Software Dev

Getting Started with Instruments

Has there ever been a more powerful, but under-utilised tool than Instruments?

Instruments is a tool included with Xcode that helps you analyze, profile, and debug your live iOS app. Solve memory leaks. Visualize memory. Monitor disk, network, memory, and battery usage. You can even find zombies. 🧟‍♂️

It lets you do incredible things but is also overwhelming to new developers, in which case this Ray Wenderlich tutorial can come in pretty handy.

👉 Getting Started with Instruments

There’s also an Apple WWDC presentation with this same name. 😆

Visual Memory Debugger

Via iOS Dev Weekly.

The World

I Hate Quantum Mechanics 🤦🏻‍♂️

I love science. I love philosophy. I love math. But I hate quantum mechanics.

Sorry, it just makes absolutely zero sense and hurts my brain. 🤯 It’s obviously all made up just to annoy us. 😉

It started with a Schrödinger’s cat joke on Reddit, which was perfect because the joke itself was intentionally as annoying as quantum mechanics itself.

Schrödinger’s cat jokes never get old.
Well, they do, but, they don’t.

Doesn’t make sense, right? Not funny? Annoying AF? Totally agreed.

But I had to know what this joke really meant, so then I went down the rabbit hole of what Schrödinger’s cat was all about. The good news is that the Schrödinger’s cat puzzle was actually tying to point out how silly at last one interpretation of quantum mechanics is. 👍

This trail of sorrow leads to obviously incorrect theories like quantum superposition, which says that something can be in two different states at the same time. (Thus the annoying joke. ☝️) And the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which says that nothing is ever in one specific place or traveling at any known speed. Tell that to your local traffic cop, amiright?

Science, I love you. Physics, I love you. Quantum mechanics… ehhh… okay, I love you too. But I will never understand you. 🧐

Me

All the “Things” 2020

I’ve been using the Things app to track all my personal todo’s and projects for a couple of years now. I love this beautifully simple Mac-assed Mac app and use it all the time.

I recently discovered how to get access to the Things database and was finally able to answer some questions about how I have been spending my time.

So, with that, here are some highlights of all my “Things” in 2020.


In 2020, I completed 108 personal projects. A project can be something small like “🏓 Declutter 2nd floor”, medium like, “🛳 Renew passport”, or big like “🎸 Convert my guestroom to the studio”. (I always include an emoji in my project name because somehow it helps motivate me.)

Some favorite completed projects of 2020 were “🗳 Vote”, “🤹‍♂️ Plan for best self”, “🧠 Mental reorg”, and my favorite for 2020: “🦠 Corona?”

I canceled 9 projects, including “🌶 Home Gardening!”, “📘 Journaling”, the weird exercise kick of “🧘🏻‍♂️Qi Gong” and “🥋Grav maga”, and the most fitting cancellation for 2020: “🦃 Holiday family plans”

I completed 11 projects to “fix” things, including “🐍 Fix that slot under my door”, “🥁 Fix drums”, “🔧 Fix that broken drawer in the kitchen”, and “✍️ Basic blog fix up”


On a finer level, I completed 2565 individual tasks in 2020, or about 7 per day.

I canceled 521 tasks in 2020, about 1.4 per day.

At year’s end, I currently have 62 projects in progress. 🤔


For reference, here is a sample SQLite query to find all the projects created and completed in 2020.

SELECT title, date(creationDate, 'unixepoch') as start, date(stopDate, 'unixepoch') as stop from TMTask
WHERE type = 1
AND status = 3
AND date(creationDate, 'unixepoch') BETWEEN '2020-01-01' AND '2020-12-31'
ORDER BY creationDate