1 Percent Better Everyday

I’ve been following James Clear for some time now.  He shares a lot of helpful advice on building and maintaining important habits.  Checkout his talk where he discusses his methodology for bettering yourself, 1% everyday.

A Parable on Iteration

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.


-> Art and Fear via Stratechery

Android in 2015

I don’t often make predictions, but I’m willing to make this one: 2015 is going to be a huge year for Android. I’m not talking about the Market Share Wars, I never cared for them and Android won them long ago. I have little interest in the Who Makes The Most Money Wars either, I’m often baffled as to why people even care. As a developer and user of mobile platforms I’m more interested in app profitability, quality and diversity. I think 2015 is going to be a huge one for Android in this regard. Don’t believe me, ok, allow me to walk you through why.

I agree with Rusty.  I’d even throw in another point.  Android is going to proliferate across numerous screens in 2015, in a major way.  Not just phones and tablets, but smartwatches, TVs, and vehicles.  Developers who can create cohesive experiences across all of these screens (and make great products, a given) will be successful.

-> rustyshelf.org


If you want to learn more than your fair share regarding coffee (history, grinders, roasting, brewing, etc.), listen to the latest episode of the Pragmatic Podcast with John Chidgey and guest, Marco Arment.  They’ve convinced me that it’s time to:

  1. Upgrade from a French Press to an Aero Press
  2. Upgrade from my blade coffee bean grinder to a burr coffee bean grinder

At least I don’t need to upgrade from decaffeinated coffee to caffeinated coffee.

Source: Pragmatic, Episode 30

Walking Out On Your Dream Job

Jordan, a UI/UX designer, contracted to work for Apple, walks out on his dream job.

Then at lunch time I wiped the iPad data clean, put the files I had been working on neatly on the server, left all their belongings on my desk, and I got in my car and drove home. I left a message for my boss and told him he’s the worst boss I had ever encountered in my entire professional career and that I could no longer work under him no matter how good Apple might look on my resume. The third party company that contracted me is furious because I’ve jeopardized their relationship with Apple, and of course they feel that I’ve acted highly unprofessionally by walking out. I’m not really proud of myself for doing that, and I do feel terrible for destroying the long relationship I had with the recruiter who helped me land the interview. This is all an especially difficult pill to swallow because I was so excited to work for Apple. I’m not sure if this will haunt me or not, but all I know is that I wanted to work at Apple really bad, and now not so much.

It’s a fascinating read.  It pains me that he walked out the way he did, making a seemingly irrational, spur of the moment decision because of a terrible manager.  He didn’t go into a whole lot of detail of the steps he took before walking out, but it seems that there were several things that he could have done before walking out (going above his manager’s head, talking to his contracting agency, HR, etc.).  He could have even amicably put a two week notice in and left in a professional manner.  By quitting the way he did, he burned a ton of bridges.

Hopefully, he’s able to put this behind him and find a gig he likes.  One thing that isn’t going to help is all the SEO and link backs his article (and name) on Medium is receiving (or maybe it’s a blessing in disguise).

Source: Medium