Steve Jobs on Creating

one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there
and you never you never meet the people
you never shake their hands
you never hear their story or tell yours
but somehow in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love > something’s transmitted there and it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation.

I love this so much. When I create things I take pride in it and put a great deal of care and love into it. That’s why I find the statement, “You are not your $creation” so offensive.

Using Day One as a Morgue File

As a developer, I have to constantly learn new things pay attention to the tech news, and just always reading and researching. In the past, I’ve never really collected this information. I would use read later services or maybe hit like on a social media post, but the chances of me going to back to find it has been slim to none. If I couldn’t find it again from a search engine then it was gone forever for me.

Over the past few months, I’ve made a change to my workflow and started using the Day One journaling app as a morgue file, which comes from the newspaper office meaning a collection of old clippings, photographs, and information. Things you come across as you are researching goes in here.

Since so much of my life is digital I can utilize the Safari share extensions to easily save websites, capture screenshots, and copy and paste little quotes I come across. If I’m reading a physical​ book I can take a quick photo and store it.

Where this system has really shined is it’s both simple to review and completely searchable. So now I can find things easier than before. Plus you can use tags, different journals, locations, etc. I personally don’t go that far, and instead, ​opt for quick entry and trusting the search system and my memory for finding it later.

If you are not keeping some type of morgue file I challenge​ you to try it even if you don’t use what I am. Eventually, ​you are going to come back to a problem you solved and need to remember why. This is brilliant for that.

Why Doors at Businesses Open Outward

I’d always thought business doors opened outward for customer convenience. The business assumes you are coming in to buy their​ products and come out with both your hands full, so opening the door inward would be difficult.

According to DumbLaws this is not correct:

All buildings erected in this state for theatrical, operatic, or other public entertainments of whatsoever kind shall be so constructed that the shutters to all entrances to said building shall open outwardly and be so arranged as to readily allow any person inside said building to escape therefrom in case of fire or other accident.

I like the actual law better than my preconceived notion and I think it’s fun to find out the truth versus just what you’ve always believed.

My Top Nine Photos of 2017


These are the top nine images I put on Instagram this year based on likes. Going from left to right:

  1. Random iOS homescreen.
  2. A quote from the book Essentialism that is relevant for developers. “Essentialists accept the reality that we can never fully anticipate or prepare for every scenario or eventuality; the future is simply too unpredictable.”
  3. Wearing a Santa hat in warm weather.
  4. My daughter and I did our first 5k
  5. Giving a brief overview of LaraJobs at Laracon. Gosh, I hate being on stage.
  6. A screenshot of the daily Laravel News digest.
  7. Date Night!
  8. My dad’s Camero
  9. Date Night!

What to wear to workout when it’s cold outside

I live in an area where the temperature, for the most, is bearable year round. We will have weeks where it dips to freezing and maybe an inch of two of snow each year, but when it turns cold I never know what to wear to workout. Most of the time I put on way too many layers and overheat and when talking to a buddy over the weekend he sent me this picture as a guide:


  • 60F and above: Tank top or singlet, and shorts
  • 50-59F: T-shirt and shorts
  • 40-49f: Long-sleeve light-weight shirt, shorts or tights (or nylon long pants), mittens and gloves
  • 30-39F: Long-sleeve medium weight shirt, and another T-shirt, tights and shorts, socks, mittens or gloves, and a hat over the ears
  • 20-29F: Medium weight long-sleeve shirt, another T-shirt, tights and shorts, socks, mittens or gloves, and a hat over the ears
  • 10-19F: Medium weight long-sleeve shirt, and medium/heavy weight shirt, tights and shorts, nylon wind suit, top and pants, socks, think mittens and a hat over the ears
  • 0-9F: Two medium or heavyweight long-sleeve tops, thick tights, thick underwear (especially for men), medium to heavy warm up, gloves and thick mittens, ski mask, a hat over the ears, and Vaseline covering any exposed skin

I thought that was brilliant and found the source which I hope to refer back to every winter.