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Keep Going — Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon has a new book out named Keep Going which gives you 10 ways to stay creative in good and bad and for me it was a fun read. The pages are short and the wisdom easy to digest. Although it’s written for artist I feel like a lot of the book carries over to being a developer as well. We all have to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday April 7, 2019


People love to share coding tips on social media and I’ve seen some take screenshots of their editor and share it, or others might use a dedicated service that allows you to copy and paste your code into it. All these options are fine but I like to make mine standout by using something custom and I have a Sketch file …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday April 6, 2019


Macbook Touch Bar

I recently got a new MacBook Pro, and this is my first time with the Touch Bar style of keyboard. First, let me say I love this machine so far, it’s been running all the huge apps without trouble and I haven’t heard the fans spin up once. I’m sure this will end after a few months, but right now it’s fantastic. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 4, 2019


Awesome Uses

Wes Bos recently launched a new Github repo called Awesome Uses that let’s everyone list their personal “uses” pages and I’ve added mine . If you are not familiar with “/uses” pages the goal is to be able to point people to a single spot to find out everything about your setup. What happens is when you share …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday March 19, 2019


Winston Churchill on Napping

“You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner, and no half-way measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will be able to accomplish more. …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday March 18, 2019


Crash Illustration

My friend Mohamed Said asked me, “When are we going to see a cartoon on people who crash on a bike?”, and not wanting to disappoint I decided to make one of him. This one was fun to make and I had the idea of just having a huge head screaming but then you couldn’t tell it was a bike crash, so I had to include …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday March 15, 2019


Backdraft

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun making quick little comics and here is one I just put together tonight while watching TV. This one is targeted toward Twitter, but I’ve seen the same thing on all the social networks. The questions never end and that is why many are now creating uses pages on their sites so it’s …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday March 8, 2019


Office Art

As part of my goals to make more illustrations this year I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what to draw and I thought drawing a simple rubber duck would be something fun and simple. This weekend I spent an hour or so creating this illustration in Affinity Designer on the iPad: I posted it up on …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday February 24, 2019


Rearranging

I have a problem where I want to rearrange my office every month. I don’t know why but it just starts to feel stale and I feel like it gets to routine. This is only February and I’ve already moved stuff around three times this year. I may need an intervention. Pictured above is my latest setup. I moved the desk in …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday February 23, 2019


Giant Moon Background Image

This 81 megapixel giant moon picture has been making the rounds and according to DIY Photography : This image was acquired by taking 50,000 images of the lit surface (25 tiles at 2000 frames each) and stacking the best 50% of the frames. Acquisition was done with a ZWO ASI224MC. The earthshine portion of the moon …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday February 21, 2019


Digital Minimalism

Recently I started reading Cal Newport’s new book Digital Minimalism and although I’m only a few chapters in it’s pretty enlightening. The beginning talks a lot about the habit of social media and how the apps are designed to keep up coming back for the next “hit” when you are bored. He talks about going on a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday February 18, 2019


Pricing is hard

I’ve been talking to a friend about pricing a new product and figuring out what to charge, especially when you are first launching, is hard. Really hard. It feels like you are just putting out a guess and hoping it works. As I thought through the pricing I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it, and what I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday February 15, 2019


Sharing My Illustrations on Dribbble

I’ve been doing a lot of illustrations lately and I’ve been trying to create one a night as practice. Here is tonight’s that I named “Triggered”: Triggered I’m not sure the best place to share these since it’s not tech stuff I typically share on Twitter, so I figured I’d giver Dribbble a try. If you are intereste…

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday February 13, 2019


Find and Replace Colors in Sketch App

For Laravel News we use a lot of icons for the featured images and these usually come from the Noun Project or Undraw. They are quick to use and work really well. Sometimes I need to change the colors of the icons and a simple method for doing this is with the Sketch App. Just go to Edit -> Find and Replace …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday February 11, 2019


Netflix Fyre Festival Documentary

I’ve been hearing about this documentary for a while now, and I finally sat down to watch it last night. I can see why this generated so much buzz. Spoilers are ahead. If you’ve never heard of Fyre Festival, it was going to be a luxury music festival on a private island in the Caribbean. Every step of the way was a …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday February 7, 2019


F12 Consoles Me

For the past few days I’ve been trying to do one quick drawing a day. Usually over my lunch break. The goal is mainly practice but I like to share even if they are horrible. That is how I improve. For today’s, I was looking for inspiration and remembered Wes Bos has a dad jokes repo with a bunch of web development …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday February 6, 2019


Not Crushing My Mornings

Most people set their morning alarm so they can wake up jump out of bed and start their day. I’ve always done this as well. I would know I need to be up at a certain time to get everything done before the workday starts and that is the time I’d set my alarm. Lately, I’ve changed this routine. Instead of setting an …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday February 2, 2019