If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Late, on Sunday afternoon, I found myself going around once and another with some ideas that I read in a post that talks about going back to those habits that I fight against during a long time.

When I talk about habits don’t think in nothing fancy, I’m a man who enjoys simple things, as procrastinating while he’s supposed to be doing something else more productive, and late I also enjoy in a sadistic way blaming my self and my habits for deviating my focus from something that makes me proud of my yield.

Another habit(a good one, I suppose) that I developed at a really young age it’s this “cable guy” attitude that makes me seek for significant lessons at movies, tv series, songs and the most unlickely places. This habit, became skill across all this kung-fu and sci-fi movies, come out with the solution to my Sunday afternoon dilemma in the shape of memories from a sketch from Big Bang Theory:

However blaming myself and my habits has become a habit by itself (I know, it’s really ironic) I found that some of those homework and tasks that I massively blame could be the source of a great part of my creativity.

For those who doesn’t trust in Sheldon Cooper as a trustable source here I add some links that may give you and interesting, and more cientifical approach to the subject.

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02/can-repetitive-exercises-actually-feed-the-creative-process/

http://www.cristalab.com/blog/para-ser-creativo-permitete-aburrirte-c112002l/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/201310/procrastination-helps-creative-thinking

I forget to say that all this come to me as some kind of revelation while I was folding laundry.

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Meeting Rules.

Unless you are a lone code monkey you will be committed to attending meetings eventually. As a good code monkey you should hate losing your precious time hearing about whose responsibility was losing that client or selling that non-existing improvement that now you have to implement in exchange of peanuts. But before getting hands in work now you have to attend a new meeting to define the right software development methodologies to implement that idea…Does it sounds familiar to you?

That’s why a long time ago i become a mega fan of Zend A. Shaw‘s philosophy: “Programming, Motherfucker” but the destiny and , in a bigger an more direct way, the needs of the “startup” where i actually work, has put me in a DevOps position that requires me to attend a lot of meetings during the week.

That’s why  I found so interesting this post about Meeting Rules at Feld Thoughts. Even in the jungle we need some rules and i couldn’t be more agree with Feld when he says that Scott Kevton,the CEO at Urban Airship , has defined in 8 straightforward principles so logical as to be rules that should apply to every meeting at every startup from now until forever.

0. Do we really need to meet?

1. Schedule a start, not an end to your meeting – its over when its over, even if that’s just 5 minutes.

2. Be on time!

3. No multi-tasking … no device usage unless necessary for meeting.

4. If you’re not getting anything out of the meeting, leave.

5. Meetings are not for information sharing – that should be done before the meeting via email and/or agenda.

6. Who really needs to be at this meeting?

7. Agree to action items, if any, at the conclusion of the meeting.

8. Don’t feel bad about calling people out on any of the above; it’s the right thing to do.

Take a look and try to say which one is your favourite.

At the End Back to the Front

During the last months i’ve been involved in the resolution of a lot of php issues and some projects that allways required from developing my back-end skills. Arrived to this point i started to feel some hanckering from my old good friend javascript and all their frameworks.

That’s why i decided to do a fast and furious review of some tutorials and books during the next days starting from the framework with more mojo at front-end : JQUERY.

Climbing to The trees or first steps for beginners:

  1. Create your own jQuery Image Slider from the Scratch by @jamygolden
  2. Sexy Drop-down menu with jQuery & CSS by @SohTanaka

aUdacity and the astronaut Chimp

Here at the Udacity initiative i found a stepstone to increase my skills.

Simpsons Already Did It

Or in this case will be more apropiate to say Penny Arcade already did it!

While i expect some weeks to find the best way to start with my first post, trying to get something like a list of the Ideas and TODO’s to increase my skills as a developer those guys  ‘ve summarized it in two videos… and they let me with not to much to add…

So You Want To Be A Developer Part 1 & Part 2.