Marshall Bowers

Conjurer of code. Devourer of art. Pursuer of æsthetics.

SAD Times for Low Lives

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
428 words
3 minute read

Hello there, fellow sojourner.

This issue took longer for me to get around to writing than I care to admit. I had every intention of sending it out Sunday night, but when I sat down to write it I couldn't bring myself to put words on the screen.

I suppose that this was part of my motivation for starting a newsletter in the first place. By having a consistent place to write, my hope is that this resistance to writing will become easier to overcome.


As we inch ever-closer to winter I have been starting to feel the effects of SAD. I don't exactly remember when I became aware that I suffered from SAD, but I can't remember a time where I didn't feel down during the winter months.

This year I decided to take some steps to actively combat it, namely in the form of light therapy. I bought myself a Verilux HappyLight and spend thirty to forty-five minutes in front of it each morning. So far it has seemed to balance out my moods a bit, which is great.

A nice side-effect of starting light therapy has been the addition of some "me time" first thing in the morning. It's nice to have something to look forward to when first waking up rather than leaping straight into the day.

New Blog Post

Last week I wrote about how everything is a value and what starts to happen when you treat more complex concepts as plain values.

I had a lot of fun writing this post, both because I enjoy the premise of it and because it was a chance to write some more Haskell.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!

Cool Findings

Here's some of the stuff I found while being on the internet this week.


If you're anything like me and find yourself in need of a way to draw flowcharts or diagrams every so often, look no further than nomnoml.

It supports lots of various graph types, like UML and database diagrams, and I really dig the aesthetic of it.

What's New in ES 2020

I had a good chuckle reading "What's New in ES 2020" by Jared Palmer.

Until our paths cross again,