Apr 8, 2015

I need a new dryer

Not exactly the most entertaining stuff to read, I admit, but the blog's intent isn't to always to write about technology or entertainment.

So I'm in search of a new dryer, my old one tumbled one last time without any warning and it's only when something doesn't work anymore you realize how much we're attached to electronics. I could blame Obama, but that wouldn't be original and the fact I like the guy would make me feel guilty if he would read this.

Our old dryer is from AEG, not a bad brand, but I came to a point in my life I want to buy good excellent stuff, no cheap or mediocre anymore.
Miele is of course the best in the market, certainly for their vacuum cleaners. That's not my opinion but it's from a reddit user called touchmyfuckingcoffee (yup, that's his username) and you can view his latest post on reddit here or check his Youtube channel. Very down-to-earth guy, he gets my vote on the upcoming elections.

Let's tumble back to the dryer issue; I'm thinking about getting a Miele or a Siemens, the latter is less expensive but still of very high quality, what makes me push towards that brand.
It's not a Miele, but I'm no Rockefeller sadly :(

If you have any suggestions, let me know.


Mar 21, 2015

Oh boy...

Looks like I didn't keep my own promise to keep this blog running like I wanted to.

Let's try it again, shall we?
But first, I'll wait till my first born is going to bed :)

Aug 28, 2014

I did it again...

Yep, I did it again, I didn't keep the promise to myself to keep this blog alive...

But it will change, I hope!

Now I'm too drunk, so this will be for another day.


Oct 2, 2013

Happy motivation

It's really hard sometimes to stay motivated on a task or on a job, I think we all have these moments.

One of many possible reasons is, to me, the fact that you need to enjoy every step of the task/job to keep that motivation high.

In other words, motivation is happiness.
And that's what Dan Ariely explains brilliantly in the video below.

There was one sentence I wrote down:

Ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their efforts in front of their eyes.

And he's damn right...

Enjoy the video.

Sep 5, 2013

Coding, the following

Like I said in my previous post, I decided to pursue my idea of Project J.
I said I was going to use Node.JS but eventually I picked a less difficult path and continue with PHP.
Through the subreddit /r/webdev on reddit.com I discovered a nice course containing everything I needed to get to my goal.

The course is on Udemy.com and it's called Building an instant update database interface with jQuery/AJAX

So far, so good, because of all tuts and courses I saw/read/learned, this one is by far the best. Big kudos to Richard!

More to come later.


Aug 29, 2013

Let's start coding for good

If you're an avid reader of my blog (don't feel guilty if you aren't, I don't think anyone is), then you know I was working on project  J.

Like most of my projects, I started this project with a lot of motivation, but also like most of the time I end with losing my interest in it once it starts to be too complicated or too easy. Yeah I'm that weird...

This time I hope it will stay, I already quit smoking, drinking coffee on weekdays and I started a diet to lose these freaking love-handles!

About the project

I decided to go for node.js and MongoDB, probably not the easiest path, but I'm pretty certain it's the combo I needed.
As platform I'm using Meteor, so far I like it very much. Certainly the fact that you can see almost instantly what the result is of your coding.

I'll keep you updated as much as possible, even the failures :)


Aug 21, 2013

It's been a while (again)

The title says it all, it's been (again) too long I wrote a post.

What could be the reason?

Have I been busy? Professionally, no. I actually sold my small firm I started 2-3 years ago.
It was a business I started together with a friend I knew for more than 20 years. Was...

Like a lot of people would do when they have something in their mind, I didn't listen to what people told me;

  • "Don't do it!"
  • "Are you sure?"
  • "You need to make a good business plan!"

Should I have listened to them? No and I'll tell you why not.

Life's about taking risks, but not too many

I could have listened to my surroundings and have continued my life as the majority of the people.
But... I'm not like that, I want to try new things, take new challenges, suffer if I need to.
What is life if you can't tell others that you undertook something, that you at least tried to achieve something?
Sure, I would have much more money on my bank account and I would have had much less gray hairs but I prefer having regrets for something I did than for something I didn't do.

Now, this looks much more dramatic than it is...
Although I started that business with a friend (who isn't a friend anymore) and lost a lot of money because of it, I certainly didn't put everything at risk. In other words, even if it would go bankrupt, I'd still survive.
What I'm trying to say here is that you may want to risk a lot, but never go to risking everything, at least I wouldn't.

Life's about making choices, but not too many

It's my eternal struggle, making choices!
I hate the fact that for every step I want to take, I have to think, rethink and re-rethink and even then... I still haven't decided what direction to go...
It's a real pain and I'm trying to find the way to have a life with less choices. I will get there, for sure, but not today.

Why is a life with less choices a better life?
The easiest way to explain it via the video about happiness you can find on ted.com.
Please watch it, as it is an eye opener.
Basically, what the presenter is saying: don't fake your happiness with an abundance of choices.

Life is life

Some days ago I watched Rocky Balboa for the first time and I liked it.
Yes, it's predictable, I knew from the start what would happen, but still, I enjoyed the movie.
One of the reasons was the speech below:

It's a bit cliché, I know, but he's right. Life's not easy and it shouldn't be! It's a hard-knock life, like Jay-Z would say.

Back on topic

My apologies if this post doesn't look really prepared and to be fair it isn't. (like most of my posts actually)
I wanted to ramble about why I didn't find time to post more and I ended with talking about life and choices.
Well, this post reflects life: start somewhere, live the unexpected and share your experience.