deeper thoughts

The 2 Minute Drill

I’m on a 2 minute “get crap done” kick.

It started when I realized how much time I spend in transition at home. EG, transition between getting home from work and leaving for a mountain trail run. Do I really need to sit at my desk and browse the internet for 6 minutes.

Heck, no. I’m wasting my life.

So today, I tried setting my watch’s 2 minute timer to push me to move fast through the mundane but necessary aspects of life. I left promptly for the gym, started dinner, took a shower, did the dishes, took care of laundry, and left for the night in 2 minute intervals.

Some things cannot be rushed, like eating dinner.

I’m trying this out for a week and will come back with the results.

Self Teaching

I’m pulling an all nighter preparing to teach an “Intro to Servers” class with Girl Develop IT – Boulder.

How to Setup Bower Within Rails

After arguing for a Bower/Rails integration in Why Rails needs Bower, I want to show how Bower can be integrated within Rails.

The objective is for all JS/CSS tooling and libraries to be managed by Bower while still holding to a standard Rails MVC. In other words, we’ll still use Rails to render the view templates rather than moving to a Rails-API/Javascript templated frontend. All we’re doing is using Bower to govern the CSS and JS dependencies.

Example Rails app on Github


Why Rails Needs Bower

Part 1 of 2.

Summary: The rails stack should use Bower to manage JS/CSS assets and stop packaging assets in Rails Engines.

Stopping and Switching

I set lofty goals in January, and like many of you, I’ve gone after some goals, and nearly forgotten about half of them. These were not the typical new year’s resolution goals. They did not include “workout”, “spend more time with friends”, etc.

Learning How to Code

An open letter to people who want to learn how to program, plus my unsolicited advice to them (create & execute solutions with or without software).