I have read rperce’s post with interest and tried out the Bug Hunt two days ago. I came up with about 60 bugs and have finished day 2 and 3 since. At this point, I am enthusiastic enough to commit to the whole program without knowing how much work it will be. It’s about the friends we make along the way.
Here is my Hammertime Beeminder goal with a slope of about six days per week to give me one rest day per week. I will start with a summary of the last three days.
On day zero, we should think of ten unaccustomed uses of our favorite instrumental rationality technique. Well, I didn’t even know what the word unaccustomed means, let alone do I have a favorite instrumental rationality technique (or any at all for that matter). I go with the flow and trust my gut is my usual technique. (Okay, I didn’t give myself a point for this day.)
Day one is the first actual day (for non-rational people). The task is the aforementioned Bug Hunt. I have tracked “worries” or “concerns” previously, but I was never thrilled with either of the words. Bug as a term for everything in life that needs improvement is catchy. I like it.
I have come up with 60 bugs that now reside in a Markdown document. I don’t feel comfortable sharing all of them, but several of them I will share in future posts.
Day 1 also asks us to share our strangest bug-fix story.
My strangest bug-fix story is when a customer’s program sporadically had significantly worse performance. It turned out that the compiler would sometimes… Ah, that’s the wrong story.
My strangest bug-fix story is how I managed to get my snoring and mouth breathing under control.
People and my sleep app have been telling me that I am snoring for years. Also, I have had difficulty breathing through my mouth and regularly caught myself with an open mouth, even while doing physically non-demanding tasks, like working on the computer.
My fix was taping my mouth every night, effectively forcing myself to breathe through the nose while sleeping. It was challenging the first couple of nights, but eventually, my brain got used to it. The soft tissues in your nose are malleable, so that also makes it easier over time. That’s my experience, and the guy who wrote that book about breath recently says the same.
Here are my Yoda Timer results. The main bullets are the difficulty rating and bug. The sub-bullets explain the respective bug and the solution I came up with within the five Yoda minutes.
- 1 | I am unsure how to start my day: procrastination in bed.
- I have created a Beeminder goal with a precise sequence. There is one rest day every two weeks.
- morning | felixm/morning goal page
- The sequence is: get up and brush teeth, drink water, lay back down, do affirmations, get up and do Yoga, shower cold for two minutes, done. Each item has a defined time slot.
- 1 | My beard gets long.
- I had already trimmed it when I wrote the bug down.
- In general, I wait too long every time and it gets messy. A more permanent solution would be a goal to trim it every two weeks.
- 1 | I don’t like logging in to save links or notes.
- The issue is that sometimes I would like to save links or take notes on my work PC, but I don’t want to log into my private Google account.
- I found the following page that allows you to have a private notebook. In theory, I could use that to notes and then extract them on my personal PC.
- In reality, this is way too tedious. I use Shaarli, and it is easy to use, but it requires you to log in to save a page or take a note. Ideally, I would hack Shaarli to allow anonymous sharing. Alternatively, I could write a simple PHP application. I have recreated this bug with a higher difficulty rating.
- 1 | My affirmations are outdated.
- I have written new affirmations. It took way longer than five minutes, but I wanted to continue once I had started. I still have to record them, so I created a bug for that.
- 2 | I consume mindlessly.
- Two seems like a too low rating for this bug. I think think I rated it this low, because I use blocker apps on Windows and my phone, and that works great.
- However, I haven’t found a Linux app that I like, so currently, I only block the worst of the internet via my /etc/hosts. Still, I would like to have more configuration options, like blocking YouTube during specific times.
- The solution is to write my own program for Linux. This bug shows how to turn a level 2 bug into a level 5 bug: implement a better Cold Turkey for Linux.
This was the next item on my list:
- 2 | I don’t track sleep consistently.
That makes for a straightforward TAP (I forgot what that even stands for): whenever I put on my mouth tape, I turn on my sleep tracking app. I have created a reminder for today in two weeks to count how well that worked.
My sapience spell is: Whenever my attention falls on my glasses, I think “I am loving, I am calm, I am kind”. Once I say that my meta-cognitive awareness kicks in, and I automatically observe myself for a couple of breaths.
By the way, rationalists are funny. Basic beaches like myself would call that an affirmation, but that’s probably not scientific enough. JK. Sapience spell sounds super cool. Inventing new words to avoid older terms that carry baggage is a super power that I would like to have. Kudos to whoever came up with that.
Okay, that’s it for now. I have respect for this challenge, but I am also looking forward to the coming days. Thanks again for sharing, rperce.