One significant helping against readers block I found for myself this year is to always have multiple future sample books inside the Kindle App. So I never run out of a book. And if one does not fit me, I can go to the next sample book until I find my next book.

I’ve also stopped reading books that don’t grab me, as interesting as they may seem and as acclaimed as their recommenders insist. If I’m reading something and I find myself daydreaming or wanting to check my phone or switching to an episode of something on Netflix, that’s a sign that I should put it down and find another book. The only problem with this is that some of my favorite books (Infinite Jest for one) did not grab me in the beginning but picked up in a major way later, sometimes hundreds of pages in. Great books sometimes do not hand everything to the reader on a silver platter and the hard work they demand becomes part of their reward.

Readers block.

That is the main issue I still fight with. I cannot stop a book once I’ve started it, not mather that I would instead like to read something else. And I know sometimes you need to give a book one hundred pages until it starts to get interesting. So I always fear that I would give up on the title to early.

I’m working on some spaghetti code today. Let’s see if I can make the code a tiny bit better – without breaking anything.

I’ve learned something new today. I’m using the term algorithm wrong. In the context of a system, predict the next movie to watch on Netflix; for example, it is not the Algorithm that is responsible for the result.

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An image of a creature drawn by my daughter. She was using her tape dispenser as a template for the shape.

An image of a creature drawn by my daughter. She was using her tape dispenser as a template for the shape.

I bought the hardwood flooring for my bedroom today. Let the project begin.

I bought the hardwood flooring for my bedroom today. Let the project begin.

What your day will be like in 2039 (Mostly Pessimistic Version).
What your day will be like in 2039 (Mostly Optimistic Version).

These articles have an exciting concept, showing the duality of the future development of technology and our world. I usually tend to only think about the harmful outcomes of all these developments. But not everything needs to be bad. Unfortunately, I feel that the amount of people enjoying the beautiful sides will be smaller then the number of humans left out of this new world.

Transducers

How transducers work While reading the chapter about transducers, I had quite some difficulties understanding how it works. So I made a cheat sheet of the concept.

Trunk-Based Development.

I certainly know the situations described in the first half of this article. The fear of refactoring. Or the problems with integrating a big feature branch after some time.

But what I’m missing in this article is how to work with features which change your data model in a big way, I have the feeling, that a feature toggle sounds easy in theory but creates quite some cost and complexity in the actual code.

What a week

What a week, went to the hospital for the first time in my life - planned surgery and everting is fine - now I’m waiting up that everything heals again. And at work, we had release week.

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The sky this morning. Amazing colors, I’ve never seen it so purple.

The sky this morning. Amazing colors, I’ve never seen it so purple.

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