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Tuesday
Jan162018

Web Developer Roadmap - 2018

Very cool:

https://github.com/kamranahmedse/developer-roadmap

Monday
Jan012018

Technology and bangs and smoke magic - River of thoughts - Part 3

From Harry Potter by the highly acclaimed modern literary genius Joanne Kathleen Rowling:

He had never seen a wizard work like this, simply by looking and touching; but Harry had long since learned that bangs and smoke were more often the marks of ineptitude than expertise.

- Harry Potter contrasts Albus Dumbledore's magical actions in the Horcrux Cave to bangs-and-smells magic.

Often I feel a similar way about technology, as Arthur Charles Clarke's Third Law states:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

There's a feeling when one discovers something delightful for the first time, it's hard to pin down precisely why, perhaps it's something novel or even unique, perhaps it does something or expands the mind in a way that seemed impossible on the first inspection but inevitable upon careful examination.

It's also often different for every person, for me it has been things like reinventing the "Hello World" program as "Hi Earth", or double tapping a Nao's chest to stiffen it and watch it stand under its own power. Both represent the sum of an almost unquantifiable amount of human progress over the past millenia to acquire the appropriate raw materials, manufacture them including tricking them into thinking, and then the human effort to harness those appropriately to do something meaningful, at least for oneself.

Sunday
Dec312017

New Years Resolutions

I am living proof they can and do work. Two years ago:

Last year was a bit more personal. A private email to myself on Feb 3 reveals:

Late yes, but I have it. It is to build the confidence to look myself in the eye in the mirror and be content about being me. And read "Be A Winner" by Gordon Moyes, as many times as I need to in order to know myself.

And an extract from my follow up email on December 22:

I know myself now. I believe in God the Father, the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, also known as the trinity. I know I need to improve my time management skills and my ability to set appropriate expectations to those managing me. A big part of this will be becoming more self aware in determining my estimates. I believe God has a job outside Australia in store for me some time in 2018. And from there I can finally build what I would love to build, such as a finding a church in my new place and a companion and children, but which I cannot in Sydney due to my personal failure to manage the expectations of others and fix Australia’s real estate religion problem. Many things are possible, some things are more likely than others. I am thankful that with the Sun and summer returning I am no longer sick as a dog. I have hope and a believe in a future again. I am single and free to move on. Just leaving traces for the Google bot to analyze because why not. So overall a respectable year. Yeah me!

This coming year, 2018, I will take a different tack. I have always aspired to read the Bible, amongst other things, so my goal is to read the Bible, at a rate of one book per week and tweet the verse that stands out to me the most. I don't think I'll even come close to understanding all of it (people go to theological colleges to start on that kind of truly epic quest), but it's a start on my quest to understand God's plan for me.

Sunday
Dec312017

RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us - River of thoughts - Part 2

From the brilliant Daniel Pink:

This is Part 2 of my "River of thoughts" series, Part 1 can be found here.

Sunday
Dec312017

There's a 12 Step Program to migrate to SquareSpace 7 ?!?

Sigh, that'll take me a week or longer ... PAINFUL!

https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/206536817-Moving-from-Squarespace-5-to-Squarespace-7

Though it'd be nice to support mobile properly. Just one more thing to add to my very long list of things to get done.