I’d like to build on @Joe Trellick’ thread above and know these two things about your favorite app or system to organize yourself:
(a) What is the one thing you love the most and can’t live without?
(b) What’s the one feature you miss so dearly that it keeps you looking for alternatives?
(Can be something you saw somewhere else, or something you haven’t seen and just dream up.)
3 years ago
Recurring thought I’ve been having:
The tools I most rely on organise my workspace in lists. ≡
I sometimes wish they could instead organise it in graphs. ፨Examples:
• The text editor organises my code into lines.
• The file system organises my files in lists of files within hierarchical folders.
• The task tracker organises my tasks into categorised lists.The list ordering is often tedious and inefficient to navigate. It forces me to switch back and forth rapidly between vastly separated areas, either with my eyes or with my eyes and mouse/keyboard. It’s tricky or impossible to get a view of all the elements I am working with at the same time.When in “designer-mode” I often resort to diagramming (either paper or virtual). A diagram lets me position the elements the way I’m actually thinking about them, with closely related elements close to eachother and less-related elements farther apart. If an element has several closely related elements, it’s easy to draw them adjactent to eachother, whereas this wouldn’t be possible if they had to be in a flat list.In an era of 3D virtual spaces and 3D printing, I find it ironic and aggravating that the typical programmer doesn’t even get a 2D, let alone 3D, view of their environment, but is still held down to 1D list-ual views! lol
Pico-8 is a cute little thing. On the web site, it is said to be a "fantasy console". It includes a minimal Lua, graphics editor + sound + music editor. "Cartridges" are shared as PNG images with the code embedded in the image. You can inspect code of any cartridge. You can even run it on a Raspberry Pi and use I/O to interact with sensors, motors, etc. Fans of C64/Amiga, or HyperCard, might appreciate.Some things that might be interesting in terms of future or coding:- a small API that you can remember makes things fun
- constraints can invoke creativity
- how you call something, in this case "fantasy console", matters
- community, and learning, is important when building dev toolsPico-8:https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.phpA presentation from the creator of Pico-8:
There is also a prototype tool by Gabriel Florit, which combines Pico-8 with Bret Victor -style live coding and time scrubbing: https://script-8.github.io
Hi all, apologies if this is a bit random. I’m struggling a bit with motivation.Specifically, getting psyched and motivated enough to consistently work on self-study every evening after work or on weekends (pretty much the only free time I have). I feel tired out at those times and need to somehow get myself to focus, even if just for a short time.Can anyone recommend a place I might find a motivation buddy? Like someone who also wants to put in consistent effort towards a goal, so we can remind and motivate each other? Maybe one of you are in a similar place and would like to pair up?Or also, any apps, etc that might help? Or even a simple motivation technique?Thanks ahead of time for any help you can offer!
3 years ago
So, yesterday was the second time I met online with a relative to help him with some physics problems he was studying for an entrance exam to the university. our solution was to share photos of books and notes on paper, to share sound recording and at the end we did a video call where he shared the book and pointed with his finger and I explained to him with my voice since it's hard to write and focus with a phone. Just a long way of saying, "the computer as a free form expression medium hasn't happened yet"
@Ivan Reese for 3d interfaces, something I find fascinating are non-euclidean spaces (I guess they are not 3d anymore lol). I think they have profound scope for representing multi-dimensional computational concepts yet still being tactile and intuitive. There are not nearly as abstract and mathematical as they sound.Take a look at this awesome video. I love- walking up a hill both ways
- the bit at 2:40 where walking through a tunnel makes you smaller alice and wonderland style. This is not representing computation this is experiencing computation from a first person perspective operating on your own perception
- the room totally convinces me - it's feels so natural despite being non-euclideanMind blowing:
@duncanawoods This is a cool tech demo. Thanks for sharing it! Neat to hear about the applications for VR — I'd never considered that portal-rendering would be useful there, but it's pretty obviously powerful in hindsight.