The Little Things #1

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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle:

[W]e cannot measure the position (x) and the momentum (p) of a particle with absolute precision. The more accurately we know one of these values, the less accurately we know the other.

When I sit back and think about where life is going, and what next to learn or build or do, momentum ceases as I consider my position. And when I speed off in a new direction, I don't worry about where I'm standing.

Reacting to React

This week in the world of React (still new to me), I learned how useEffect is about side-effects, and that when it comes to a GET request with query parameters, the concern is not with the SSL tunnel, but what happens at either end.

I also got to do a little C#, totally my wheel house. Named Tuples are so convenient, especially with deconstruction. And if you ever use XUnit and find yourself with a lot of similar tests that only differ in the test values, check out InlineData, ClassData, and MemberData. In NUnit, it's TestCase and TestCaseData; in MSTest, it's DataRow.

Spring has sprung

The weather has been unseasonable, even for Ohio. Guess mother nature figures the pandemic wasn't enough.

But we've turned a corner now, so I picked up some sprigs and seeds last week, and everyone chipped in to clean up and plant the garden. In a few months, we'll have dozens of tomatoes and hundreds of beans and peas.. mmm! Half of what we have now are perennials... rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, rosemary, mint. Makes life easier, assuming you don't plant something you get sick of.

Playground 2.0

When you're stuck at home, you start getting creative. Can't bring the kids to the playground, so why not bring the playground to the kids? Also, our yard's a swampy mess after a light rainfall. But no more! I mean, 108 feet of landscape timber, 100 feet of black plastic, and 6 tons of gravel later and... no more!

Flying the coop

This one ain't my accomplishments, but someone accomplished something.

A few little black and white birds have been nesting in a bird house hanging from our front porch, and just this morning they kicked the kids out, who spent the day hopping around the yard. And now.. who knows. They're not in our yard or the bird house. They either learned to fly or called an uber.

They're tiny little black and white birds.. maybe warblers or chickadees? Anyway, it's been fun watching them nest; hopefully something else call it home too.

That's it! It's been a good week. We're going into a long holiday weekend, with lots of warm 80° weather next week. Lots to look forward to. Take that covid-19. 🙄


Grant Winney

I write when I've got something to share - a personal project, a solution to a difficult problem, or just an idea. We learn by doing and sharing. We've all got something to contribute.

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