Posts tagged: linked

“Be The Nerd — Quit Facebook”

As I wrote early this week, I decided to quit Twitter and other sources of extraneous information for a period of time in order to better focus on my friendships, work, and school. This was an extremely rewarding experiment, and I learned a great deal.

Part of the reason I quit was because my brain was never bored. I never had a down moment in my life because I filled every second with some form of information intake or entertainment. This break from social media let me feel that boredom. I felt like I had more space to stretch out and explore my thoughts and ambitions properly.

There has been a Facebook comment by Mark Zuckerberg floating around lately, where he tells a grandmother to encourage her granddaughter to “*be* the nerd”.

Facebook comment by Mark Zuckerberg

I highly encourage this, and I think it's fantastic that Mark left this comment.

Even better, perhaps, are Natasha Lomas's thoughts on this comment:

Facebook is a spare time killer. And spare time is where nerds are born — or rather self-made, by building and breaking things of their own making. Not by posting comments congratulating someone else on their creative new year plans.

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Want to be a nerd? Quit checking Facebook every five minutes and go build something of your own.

“Coding is a Journey, Not a Destination”

Owen Williams writes for The Apartment about learning to program, and I have to say I agree with everything he says.

Coding is something you have to refine and keep up with constantly. It’s a constantly evolving landscape, where new standards, ideas and strategies emerge. It isn’t like math, or learning to ride a bike where you kind of learn it and it rarely changes – this is something that changes every day.

Programming isn't a means to an end. It isn't a one-way ticket to a destination. Rather, coding is a never-ending journey. It's something that you always get better at the more you work at it.

Coding is a journey, but I also like to think of it as an art. The more you do it the more you learn, and the more you practice it the better you get at it. You learn little shortcuts, and you learn when to not use shortcuts. I always find myself working within restrictions1 and yet I still find myself doing amazing work. I think programming is an art because people use their creativity to work within limitations to create solutions to problems, and that right there is what makes coding an art.


  1. Like Apple's App Store, iOS's SDKs, and the limitations of languages. 

"The iPad Paradox"

Chase McCoy describes his feelings about the using the iPad as his sole machine in the latest post on his site. He makes some good points that while he likes using his iPad, work is easier to complete on his Mac:

The truth of the matter is that whatever I can get done on my iPad, I can do on my Mac with half the time and effort.

I agree with him here. While I greatly enjoy doing things on my iPad, I tend to go back to my Mac to do "real" work. I can't fire up Xcode and work on app development on my iPad, and it's difficult to research and write papers for school on a small, singularly-focused screen.

There are certain things I much prefer to do on my iPad though, such as writing this article. I love using my iPad. The apps feel richer, I can touch them, I can even feel them. They seem to have more character and charm than my Mac does, where most of the tools I use seem utilitarian. The iPad is the machine I love to use, and alas, I never seem to find myself reaching for it when I need to work.

This is something I've attempted to change lately. I've been proactive about using my iPad more as a machine with which to work on, but it is difficult to do. I like the workflows I use on my Mac not because I enjoy them, but because they allow me to get things done in a much more productive way than if I were to complete the same task on my iPad.

Chase decided that the only way he will use an iPad more in his workflow is to use an iPad Pro. I don't necessarily feel like that is the route I want to take (the Pro seems like it's too big for me), I do feel like having a bigger iPad with Split View would help me find the productive use of my iPad I have been searching for.

I've decided that the next iPad I will buy will be the next variant of the Air with LTE, and I really hope it will have 3D Touch and the new Touch ID sensors in it.