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Stand Up, Stay Up

by Caven Cade Mitchell

BE INSPIRED

There was a robot today, who due to it’s targeting system, repeatedly fell but then got back up. The only thing I could think was “wow he’s not giving up”. Anyway I’ve realized that I do too much but thats not necessarily a bad thing unless everything that gets done is done poorly.  The best I can do is write notes, try and improve where I can, and hope others gain inspiration, or at least some insight into their related or similar projects. That being said here are all the projects I’ve started, continued, or seen.

git

Recently a friend of mine shared the opinion that a developer is only as good as his/her github (or for some of you bitbucket) account. I think it’s bullshit. I know amazing developers who’ve never used git. That’s not to say that git isn’t an amazing tool. But if you measure a developer by the amount of repositories he has, your going to have a bad time.

Git is a great utility and because I do so much I’ve been taking care to use my own personal github account more but I also use git privately as well as professionally through my work via “gitlab”. There’s tons of information out there already about git but to keep it simple, git is a versioning tool for source code. It lets you separate your code in different branches (like a tree), combine (merge) branches once your done developing something, or revert (checkout) a change for example if you make a mistake. It’s really convenient (but definitely not necessary).

Amazon S3

Last week was my my great friend Sebastian’s birthday. I don’t have much to go by but it’s no exaggeration to say that he’s a top level developer and definitely the best developer I know.  Anyway he’s a really nerdy guy so I figured I would do something nerdy for his birthday. In comes Amazon AWS and their S3 service.  If you didn’t know Amazon lets you use their AWS services for an entire year free.  I don’t know how else to put it except to say that anything web/internet related your interested in doing, you can do through AWS.  Their documentation is great and it takes minutes to setup.  For my very first action I created a static site based off a birthday project I found on github, went through the S3 documentation on hosting a static site on S3, and customized it for Sebastian’s birthday.  Not including the amazon aws account setup, the entire process took maybe 5-10 minutes.  Imagine what you could do if you dedicated a few hours a week to building something amazing.

Tokyo Maker Faire

Next up we have Tokyo Maker Faire. In general Maker Faire is giant show and tell festival. The majority of the projects are based on something tech related, for example Arduino, 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, but there are a lot of DIY and craft related projects.  There was a lot of stuff there today so I wont bother going into it, but the main thing I got from today was inspiration. I want to be a creator, I love working with my hands whether its gardening, DIY, or development.  Seeing everyone today showing off their passion inspired me to do the same.  Thats why I’ve dusted off my leapmotion and plan on making something with it. I have the tools, I just need the idea.  (Leap motion is a device that lets you use gestures to interface with your computer.  Instead of typing out a command, you can just do wave your hand and the command would execute.  Check it out they’ve been doing a lot of work on improving their API so that developers could make great things. They were also at Tokyo’s Maker Faire today.

As I said before, my goal for this blog is to supplement my memory through my writing.  But I also hope you’ll gain some inspiration by reading about the things I’ve been playing with and play with something your interested in.

Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved
Napoleon Hill

love life to live, live life to love

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