A kickass blog

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Screenshot of Matt Mullenweg’s blog

There are many awesome blogs scattered across the vast internet, but none feels more organic than Matt Mullenweg’s blog.

I’ve been perusing his blog (is that the right word?) for an hour yesterday and today and who knows how many more hours were spent in earlier spurts of adulation.

For those who don’t already know, Matt is the co-founding developer of WordPress – the very content management system I’m using to write this post and publish it for myself and the world to see. This fact naturally makes his blog stand out in the blogosphere, but it’s not the only cool thing. A few things that I find interesting about Matt’s blog:

  • His theme is really good looking and very pleasant on the eyes (I particularly like the grungy, unclean lines conjoining consecutive posts)
  • He has developed a custom post system that accentuates different kinds of posts beautifully
  • It is a tapestry formed from small moments like sharing a recently-read article and big personal moments like how he felt when his dad fell ill
  • The fact that he has been blogging for at least a decade, probably more, coupled with how there’s no obvious way to visit the earliest posts except to take a stab at random numbers for pagination

I think the best part about Matt’s blog is that it feels very… organic. Thoughts and updates are published into different types of posts in a way that is so natural it’s like peering into his personal notebook (except it’s available to everyone with access to the internet). Something about that intrigues me.

Maybe I’ll explore developing a theme and a custom post system that makes sense to how I use this blog sometime soon. Through Matt’s blog, I noticed that the WordPress community has been keeping busy with a huge update called Gutenberg that promises to make publishing more accessible to the average user. Maybe I’ll wait. Or maybe I could help reduce the wait ever so slightly by trying to contribute to the open source project if I can just convince myself to undertake the challenge of understanding the code base. Maybe someday, hopefully soon.

The software developer’s craft

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What my desk looks like on a good day from working at home

I’d recently taken up watching Chef’s Table during work breaks. I love it for its artful presentation and masterful storytelling. Chef’s Table is really not about cooking or even food; to me, it is clearly about humanity and our capacity to create, in spite of our fundamental humanly flaws. It is about the melody of failure and success and learning what matters to each of us.

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Regaining the courage to build

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Before Becoming Technical™, I had about a hundred ideas of what I would build. Something to automate this and that, something else to make this or that less painful. But as I became more and more technical, something insidious started to take root inside me. I became less, not more, confident in building stuff. It’s so bad that since graduating from General Assembly, I’d stopped working on personal side projects altogether.

What happened?

I gained the ability to predict how difficult it was going to be to build something.

I became daunted by the time I would need to set aside to see through a project.

I think a part of me was also afraid to potentially discover that I’m not technically proficient enough to execute on the idea.

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The era of food delivery services

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Food delivery services are awesome. They provide unbridled convenience since they’re even faster than fast food when you cut out the travel time. And so far they are relatively affordable.

Amid all the “we take care of X for you, so that you can spend more time on what truly matters” marketing baloney, services like Foodpanda really deliver (accidental pun, but I’ll take the credit).

I want to take this moment to appreciate the amazing times we live in. Thank you, Foodpanda, Deliveroo, and Uber Eats!

But I also want to point out something that I’ve only recently realised to be true.

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The fallacy of greener bananas

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For the first time yesterday, my long time friend Kegan joined my wife and I on a quick grocery run. Since we’ve been married, Charlane and I have been buying groceries once every 2-3 weeks, so this trip to Fairprice felt familiar, almost habitual. That’s why when Kegan remarked at something I said to Charlane about the bananas she chose off the rack, it was a moment of revelation.

“Those look too yellow,” I said. “You should grab a greener bunch. They’ll last longer.”

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Uber the provocateur

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A still from Uber’s “Let’s unlock cities” campaign

Ads before a movie screening in the cinema are like the tasty dessert before a meal. With the big screen and surround sound, ads become extra poignant. Recently there was one ad that really stood out for me – I mean, it really popped out.

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