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One day I woke up and decided to remove all external CSS from my websites. And every website I build consequentially will have no external CSS. No one noticed anything on my website except the speed increase.
Waking up. If you are like me, it is one of the most difficult task of the day. Everyday, I go to bed late, thinking it won't be so hard to wake up the next morning. But everyday I struggle. When the first light of the day enters my bedroom, it is only an excuse for me to tuck myself deeper into the blanket. I can't wake up, and the apparent solution is the alarm clock.
Nietzsche put it best: There are no facts, only interpretation. Yet we live in a world where only the facts matter. The dictionary definition is an indisputable truth. In the scientific world, its the same conclusion reached by multiple different bodies.
Silicon Valley is the banal cliche where ideas come to life. Everything you can think of there is an app for that. The common saying is that ideas don't matter, only execution can bring them to life.
My Alarm rang at 4am, I usually set it 30 minutes before the time I have to get up from bed. But on this day, I only had 2 hours of sleep. I never manage to have a good night sleep on my first day on the job. But at 4 am, my body felt light, the bed felt exceptionally comfortable, I had to spend at least another 5 minutes enjoying this moment before facing the day. So I fell asleep.
When I first started to work on the web, I had no way to track how users interacted with my websites. I created HTML websites and the only way I could think of to know how many people visited was to use those all too familiar page counters. Fast forward a few years, there are so many analytical tools available. But just like page counters, we use analytics mainly for page views.
That kid in the back was right. Nothing in Math made any sense. The vectors, the matrices, the limits, or, for God sake, cotangent! None of it made any sense. When are we ever going to use these in the real world? The teacher argued that it was necessary to learn without giving us any tangible thing to grasp. The only immediate reward that justified learning this organized gibberish was getting a good grade.
A few years ago, I discovered Alain de Botton, a sort of modern philosopher that took an interesting approach on the way we approach the events of our lives. He focused particularly on pessimism and how we react to it. His work is based on the Roman philosopher, Seneca, who dedicated a large part of his work on the problem of Anger.
My overall experience with facebook has been negative. Like many people these days, I decided it is best to not have a facebook profile. Well technically I do have one. OK, I have two of them, and both are deactivated. One is my regular account and the other is my developer account that I reactivate every time I need to perform dev work with their API.
What would you do if you could keep your wages. The exact same wages you make at your current job, but you have only 2 hours of work to do a day. You already took a two months long vacation where you traveled to all the places you wished you could and had the time of your life.