Engineering

Sometimes I take for granted the engineering part of software engineering. Since I’m usually working alone, on my own projects, it’s easy to get tunnel vision, and forget about the important stuff. Many of the fields of engineering have been around for a long time. With under 100 years of history, software engineering is kind … 

 

Health Maintenance

When you sit down most of your life, you start to notice health issues that you didn’t expect. Or, maybe you expected them, but you’re too young to feel like this. I’m only 32, but I have a handful of problems that make me feel much older. It’s easier to start “getting healthy” when you … 

 

Frustration Inspires Creativity

My wife shared a video with me yesterday. It’s about how frustration inspires creativity. It’s pretty good. As a programmer, I deal with frustrating tools every day. I also see how bad software is, in general. Maybe our frustrating ecosystem isn’t really producing the kind of creativity we want. Maybe we need tools that get … 

 

Autodidacticism

What a silly-looking word. It basically means ‘self-teaching’ which is something that happens everywhere now. Thanks internet. You win again. One thing that traditional schools get right is bringing a group of people together. Unfortunately, they bring everyone together in the same class instead of grouping together people with similar interests, but you could argue … 

 

Statistics

Statistics are cool. We can use them to make predictions about pretty much anything, and we use them to fuel artificial intelligence. They’re cool, and powerful. I used to think statistics, as a field of study, was boring. Why would I care about probability? Pfft Recently though, I have gotten a renewed interest in the … 

 

Flow or Pomodoro

There are two terms I hear the most in the context of productivity: ‘Flow‘ and ‘The Pomodoro Technique.’ Both of them are lauded as silver bullets for productivity godliness. They both seem like good ideas, but I don’t think you can use them both. Some people say they switch techniques depending on what kind of … 

 

Norse Myth

Mythology is cool. The gods did some amazing things, and the humans wrote some great stories. Of all the ‘genres’ of myth, Norse is my favorite. Vikings are popular right now, which makes me a bit sad. Maybe it’s my inner hipster, but it bums me out when the rest of the world catches on …