. And I wouldn't need to worry about it anymore. Of I wouldn't get it perfect the first time I could always rewrite it later into a new post.

December at last

It's December, finally. The year is about to come to an end. And not just the year, but the decade as well. But more about that closer to the end.

December, the month of Christmas. Quite literally here in Finland as it's "Joulukuu" in Finnish. Joulu meaning Christmas and kuu month. So direct translation would be Christmas month. But  actually nothing to do with Christianity originally here.

In addition to being the month of Christmas and new near it's also the month we celebrate our independence day. Due to all these special days and national holidays it's one of the months with least working days. 

It's also the month when we usually get more permanent snow cover on the land. At least most parts of it. Up north it arrives usually a bit earlier and in the south there is hardly any permanent snow anymore these days. Offsetting the deepest darkness in those areas lucky enough to receive the cover. For rest of the country the overly  abundant Christmas lights surely do the trick.

Personally, there is also one quite meaningful day for me. The day I started writing. So it will mark another full year of writing as well during this month for me.

Urge to rewrite

From the start I have been using this site to write my daily posts. About a year ago I started cross posting the text to the 200wad site as well.

Along the way I have done few improvements. But at it's core it has remained the same. A self hosted Drupal site. There is nothing wrong with it, it just works. Still, I would like to do something new. Something more modern, cutting edge even.

I don't get to code much anymore at my work. So I need to find these hobby projects to satisfy that itch. There might not be the need for it. I just want to do it.

Or do I? It's not that simple. So far, I have gotten away with minimal maintenance. I wouldn't want to change that. There are also so many new technologies I want to try out. It's hard to choose. And while such a simple writing platform sounds easy enough to implement there is some additional work needed: import the old posts from the current site, implement the cross posting to 200 wad through api and so on.

Luckily I'm not in a hurry. There is no pressing need to update. So I could just get started, work on the new platform whenever I have time. 

Provable magic

It seems that scientist have finally managed to solve the black hole information paradox. Or at least they believe so. While they can prove their theory they admit they too, don't understand the solution.

The paradox, formulated by Stephen Hawking states that while special relativity says nothing can escape from a black hole, quantum mechanism on the other hand implies no information can completely disappear. But, in the form of Hawking radiation, black holes evaporate over time leaving nothing behind. And the radiation itself is proven to be completely random.

So where does all that information then go? According to these physicists who came up with the idea, it goes to a higher dimensional hologram inside a hologram. Or something, I didn't really understand much about it. I hardly understand the paradox in the first place. And if these scientists, who have studied black holes for decades can't comprehend the solution I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Is this the limit between magic and reality? When we can still prove that something works through math, but we have no idea how and why. It's still all natural, within the laws of physics, just beyond our understanding. It has just became indistinguishable from magic.

Another leadership opportunity

We recently introduced competence guilds in our company. The idea is to function as a home for people with similar skills to have a home to grow and share knowledge when our teams are ever changing and composed of people with different skillsets.

I know I gave up my previous management position away during spring due not having time to focus on it too much. But I also made that decision based on the fact that the team I was managing had grown to be self sustained, not needing me anymore to guide it forward. Another reason was my new position in sales leading to a situation where I basically had three different focus areas.

Now, it wouldn't be an additional area to focus on. Instead, I would have a better position to influence the area of expertise I'm already focusing half of my time. It would be better aligned with what I already do. And in theory, I've already been doing that as a guild facilitator.

It would still be a challenge for me. I would need to focus more on the leadership aspect. But I'm up for the challenge. It would be a great opportunity to grow both myself and our architecture competences and practises.

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