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Weekly Report #39 - Initial Encounter with COVID-19, Past Emotions, and Regained Sharing Desire



This article is a record and reflection of my life from May 1, 2023, to May 20, 2023.

When I typed the above line, I realized that I had actually procrastinated for three weeks. During this period, many interesting things happened, but it seems that my desire to share is gradually diminishing. I only recorded some fragmented thoughts in Logseq and tried to organize them a few times, but I couldn't find a clear train of thought, so I didn't force it. It wasn't until last week that I gradually recovered, but I became busy again due to an upcoming project launch, and I put it off until this weekend without realizing it.

Interestingly, after surviving the epidemic for three years and becoming one of the rare people around me who hadn't contracted the virus, I got infected in this wave. I had a fever of 39.5 degrees Celsius over the weekend and initially thought it was just a minor cold. It wasn't until Monday when I had almost recovered that I decided to take an antigen test, and it turned out positive. However, overall, it was a mild case. I had a fever for a day, and my sore throat felt like swallowing a knife blade for only a day. I gradually recovered, and it can be considered a quick recovery from COVID.

So this weekend is a time when everything is getting better. Most of the project requirements have been completed, giving me some time to catch my breath. I have just recovered from COVID, which serves as a warning to take care of my body. I have also removed the stitches after neutering my pet, and it has regained its lively nature. I have also started to return to a normal input and output frequency.

During the May Day holiday, I went to Chengdu to participate in an event and met some friends. After a rushed trip, I went to Xi'an for leisure travel and met my long-lost college roommate. We finally fulfilled our promise after several years, but we almost got stuck at the airport due to the surge in return trips. There were many interesting things that happened.

Old Friends and Past Emotions#

I have a roommate who, although we only spent one year together in our freshman year (he later changed majors and left), we have stayed in touch until now. The number of people I can define as friends has been decreasing, so he is particularly precious to me. We agreed to meet in his hometown, Xining, during our college years. After several years, I have traveled to several cities, and he has settled in Xi'an for work. After not seeing each other for a few years, I took the opportunity of the May Day holiday to visit Xi'an. It wasn't a tourist trip, just drinking and chatting, just like old times.

In my memory, he was rebellious and cynical. Through frequent conversations or phone calls, the familiarity of our meeting after a long absence remained. Besides the boring daily work, he still insists on running, playing the guitar, and reading. He still despises and dislikes worldly things but lives his life according to his own path, with a touch of gentleness.

Because it was my first time in Xi'an, despite it being the May Day holiday, I went to popular tourist attractions like the Big Wild Goose Pagoda amidst the crowds, but it was just a quick glance. When I was more enthusiastic about photography, I would always carry a camera and take more pictures wherever I went. After the epidemic in recent years, this enthusiasm has gradually faded. Even when I travel these past two years, even if I bring a camera on a whim, I often can't take many photos. It seems that neither natural nor cultural landscapes can truly attract me, leaving behind more casual group photos.

Regained Desire to Share#

There are also many unorganized photos and video materials lying in my hard drive. Most of them have become outdated due to the passage of time and are scattered in some folders as part of my memories. I still remember that before my birthday in 2021, I took some videos because many things happened. I wanted to share and record those things as a birthday summary video. But in the end, I didn't organize those materials, and I didn't even leave any text.

It wasn't until 2022 when I started recording again. In a blink of an eye, a year has passed. Maybe because it's a similar moment, I have recently had insomnia and inevitably looked back at some traces. In conversations with friends, I suddenly exclaimed, "It's been a whole year already." When I recently wanted to write something, I often worried that I would continue to write about those somewhat depressing emotions, which, although true, made me feel exhausted.

Upon careful consideration, I have made some changes in this past year, and I am getting closer to the person I want to be, more or less. I have gained some freedom in both work and daily life, getting closer to life itself. Although I still procrastinate from time to time, I have recorded many of my thoughts and insights and thought more about myself. I have learned some things I wanted to learn and explored and practiced more of my ideas. I have also experienced some interesting things with the company of friends, not sinking into my own world like last year.

Everything seems to be gradually improving, and things that cannot be changed will eventually require determination to move on. That's how I comfort myself.

Fortunately, things have been going well recently, both in work and life. There have been some positive signals, and I have gradually discovered the return of the desire to share and create. After a brief review, I realized that there are many things I want to do and should do. Due to various reasons, many of them have been put on hold, but now I am picking them up one by one.

Interesting Things and Objects#

GitHub Copilot Chat#


Recently, I have been highly dependent on AI-assisted programming, mainly using ChatGPT and the GitHub Copilot plugin. Recently, the Copilot Chat closed beta has been approved, and I plan to switch and try it out.

Regarding ChatGPT Plus, apart from some issues with the billing, I will have to figure out a solution when it expires. Maybe I can try renewing it using US gift cards. It's really a hassle.

VS Code#


In addition, I have been using VS Code all along (despite being despised by JetBrains fans in the team), and I discovered this EVA theme through a tweet by DIYGod. It gives me an inexplicable boost in coding power, and it feels like there are fewer bugs. Indeed, appearance is the first productivity.

For my program launcher, I have been using both Alfred and Raycast. I'm used to Alfred and have purchased a Mega Supporter license, but I'm also envious of Raycast's plugin ecosystem.



Recently, I discovered that Raycast can configure and call many plugin functions through global shortcuts. Since I often need to open different VS Code projects, I have configured Option + . to open VS Code and Option + , to open recent projects. I have become highly dependent on it.


Although most interesting inputs are automatically synchronized in the "Yu's Life" Telegram channel, I will still select some to list here, making it more like a newsletter.



Here are some interesting videos I have watched:


Here are some interesting podcasts I have listened to:


  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Entertainment District Arc: It started to get exciting from the third episode. Currently watching.
  • The Detective Is Already Dead: It's indeed a knife. Currently watching.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry - SOTSU: I had heard about it before but watched it intermittently. It has a similar feel and style to the Monogatari series. The setting of a time loop and the interpretation of unknown possibilities still feel fresh even now. I often think that I am also trapped in a four-and-a-half tatami mat space, but I don't know when I will have the courage to break free.
  • The Uncle from Another World: I forgot which month it aired. It feels like it hasn't been updated for a long time. It took me half a year to catch up. It's an entertaining slice-of-life anime with interesting settings, but the plot doesn't have many novel aspects. I usually watch it while doing other things.
  • Chainsaw Man: Just marking it. It's a classic revisited. The animation quality is online.
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