Archive for May 2011

Depression, Burn Out and Writing Code

When your livelihood depends on what you can do with your brain, fighting depression and the fatigued fog that swirls around it is a frightening battle.

I read a post written by Noah Kagan of appSumo.com tonight in which he honestly and plainly described what that fight is like from the inside. He also shares some of the tools he uses like pursuing small wins, developing relationships with people you can talk to and taking a break from the stresses that [...]

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Chrome Dev Tools Versioning

I was looking at this Chrome Dev Tools Cheatsheet that was put together by Boris Smus and Paul Irish when something caught my eye:

I was instantly excited. This is a feature I’ve always wished for but couldn’t find in firebug – saving your changes while messing with things in the dev tools.

I’ve always found it so annoying when I’m tweaking some css and I get to the point where it’s perfect – but I can’t remember all the things I changed. [...]

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Geolocation, JSON and Simple Design – This Week’s Reading

Adding HTML5 Geolocation to your web applications

One of the interesting and useful addition to the HTML5 specification is the Geolocation API. The Geolocation API allows users to share their location with web applications so that they can enjoy the benefits of various location-aware services.

Geolocation enables you as a developer or website owner to figure out where a particular user is located on the planet. This can be helpful in various web applications; for example in social [...]

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How Do You Twitter?

One of the reasons it is often hard to explain twitter to someone who doesn’t use it is that everyone tweets in their own way.

How you use twitter is often closely linked to what device or software you use. I’ve noticed who I pay attention to in my collection of followed people is different when I’m using the twitter desktop client, the website and flipboard on the iPad. (Hey everyone! This guy has an iPad!)

When I was first made aware [...]

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Life Is Short

So it is — the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, [...]

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21st Century Profiles

Louis himself is the continuity: his jittery consciousness, floating through the aftermath of divorce, which operates as a kind of second adolescence, this time complicated by kids and the fear of death.

From a profile of Louis C.K. in New York Magazine.

Follow that with a look at Ron Conway, the scariest man in silicon valley:

What emerged was a portrait of an intimidating man who has more power in Silicon Valley than many outsiders know and many insiders feel comfortable with. What also [...]

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What was that all about?

Driving back to work, I saw a cop car with its lights on blocking the right lane of the expressway. I slowed to a crawl along the left edge of the left lane as I passed, thinking there must be an accident.

Instead, as I slowly panned across the scene, I saw a white fleet vehicle with a home decor business name painted across its flank.

Inside were three middle aged soccer moms with eyes wide as saucers.

Outside their car crouched a [...]

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What do I want to do when I grow up?

If you’re reading these words and you’re not an archiving bot sifting through the digital detritus of the early internet a thousand years from now, you were born as a squishy bag of meat. The fact that you are the particular sort of meatbag that can perceive light to such fine detail that you can interpret the squiggles that make up this sentence and convert them to meaningful electrical signals in the spongy bit of meat above your food hole [...]

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Amazon: The Hidden Empire

This presentation is a comprehensive look at the ever expanding (and ever innovating) business of Amazon.com.

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Twitter, SPL and Developer Wushu

In The 7 Kinds of Software Developer Wushu , Bob Warfield seven types of software developers and how they contribute to successful products. All of us are a mix of different skills, opinions and passions. Comparing yourself, either positively or negatively, to other developers is inevitable but not always helpful.

I’ve often found myself discouraged when I consider my skills compared to the people I work with. I work with a very talented mix of hackers, inventors, engineers and artists who [...]

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