Status update for 2021.07

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Amidst all the struggle and nothing new worth sharing, I thought I would put a status update to toss some fuel on this blog. In short, I finally got the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and I also started working on some projects.

The vaccination experience was way more painful than the first one, but I was able to recover quite well after the first night. The first night was utterly terrifying.

I went to sleep at 9 PM as it was extremely challenging to keep my eyes open. I didn’t take any pills yet since the doctor instructed to take it when the symptoms arrive. This could have been a mistake, but I woke up at 1 AM to my whole body shivering. My body was shaking, and I felt cold with a mild headache even though the room was not even remotely close to being cold. I was sweating, but I still wanted to crawl into the blankets to keep myself warm.

What I was experiencing was probably fever and aches all over my body. Even though my body was getting sweaty and making it very uncomfortable to sleep, I wanted to sleep. I was just too tired to get out of bed, search the cabinet for pills, get a cup of water, take the pills, and come back to bed. At that moment, I was lazy like a sloth. I tried to force myself to sleep. I even tried meditating by controlling my breath. That’s when I realized I was out of breath. Out of fear, I got out of bed immediately and took the pills. Probably few minutes have passed, I was back to sleep.

In the morning, the conditions were a lot better. Just a mild fever and aches. I drank a lot of water to cope with the fever, which seemed to work. After lunch, I took another pill and a quality nap. I really think sleeping might be one of the best methods to heal yourself. After an hour nap, I was almost back to normal. 10/10 would recommend.

Today is my second day since the vaccination, and here I am back to coding. As of late, I’ve been really slacking with the projects. I might have underestimated the scale of the projects, and now I am afraid to work on it.

One of the projects that I’ve been working on is a simple XMPP client/server. It was supposed to be simple, until it wasn’t. At the planning stage, I did my research and prepared resources for this project, and I thought I did quite a good job on it. However, I should have expected to face many hurdles as possible since I was basically going into the dark side of the moon. I intended this project to be step for me to learn modern c++ features and I sure am learning a lot! As I progressed with the project, I realized that the project was too big for me to handle. So currently, I’m trying to focus on the client part and test it with other XMPP servers.

In addition, I also started a side project: gundam-uc which is a simple (I seem to use simple a lot and incorrectly) React website to show the storyline of the famous science fiction franchise: Gundam. I started this project as a break from the XMPP one. Some might see it as an escape, and they are right. However, this was not an escape. I remembered another reason why I started the XMPP client/server project: I didn’t want to deal with CSS anymore.

You could not live with your own failure. Where did that bring you? Back to me. - Thanos

Put the memes aside, I think this will be a great time.