Cloudbacon Ramblings from someone named "braidn"

Something Something Absense

It’s been forever and sometime during the beginning of the year there was some promise of consistency. Well folks, life certainly hit the proverbial shit fan. Early on this year, my abode was mistaken for a pillow by a neighbor’s tree. After insurance, contractors, phone calls, and more phone calls later, everything is finally finished and we can resume the writing promised earlier on.

The off time though over the past several months was not ill spent. There has been a ton of time playing in new communities, mainly my newfound love of keyboards. Artisans, 60%, 40%, ortholinear, staggered columns, and others all have been explored in the name of science. If by chance you program for a living and you have realized that your list of tools is smaller than your contractors, get ready for some epic reviews and esoteric rants on the world of keyboarding.

In programming news: this year was meant to be spent on learning Elm with a focus on uping my Elixir game, I have also become extremely interested in the power of Crystal. It just seems like it’s footprint is a great cross between Elixir and Ruby. Who knows though, Elixir, with Phoenix is a really strong contender for Ruby and Rails these days. Work has definitely been a little hectic which has dwindled my time to spend learning which makes me a little sad. If things go completely sideways though with languages this year, there is always next.

Oh! There has been a late stage return of the pomodoro technique in daily workflows. Productivity, a relatively old love of mine, has been on the forefront over the past month. Timeboxing and pomodoros have crept back into the daily workflow. They have been such a great tool, there is some hesitation to why they were left behind in the first place.

With the summer drawing to a close, the house being 102% on the mend, and overall work life easing back into the normal, I am excited to get some of the stuff that is rattling around in my brain, onto this platform.

Everything On Twitter Is Free

Yesterday I started doing some research on a new blog series… Of sorts. Who knows if it will end tomorrow or manifesting into anything. However, like the beginning of all good research, I decided to reach out to the community and inquitre if anyone had some good ideas. Almost immediatly I received the following tweet:

The two ideas were pretty legit, even if I don’t really know what ‘KIT’ is. Though the first half is a little baffling. Was Dana thinking that there was anything different than free ideas on Twitter? Maybe I have missed something and Twitter has become some bizarre, non free platform where all ideas from everyone are monitized. Perhaps this is where dissapeared to.

Here is the thing ‘Dana’: the entirety of the internet is one single, free idea. That’s how it all came into being. The Internet is not some place to sell or hauck your thoughts.

Build something, make a product you can sell or produce a ton of content that angles your ‘tribe’ into a real life, non-software product. All of these ideas are items worth paying for. They bring value to their purchasers and solve real problems. Enriching the web and giving back to the same platform is where the money is. The amount of American fun tickets you will find in this medium will always outweight that of monetizing your advise through Twitter.

It’s kind of the whole open source mantra.

NPM is Not Broken

Honestly… honestly, I can’t believe that I am writing even a linked piece about NPM, and the ‘greater JavaScript community.’ It’s not due to some disregard for the language, because that’s simply not true. Triad JS, which was started nearly 6 months ago to serve a very small community of developers, is almost completely centered around the topic of… You guessed it: JavaScript. However, it never seems to bleed into this space, unless it’s me degrading it for returning NaN over something that makes a modicum of sense.

With that, this was written this week and I just can’t stand behind the following statement:

Finally, stringing APIs together and calling it programming doesn’t make it programming. It’s some crazy form of dependency hacking that involves the cloud, over-engineering things, and complexity far beyond what’s actually needed.

How many ‘mashups’ (the idea of stringing API’s together) make 5 figure incomes every month through SASS style revenue? Way too many for me to count on my 10 fingers. Be constructive (which there is some of that in the post) but, feel free to refrain from soap box assumptions surrounding “what programming is or isn’t.”

A Tall Tale

I wrote a Post! Although not on this blrg. Nope, instead Tumblr wooed me over to the dark side and without know where I was or how I had gotten there, a post had spawned from nowhere. The topic? Remote stuff, mainly work and with a slight twist which includes a hobbit. Get over there and read it when you find some time. Seriously though. It’s that good.

DynaTech Double O Nine

Poodcasts! That’s right. A quick run down of what we are meandering about can be found at the Soundcloud page. Also a chance to subscribe to the feed and likely a plethora of other awesome bits.

If for some reason this is the first DynaTech podcast, the TLDR is as follows: It is your’s truly and another Dynamo-mate just riffing on the week’s technology news. Sometimes there is a smattering of Microsoft cuddles, other times we only care about the money that’s flowing around the Valley, and we even dip our toes into gaming here and there.

With the untimely demise of Google Reader, RSS is a shit show so getting your technology news in that manner is worst at best. Simply point your favorite podcaster over our way and bemuse your dinner guests with all your tech knowledged, sponged up from one podcast.

*Dynamo, DynaTech, Cloudbacon, or your’s truly are not liable for guests who leave your dinner due to conversation centered around tech news.