One beautiful reason too get to Bavaria, Germany.
I love this simple idea about learning: information sticks better if you learn it in smaller chunks over time and forget a little bit in between.
It’s the exact opposite of cramming like we did in college. 😆
As it turns out, forgetting the information for a while helps makes it stick for longer if you revisit it later. 🤯. It may seem odd, but it make sense.
If you force your brain to bring back knowledge it’s starting to forget, then it puts a sticker to remind itself it shouldn’t forget.
This same idea came up here a few months ago in a different post. And seeing it again now, fittingly enough, really solidifies the concept for me. 🙃
This -centric open-source animation library looks promising.
👉 Motion on GitHub
Motion is an animation engine for gesturally-driven user interfaces, animations, and interactions on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
I’ve been a little skeptical of open-source animation platforms since I had to toss out one app and then another as cocos2d morphed into cocosd2x and broke everything. Damn that x! But still, this looks cool. 👆
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
I try to read A Christmas Carol this time every year 🎄 to glean its lessons anew. Ebenezer Scrooge is a nice little annual kick in the butt!
This year, Marley’s ghost and his minions especially spoke out to me. 👻
The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power for ever.
The story is not just about being a better person and having some heart, but is also about the pain of regret: failing to impact the world for the better while you have the chance.
No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.
I definitely recommend the Patrick Stewart reading of this book. He brings out the urgency and freshness of it, even though the book is nearly 200 years old!
Next time I’m in New York City 🙏, I’d like to see the original Washington Crossing the Delaware painting.
I’m sure you’ve seen this painting before, but it would be amazing to see it in its original, massive form (12′ by 21′) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There are so many fascinating things about this painting. Here are a few highlights, but I recommend listening to at least the intro of Washington’s Crossing to really appreciate it.
- The painting depicts the secret Christmas-night 1776 launch of the momentum-grabbing surprise attack on the British and German soldiers occupying New Jersey.
- At the time, five months after the Declaration of Independence, the new American army had seen defeat after defeat and was 90% destroyed. Thus the gloomy atmosphere with a hint of sunshine in the background.
- The painting was made by German-American painter Emanuel Leutze in 1850 with a goal of promoting democracy in Europe and fighting slavery in the United States. 🤩
- The painting makes efforts to show all kinds of people from all over America literally in the same boat together. This includes a black man, a big statement back in 1850 during slavery. The paining was used for abolition fundraising.
- The copy in NYC was the second one painted by Leutze. The first went to his native Germany and was destroyed by a British bombing raid during World War II — Britain’s final revenge on the American revolution. 😆
Here’s a little Christmas present of sorts for us iOS developers: a fresh new SwiftUI tutorial from Apple. The whole course takes about 4 hours and lets you build a niceeeee-looking scrum app from scratch. 🤩
This course guides you through the development of Scrumdinger, an iOS app that helps users manage their daily scrums.
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
👉 Comparing iPhone OS 1.0 with iOS 14 using tree maps
Did you ever wonder how much more complex iOS is getting over time? If so, then here you are, friend: the files from the original 2007 iOS compared side-by-side with today’s iOS. 🤯
Via iOS Dev Weekly.
I love the idea that your brain makes its most interesting breakthroughs and connections when you’re not actively thinking. It is well stated in this article.
With really interesting problems, you usually don’t need to think harder. You need to relax and let you mind do its thing while you sleep or do errands. That is when genius strikes. ⚡️
Creativity is all about making interesting connections. Albert Einstein called it “combination play.”
In my experience, this unconscious combo play is important for figuring out what do to and not so much how to do it. Once the what is clear in your mind, it can be followed by all the conscious thinking and hard work to get it done. Unfortunately, that part does not happen in your sleep. 😉
As a side note, there is also a beautiful space when your mind is so immediate and present that is simply doesn’t have time to think. This is what I like about improv. And also baseball.
You can’t think and hit at the same time.Yogi Berra (maybe)
I get so annoyed when I find myself using random websites 🤮 or all different apps 🤷🏻♂️ to do things like format JSON, test regex’s, encode/decode Base64, encode/decode URLs, or convert Unix time strings.