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8 Years Ago

On this day 8 years ago a woman was in pain. She tried walking to take her mind off it but nothing could soothe​. Her face would grimace every few minutes and I could tell she was miserable. She insisted to visit the hospital but I wasn’t sure. I didn’t want to go to early and be sent back home. To save my …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 20, 2018


The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Growing up in a state where the interstates are littered with car tags claiming “first in flight” the history of the airplane and the Wright Brothers is a story I’ve heard since elementary school. In fifth grade, I had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Outer Banks and Kitty Halk. At the time, I had no …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 20, 2018


“You are not your code” is offensive

“You are not your code” is a popular saying in developer circles with the idea being that the code you create is just code, and you shouldn’t be offended if someone points out faults, makes jokes, or is pessimistic toward it. In order to spend weeks, months, or years building something you have to have an enormous​ …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 19, 2018


Starting Your Own Charitable Foundation

I love reading about personal finance and the more you read it feels like the same stuff is repeated over and over. However, The Simple Path to Wealth  by JL Collins is one I just finished and it’s a short no-nonsense guide that I really enjoyed. This quote sums up his advice perfectly: Simple is good. Simple is …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 18, 2018


Humor: Freelance Email Generator

The folks over at toggl created a humorous  email generator for freelancers that features two sliders for how much they want to pay you, (from nothing to way too much), and for how professional you want the tone of your response. Example of the Freelance Email Generator The email for this option comes out as …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 17, 2018


Using the Noun Project for Journaling

2018 is just getting started and I know many have set out to start new habits break old ones and begin with a fresh start. One of the things I started is keeping a daily log book so I’ll be able to revisit memories that happen throughout 2018. As I was researching log books I came across this awesome daily plan bar …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Hawaii missile alert

On Saturday morning a missile alert was pushed out from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and according to the Washington Post this was the cause: Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 15, 2018


MLK on Slavery in Strength to Love

Today in the USA we celebrate the life of the civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. As I think about his life I’m reminded of an excerpt I read from his book Strength to Love : Men convinced themselves that a system that was so economically profitable must be morally justifiable. They formulated …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 15, 2018


Freebie: Heroicons UI

Heroicons UI make the perfect fit for any in-app UI. Their soft edges and consistent 2-pixel​ stroke give them a friendly personality​ that work great for both professional and playful UI’s. This is a great new icon set by Steve Schoger that he decided to release free under the MIT license.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday January 14, 2018


Steve Jobs on Creating

one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there and you never you never meet the people you never shake their hands you never hear their story or tell yours but somehow in the act of making something with a great …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday January 13, 2018


Sharing Your Work

Once you come up with an idea when do you start sharing it? I’ve seen two types of people. Those that hold everything in secrecy and make one big announcement when it’s complete and ready. Then the other that shares​ or leak out little pieces as they are working on it. The first style of doing in secrecy is nice …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 12, 2018


Keep A Praise File

I enjoy revisiting books that I’ve read in the past because each time you read it, you are in a different season of life. An example of this is the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. The first time I read it I remember he had two small pages on keeping a Praise File and I honestly thought it was a sort …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 11, 2018


Using Day One as a Morgue File

As a developer, I have to constantly learn new things pay attention to the tech news, and just always reading and researching. In the past, I’ve never really collected this information. I would use read later services or maybe hit like on a social media post, but the chances of me going to back to find it has been …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday January 10, 2018


Why Doors at Businesses Open Outward

I’d always thought business doors opened outward for customer convenience. The business assumes you are coming in to buy their​ products and come out with both your hands full, so opening the door inward would be difficult. According to DumbLaws this is not correct: All buildings erected in this state for …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 9, 2018


On Insults

While reading the Guide to the Good Life I came across this gem on dealing with insults: Refusing to respond to an insult is, paradoxically, one of the most effective responses possible. For one thing, as Seneca points out, our nonresponse can be quite disconcerting to the insulter, who will wonder whether …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday January 8, 2018


Add Constraints To Your Goals

Every year many of us make a list of goals that we want to accomplish in the new year. Everything from losing weight, to finishing that side project, to building a deck on the back of the house. We all have our own desires. One thing you should consider is adding constraints to​ the mix. For example, if you have a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday January 5, 2018


2018 Is This The Year to Quit Social Media?

It seems 2018 is the year where everyone is writing about quitting social media. If not quitting, then at least taking a step away and attempting to regain some sanity in life. I’ve read that some are deleting the apps but keeping their presence, others are making it read-only, some unfollowing everyone and the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday January 4, 2018