2023 February recap

I have to confess I’m not very motivated to write recaps or do any coding outside of my day job lately so pardon me in if I end up not able to keep my December “promises”.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

  • Current focus: physical health. As I mentioned last month, my body is fucked. I’ve spent the month in physiotherapy, with more to come, and I’ve done some tests at the cardiologist that proved I have absolutely no physical condition. That’s what I’ve been focusing on and it’s been painful.

  • I’m gonna bring this video about February again because that’s what most of this month was like. Which also made it hard to have the energy to exercise. Luckily the month is ending on a very sunny week!

  • I haven’t really talked much about work over here because I wasn’t really sure what was going on over there, but it started getting better this month. The difference it makes just having people to talk to about the problems you have to solve is incredible!

  • I’m currently going through Josh W. Comeau’s The Joy of React course and it’s been super insightful! At first I was a bit worried that I would already know a lot of it, but Josh manages to add an extra layer of context to even the most common things, like why we need (or don’t anymore) to import React in our component files. Super worth it!

  • I’m also trying to actively get better at Typescript and have been watching some of Matt Pocock’s videos and even wrote my first proper type with generics last week! There’s still a lot I don’t understand but it’s so satisfying when I do!

  • I’ve finally managed to listen to Atomic Habits, by James Clear this month. I used to follow him way before the book was written and I kind of forgot about it. The book is pretty insightful and it was a good reminder to be more aware of my habits, which plays quite nicely with the first point in this list.

  • I’m still reading Exhalation, by Ted Chiang and I must confess I’m a bit bored.

  • Many years ago, for about 4 years, I used to take an entire week of vacation in October to go to the International Film Festival in São Paulo. I was lucky to have a friend that had a friend that could get me full access credentials to see as many movies I wanted. So my birthday present to myself was sitting in different cinemas for days, sometimes joined by one of my favorite person of all times. But somehow it’s been over 5 years that I’m in Berlin and I never paid that much attention to the Berlinale. I think part of this is just that I can’t be bothered to fight for tickets and that was proven last week when I refreshed the page at 10am and all tickets for Tár (Todd Field, 2022) were already sold out. Like how? Anyway, I’m very happy that my first true Berlinale experience was nothing less than the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement award ceremony with Steven Spielberg (presented by BONO VOX??), followed by the screening of The Fablemans (Steven Spielberg, 2022) (lucky last minute tickets from my partner’s job), which was great! I’ve also seen Propriedade (Daniel Bandeira, 2022), an intense Brazilian movie about entitled rich people and modern slavery.

  • One cool link that was shared with me this month: The Micropedia of Microagressions

And I guess that’s a wrap! See you next time!

Written on a Tuesday in February, 2023