Tony Wolski

Weeknote 2022-09


Picking up week notes again after a two week hiatus. The last few weeks have been extremely busy and I haven't managed to find the time on the weekend. Last week being half-term was particularly crammed with child admin. The Resistance beats me a lot of the time, too. Not this week.

I'm drafting this on Saturday morning. I've got a cup of coffee on the desk, my laptop raised on a Kids Against Maturity box and I'm typing on my Lenovo ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II; super smooth key presses - I love typing on this thing. My boy is using up his hour of screen time on the couch behind me; he's playing Big Paintball, so lots of peppering bullet sounds and an ongoing commentary of how many kills he's got. We've already been to football this morning; the boys had two losses and a win in the last game.

I was still really sick with a cold man flu on Monday. I hadn't had an illness that floored me like this since before Covid kicked off. Unable to concentrate on Monday afternoon, I lay down on the couch and slept for a couple of hours. Very unlike me but great for recovery. The illness has swept through the entire family, my daughter and wife floored with it.

We learned about the economics of climate change this week in my Climate Change: Learning for Action course. Carbon markets, cap and trade, carbon offsets, calculating the social cost of carbon. The carbon market and trading schemes seem like they could be important contributors to solving the climate crisis, if used correctly However the current price placed on carbon is not nearly enough.

The kids dressed up for World Book day. Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter this year; they looked great. They've enjoyed being back at school with their friends and are always cheerful on the way in and home.

We've got a few potential opportunities in the pipeline for Yvant: a website optimisation project, an AWS cloud infrastructure sustainability assessment, and a new system build - a greenfield project for an exciting new startup. Lots of proposals to write, not my favourite thing, but it feels like things are starting to happen.

It was my wife's birthday on Friday. Unfortunately it fell on the worst day of her cold, so she decided to cancel the hour long Thai massage I had organised. We tried to make the day as enjoyable as possible for her, croissants and presents in the morning, some sushi for lunch and a family meal at TGI Fridays in the evening. The sun was out for the day, which was very welcome, and so she also got out for a walk with friends.

We've got her family coming over this afternevening (that's a word I just made up to replace the afternoon/evening I usually use). The sun is out and it feels like spring is only just around the corner. We might even sit outside, the first time we'll have done so this year.

Finally I, like so many others around the world, was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Warnie's death. His passing, for me, feels as somber, or as significant, as when Steve Irwin or Princess Diana died. Warnie played a huge part in my life, and I didn't even play cricket. I spent countless summers watching his magic, wondering how many wickets he'd take this innings; 6, 7.. 8? You knew you were in for a treat every test match he played. At school we'd spend lunchtimes in the cricket nets trying to replicate the turn he could generate. Warnie, you will be sorely missed. You enriched the lives of so many.