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Hacking, Learning and Technology
At SimpleReach we have a very large number of internal API endpoints and each one can bring back dozens of fields of data into our Ember.js
Oct 7, 2014
EmberConf Presentation: Using Ember to Make the Seemingly Impossible Easy
At this year’s EmberConf on the 25th of March I gave a presentation with Heyjin highlighting some examples of times where using Ember has…
At this year’s EmberConf on the 25th of March I gave a presentation with Heyjin highlighting some examples of times where using Ember has made our jobs seem infinitely easier. EmberConf was an amazing experience, the Ember community is full of genuine and welcoming people and I am so excited to see the great things that this community will build together. Slides and video below.
Apr 17, 2014
Ember.js NYC presentation: Your front end is not your back end
Last month I gave a lightning talk at the Ember.js NYC meetup.
Last month I gave a lightning talk at the Ember.js NYC meetup. The talk was about designing your API based on what it was going to be used for by the users instead of designing it based on what is in the database. I think that this tactic can be really effective as it reduces the complexity of the front end code, which is where your users are and where you really want everything to revolve around their experience, not the intricacies of your data layer.
Aug 20, 2013
NY Quantified-Self Presentation: Using self-tracking to reduce total sleep time to 4 hours per night
This is a presentation that I gave at the New York Quantified Self Meetup.
This is a presentation that I gave at the New York Quantified Self Meetup. I talk about how I started to sleep polyphasically and also how I used self-tracking to make sure that I wasn’t killing myself. Video:
Jul 25, 2013
Summary of “the Willpower Instinct”
Summary of “the Willpower Instinct”
A very well laid out book by Kelly McGonigal. This is a quick summary of the principles that each chapter addresses as well as some of the…
May 11, 2013
Slow Habits: How to burst through the “one habit at a time” barrier.
Most of the habit gurus agree, when it comes to habits, the only way to succeed is to do one at a time.
Most of the habit gurus agree, when it comes to habits, the only way to succeed is to do one at a time. We have limited willpower and need all of it to invoke a habit change. I think they all got it wrong. Ever since I started reflecting daily I’ve been experimenting with the idea of “slow habits” and I think it’s a far more natural way to form habits than the current paradigm. I’ve been an order of magnitude more successful with it that I have been with the normal methods.
Mar 27, 2013
Being Polyphasic, Month 1: Adaptation
One of the reasons that polyphasic sleep is less well know is that many of the people who try it fail to adapt.
One of the reasons that polyphasic sleep is less well know is that many of the people who try it fail to adapt. It’s supposed to take around a month to fully adapt (get to the point where you have consistent energy and alertness levels) and can have 1–2 weeks of zombie-like hell where you need ridiculous amounts of willpower to keep going. Because that sounds like it sucks a lot, I decided to try a hack called a “naptation”, or “exaptation”.
Mar 10, 2013
This week I started sleeping polyphasically. Seeing as I’ve had explained this to a few people lately, here’s a quick FAQ to explain my…
This week I started sleeping polyphasically. Seeing as I’ve had explained this to a few people lately, here’s a quick FAQ to explain my craziness. What is polyphasic sleep? A polyphasic sleep pattern is one where your regular sleep pattern is broken into three or more sessions per day. This is opposed to monophasic (normal, 8 hours straight through the night) sleep. Why would you do such a thing?
Jan 31, 2013
Daily reflection — The best keystone habit.
I’ve always really thought that habits were important and have spent much of the past few years reading about and working on changing…
I’ve always really thought that habits were important and have spent much of the past few years reading about and working on changing habits. I’ve even given a few presentations where the central theme was that if you create good learning habits, then you will learn well. The only issue is that despite all of this, I’ve been terrible at actually following through and creating good habits. Sure, I’ve had some success.
Jan 14, 2013
Coding Reflection — Reading and Testing
Reading Reading books about the technologies that you are using is really important.
Reading Reading books about the technologies that you are using is really important. It gives you something that just looking at existing code doesn’t. Over time a code base tends to train developers into doing things “it’s way” and it takes an external influence to help pull the team into better ways of doing things. My Kindle has been an amazing resource, as I can have all of my technical books with me whenever I am on the train or find myself waiting in line.
May 14, 2012