a look into popular family history presentation formats

A look at the familysearch.org family tree view:

familysearch.org presentation of my great-grandfather’s tree with the primary focus on the branch of the past (ancestor focused) rather than the roots of the future generations after him.
A look at the code for the familysearch.org tree. The primary couple is treated as node 1, and then each generation row is presented in ascending numerical order.
Descendants of the couple, with the nodes numbered by decimals. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 are all children of the couple represented by node 1. Nodes 1.2.1-1.2.x are the children of node 1.2. Nodes are the children of 1.2.1, and so on.

Now a look at the same family on Ancestry.com in their ‘Pedigree’ view:

Ancestry.com presents the family tree information a little differently too, but also almost entirely ancestor focused.
A look at the code for Ancestry.org and how they are organizing the family nodes in their ‘pedigree view’.

Ancestry offers both a ‘Pedigree’ view and a ‘Family tree’ view, and the ‘Family Tree’ view functions relatively (pun intended) the same as the familysearch.org family tree view, but they are presenting it with every node open in both directions, which gets unwieldy fast.

Only a small part of a zoomed out view in the Family Tree view on Ancestry.com.

thoughts on Control

Here is my one sentence review:

The key game mechanic that sets Control apart from most games these days is that it allows itself to be hard. The Board training gives you just enough info to survive. You slowly acquire more and more abilities, but it is up to you to figure out how to figure out the right combos for the right enemies. There’s no magic bullet; no one size fits all OP ability that lets you just stomp on everything just by pushing that button every single time.

I’d been flying spaceships in Star Citizen for too long and Control reminded me of everything that I really enjoyed about the ghost of gaming past.

2020/4/2 space math

Assuming SpaceX hits their 100T to orbit goal, one relatively full load of steel plates at 6.36m² x 0.31cm thickness (and roughly 175,000 lbs) laid out in a square would be a flat surface of 484m². If you think about making a bigger ship where the surfaces are 484m², you can build a borg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg) cube style vehicle hull in a month… or a drake cat hull ( https://starcitizen.tools/Caterpillar) style vehicle of 5325m length in less than a year (assuming they can match current capabilities of weekly launches and not the multiple times daily that SpaceX has ambitions for).

As a visual reference: 484m² is roughly 210 shipping containers square and 5325m is roughly 978 shipping containers long. This type of vehicle could easily self-sustainably support a crew of 100+ very comfortably with current o2 tech. SpaceX and others will no doubt improve on and significantly advance the life support tech needed for larger sustainable space vehicles.

As with most estimates, all these numbers have rounding slippage at every level of the calculation, but this is actually a good thing given that the vehicle hauling things to orbit (Starship) is currently in prototype form and having extra wiggle room on volume and weight is a good thing.

April 1, 2021: Quick Links

Commentary from Flula on NFT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3TQ8yR-erg and Crypto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUB9jgMuC7U

Bell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM8T-6OvWpo from the same animation studio that did Wolf Children

Coinbase is putting their stock on the public market https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-announces-effectiveness-of-registration-statement-and-anticipated-listing-date-of-its-1509b281f760

Hunt for Red October is still amazing.

Argo: https://blog.argoproj.io

Origin 404: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/18064-404#skus and accompanying video: https://youtu.be/nF7NR8ffOqM

Lumber dislocatio: not a joke, both futures and in-person, if you can find it in stock (and they let you buy it), the prices have multiplied significantly.

Closing Cat Tax


A Sabbath day fast followed by an evening meal of home-made slow cooked chili. 

My wife and I have been writing in a family journal on a monthly basis. It’s been an interesting challenge to step back and try to see the forest for the trees. 




The issue of the Linux kernel freezing continued even after removing docker. What I did to resolve it was upgrade to the 5.10.x LTS line. Then I upgraded the nvidia driver to the latest compatible version that had been released in November [link], rebooted, and everything was working smoothly and at the correct resolution. 


For late breakfast I had a green smoothie and a leftover donut. Lunch was leftover steak and spinach quiche. Dinner was porkloin slices on a spinach salad topped with roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic. Dessert was tortilla chips with homemade salsa, and the last leftover donut. I also ate a few fiber bars as snacks during the day.

I ordered some magnesium supplement to help get into a better sleep cycle. 




In an effort for building consistency, I am writing daily. I write this entry on the first of the year, with the effort to start publishing these entries consistently tomorrow and thereafter. 

We played Pepper with Melissa’s grandparents. The wikipedia explanation was extremely confusing, but after reading the rules on a few other sites I now have a much better understanding of how the game works. https://pepperrules.blogspot.com https://bicyclecards.com/how-to-play/pepper/ 


As it is the first of the year, I bought Krispie Kreme donuts per our delicious donuts rule.  https://www.krispykreme.com The rule of delicious donuts is that they can only be bought nor eaten on special occasions due to their irresistible nature. The exception to the rule is donuts that you make yourself do not count.

I ate a most delicious Taco Bell taco for lunch.
We ate dinner with Melissa’s grandparents. Her grandmother cooked a nice dinner of roast, mashed potatoes, apple-raisin-walnut fruit salad, and slaw.

Back home, I went down a bit of a rabbit hole in researching new frying pans. I have a bit of a problem of scratching non-stick cooking surfaces with knifes, forks, and other such devices of inappropriate material for using on such surfaces. So I set out to find some new frying pans.

First I watched this video from Alex* where he went to Turkey to forge his own copper-silver pan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33ddRK_jG6E

So then I went to the site of the company in Turkey that makes them, and thought about ordering one of their beautiful 30cm frying pans: https://www.soy.com.tr/product/9/frying-pans I didn’t order quite yet, because I am going to use this as a reward for future consistent progress in other goals. I also found a competing company making similarly copper-silver pans: https://duparquet.com/products/silver-lined-copper-cookware. I also found this Italian artist making pure silver pans: http://www.pan999sanlorenzo.it/eng/about/index.html http://www.pan999sanlorenzo.it/eng/gallery/index.html  I think a pure silver pan would be great for investment purposes but the copper and silver combination is very aesthetically pleasing. 

I ended up buying a temporary replacement of a stainless steel with aluminium base 14″ fry pan and some additional wooden utensils to help break the habits of just using whatever is available. 

*I also watched this video series from Alex where he reshaped and electrochemically etched and made a custom handle for his knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk16UnauSfw, this video where he forged his own chef knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuOLCzQJ24g, and this video where he had a knife sharpener expert give him some tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC5mWYgiNlg. I also looked into sharpening knives with whetstones in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahaaHxhbsA.

In the middle of my day, I ran into an issue booting into linux. On restart, it would freeze or fail trying to shutdown the docker container engine. Since I dual boot windows and linux on separate drives with rEFInd*, the way around this was to use the BIOS boot menu to specifically pick the linux boot drive, and then select the previous linux kernel. I then purged the docker related packages. As of writing, I haven’t yet booted into the newer kernel to see if this resolves the issue, but I suspect that there is something incompatible between the new kernel and that docker-ce or docker-cli install. More on this item tomorrow.

Public Domain Day: https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2021/
Google Books Catalog of 1925 Copyright Entries: https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/sRkhAQAAIAAJ?hl=en
See’s Candies Centennial: https://www.sees.com/about-us/sees-family/  and their family motto: “Quality Without Compromise”

October-ish 2020


Fastball came out with an album last year titled ‘The Help Machine’. https://music.amazon.com/albums/B07V5QW878 and their previous album before that, Step Into Light, https://music.amazon.com/albums/B06WWH3DDZ  was pretty good as well:

Incredible tribute to Neil Peart in the form of this new music video from Rush for The Spirit of the Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_QtO0Rhp0w

This recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2, with Evgeny Kissin, piano child prodigy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evgeny_Kissin)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 

Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung

Salle Pleyel, Paris, 19 September, 2014




the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.

The philosopher Aristotle held that there were three basic activities of humans: theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing). Corresponding to these activities were three types of knowledge: theoretical, the end goal being truth; poietical, the end goal being production; and practical, the end goal being action.[1] Aristotle further divided the knowledge derived from praxis into ethics, economics, and politics. He also distinguished between eupraxia (εὐπραξία, “good praxis”)[2] and dyspraxia (δυσπραξία, “bad praxis, misfortune”)

Matthew Fox explained it this way:
Wisdom is always taste—in both Latin and Hebrew, the word for wisdom comes from the word for taste—so it’s something to taste, not something to theorize about. “Taste and see that God is good“, the psalm says; and that’s wisdom: tasting life. No one can do it for us. The mystical tradition is very much a Sophia tradition. It is about tasting and trusting experience, before institution or dogma.

“According to Strong’s Hebrew dictionary, the Hebrew word, ta‛am, is; properly a taste, that is, (figuratively) perception; by implication intelligence; transitively a mandate: advice, behaviour, decree, discretion, judgment, reason, taste, understanding.”

Also on language: In this discussion thread about Riot.IM deciding to rename themselves: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23611863

“I hear a lot of “my email”, as in “I opened up my email” or “where’s my email?” Sure they could mean their email inbox, but they also mean the email client with that phrase, and don’t differentiate the two at all. Much like how a web browser is still, to many (most?) people, “the Internet” (or “my Internet”, as in “I clicked on my Internet”).

Mina S of the inspiring SSSSComic.com fame speed paints here and talks about what she calls “the self-Fanart trap or eternal-worldbuilding-limbo that a lot of artists get stuck in when starting their first comic”. While her spoken message is important, you can learn a ton from watching her paint and translate that to methodology in creation of anything. Worth watching in many aspects.  

Bungie’s Destiny 2: Here’s to year 4 will be more fun than year 3. I haven’t played Destiny 2 in a while because I’ve been playing Star Citizen.

Lots of ink spilled about the company behind the most ambitious space simulator ever hitting the $300 Million mark in terms of funds raised directly as pledges, but the game is a ton of fun. Anxiously awaiting the next quarterly patch.