Fear is our true enemy
At the root of most fear is what other people will think of us. It’s paralyzing. It’s skewing. It distorts the very fabric of our reality – makes us behave in such utterly insane and cowardly ways that it’s hard to even describe.
- via Ryan Holiday in Courage is Calling
The older I get, the more I see this every day. Science says we only use about 10% of brains. But that is not what holds us back. We hold ourselves back because we are afraid of looking like a failure.
I am tired of guessing the future of AI. What I am sure of, something routine like this used to take significantly longer than it does today.
In the past:
- Google a bit; maybe find someone asking a similar question somewhere (hopefully, do not get distracted by something else).
- Goto the docs (which often took Google to find)
- Try and find something related to what you were doing.
- (Sometimes) Apply what you learn in step #3 to your problem.
Now, we are back to a quick search, which is kind of like Google in the old days.
This piece by Justin Searls has been making the rounds for a week or so.
My quick take: AI is leveling the developer playing field a bit. You still need to ask it proper questions to get good results. We have known for quite a while that colleges do not prepare you to be a good developer in the real world. AI won’t solve the preparation problem, but it will likely make new hires much more effective sooner.
Still, like any other career, if you just mail it in, you will not truly grow.
We must remember that today’s AI is much more pattern recognition than thinking. Maybe that will change, but for now, I still believe it is more assistive for most use cases than a replacement.
Today, I have the honor of sharing with you yet another step in our evolution. Drop has been acquired by Corsair.
They say the brand will continue, but unfortunately, its value has been ruined over the last couple of years.
I have had mostly good experiences with Drop, and I thought adding a desk accessory category recently was an intelligent move.
My guess is Drop disappears in less than two years.
Do you see RuboCop offenses after installing and configuring the Standard VS Code Extension?
To fix this issue, you need to disable RubyLSP’s diagnostics:
This is likely the best post gem install message I have seen (well, next to HTTParty). Well done Stanard team.
Finished reading: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers 📚
A fantastic quick read that puts you in the right mindset to start a new business. I cannot recommend this book enough to any (current or future) entrepreneurs.
My biggest wish list item for my Peloton is starting to come true.
You can now stream shows during a ride.
YouTube.tv is a good start. Hoping we will see others (Netflix) shortly.
I mentioned yesterday that I enjoyed the Starrett’s chapter on eating in Built to Move. I have been on a high protein kick for a while but was not always getting the 800g recommendation from the book.
I changed that with a set of microwave bowls (I already owned) called AnyDay (see CookAnyDay.com). I am sure there are other similar products out there, so search around (avoid plastic ones), but I enjoy these (do not buy the small ones, the size is not practical).
What I like about them is you can throw just about any vegetables in them and have them steamed in just a couple of minutes. I start most days with about 200-300g of broccoli and cauliflower.
I had seen them recommended by Chef David Chang. I am unsure if he is an investor or a fan (my guess is he is getting paid), but they are beneficial either way. He mentions cooking meat and fish in them, but I have yet to go that far. However, they do an excellent job of reheating almost anything and make for some easy rice and oatmeal dishes.
No referral/affilate here. I am only mentioning them as a recommendation to help you get some more vegetables in your diet quickly. 😁
Finished reading: Built to Move by Kelly and Juliet Starrett 📚
While the Starretts are known for movement and mobility, the chapters on breathing and eating are the two that stuck with me for weeks after finishing it.
Overall the book is filled with many great tips with no gimmicks, supplements, or additional purchases needed.
I am not sure what’s worse. The fact this exists or that some might find it helpful….I know the answer….
If you’ve ever faced the pain of migrating a codebase to a new framework or language, this project is for you.
According to Peak (and my watch) I am at 2.2 million steps for the year. New goal - 5 million by the end of the year.
I had been working on a rebuild of this site for a while, but it was never quite right.
In the meantime, I had been using Micro.blog to capture shorter posts (and ideally Tweets before the API was murdered in cold blood).
There are so many other things I would rather be building than my own blogging experience, so I decided to just go all in on Micro.blog and redirected everything to ScottW.com.
I had published a couple of posts in the past that I need to migrate at some point, but for now, it is nice to just move on.
Do we know what the celebs are getting paid for these casual first messages on Threads?
Mastodon’s usability is suspect at best, but the thing that held it back is the “mainstream” (sports, for me) never gave it a try.
There are lots of ways to test email sending locally. My favorite for the last few years has been MailTrap.
Finished reading: Outlive by Peter Attia 📚
Outlive is about being proactive in your health and doing what you can to try and prevent the Four Horseman of Chronic Disease (heart disease, cancer, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative disease). It is a long and detailed read. I would recommend starting with the audio version, and if you want to dig deeper, grab a copy of the print edition later.
My biggest takeaways:
- Heart disease is mostly preventable, and it is baffling that it is still the leading cause of death in the US. The phrase no one dies of a sudden heart attack sounds so wrong initially, but when you realize it was likely 20+ years of bad habits that led to the sudden heart attack, you may want to kick yourself.
- Metabolic disorders, like heart disease, are mostly preventable and lead to other issues besides diabetes.
Still trying to make it easy for posts on my blog to show up on Twitter. My first attempt with Zapier and Buffer was disappointing. I am hoping this one goes better (without both of them).