Dino’s Journal

A peek into the mind of a sleep deprived software developer, husband, dad and gamer.

Covid-19 Activities and Risk Map Got this from Coney. Sharing it because the info seems useful. This is basically a mapping of activities and the corresponding risk associated to said activities. I like how it makes it easier to identify an activity's risk level. For example, getting takeout food is considered low risk. While eating inside a restaurant is considered a moderate to high risk activity. Opening mail is low risk. Grocery shopping is moderate-low risk. Like I said, really easy.

With Texas and a few other states becoming new epicenters for COVID-19, I feel like we all need to be doing more to stop this virus from spreading. Let's put in the effort now. Wear your face masks and practice social distancing. The sooner we can stop this virus from spreading, the sooner we can get back to some semblance of normal life.

Happy 4th of July! Be smart and stay safe out there everyone.

Tags: #PublicHealth

The squad Meet the squad. Unlike in The Division, you get three AI teammates in Ghost Recon Wildlands. They are really helpful if you play solo like me. That's yours truly up front. Weaver on the right. Holt on the left. And Midas.... well Midas is somewhere back there.

As you can see on my character, I equipped a suppressor on all my weapons. While you can go all guns blazing in Ghost Recon Wildlands, you'll have much better success going the stealth route. Also, try to get an assault rifle with a grenade launcher attachment. It can be really helpful against enemy vehicles and enemy choppers.

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Last week I received an email from a reader who recommended this site. Read This Twice is in the same vein as the Good Books website. Both websites serve up book recommendations based on books that influential people have read. I'm always up for finding more sources of books to read. This one is a good one to bookmark too. I will also say that compared to the Good Books website, this site loads a lot faster on my devices. Not sure why that is, but that is just an observation.

Note that both websites make use of Amazon affiliate links. I'm in no way affiliated with any of these two websites or their owners. I'm just sharing because they have good content.

Link: Read This Twice

Tags: #Bookmarks #BookRecommendations

Elevator.js fixes those awkward “scroll to top” moments the old fashioned way.

Sharing this because it just brightened up my morning. And it might be of use to those working with JavaScript. Totally did not expect that when I hit the “Back to Top” button. That gave a me a good chuckle ^_^x

I know it goes against Write.as' minimalistic design, but it would be totally cool if we could get it implemented on here haha.

Link: Elevator.js


This post is Day 13 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Bookmarks #WebDevelopment #100DaysToOffload

Tried watching the movie American Assassin, but decided it was too violent to watch around Davin. I'm talking about the opening scene. I'll have to watch it when Davin is sleeping.


Since I couldn't watch American Assassin, I decided to watch Messiah instead. From Episode 2 and on, I was hooked. This show is so intriguing. It leads you into asking questions about the social issues that are present in the world today — like the issue on a country's borders, or issues on religion. It is a really good show.


Watched Messiah again. A very intriguing show. I've seen the scene before, where he... click here for spoiler. But when I saw it again, I still got a shudder.


Finished the ASP.NET Core Razor Pages tutorial. It's a good one that covered a bunch of stuff, including data validation. Next up, I need to look into how to host the web app on Azure using my free monthly credits.

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Racing against 37 hot air balloons in a Lancia 037 Stradale. IMO, this was one of the best races in Forza Horizon 2.

Album: Forza Motorsport | Horizon


This post is Day 11 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #GameScreenshots #Forza #Cars #100DaysToOffload

One thing I learned this week, is that it is hard to climb up three flights of stairs with a face mask on. By the time I got to my cubicle, I had shortness of breath... Anyway, it's Friday. Last day of the week that I have to work at the office. Then I'll be working from home again for the next two weeks. So I'm gonna celebrate with another music log entry.

First song for today is “Last Day Under the Sun” by Volbeat. Volbeat is that really good Danish rock band that I never knew about. Well, not until I heard them in one of the Top 50 Rock Songs countdown from years past. Volbeat has a very unique sound similar to bands from the late 90s and early 2000s. You'll know the song playing is a Volbeat song, because it sounds like a Volbeat song.

Anyway, this track is a pretty good one. Not too heavy on metal or rock. I'm not exactly sure how to describe it. It sounds more like mainstream rock, or maybe it's just plain old rock and roll. Beautiful ending to the music video too.

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Racing against my brother's drivatar. Driving a Mazda NC MX-5 Miata. Racing against my brother's drivatar (up ahead), who also drives a Mazda NC MX-5 Miata. Drivatars are one of the coolest features in a Forza game. They are AI drivers that are modeled after a real player's driving behavior. If you play a Forza game but your friend is offline, their drivatar will show up in the game to add a bit of fun into the races. I don't have a screenshot of it. But I always enjoy racing against my wife's drivatar :)

Fun fact, my brother really did drive a Mazda NC MX-5 Miata in the past. It was red, just like in the screenshot above. Drove it to work a couple of times in the past. It was a fun car.

Tags: #GameScreenshots #Forza #Cars

Cal in his post, shares a wonderful essay about a professional sport climber who ditched social media and improved her career. Both posts, from Cal and Madison are really good reads. Be sure to check out the comments too, especially on Cal's post.

Links: On Social Media and Character – Cal Newport Why Ditching Instagram Earned me the Podium – Madison Fischer

It was then that Madison’s athletic career moved to the next level. “There’s nobody I’m here to perform for,” she writes. “I just train and silently work on achieving my own definition of success.”

That quote above made me reconsider keeping my blog “public”. By that I mean having my posts show up on the read.write.as feed. I sometimes feel that I'm performing for someone when my posts show up on the read.write.as feed. Like I'm in a competition, trying to keep up with everyone else.

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Some striking words from a homily months ago:

You are poor before the sight of God. All you have to offer is yourself. – Deacon Pete

No matter how wealthy I am, or how big my house is, or how expensive my car is, or how fancy my clothes are — when death comes knocking, I am poor before the sight of God. All I have to offer at that point, is myself.

A good reminder to not get caught up in the consumerism lifestyle prevalent in the world today.


This post is Day 8 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Visit https://100daystooffload.com to get more info, or to get involved.

Tags: #Spirituality #Reflection #100DaysToOffload

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