One Year of Weather

For the last year now, I’ve been saving weather data every afternoon to a spreadsheet with the help of IFTTT. I had no plans for this other than to just store the data and see what it looked like. And, full disclosure, there’s nothing groundbreaking about it. After all, it’s only a single year of data, there’s really nothing new or groundbreaking to get out of it.

However, the charts are cool, so I figured I’d share them.

…updated for pedantry

 

This is the high/low temperatures in Wichita for the last 365 days plus a few extra, because I’m too lazy to remove four extra days or so. Interestingly enough it’s hardly been over 100F the last year, but it also has not been below 1F. I also didn’t realize how consistent summer tends to be and how hectic late-winter and early-spring tend to be with the temperature swings. 

Not-surprisingly, it’s sunny over half the time in Kansas. In fact, it’s probably significantly more than half because most “thunderstorm” days are actually sunny until it storms, then sunny again afterward, and many of the windy days would still be considered “sunny”. Also, this data seemed to not be super reliable at whether it was a stormy day or not. There were some days when a storm was 20 miles from Wichita and it’d report “thunderstorms”, and other days it definitely stormed and it reported “sunny” or “cloudy.” Overall, though this is a good rough guideline for the weather.

This data groups “partly sunny” and “partly cloudy” days into “sunny”/”cloudy” respectively, for a bit more clarity.

In what I believe to be the single time in my life I’ve actually found a polar chart to be useful, this chart shows us that, as we already knew, the wind in Kansas is almost always from the south, however, I had no idea how much more often it’s due south, or actually even how often it’s from the southeast. It’s weird to me that all the primary cardinal directions are pretty low except south itself, while the others are higher than I expected. Wind is weird.

Anyway, data is beautiful and if you read this far, I’m proud of you. Here’s the link to the actual spreadsheet (which is still going, btw) if you want to check it out for yourself. The data ingested also includes humidity and wind speeds, among other things. It’s pretty cool. 

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Keyboards are basically the computers of music, right?

I’m not gonna say “I’ve been too busy to blog” because that’d be lying. The truth is much more real, more raw, and more than I cared to admit before. 

I didn’t want to.

That’s it. Nothing special. I just sort of didn’t care. I’d think to myself “Seth, you should blog sometime soon” and I’d go “…or I could go play Rocket League.”

So here we are, two months later and what do I have to show for it? 

Focus

I’m starting to find my focus. I’m annoyed it took me until well into my thirties to understand how to wrangle my focus and stay on-task, so I fully plan on trying to teach it to my kids so they don’t deal with the same regrets I do today. 

Anyway, the focus is primarily on two things right now. Music and development. I’m finding that those are two areas I’m pretty passionate about, and both areas that I feel a). minor frustration that I’m not at the level I’d like to be, and b). a drive to hit the level I want to be at, with regards to skill.

So, to that end, I’ve been writing a ton more music this year. I’m mostly trying to get music written for our church, but also just practicing legitimate piano and such.

On the other end of things, I’ve been spending a lot more time trying to just keep learning development things. I started a deep dive into AWS this week and wrote an Alexa skill for the observatory. I tried to write an update and have failed miserably so far, but nonetheless the original skill got accepted and published, so there.

That other thing

So yeah I’m also working on another thing. I’m not really ready to like, openly talk about it, but it’s taking up a ton of time and something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s started as a side project but it’s getting more traction now and like, there are lawyers and investors and lots and lots of late nights.

Extrapolate from that what you will.

Birthday Weekend

Our oldest had her 4th birthday this weekend. This is where it starts turning into “normal” birthday parties where they want specific people over, they remember things and they have (lord help us) preferences

Saturday she wanted to go to the zoo. Nevermind that it was 45F and overcast with the threat of rain. So we went, like good parents who do what their kids ask of them. About 20 minutes into the trip, though, birthday-girl stole my camera and started taking photos herself. I mean, most of them were blurry and poorly-framed, but hey who am I to get in the way of her dreams?

 

However, when we were planning her birthday party, she wanted to weigh in and rearrange the schedule. She wanted us to open presents first, but when we told her we were doing dinner first, then presents, she got pretty upset and shouted “stop ruining my plans!” at us. So that was hilarious.

The party was smaller this year, and we had a lot fewer kids. The last time we had a shindig we sort of invited everyone-ish and our house was pretty overwhelmed. This time we were merely whelmed. I still didn’t get a chance to eat until well after the party, but kiddo said she had a really nice time and sort of refuses to take off her new roller skates.

I’d call it a win.

Distant Ringing

Withered memory,
when all asunder is tossed
and gold tastes bitter

This Poem Sucks

I made myself write this story
apparently creativity is on-demand
but Seth, now creatively-poor,
he wrestled creation hand-to-hand.

Next to some, I’ve done much more
but with others, I very-much lack
a fairly comparable score;
but down that road’s a megalomaniac

While we all struggle with our selfdom,
those fearsome symptoms of self-opinion,
I’m still a wisdom victim with a rhythm
of chasing my shortcomings

Do Your Maintenance

Fun fact, this garage is in the house my Grandparents built, so I grew up playing in the same garage I now do car work in.

Last year we finally grew up and bought a car with four-doors. We didn’t buy a van, though. I’m not that mature yet.

The car we bought had over 200,000 miles on it (for reference, see this website). I’ve had incredibly good luck with picking solid, reliable cars in my past, so I knew it was a good decision. As it turns out, despite my best efforts, we ended up with an incredibly good car. However, the mileage simply meant that the car needed some maintenance.

The brakes started squealing a few months ago. I kept thinking “eh, I’ll get to it.”

Well, not too long ago, the brakes stopped squealing and started sounding like someone was dragging a rake over a chain link fence. “Eh, it’s a Toyota” I thought. So we let it go for a few more days, probably hoping it was just a loose piece of sandpaper stuck in our wheel well or something. It was not that.

I finally bought the parts needed for a brake job and got to work. Most of the brake pads had less than 10% of their material left, but one in particular was…well…take a look:

Guess which one was the old one.

See how the material toward the back of that pad was just gone? Yeah, it was metal-on-metal action going on. DON’T BE LIKE ME, KIDS. I mean, I was probably going to have to replace the rotors anyway, but this oversight sealed the deal and a $75 job went up to $300.

This whole thing has got me wondering though, in my previous car-lationships, was I the bad guy the whole time? 

I have some thinking to do.

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