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My bread-fu is improving. Since lockdown v1 I've been dabbling with baking bread, including growing a sourdough starter ("Doughbi-wan"). Applying more of my undergraduate microbiology skills than anything else.

This is the result of an improvised recipe using starter discard after I fed him last night + overnight proofing that didn't seem to do much. Looks good.

Breadmaking is also my go-to when my mental health is poor or my vulnerabilities are high. I recommend it.

Toblerone and mince pies for breakfast is fine right, as we put the tree up yesterday?

It's November and we put the tree and lights up whilst @Jo shopped for nice food and extra decorations. Normally, I'm a bah humbug kind of guy but fuck it, it's been a toss year and every single one of us deserves a bit of fun. It was also really enjoyable spending the afternoon doing decorative house stuff with both the boys.

Reading Cyberpunk RED with Split Second (1992) playing in the background. I'm that cool and edgy.

Recruiting (C#/Web/Windows) 

We're looking for a mid-level dev!

Location: Manchester, UK (office + some home working)

Req: C#, .NET Framework/Core, ASP.NET, EF, one/both VueJS/Angular, SQL + RDBMS principles, VCS (Subversion and/or Git), primarily working under Windows.

Comfortable testing own code, PRing others, communicating openly and clearly, following established procedures (we're ISO27K1/9001 certified), full SDLC (req. gathering to post-rollout) and working to deadlines.

DM for info. πŸ‘

My New Model Army tee-shirt arrived, from the (virtual) 40th anniversary concert a few weeks ago. Tubby middle-aged punks, unite!

My first proper devlog on Itch. Now I have my RPG project to a point that I can create characters and use the lifepath, I gave it a quick run through to see how quickly I could build a character. I'm happy with the outcome.

"On receiving an interrupt, decrement the counter to zero."

Work is stupidly busy at the moment and I've been working weekends and evenings (not that I'm complaining, I'm bloody lucky compared to many).

Still sober (120 days) and have made some good friends via the sobriety app I use.

Still caffeine free and missing it so much right now (see "work", above).

Still writing regularly.

Still getting shitty fucking nightmares, especially recently. Thanks, brain.

Sat on the sofa, stuffing my face with jelly beans.

Stay safe my friends. πŸ™β€οΈ

I am a therapist in private practice. I am booked solid in my practice and it's quite overwhelming. I am managing. I live with ADHD so it's a bit difficult. Luckily I have support that tries very hard to assist. Feel free to ask any questions you want to. I love talking about mental health.

Working on learning to make sourdough now. Made a starter over a week or so ago and utterly failed on my first attempt other than on the taste. Tried again today. Amazing structure, flavour and crust but still a pretty pathetic rise. I'll try a longer prove I think, probably overnight in the fridge.

Installing Observer_ as I can't hold out until 19/11 and need my 'punk fix somehow.

Day 60 and I'm really enjoying it. More clarity and moments of self-awareness, especially regarding my relationship with alcohol. I'm listening to Annie Grace's "This Naked Mind" as well, which is reinforcing many of the conclusions I'm coming to, as well as some things I've known for longer than I would normally admit. It's a weird combination of metaprogramming, NLP and liminal thinking but I'm enjoying it.

I've been playing Generation Zero most of the day with a friend. It's a buggy gem of a game and it's really sucking me in. Great gear customisation, solid AI and firefights that genuinely require planning and team communication. It feels threatening being stuck on an island full of robotic killers, more than Breakpoint ever did. The Rival system is a lot of fun too. Recommended for a tenner on Xbox and probably our gaming group's new weekly game.

Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Off to the office for the second time since March 18th. One of my dev team members will also be in and I'm really looking forward to seeing her again. Sometimes even I have to admit to being an ultrasocial primate. πŸ™„πŸ˜‰

Just hit 71 pages and 22,000 words and I've barely started work on introducing the world itself outside of mechanics and character creation (not started Skills and Professions yet either...) At least the social system is vastly more detailed than combat and stands apart from it (which is what I wanted - violence is a last resort).

"Early Playtest Document" is probably a better title than "Quick Start Rules" though. πŸ˜†

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