5 things (2017 #5)

  1. Very nice article from Mr Money Mustache site that explains one of the main principles that I try to apply every day in my life.
  2. Started a new course on Edx platform about CSS – Advanced CSS Concepts. Although I use CSS pretty much each day at work I was still able to find some nuggets about using CSS.
  3. Funny cartoon picture that explains IT jobs from changing light bulbs perspective.
  4. Dot Net Rocks podcast episode 1393 with Mads Kristensen was interesting talk about the future of Web Essentials (an Visual Studio addon that adds many missing features to Visual Studio).
  5. When my attention span was sinking low I was using some energetic music to keep it up. And most influential song for me this week was old hit from W.A.S.P. – Wild Child. Just keeps me going when everything else fails.
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5 things (2017 #4)

  1. JavaScript Jabber show  episode number 232 about Gun Db  design and application. But more of discussion was about databases as such and several interesting topics like CAP theorem ], graph databases and other interesting stuff.
  2. Frugal fun for boys and girls is interesting site full of ideas how to teach your kids in engaging and entertaining ways. Will definitely take some ideas to try out.
  3. JavaScript Jabber show 238 was very interesting podcast about intellectual property and forensics. It did took a look from more engineering rather than legal standpoint, so I really enjoyed it.
  4. James Altucher show episode 58 is interesting episode about perseverance. The interviewee is USA astronaut how applied for job in NASA 15 times before get accepted. The main takeaway is that you don’t need to be super genius to get a dream job. It just takes hard job and grit to achieve anything that you dream about.
  5. Funny picture that tries to answer one question: What if?. The answers provided is for different programming languages and each is characterized by that language main strengths and philosophy.

5 things (2017 #3)

  1. A bunch of very interesting episodes from Tim Ferris. Episode 136 is QA session with Naval Ravikant where he gives away his 2 main tips: a) Teach yourself how to be happy b) Learn to make (good) and break (bad) habits, do it at least every 6 months. Episode 138 is full of gems from Seth Godin – he talks about how he manages his life using principles. Episode 139 is with Walter O’Brien (aka Scorpion) – explaining why super smart people have a hard time getting along with other people, IQ vs EQ, speculations on human head transplant future and fun stories from experience doing challenging tasks.
  2. As I listened to Tim Ferris show episode 135 with Luis von Ahn about building companies and education I found out this latest project Duolingo. I started to use Duolingo and picked up Spanish language to give it a try.
  3. Listened to JavaScript Jabber episode 231 where they talk about Code wars. Code wars is a site where one can solve tasks using different programming languages and earn ranks (similar to martial arts ranks).
  4. When learning more about philosophy using Angular components I found an article series on veselion.io blog. The article series explains concepts related to Angular components like Angular as a tree of components, communication between components, architecture and testing practices.
  5. We have had a more than week of snow and it’s not melting yet. It’s nice and white outside, and not very cold.

5 things (2017 #2)

  1. SPI podcast episode number 125 with Shawn Stevenson about how to be better mentally focused. Especially valuable was information about good sleep habits, like sleeping without electronics and in total darkness. I also checked out his podcast and looks like I will need to squeeze some episodes into my podcast list as I’m reading the episode titles.
  2. Another SPI podcast episode number 140 with Hal Elrod about morning routines and how he came back from totally crashing his body in car accident. But key takeaway from this episode is 5 minute rule: If you can’t change the situation, then you need to accept it. And it’s ok to be sad or worried for 5 minutes if the event is really disturbing. And another podcast to check out from episode podcast guest.
  3. Started to used Angular components for existing application written in Angular and found them super useful. They are basically the same as directives, but much simpler syntax and sane defaults makes much easier to work with components rather than directives in most situations (except rare cases where advanced DOM manipulation or similar things is needed). Also it makes easier to migrate application to Angular 2 in future.
  4. Finished the Coursera course “Learning how to learn“. I actually find new useful information for myself about the learning process, like focus on the process not product to beat the procrastination.
  5. Compilation of 12 most re-tweeted programming quotes for Programming Wisdom twitter account.

5 things (2017 #1)

  1. James Altucher show where the host talks with Wendy Simmons about life in North Korea. No big surprises regarding how people live in North Korea, but gives some food of thought about the liberties that we have and not always are thinking what would happen if we lost them altogether.
  2. The Man From The Earth movie that talks about the man who lived for 14 000 years. It’s a totally different shot for a Sci-Fi movie – all action is taking place in one room, people just sitting around and talking. A real storytelling masterpiece in my opinion. And a fresh look to everyday things and thinking.
  3. Funny cartoon “How to save princess in 8 programming languages“.
  4. A collection of most popular links from JavaScript daily newsletter.
  5. Spend more time with family in holidays.