If I ever get to Switzerland, I’m staying here. 🤩
I’m pretty sure this hotel is part of the Society Of The Crossed Keys. 🗝😉
If I ever get to Switzerland, I’m staying here. 🤩
I’m pretty sure this hotel is part of the Society Of The Crossed Keys. 🗝😉
Ethan Hawke gives an inspiring talk on creativity and how it forces you know yourself, lets you empathize with others, and gives you room to be a happy fool.
In singing our song, in telling our story, in inviting you to say, “Hey, listen to me, and I’ll listen to you,” we’re starting a dialogue. And when you do that, this healing happens, and we come out of our corners, and we start to witness each other’s common humanity. We start to assert it. And when we do that, really good things happen.
If you want to help your community, if you want to help your family, if you want to help your friends, you have to express yourself. And to express yourself, you have to know yourself.
Next time I’m in Portugal, I’m going to ride the little yellow tram. What a stylish way to get around! I don’t even care where I’m going. 😆
Well said by the Savvy Psychologist.
Opportunity doesn’t just favor the well-prepared. It favors those who know on a grander scale what they’re looking for.Savvy Phychologist #296 – How To Live a Meaningful Life (6:46)
We developers spend so much time focusing on the details of our work that we sometimes forget about the big picture. The presentation below from try! Swift Tokyo has some really helpful perspective. 🤯
Think about building the right thing before building it right.
Why are you making software? Know your motivations. It affects how you do your job.
Who do you write code for? Think about how you relate to your company and the end user.
What happens when your tech stack changes? Be resilient in your career. Try new things while also shipping apps.
Be less precious about code.
Realistically, how long will this code last? How robust is robust enough? Be pragmatic. Almost all the code I’ve written in the last few years is gone by now, either retired or completely rewritten.
Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t hold back out out fear.
Real artists ship.Steve Jobs
How often do you test? Unit tests are a means to an end. Passing unit tests alone does not mean it’s a good app.
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
From The New Yorker.
Having now read enough (too many) self-help books, I was starting to think that they all overlap and are just saying different variations of the same thing. I feel like I have unofficially graduated from self-help school. 👨🏻🎓
So I was happy to see this post that basically captures all of the self help out there in one concise list. It’s a really good summary of how to take charge of your life and your own happiness. It has “chapters” on goals, limiting beliefs, growth mindset, thinking too much, self-care, gratitude, and all the other top hits.
My favorite quote is from The Mortality Chapter.
You have to go about every day like you might live forever, but also like you might die tomorrow afternoon.
That pretty well describes one of the key tensions in life. Well said, Jessica Wildfire (is that a pen name or what?).
Some more inspiration to get to Australia some day, and in particular Bondi Beach. They even have shared surf boards sitting around! 🤩
I recently came across this book on Audible called The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I didn’t end up buying the book since I don’t want to send 7 hrs and 35 mins listening to a book about a 5-second strategy. The math just didn’t add up for me. 😆
The basic idea is that as you go through your day, you have things constantly popping into your head. These are fleeting things that you should do, would like to do, useful ideas, and so forth. Mel says you have 5 seconds to act on that idea or it’s gone, or at least you won’t do anything about it. And acting on those ideas is the difference between making the life you want and not. 🤯
I like that idea. But what can you actually do in 5 seconds? I mean, you’re probably driving or out for a jog or playing Wii. You can’t necessarily write down a note or call up your cousin right then and there and invite him to lunch. You can’t go adopt a dog in 5 seconds. And you sure as hell can’t write a book in 5 seconds.
Mel has other suggestions on how to handle this 5-second period, but I’ve been dumping things like this into the appropriately named Things app on my iPhone. It goes like this:
Hey Siri, using Things, remind me to invite my cousin to lunch
That’s it. Now it’s in your inbox. You can figure out the details later, but at least now you have a placeholder / reminder. My Things inbox has grown way too long to be useful in the past (way into the hundreds), but I eventually fought it down, gradually turning this list into projects or reference notes or calendar reminders. I’ve also turned more than 400 fleeting thoughts into a database of book ideas (thanks to Evernote).
The only way I keep my Things inbox under control is to clean out the inbox once a week on Sundays. Usually I have about 40 things for the week to act on, organize, file, or discard. It takes about an hour a week.
And by the way, both this very blog and this specific post came out of a 5-second thought. 🤓
Hey Siri, using Things, remind me to check out Mel Robbins and The 5 Second Rule
A while back, I posted a link to the Artist’s Hierarchy of Needs. The idea seemed useful, although it was not a hierarchy per se, but more of just a list. 🤷🏻♂️
I think the idea of the artist’s hierarchy was inspired Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which is more of a real hierarchy. So it’s kind of cool to see this post.
Basically it says that you need take good care of yourself before you can aspire to your “ultimate self-actualization”. I guess that’s super obvious, but still it makes for a cool idea and a good visual. 😆
I hadn’t really considered traveling to Japan until recently, when one of my kids said she wanted to go there some day. She loves anime. 🤷🏻♂️🇯🇵
So I am bookmarking this list for if we can ever make that happen.
Experiencing Japan isn’t about the main touristic spots.
Who would have thought that answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything lies in giant tank of water 3000 feet under Japan? And the answer is not 42.
Scientists on Wednesday announced that they were perhaps one step closer to understanding why the universe contains something rather than nothing.
This story is not just about speculation or a cool idea. This story is about scientists working at an underground laboratory in Japan, trying to catch neutrinos, sent from 180 miles away. This experiment helps them understand why matter won over anti-matter at the beginning of time, and thus why the universe is full of, well, stuff (this was apparently not a foregone conclusion 🤷🏻♂️).
As a result, a universe that started out with a clean balance sheet — equal amounts of matter and antimatter — wound up with an excess of matter: stars, black holes, oceans and us.
This article is full of mind-blowing quotes.
These ghostly subatomic particles stream from the Big Bang, the sun, exploding stars and other cosmic catastrophes, flooding the universe and slipping through walls and our bodies by the billions every second, like moonlight through a screen door.
I love the balanced excitement / skepticism of the scientists, calling this news “undeniably exciting.”
There are further plans to send neutrinos from a lab in Illinois 800 miles underground to a giant underground detector at an old gold mine in South Dakota. 🇺🇸
So much water! And travel! One day!
A few months ago, I took an improv class. You might think I did it to learn to be funnier. I mean, it did help a little. But mostly it helped my attitude, just being open and ridiculous. I do still have a stockpile of ready-made dad jokes, though.
Improv is not only about laughs. It’s about facing uncharted territory with curiosity, enthusiasm, and fearlessness.
The post below perfectly captures the real reason that I took improv, which is mainly dealing with fears and ambiguity when you can’t sit and think about it for more than, say, two seconds. I’m naturally a sit-and-think-about-it kind of person, so I needed some help on that. 🤷🏻♂️
Cheat sheet from the article… Improv helps with:
By the way, Merlin Works, the same place where I took my improv class, is now offering online Zoom improv classes for the pandemic. If this thing drags on long enough, I might do improv 201 online. 🤷🏻♂️
Looking for a real-time county-by-county map of where people are sick in the US, with trends? Here you go. 👍
The data comes from internet-enabled thermometers. Direct from your mouth to this map. I love seeing technology do something truly useful!
Via New York Times.
Here’s a great tribute to New York City as it suffers through the coronavirus.
We are tough but we are tender, and we fucking love our city though it feels impossible sometimes.
Also, as a musician, it was encouraging to hear her say “This took me a whole day to learn.” 🤷🏻♂️
Here’s a pretty amazing visual story from the New York Times showing how the coronavirus started in a market in Wuhan and then spread around the world.
What I love about this article is the highly visual storytelling. It helps you understand how the virus spread around the world so much better than just a bunch of words.
Amazing work as always from the Times.
Isn’t it unbelievable that the whole world is staying home?
Here are 100 ways to entertain yourself while stuck at home due to the current (or any) pandemic.
My favorite? “Try moving in super-slow motion. It’s OK to laugh at regular speed.” Or a better yet, a slow-motion sword fight if you have a friend around. Sound effects are required. Cha cha cha cha. Cha cha cha cha.
Currently, my living room is cleared out for yoga and Wii.
I’d also recommend writing, making an app, playing card/board games, hanging some pictures, changing your guitar strings, doing your taxes, and getting out if possible to safely support your local taco truck or coffee shop. 😊
Or I guess just watch some movies.
Even my rock climbing gym has some movie and book recommendations. 🤷🏻♂️
Here is a funny and relatable perspective on being an app developer wanting to just make your own goddamn app. Via iOS Dev Weekly.
You want to build something that belongs to you, you want to pour your heart into it, and frankly, you’d like to find some success doing it. “It’s time,” you proclaim boldly, “for me to build an app.”
The post does spend a lot of time talking about social media stress and imposter syndrome, which doesn’t bother me too much. Personally, I have long let go of any dream of having a big, important Twitter or Instagram account. Or even making any money off of an app. I just want to make my own apps.
A big part of you still feels that, as someone who can competently design and build software, you are uniquely positioned to create your own life’s work… Wouldn’t it be a shame not to try? You’re tired of deferring your dreams to your future self; it’s time to act!
My own situation is further complicated by my additional dreams of writing a book and making some songs. I’ve actually made some progress on those dreams already. Can I really fit another dream into the rotation?
Stay tuned and see. Give me like a year. Baby, I want everything!
Some basic helpful advice to keep the coronavirus (or any virus!) away from your face. 🦠
I’ve been taking on some creative projects lately (music and writing) and found this idea of an artist’s needs really helpful. I makes me want to create!
(I’m not sure this is technically a “hierarchy”, but still it’s a good list.)
Cheat sheet: creative physical space, creative imaginative space, creative peers / community, creative fuel (filling the well), being active / taking care of your body, creative edge / challenge, faith and belief in yourself and your work, having your work responded to, certainty (confidence?), and time.
Here’s just one of the ten artist’s needs that I really liked: The need for your creative edge:
Solving problems, pushing boundaries, developing something new is at the heart of the creative process. Rather than despair about how difficult it is, embrace the challenge of your craft.
In the coolest news ever, the source code for the freakin’ Apollo 11 space modules was recently revealed on GitHub. 🤩
Specifically, this is the source code for the guidance systems of the Lunar module (the thingy that landed on the surface of the moon) and the Command Module (the can that orbited the moon during the mission).
A few cool points:
In a creative writing class I’m taking, our teacher pointed us to this great piece called “Shitty First Drafts”. It basically says what we all know but tend to forget: nobody ever just sits down and writes a great story on the first try.
👉 Shitty First Drafts by Anne Lamott
This approach frees you up to have fun with it (another topic from the class).
The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later.Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird
As a side note, this “shitty first draft” approach applies just as well to other creative endeavors such as making music or software. The key is to not actually ship the shitty first draft (although the occasional great album seems to be an exception to this rule).
Disclaimer: this blog consists entirely of shitty first drafts. 🤷🏻♂️
This is an interesting tool from someone who has Grapheme-color synesthesia and “sees” letters and numbers as colors.
Just type your name and see its colors. I’m not sure what this is really useful for, but it’s fun and gives an interesting perspective.
I went to this talk by a Buddhist monk about happiness. I’m not a Buddhist, but one thing I like about Buddhism is that it’s more of a philosophy than a religion (from what I’ve seen). There was absolutely no talk of a religious greater power. And no attempt to convert anyone.
The talk was pretty simple, logical, and grounded in reality. It was basically just useful life hacks.
After the talk, I told a classmate, “That all seemed pretty simple.” And he said, “Simple to understand, but really hard to do,” So happiness is like chess in that sense. 🤷🏻♂️
Anyways, here’s the quick guide to happiness, according to this class.
Happiness is about a peaceful internal state, i.e. a happy mind.
External rewards (like money, status, etc.) are fine, but they won’t give you lasting happiness. (I know this sounds self-righteous, but it is also self-evident. There’s nothing wrong with being rich, but we all know about rich people who are unhappy and poor people who are happy. 🙃)
To reach an internal peaceful state, act on things you can control and don’t worry about things you can’t control.
If you can do something about it, don’t worry about it.
If you can’t do anything about it, don’t worry about.
Example: Stuck in traffic on the way to a doctor’s appointment? Call your doc and say you’re running late. If they can work you in later, great. If not, reschedule. Then relax and don’t worry about it. And don’t get mad at your fellow drivers. They’re all in the same situation as you.
Also, a happy mind is a clear, uncluttered mind. This is why mediation is so helpful. It is a quick way to clear out the clutter of your mind and reset to a more relaxed and productive state. It’s like cleaning out a cluttered closet.
And that’s it! Simple and hard, just like life.
💁🏻♂️ As a side note, it’s funny that this guide to happiness comes from Buddhists, who say that life is suffering. There is something kind of perfect about the people who embrace suffering to be experts on happiness.
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This article breaks down the characteristics of cool peeps. And thankfully it’s not the high school “popular” kind of cool, but more in a sense of being effortless and smooth.
I like this list because it’s all pretty easy stuff. It’s not about being crazy funny, talented, or rich. Just be cool. 🤷🏻♂️😆
[Cheat sheet: they’re adaptable, they like people, their clothes match their personality, they don’t take criticism too personally, they’re present, they self-regulate (food, alcohol, exercise, work, emotions), they’re curious, if you’re mean to them, they won’t make a fuss, they do interesting things, they won’t judge you, they find fun in small stuff, you wish you could see more of them.]
Okay, I’m not huge on wild conspiracy theories. But I like that some scientists think it is at least plausible that highly advanced aliens are building megastructures around stars to capture their energy like a battery. 🤯 The cool thing is there would actually be a good reason for aliens to do this if they were capable enough. 🌟🔋
I’m not saying I believe it, but I love that this is a theoretical possibility. And it’s influencing SETI.
The idea here is that a very advanced alien civilization may be able to construct a hypothetical megastructure called a Dyson sphere that completely encompasses a star in order to capture a large portion of its energy. Think of it as converting a star into a gargantuan battery.
Okay, I don’t take the Charkas too literally, but I do think they’re on to something. Here’s a quick guide. They’re great for guiding meditation.
Damn, this is a great article! I love the way it breaks down complex and emotional decisions into an approach that considers “just the facts” while respecting your emotions.
Each of us is the protagonist in the story of our life. But we’re also the narrator. And the author.
When you constantly pick fights with your emotions, they tend to fight back.
Here’’s a great interactive map of Austin’s official and unofficial bike routes. It includes detailed maps of every neighborhood plus ratings for “comfort” level. 😁
Thank you, whoever made this!
Parents can be so obsessed with worrying about the dangers of screens that they fail to notice the massive, overwhelming, obvious benefits of the internet.
I’m not a fan of limiting my kids’ screen time for the following reasons:
Instead of monitoring screen time, I prefer to just make sure my kids meet all their responsibilities (homework, eating dinner with the family, get outside at least a little) and then use as much screen time as they want.
So I was happy to come across this post to remind me that I’m not crazy.
There’s no surer way of telling your children you don’t trust them and don’t respect their personal boundaries than stalking them online.
Just bookmarking this as a cool place to have an event.
A wise person told me this today.
It’s all about being real, Patrick. Most especially with yourself.
I can’t even describe how helpful that is to hear. ☺️
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There’s just something about a hotel pool. 🤩 Here are some wet and sunny spots to enjoy around Austin. This picture is of the Austin Motel pool, but many more are listed in the post.
Here’s a great collection of outside / backyard games, if your kids are getting bored being pent up inside this summer.
Red Light, Green Light sounds fun for one.
Okay, they built a new Stonehenge near San Antonio. It’s just like the real Stonehenge, but hotter and closer. 🤷🏻♂️
This is brilliant and stupid at the same time. But mostly brilliant.
I think we can all agree that some Spinal Tap is called for here.
In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of historyStonehenge – Spinal Tap
Lived a strange race of people, the Druids
No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock, of Stonehenge
Another cool / creepy place in Ireland with a very Harry Potter vibe. ☘️🧙♂️
This is one of my very favorite spots in Ireland. Serious Harry Potter vibes. 🤓
Another great swimming spot near Wimberly. Perhaps an alternative to the Blue Hole if it’s full or you want to try something new.
Adding to my Texas swimming holes list.