Everyone in the world of tech is obsessed with “innovation.” It’s a popular word with a nebulous definition. Some people think of it as coming up with unique business ideas, others view it as taking existing ideas and making them ten times better, and so on.[Read more…] about The Science of Original Ideas
Am I Too Old to Learn X?
This question gets tossed around all the time, especially amongst people who are over the age of 25. I’m not a sociologist, but I would guess this has a lot to do with how images of young, successful geniuses have been propagated throughout our society.[Read more…] about Am I Too Old to Learn X?
How to Remember Your Keys
One comment I frequently hear whenever I tell people about my interest in memory and learning is “Oh, that sounds great – but I have a terrible memory. I’m always losing my keys/wallet/sanity!”
It’s usually accompanied by a casual shrug of the shoulders and a “shucks” facial expression. This is apparently a common affliction and many seem convinced that they’re doomed to always forget the small things in life. But there’s good news for those of you who are guilty of believing this: it’s not true, and the solution lies in learning a few basic tricks.[Read more…] about How to Remember Your Keys
Learning How to Program
“I’m learning how to program…”
As someone who goes to quite a few tech meetups, I hear people say this on a regular basis. When I mention that I code for a living, I often get a torrent of questions about the best ways to learn. Rather than be a dick and tell them “hey, I wrote book about learning, just read that!”, I end up writing epically long emails about all the factors a newcomer to coding should consider.
In an effort to spend less time writing emails, I decided to create this blog post. Since I’m usually telling people the same things over and over again, it makes sense to just have this information in a single, easily-accessible place.[Read more…] about Learning How to Program
The Science of Starting Big Projects
Have you ever considered starting a big project, only to make a U-turn when confronted with the amount of work that would go into making it a reality?
If you answered “yes”, how did you handle that reality check? Did you decide you’d take care of it some other time, when you had more time, money or energy?
I know I have, and I want you to have the tools to get past what keeps you from giving your dream projects a shot.[Read more…] about The Science of Starting Big Projects