Velcro + Phone = Hands-Free GPS

February 28th, 2015

Have you ever searched for directions on your phone while driving? You probably know how tricky it gets to drive with one hand on the phone. Here’s my hack for the day. It’s a little ugly and it obscures part of the audio player LCD, but I don’t usually read what’s on the LCD anyway. Make sure to check your state/country laws before doing it, as it might not be allowed. Also make sure you place the soft side of […]

How Do You Think of Great App Ideas?

February 20th, 2015

I have a theory: if you think of ways to make money, your mind will automatically pursue ideas that already exist (because ideas that have already made money, already exist). If you think of ways to help people accomplish something new and useful with technology, monetization doesn’t matter . If your app helps to solve a problem that people have, in a novel way, then you have a great idea! Don’t worry about the cash. It will eventually follow. Instead, […]

Explore Something New

February 3rd, 2015

I picked up a book about the Haskell programming language a few weeks ago. Its purely functional approach is different than most other popular languages, but it’s turning out to be a worthy investment of time. It teaches you a whole lot about functional patterns. Learning something new is like traveling; you might feel a little uncomfortable traveling to a new place at first, but once you get to know an area, all of the sudden you get new perspectives. […]

Letting Go of Things

January 26th, 2015

Materialistic attachment is a silly feeling we get the moment we’re about to lose something we invested time or money into. But if we stop for a moment and ask ourselves what really matters in the universe, then reality settles in. As long as we are in good health, have some friends and family and are not starving, things are going to be OK. Everything else is just extra. Next time your car breaks down or your phone stops working, […]

Coding Outside in Winter Weather

January 21st, 2015

Coming into January I realized that I haven’t had a chance to code in the open skies for almost a month due to the chilly temperatures. I have been working mostly inside the popup camper. It’s still considered outdoor coding, but it’s not as nice. I tried challenging the elements and work outside despite the cold; the body is fine if you put a jacket and a few sweaters, but keeping your fingers warm is impossible without glowes. And typing […]

I Downsized and Found Happiness

January 21st, 2015

For the past 8 months I have been living a fairly minimalistic lifestyle. I have never felt happier. It’s not the fact that I sleep in a small tent instead of a nice, comfortable bed, or the fact that I use a toaster oven (when I’m lucky to have AC electricity), instead of having a full sized kitchen. It’s what these choices teach me. Living small teaches you to appreciate the things you have. No need to quit your job […]

The Path of Least Resistance

December 19th, 2014

How do you describe something beautiful? In nature, art, design, music, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, something beautiful simply flows. Whether it’s a concept, an artistic expression, a practical implementation or an elegant solution. A beautiful flow is achieved by means of finding a path of least resistance. This is going to be very abstract for some readers, but try to follow my thoughts: Flow is in nature A river finds its way from the mountains to the sea by going around things in its […]

Are You a Happy Animal in a Cage?

Me doing silly jumps at Surf City, NC
November 13th, 2014

I first read about the concept of the happy animal in a cage while reading Live on the Margin. It goes something like:  How can you tell if you are really happy? Even if you’re in a place you don’t like and you’re stuck doing something you don’t enjoy, you tend to make the best out of the worst. You eventually convince yourself that where you are and what you do is not so bad overall. You’re happy. You’re in a cage, because you’re unable or unwilling to change […]

5 Months On The Road: Lessons Learned

Beach showing car tire tracks
October 18th, 2014

Traveling, being your own boss, deciding what to do day by day without planning, all of these things do not come for free. Freedom has a price. I always remind people that this type of nomadic lifestyle is not all paradise. It involves compromises. Here’s a few examples: Connections with friends and family We have made efforts to go visit old friends that moved away in several places around the country. It’s been great to see them. At the same time we wish […]

What is outdoor coding?

October 6th, 2014

Here’s my definition: The act of engaging in software writing activity outside, so not inside a building. I think sometimes in the future more and more work and school activity will take place outside. There’s something incredibly beautiful about nature.