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Month: July 2018

looking at mars

These days mars is more red, luminous than ever. Probably because of the distance from earth.

We were lying on our bed, looking at the red planet, her body defined by the shy lights of the city, defining her borders in the night.

In days like this I wonder: Will we have the chance to remember this. Will I remember this moment? Is there a way I can fix it into my memories?

Hard to know. Many great moments pass by, many terrible moments are sculpted into our brain like there’s nothing more important.

But we wish, hope, that some moments might stay with us a longer period of time.
Those moments when we feel we’re grasping the beauty of it right in the middle, and not after years. Those moments where you realize that yes, this is where I want to be.

We should have more of these moments, more of the realizations that keep us present, living each and every instant of our life, focusing on one at a time, because that’s our life, and time, goes.

the hardest most viable product

When you want to create something big, how do you decide when the product it’s ready for showtime? When you’re at the most good viable product that people can enjoy?

When you’re spending too much time refining, when you’re starting to lose passion, that is the extreme time when you should play the all-in. All or nothing, because chances are that if you wait more you’ll lose timing, excellence, customers.

less work

To have a company that will work well when you can’t be there you have to design as many workflow and automations possible. You have to remove yourself from the variables, from the parts of the engine that are required to work.

You must become the captain that leads the way in the dark times, that steers away from the perils,you must be useless for the day to day task, but needed to let the company grow.

a growth formula for sharing

We’ve been fooled. The big growth of facebook, of instagram, the rise of famous influencers and big internet stars fooled us into thinking that yes, it could be easy even for me.

That when you say something, the world will listen, more than ever, more than before.

You can send an email and everyone will read it and act accordingly, you can share a link to your website or an article and it will boom, and we just need to ask each of our coworkers and they will share it too, and it’ll be popular, we will be popular.

I would like to think it’s this way. Even when today I received yet another email asking me to “share” something I didn’t know anything about, something I didn’t care and I didn’t have passion for.
To share a prewritten message, with no rules, to everyone.

But what sharing is, really?
My guess is that the internet faded the whole idea of sharing, now it’s a click of a button, but what do you share in real life?
Well, let’s say you have an hobby, do you always share it with everyone? Not always, and if you ask someone to share your hobby with other people do you expect them to do it?
Obviously not.
Sharing is intimate, the internet made it public, but it’s still intimate. A sharing works when there’s a definite message, a context, a passion, and a target audience ready to listen.
It’s not a click, it’s a whole world.

And what about attention? Do the things we share in real life create a deep sense of attention in our friends? Do everything we share have this result?
No, unless we’re really good at advertising them, and even so if we do it too frequently we might simply lose this edge.

Sharing, asking for attention, is a complex matter. It requires knowledge to trigger that interest, to move people to help you into spreading the word, sharing the message.
What are you sharing? Why are you passionate about it?

We can’t copy/paste it, if we do we lose our touch, our humanity and the message is just a big chain of useless repetitions.
What makes a great share different is context, humanity, targeting to the right people, is selecting a subset, making it special, so that the people that really care can listen to us.

There’s no way we can ignite growth by blind repetition, by asking people to share a link without a reason, without a deep passion or interest into the content. We must be involved, interested, passionate. We must add our touch and message and we must select the people we want to share i to. 

Because not all friends are the friends you’d share your passion with.

let’s ignore death

Many, many people in the world will advice you to think like this is the last day of your life. 

I agree that we should be more present, more aware of our life.
But what about fearing death?

The whole idea of living your last day, if that was really your last day, would be much more difficult. The message leaves aside one detail: To live that day fully, you have to be brave, to not fear death.

Which isn’t really the first thing you’ll do once you realize this is your last day.
Understanding such a complex matter is hard, and accepting it is even harder.

Monday a girl was at a party with some friends, she had some kind of handicap.
She left us today, but on monday she was happy, unaware of what life was planning for her.

She smiled, she laughed.
And that kind of unawareness is something we should consider too.
Yes, we should be present, but if we can be present and fear death, then we’ve done nothing.
Much better being unaware, and living that day with joyful happiness.

the world and the zone

Being a developer has a lot of benefits and a lot of drawbacks. The first drawback being the fact that we see the entire world as a problem with solutions to fix it. We are bugfinders in all of our lives, we tend to find bugs and fixes or workarounds.

Obviously this pisses some people off.

Another thing that many devs are familiar with is “The zone”.
The zone can be described of a time when your mind is fully absorbed by the task you’re doing, your focus is 100%-110%., you are in control of your mind and it’s fully devoted to that single task.

It’s like having superpowers in your day to day job.
I think we also “know” the zone mostly because developers are introverts, and so they tend to analyze themselves more than usual.

Many people in the world happen to be in the zone even if their job is not software related.
But what about the others? Do they know what it’s like, or did they live an entire life without being able to focus that much onto a task? 
Would they benefit from the zone, or not? I think it’s worth trying and teaching, although it’s not a “skill” that’s critical, although beneficial.

april may june 2018 monthly checkup

It’s been a hell of a ride till here, and I must admit one of the most terrible thing: Doing this (writing) as the last thing in my day has one tradeoff: if I’m in bad mood, I skip days.

I tend to slack more and more.

This months went up and down, maaany things are happening in life like buying a house, a car, whatever. It’s stressing and joyful, a hard blessing, you might say.

That said, here’s a recap of the things I liked the most