Everyone is keen to spend their budget before the end of the year, and who am I to argue. It has bitten into my fun time, but not completely. I fixed my podcast scrobbling script, and ordered a new computer.

Highlights of the month:

  • Started the month with a frozen computer, ended it by ordering a new one and hoping that I can hold out till it arrives.
  • Not a good computer month at all; the Pi also went on the fritz and took the best part of a day to restore.
  • Excellent visit to Ostia Antica to record a podcast in the ancient bakery.
  • Established a separate mailing list for podcast supporters and sent them the first issue.
  • Another good friend visited and we had some good meals and conversations.
  • Terrific exhibit of Margaret Bourke-White photos in Trastevere.
  • Saw a movie! In a cinema! (No Time to Die)


Not much new. A friend asked me to bake her a loaf of soda bread, which uses kefir as the liquid. On a whim I started making my own, just like old times, but there is no sign of the grains emerging or clumping. Still, it is delicious and a lot easier than yoghurt, though I won't neglect that. Next up, viilli?


  • Walking with sticks: 0
  • Reading: 13
  • Steps (avge): 9400
  • Podcasts: 43 (All of them logged!)
  • In bed/asleep 8:17/7:19
  • 7 Minutes: 13
  • Weight (avge): 86.9
  • Naps 1


  • Walking with sticks: 0
  • Reading: 11
  • Steps (avge): 9968
  • Podcasts: 38 (33 of them logged.)
  • In bed/asleep 8:15/7:02
  • 7 Minutes: 11
  • Weight (avge): 86.3
  • Naps 6


The same client work that was giving me grief last month is still giving me grief, and I think that the main reason is that I have not had any feedback on the first piece I sent in. That makes me tentative, and that makes me procrastinate. Tomorrow!

Podcasting for others is OK, although there are real drawbacks to not being in the same place. Perhaps a bigger drawback is that the person nominally in charge doesn't have any experience of how long audio editing takes, which can result in a bit of a scramble.

Hours logged per month

Percent of logged hours: 2021

Previous years are on an archive page.


Brought in 85 on-this-day posts, which continues to be interesting. Thinking a bit about it, I've sort of decided to build some kind of index to longer posts that might be of continuing interest. I haven't yet thought about how to present or surface these topics, but at least I will be able to find them going forward. Eight new posts, again, which is nice.

I kept a closer watch on time this month, and it averages 90 minutes a day, but that is very skew. The majority of days it takes well under an hour.

Looking forward to a new computer; this one is mid-2011. Not looking forward to setting it up.


None, really. I found time to play with the computer, and the result was a resumption of improved podcast scrobbling. Need to get back to playing with GIS in Python.

Final remarks

I need to get on top of my weight again, and maybe up my HIIT game. Or is that foolish age denialism?

Here's the table

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Month Total Daily Admin % ETP % Other %
10 170.75 5.50 31 16 53
09 157.5 5.25 31 25 44
08 67.8 2.19 29 08 63
07 80.1 2.58 39 17 44
06 110.0 3.67 38 26 36
05 159.1 5.13 29 22 49
04 166.1 5.75 39 16 45
03 173.3 5.59 38 19 43
02 155.7 5.59 32 25 43
2021-01 168.5 5.62 43 17 40

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