F12 Consoles Me

For the past few days I’ve been trying to do one quick drawing a day. Usually over my lunch break. The goal is mainly practice but I like to share even if they are horrible. That is how I improve.

For today’s, I was looking for inspiration and remembered Wes Bos has a dad jokes repo with a bunch of web development jokes. I found about a the Console which lead to the above.

If I can get enough characters one day I hope to be able to easily create a comic strip instead of the one offs like this.

Create a scale model of the room before buying new furniture

When buying furniture it’s sometimes hard to figure how an item is going to fit in a room. How much extra space will be around it, and how cluttered the room will feel.

To answer these questions I’ve started making tiny paper drawings so I can get a birds eye view of the room with different furniture.

If you’d like to do this all you need is a measuring tape, a pencil, some paper, a ruler, and some scissors.

First get the dimensions of the room. Measure each wall and make a quick sketch with the sizes. This is not to scale and just a way to help me remember how each wall measures.

Room Dimensions

Then, take the longest side and divide the number until it’s less than 8, the smallest side of a standard sheet of paper.

For example, the longest wall in my office is 162 inches and when I divide by 25 it gives me 6.48 which will fit neatly on a single piece of paper. Now divide every number by 25 and you’ll have a perfect scale model.

Next, on a new sheet of paper do the same with the dimensions of the furniture and then cut them out. This will allow you to move it around in your model. I was looking at new desks and wanted to get an idea of what size would fit best in my office and here is the diagram with the little desk pieces to move around.

That’s about it. Now you can get a feel for how a piece of furniture will fit and it’s really helpful for sharing your ideas with others, especially if they struggle visualizing it.

Not Crushing My Mornings

Most people set their morning alarm so they can wake up jump out of bed and start their day. I’ve always done this as well. I would know I need to be up at a certain time to get everything done before the workday starts and that is the time I’d set my alarm.

Lately, I’ve changed this routine. Instead of setting an alarm to get up I’m setting two. The first is to wake up, the second is to get out of bed. The time between the alarms is meant for one thing. Laying in bed and just thinking, reflecting, and letting my mind wonder.

Since I’ve started doing this it’s been the best part of my day. Because I’m still in bed I feel relaxed, whereas when I’m up and moving around it’s hard to take the time to just sit and think.

Building Laracon Online

This will be the third year we’ve been running Laracon Online and I have learned a lot about selling tickets in the process. Based on this tweet I was reminded of how we’ve reworked the order system over these three years and I wanted to share with you the progression.

The first year we used a third party service to sell tickets. For the percentage they would take we assumed it would be a decent deal for us since we wouldn’t have to build out any of the infrastructure. However, I was swamped with support that year. I had hundreds of people entering their email addresses wrong and other weird stuff. It was a nightmare.

From this point we decided we would build our own system for the next year and I tried my best to build the simplest system possible. You hit the /pay route, added all the emails you wanted to buy tickets for, entered your account info, and pay. Behind the scenes we would email all the people and tell them to reset their password to create an account. It was simple and worked great.

Now that we had all this data for this year I was brainstorming on how I could make it even easier for people to purchase and I came up with the idea of just pre-filling the checkout system with all the people you purchased tickets for last year. So if you work at a company buying tickets for 20 people all you have to do is confirm they all are the same and hit buy.

Thinking through all this took some time but the implementation was really straightforward and only took me a night of hacking.

As developers we want to focus on the code and think about how to design apps that are easy for us, but our focus should always be on the end user. Even if it adds complexity or makes our app harder to manage later. The customer is the priority and making their life easy is why we are here.

Everything is always a trade off, just make sure you are prioritizing what is important.

Devops Humor

I came across this video on Twitter today and I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

I don’t know Spanish but I’ve seen this video before so I know he isn’t saying what the subtitles are showing and that is what adds to the humor. Whoever created this did a great job on it.

Wisdom

A child thinks they are making wise choices when we as adults know they aren’t. That is why we guide and push them in the right direction.

A teenager thinks they are making wise choices but they only listen to their peers. That is why we guide and push them in the right direction.

A young adult thinks they are making wise choices but they haven’t fully experienced life. That is why we guide and push them in the right direction.

Wisdom is something everyone can gain but we can’t get it through confirmation bias. We must look outside our own bubbles. This means to look across the political isle, look at people who live in other parts of the world, look for insights from other races, religions, and to always remain a student.

Notch’s Work Calendar for Minecraft

I just came across this image and I’m fascinated by it. Here are some of the highlights:

  • September 23rd, 2009 – Notch runs out of money to pay for server while on vacation, servers are down until he gets back.
  • Lots of vacation to play games.
  • Nov 23rd – Notch looses key to office. No one can work.
  • Dec 23rd – Notch takes the day off to write single word reviews for games.

As someone who never got deep into Minecraft and wasn’t aware of the history I love seeing how it all started and how he tried to manage his time.

Related: I’m currently reading Masters of Doom and if you like video games it’s an interesting history lesson. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s great so far.