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Morning Pages: April 1st, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the D.C. metro region has been in a state of partial lockdown. To alleviate fear and stress, my writer's group has put together a daily “morning pages” get-together on Zoom in order to touch base before starting the day. Here's some of my brief thoughts.


My God, my habit tracker changed their UX yesterday, again. They do some simple things, like display the amount of time a timed habit should take, or changing the width of the swipe prompt. But then they also change the scroll context of the menu. Now, you have to scroll the entire length of the menu in order to see which habits you have or haven't done, and they don't auto-move to the bottom of the list after they're done or skipped. And some things are broken. Like if you swipe right on a portion of the menu, it might freeze and not display properly until you close the app and re-open it. And if you complete a task from the day before resulting in all tasks completed, the streak is still broken.

I really don't get why they keep changing the UX. Don't they know some of us like the app just the way it is? Don't they have git flow where they can manage multiple releases with just security updates only? This is the whole reason why I wanted to build TinyDev, and now that TinyDev is struggling I get another kick in the pants.

I mean, it's fine for now, I have a thing where I email myself a list of habits to do every day, but this is plainly annoying. Might be a necessary motivator though.


I got a full load of groceries yesterday! Costco apparently delivers with Instacart, and my mom ordered $100 worth of groceries about 4 or 5 days ago. The delivery guy said if you need any gluten-free or restricted foods to stockpile them now, and I'm grateful that I can eat anything. Decontaminating groceries is a full two hours of work though. I'm wiping down all my bananas with Clorox, and very carefully disposing of any plastic wrappers before they touch the inside of my refrigerator. With this four week long cough and the weird feeling in my lungs I might have COVID-19 already and just not know it, but with this procedure I can demonstrate self-care and prove I live in the best of all possible worlds.

What I should do is record the decontamination procedure from that one Michigan physician YouTube video into my cooking notes, and then maybe share it with the MicroConf Connect community.


So depressing news aside, here's another cute picture to start the day off with:

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Good morning to you too!