Recently I read a post on hackernews about brutalist design. It drew many similiarities to webdesign and construction. How in construction, you always think of form and function before aesthetic. For instance, figuring out if the building is structurally sound, the raw materials needed, the labor, scheduling, etc. There are certain requirements that need to be met for all types of consutrction, otherwise we would get things like the FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in miami
I find that I write best whenever I’m having a conversation with someone. Sometimes I’ll read hackernews and post my opinions on things. Occassionally I’ll flesh out something unique as a result.
On this hackernews post here, someone asked how do you go about finding your passion. One of the responses talked about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and how it is sometimes called “Chess with your body”. This brought back some memories of my first BJJ instructor, who taught me much the same things, and this was the response I gave.
Tampermonkey Scripting (aka userscripts)
What is it you might ask?
Cryptocurrencies have been the latest craze for some time. Bitcoin and many other blockchain currencies have exploded in growth over the past few years. They are here to stay long term.
But what is a cryptocurrency and how does it work?
Any complex subject can always be broken down to an analogy. In this case, I will be using treasure maps. Like the ones in Pirates of the Carribean.
My parents emigrated from China many years before I was born. I’m a 2nd generation Asian American, born middle class.
Growing up has been challenging to me, in ways most would not understand. I was socially awkward growing up. I have never had a mentor my entire life all the way up until college. My mom does not speak very good English, so things were always miscommunicated and lost in translation. My dad would come home, stressful from work and impart the same wisdom to me many times over. Its like being forced to listen to your least enjoyable song, constantly, for several years without any say of when the song plays.
This past month I decided to go to my local developer meetups in Orlando. I’m starting to stagnate in terms of learning. So I thought this would be a great time to meet more experienced developers who I could learn from. It has been something I wanted to do for some time. But never did because I didn’t feel comfortable with how competent I was as a developer.
One of my biggest producitity drains is seamlessly switching to different applications. Windows doesn’t have good native ways to do this. Especially when I have 10 or 20 different things open. A picture is worth 1000 words, so take a look at my work environment:
You might be wandering why I have so many icons on my taskbar. I generally dedicate different icons for different sets of tasks. Then I group those set of icons together, seperated by blank spaces.
Are you juggling between dozens of apps on limited screen space? Or find yourself typing the same thing over? Looking for the same code/text/unicode/emoji to copy+paste? Find yourself writing typos in your emails, data entry, or programming? Or doing the same repetitive tasks all the time?
Then you need a macro program.