My second Hacktinkerfest logo design is now complete, and I just sent off the pull request to Buggerino, which is a native app for Android/IOS that allows you to interact with your Bugsnag account. Here are some of the designs I came up with:
Here is the larger version of the final colored options:
As you can see, I went with the bug theme, and Jordy, the creator of Buggerino, said he liked the green and/or blue moth ones the best because of the combination of code and the bug. I’m partial to the blue one too if I’m honest.
These where a lot of fun to create and I hope Jordy gets a lot of use out of it. I went ahead and exported all of them and sent them to his project so he could use them any way he wants.
I had a single tweet sort of go viral, well, not super viral, just 4,500 retweets and 10,800 likes. But I would still assume that would bring in a lot of new followers but according to Twitter analytics I gained a total of 19 new follows.
Being a viral hit is overrated and brings superficial traction. The real fans are those that find you through the mundane stuff you post or share everyday. Those are the ones you want to interact with and invest your time into.
One of the best new settings that come with iOS 13 is the ability to silence calls from unknown numbers. This can be found in settings -> phone just like the screenshot below:
Granted this is not much use if you expect calls from numbers not in your contacts, or if you are worried about people trying to reach you in an emergency. But for those like me who rarely get calls and is sick and tired from the constant robocalls, this is an awesome solution.
I’ve had it enabled for a few days now and it’s silencing close to 5 calls a day. I consider that a win.
If you have a friend that aligns with the opposite political party, can you still be friends?
If you have a friend running for office for the opposing political party, would you donate?
If you have a friend running for office for the opposing political party, would you help them campaign?
If you have a new neighbor with an opposing political party sign in their yard, do you go and welcome them?
With the United States having a two-party political system, everything feels like a competition, and it almost turns into a civil war. Family against family, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend all because people have different views on the best way forward.
I’m in a nostalgic mood and missing the web of the old days. I’m thinking about how we all used to have personal blogs, read through RSS, and we’d discover others through blogrolls.
In order to help showcase personal bloggers that I follow I’ve created an old school blogroll page with a list of some of the people that post regularly. Some are friends that write occasionally, others are people I’ve never but I like what they write about.
If you’ve been wanting to add more sites to your RSS reader checkout some of the ones in mine. I also plan to add others throughout the year.
Caneco had a cool idea for a spin on the Hacktoberfest to make logos for open source projects and submit the designs as PR’s.
Being a fan of making illustrations I asked if I could help him and he agreed, so I’m going to make some logos this month and here is my first for the Laravel sweet alert package:
I’m not actually super happy with this so I’m going to keep working on it but I wanted to make a post and offer an open invitation. If you have an MIT licensed open source project that needs a logo let me know in the comments and I’ll make you one. Free of charge, but you get what you get so to speak.
Yesterday was the annual Build Your Own Boat competition at USNWC in Charlotte NC. The goal is that any team can enter and build their own boat and run it down the rapids. The winner is chosen based off a combination of crowd reaction, creativity, and the seaworthy-ness of the vessel. It’s always a blast and I love taking the kids.
This year didn’t disappoint and here is a short video with some of the boats going down the rapids. I tried to speed it up so it’s more enjoyable and to be a quicker video
The creativity of the boats this year was also fantastic. Here are a few photos from some of the boats
A lot of fun was had, and if you live in the area, come check it out next year.