Prefer Traction Over Motivation
Distraction is not simply something that takes over your attention.
The Paradox of Transcendence
Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.
Using Docker for Gatsby local development
After fighting a bit with my work-issued computer not wanting to build my Gatsby site, I finally decided to bite the bullet and build out a Docker image.
Patterns for Long-Term Remote Work
Talking about remote work is en vogue right now, and rightfully so.
How Remote First Companies are Antifragile
Modern workplaces are being forced to respond with caution as COVID-19 spreads worldwide.
What I Learned About Software Development in Flight School
I don't talk about it online often, but I've had my pilot's license for a few years now.
Collaborative AI Learning Environments: Show Me What I'm Saying
Open-ended responses require synthesis and are uncomfortable territory for students early in the learning process.
Come Down Off the Ledge
It seems that we have more opportunities to delete things than we realize.
The Problems We Have With Problems
In my time as a developer and leader of other developers, I've focused a lot of my effort on understanding how people diagnose and solve problems.
Podcast Feed Limited by Feedburner
The last two episodes of Developer Tea haven't shown any downloads, so naturally I reached out to Simplecast to get an answer.
Running Long One-Off Rails Console Commands Detached on Heroku
Ever wanted to run some kind of one-off thing without pushing up a rake task? I came across this today and needed to clear out some database records.
I just got over what we are pretty sure was the [norovirus](https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/).
What To Learn As a Brand New Developer in 2017
Small Anchors Make a Big Difference
When people talk about their origin stories, there's one thread that seems to be relatively common, give or take a few creators.
How to Be a Great Beginner (Talk)
Last month, I had the opportunity to speak at the Chattanooga Developer's lunch.
The Infinite Toolset, Craftsmanship, and Developer Sanity
I've been using the metaphor of blacksmith and cobbler recently in discussions about craftsmanship.
Talk: Creative DNA
I recently did a talk on some of the concepts in the book I'm working on.
Re: Voice Interfaces
Dustin Curtis wrote a fantastic article discussing the shortcomings of voice interfaces.
Why Developers Underestimate: One Reason That Will Change the Way You See Projects Forever
I, like many developers and tech consultants, am a chronic underestimator.
Quick Tip: Serve Parse Files via HTTPS
Trying to serve your Parse files via SSL/HTTPS? You’ll notice that you can’t force it, and Parse doesn’t support this via their file URL scheme.
The Path to Productivity: 7 Hacks, Principles, and Patterns
Share this article on Twitter Productivity is such a huge focus in our lives.
7 Tips for Hyper-productive Wunderlist-ing
_Update: Looks like Wunderlist was bought by Microsoft, so maybe take this all with a grain of salt._ I’m loving the newest version of Wunderlist.
Announcing Hacking the Impossible – The Developer’s Guide to Working with Visionaries
## Update: I've abandoned this project for now.
Steal these Startup Ideas: Collection Two
As I’ve said before in collection one of this series, ideas are everywhere.
Create Small Things
> Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Getting Past Writer’s Block: Break the Rules
One thing I’ve been able to do in my writing career is… well, write.
Feature Requests vs. Business Problems
I recently encountered an interesting situation with a client.
Design Decision Guidelines: Trendability vs. Usability
When you make a design decision, understand that there is no single more important guideline to follow than an equal balance of your own intention and the consumer’s situation.
The Internet of Places: The Context of Things
The Internet of Things is absolutely upon us.
The Anatomy of Surprise and Delight
A chance to surprise and delight someone by doing something a little exceptional goes a long way because it provides a smack of awesome humanity upside the head.
Nonchalant Arrogance, Intellect, and Caring About Your Work
I recently encountered a demeanor that I couldn’t quite place.
I’m Using Buffer to Segment My Working Day, and it’s Awesome
I have a lot of different responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.
The war of privacy is coming in 2014
What will you do when you have the opportunity to trade your privacy as a currency? Of course, it’s not a sustainable model, but that’s not the point.
How We Adopted an Agency-wide Grunt Workflow
tldr; When adopting tools, do so to eliminate waste.