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Randy's Changelog v1.13

Well it’s official, I’m on a new major version.
Digital Nomad v1.0

Last week's Changelog
A few of you responded with a bit of pushback from last week’s CL - “Why give up your YouTube audience, you’re just shooting yourself in the foot, can’t you just make low effort content?”
Every time I encounter a problem in my life, I like to solve it by going in the complete opposite direction, usually overcorrecting to the other end of the spectrum.
I get a sense for where the edges of the issue lie.
After that, I usually flip back half way in the other direction and settle into a nice happy medium.
It happened to an extent with my thoughts on “membership” rewards, and it’ll most likely happen here with YouTube.
There are definitely some low-hanging fruit I could grab when it comes to YouTube. I could make a few very simple and unedited videos here and there that showcase what I’ve been up to, or even just do a community post.
They seem like a decent idea and at some point in the future I’ll probably do just that when I’ve got something exciting to show off.
For the time being though, I do think the only way forward for me over the next couple of months is to completely ignore that and focus on the craft first and foremost.
Otherwise I’ll just get sucked back into the content creator vortex.
Hope that clears things up a bit. I don’t at all want to just throw away my YouTube audience, I know there’s a lot of people over there that are keen to see what I’ve been up to.
But for now I just want to shut that outta my mind and focus on the work that really matters.
So let’s get on with this week!
New Beginnings
After spending the last 3 months at a lovely little outback retreat in central Australia with my Father, some friendly snakes, and a pack of wild donkeys - I’m off to go explore the world solo.
this little fella is called Eeyore
this little fella is called Eeyore
If you’ve been following these logs over the previous weeks, you’ll know how much of a rollercoaster it’s been. I’m very happy where it ended up though. If anything these last few months have just been one big quiet contemplation of me trying to figure out how I can live a life that’s truly meaningful to me.
The CliffsNotes - I’m just going to do whatever the hell I truly want while trying my best to survive.
Not much else to say really, just a whole lot to do.
In that vein, I’ve had travel on my mind for quite some time now and have been prepping to go full nomad since late last year. Bit by bit I sold all of my belongings and stuffed my life into a backpack.
It’s one thing to say you’re going to do something, but another thing entirely to actually go do it.
So after a little 24 hour bus ride up from Alice Springs, I’ve arrived in Darwin.
I hopped on the bus feeling ecstatic. After all this time, I’m finally about to live the lifestyle that I’ve been planning to live for the last 6 months.
It’s time to step into my nomad shoes and see what the world has to offer.
Yet, I couldn’t help but feel an anxiety building.
The closer the bus got to Darwin, the more reality started to sink in.
I’m on my own now.
In a few hours I’ll be in a city I’ve never stepped foot in before.
On Wednesday I’ll be landing in a country that I’ve never stepped foot in before.
Let’s try not to think about that too hard, shall we :)
After nervously chugging down litres of NT iced coffee (nectar of the gods) and getting 3 hours of bus-sleep, I arrived at my first hostel - a cheap ass room to rest my head alongside 5 other random people.
Staving off a minor panic attack, I got settled in, slapped a burrito into me, and headed out to the hostel bar for a celebratory pint of cider.
I was greeted by a DJ mixing some beautiful tech house music.
I am of the firm belief that house music will solve any problem - lack of energy, bad vibes, sleep deprivation, world hunger, etc.
It was exactly what I needed.
I sat there, nodding my head to some Fisher and sipping my alcoholic apple juice until the fatigue of the day caught up with me.
I hit the bed in my 6-man dorm room and nodded off slowly to the mechanical whir of the AC unit and the relentless coming and goings of my new roommates.
At least hostel-sleep is better than bus-sleep.
*ptsd-inducing default alarm sounds*
…where the fuck am I?
I take off my eye mask.
This is really happening huh?
I really can’t just go back to the rent-free comfort of my parents?
Alright. Fine. Let’s get on with it then.
Now if you think about it, at the end of the day all I really need when it comes to accommodation is a place to sleep.
Sure, hostels aren’t the objectively nicest establishments when you stack them up against pricey Airbnbs; but what’s the point in spending a lot of money on a place when you’re gonna be unconscious for 90% of the time?
Just grab an eye mask, some ear plugs, and you’re golden.
I slipped on my clothes, grabbed my backpack, and hit the streets.
I have no idea why I’m writing about all of this.
Probably just to give myself something to do so I don’t think too hard about the fact that in two days time I’m about to hop on a plane by myself and fly to a foreign countr…
Let’s go run some errands!
Before I head off I’m gonna need a negative PCR covid test.
Fun travel fact #1 - it turns out that you should really look into this weeks before the flight and book an appointment “ahead of time.”
Now since prior preparation has only just become a recent phrase in my vocabulary, I of course did none of these things.
And missed my flight…
Luckily enough, I rescheduled it for free and got the flight moved back another 48 hours.
The only cost was momentary panic, 20 different phone calls, and the price of staying in Australia for another 2 days (which is actually very expensive, get me out of here before I drain my bank account pls).
Anyway, this is all just a roundabout way of saying that morning alarm was for this.
Time to go head off to the covid test appointment thing, wooooo it’s errand time! Now this right here is why you subscribed - peak content, absolutely riveting.
It’s at 10:30 though, so I’ve got some time to kill.
Well, this changelog ain’t gonna write itself, so I settled down at my favourite overpriced coffee joint - The Coffee Club - for a lovely $100 coffee (overexaggerating, but it’s not far off).
And that’s where we’re at right now!
Wow, the joys of the present moment.
Will our protagonist make it to his appointment on time?
Or will he be doomed to spend another week in Darwin, with his bank account being gently skull-fucked by the Australian economy.
*phone reminder dings*
Well, it’s time to get my ass over there.
I down the last of my overpriced legalised crack, shut my laptop, slip it into my bag, and I’m off.
Hang on a minute, how is he typing this out on his laptop if it’s in his bag?
Time travel, bitch.
I’m now patiently waiting to get a swab rammed down the back of my throat to please the Indonesian government.
I did rock up here 20 minutes late though…
Except I knew my dumbass would be late so I strategically wrote down that my appointment was at 10:30 instead of 11:30.
So I’m actually 40 minutes early.
*One nostril violation later*
It’s such a bloody relief having that covid test done and dusted. I’ve been stressing about getting that sorted for a while now.
I love that feeling of finishing a task and then just closing the shit outta all the tabs you had open for it.
I’m at another coffee shop now and have just had a $22 lunch (Jesus fuckin Christ, this is starting to out of hand).
But mannnn I feel so goddamn versatile right now. I can work from anywhere. The streets are my office.
What’s up next?
Well, now that you and I have sat through that enthralling errand, it’s time to move onto the exciting stuff.
*sniff sniff*
Is that Telescope I smell?
A few days ago Ryan walked me through a bit of the new Telescope code base and awoooooooga am I excited to get stuck into C programming again.
A complete 180 from Unity (thank the lord), I’m going to get stuck into writing some low-level Telescope code.
A while back I was working on 3D model rendering and I found it pretty difficult to write custom shaders with TS. In order to get one going you’ve gotta slide directly into the backend rendering layer and write graphics code yourself (OpenGL, Vulkan, D3D11, etc).
To make it easier for my future self (and all of y'all looking to use TS) I’m going to figure out how to abstract / standardise this whole process.
Ryan has switched the current graphics backend to D3D11 (Direct X) but I’ve got no clue how to use that.
In a beautiful turn of events, old mate Cherno has just started a series on writing a ray tracer from scratch.
What better way to learn D3D11 and figure out how to structure a shader abstraction than to get stuck into tracing some rays.
Now I’ve got absolutely no practical use in mind for building a ray tracer, but it sounds like a lot of fun, and I like doing fun things.
At the very least, it’ll be a great learning experience.
So let’s get cracking ;)
It’s the end of the day here in Darwin though and I’m about to get kicked out of this coffee shop, so we’ll pick this up next week.
I’d be lying if I said that this new digital nomad transition was going to be easy.
I’d also be lying if I said that I’m not shitting my pants just a lil bit.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting journey.
If you want a bit more of the day-to-day, I’ll try posting more on my Insta stories.
This time next week I’ll be in Bali, I’ll cya then.
- randy
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