Front-End Fundamentals Book

I recommend this new book for anyone who has interest in front-end development. I have the privilege of work alongside the authers, Joe Fender and Carwin Young. These to not only have great technical expertise — they also have an excellent way of conveying ideas in an easy to understand way.

You should pick up a copy for yourself, friends, and family.

Power of A Focused Life

I am really looking forward to the release of this book by Shawn Blanc. In the words of the author:

“This book will change your life if you let it.”

For those that listen to “Shawn Today” show, you have likely received a sneak peak in the contents of this book. I am really looking forward to the culmination Shawn’s thoughts in this forthcoming book.

New Pen of Choice: Uni-ball Signo

Uni-ball Sign

I have been a huge fan of the Fisher Space in recent years. The ease of writing, durability, and compact size are unsurpassed in any other pen that I have tried. But, after loosing 2 of them over the course of a couple years — resulting in $40ish down the whole. I realized it was not the pen for me. After coming to this conclusion I decided to give Gel Ink pens a go and move away from ball point. Naturally this resulted in buying a few Pilot G2’s. After a few weeks, I was hooked. I have no plans on going back to ballpoint as my go-to pen.

Upon realizing my new fondness for gel ink pens I began searching for other options available. I didn’t have to go far before several sources mentioned with glowing recommendation the Uni-ball Signo UM-151. I must say that I am nothing less than pleased with this pen. It feels great in your hand. And has a consistent and accurate impression when writing. There are still a few things I like about the Pilot G2. The thicker grip, the slightly more aggressive pricing, and the wider availability. (You probably can find the G2 at your local drug store.) Despite these, I think the UM-151 will be the center piece of my pen use for some time to come.

Medium and Being Your Own Platform

Yesterday I did some thinking out loud on twitter regarding Medium. After some cursory research, I ran across a post from Marco Arment regarding his thoughts on Medium. The highlight for me:

You can use someone else’s software, but still have your own “platform”, if you’re hosting it from a domain name you control and are able to easily take your content and traffic with you to another tool or host at any time. You don’t need to go full-Stallman and build your own blogging engine from scratch on a Linux box in your closet — a Tumblr, Squarespace, or WordPress blog is perfectly fine if you use your own domain name and can export your data easily.

Well put. My discomforts with Medium can really be boiled down to the fact that I have zero ownership in the platform and its direction. Platform lock-in at its finest. As far as I can tell – they have no RSS feeds for users or sections of the site.

When Medium goes to rest as all the blogging sites of our past have, how will you reach your audience?

Gabe Weatherhead on 'Asking Why'

I enjoyed this piece from Gabe Weatherhead on his philosophy behind Macdrifter. The points he makes regarding fame are espicially important to consider.

Him posting this was very timely for me as I’ve considered similar things recently regarding my efforts in this site. My own conclusion is that blogging is if anything, for myself. I will likely never make a dime off of writing. And that is okay.