2021 December. toki pona
Import of old posts. toki pona. Scientific 7-minute workout. Learning like woodworking. Designing Data-Intensive Applications.
Thanks to holidays, some days off, and an overall slower pace at work, I've managed to take a breather. It's so uncanny to remember how hard it is to think when you have a (time) scarcity mindset. It feels SO GOOD.
Old posts #
I've exported my old posts from krzychukula.blogspot.com/ and imported them in kula.blog. So many interesting finds and so many nostalgic memories. I've tried to clean up the list a little, but I've left some of my old posts just for the sake of remembering them. So now the oldest post here is from the 2nd of May 2008.
toki pona #
One result is that I started learning toki pona. I came across it in Conlang Critic Episode Twelve: Toki Pona a couple of years ago and decided to give it a try. It has around 130 words and simple grammar to come with it. It's not trivial to learn (everything takes work), but it's so much smaller and simpler than any natural language. I've been using Memrise courses to pick up the basics, but I'm thinking about reading the official book at some point.
Learn like woodworking #
I want to recommend one of my old posts Note to Myself: Learn Videogame Development Like Woodworking.
The original post doesn't seem to be available anymore, so I recommend reading my copy of it. Right now, I'm having facepalm moments when I realize that this way of learning would help me with many other areas of my life. I highly recommend it.
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout #
With a time abundance mindset, I realized that I could take some short time to exercise daily. I still picked something that I can do pretty quickly as I know that my current schedule won't last, but it is still unbelievable that I wasn't doing any of it for the last year.
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout - The New York Times. It's behind a paywall, but this is a 2013 article so that you can find many many articles and videos about it all over the internet.
Books I'm reading #
The Programmer's Brain. The idea of applying neuroscience to the programmer's job is intriguing.
Books I've read #
- Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems by Martin Kleppmann. It's a great read, but not an easy one. I was reading it with a cadence of a chapter a week, which was a challenge. Still recommend you give it a try. The amount of knowledge I've picked up is phenomenal.
Elsewhere on the Web #
The PANTONE Color of the Year 2022: PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri
Coloring With Code — A Programmatic Approach To Design.
This tutorial uses LCH color (check support in caniuse). What's great about it is how easy it is to create color palettes. I recommend taking a look.
Some books on my backlog #
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