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60 minutes in an event about AI ethics and the panel moderator realises AI as such has not been introduced.

"I'm not sure if it really is a AI, but it for sure is related" -- panelist at AI & ethics event.

Submitted my phd examination committee today. However administrative that task might be, I do experience it as a milestone which is pushing me to finishing the thing as soon as I can.

Cause all of the stars
Are fading away
Just try not to worry
You'll see them someday
Take what you need
And be on your way
And stop crying your heart out
" -- Oasis

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Melancholy on Tuesday, but Oasis' "stop crying your heart out" lyrics resonate super well tonight.

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But the social gain I got out of it was a lot higher.
Which, thinking about it, is the same reason I'm still using Whatsapp ... although my personal values don't align with any of it.

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And yes, the game's publisher (blizzard) is a wolflike company with very dirty tactics ... which did almost make me quit playing throughout the past months.

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I dinged 60 in wow classic yesterday. It took me 5 months in a super casual fashion, mostly playing with close friends every Monday night.
In true mmorpg fashion, WoW is still my personal pinaccle of how social contact and gaming reinforce eachother.

Figured sticking this ISO 8601 sticker on our cargo bike was an appropraite nerd joke.

I didn't go running yet this week. Reaching the point at which I'm super envious seeing other people out running.
Running is a drug, this proves it.

Led a session on designing internet connected products with 80+ year old participants.
I knew I shouldn't have expected much productivity this afternoon. Brain fried. Energy depleted.

I've been trying to increase my running volume and distance over the past weeks. The weekend my wife asked "is there any way I can find out where you are in case I get worried?"
I took this as a cue for kicking off thoughts about building some kind of low key diy tracking thingy.

All in all, I'm satisfied with the outcome of my little . It gave me energy to continue pushing at the phd work, and get it over and done with. I'll probably continute to allocate blocks of 2-3 days to get the writing done in the coming weeks. Can't wait to share the consolidated draft folder with my supervisors.

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Day 6, which was about 4 hours long. I squeezed about 1000 words and restructered chapter 4 in order to make it tie in better with the claims I made in the introduction of the paper.

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Final hours of - I should be able to still squeeze in 1 full pomodoro cycle ... which still is a system that works well for me to get stuff done.

Day 5, which basically was just a half day. Got a bit taken away by reading comments, which were written with best intentions by my supervisors but did get my mind going in dark places (my problem). Managed to get through it though and rewrote part of a paper/chapter. Last half day tomorrow, hope to move on where I left off today!

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This might not seem like much, but collecting all my phd related writings in chapters and folders to prepare for a full dissertation draft meant a lot to me over the past days.

It still doesn't really matter what the actual result of all this will be, just having it bundled together it what I'm after now.

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