So I'm at a year in a row of commits for GitHub. Some people here already like'd my tweet (thanks!) and, well, a bunch of other people did & it felt cool. And I've kept the streak going. I'd like to write a blog post or something about it, the ups and downs, the days I made a cheap silly contribution, and the days I held back just for the streak's sake so I'd be sure of something to do tomorrow. I learned a lot from it all. I think the goal helped me waste less time, period.
I found some bug cases for FreeCell python and in fact the codeacademy site has helped fill in some beginner stuff I ignored for this project so that's productive. One thing I'm pleased with is that I have a "p" command which stands for plow through the remaining board, or "p2" plows through row/column 2. So in other words I waste less time per game but that's no assurance I'll waste time overall
Since I'm running out of features to add, so I think this project can be wrapped up.
I wrote a PERL script to act like a Windows cron job in conjunction with the task scheduler--it runs every half hour. It's handy as I often dump websites I want to check once a day--and I don't have to use the brainpower to REMEMBER them. It's in my miscellaneous github repository, and it's already helped. For instance I check chessgames.com for quizzes once a day at 11:03 PM with the line
(It changes midnight Eastern, I'm Central, I put in a few minutes' buffer just in case)
Or I run daily builds of my text adventures with
I also have a pile of writing notes I need to clean up (eg small ideas to add to various games) and that's sort of a constant problem.
Non programming but still tech-y: I never got around to watching Star Trek as a kid & I'm on season 3 now and will be done soon. So that's been taking up my time but it's been neat to see "Oh that's where (word X/idea X I remember) came from!"
Like I didn't know T'Pau (rock group) was named after a character, or Redjac from the Apple II game Taxman (Pac-Man clone) was named after a cosmic ghost-thing. So that's been fun and amusing.