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2 title: 2030: The next decade
3 date: 2019-12-31
4 tags: life
5 tldr: New decade, who dis?
6 color: blue
7 published: true
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9
10 The year 2020 is upon us and while it is merely a number change it feels like it bears significance. My wife joked that she was "going into 2020 with clear vision" and you can be *sure* that's not the last time you'll hear such jokes/puns this upcoming year. So, what does this new year mean to me? A couple things come to mind.
11
12 I am currently 31 years old and from what I've read in my 20s, your 30s is when you **finally** get your shit together. I certainly *feel* more confident in my professional skills and my propensity to create whatever comes to mind with dexterity. But rather than make resolutions or plans for next year I am drawn to the idea of doing so for the next *decade*. Where do I want to be at 41, physically and mentally? What skills will I possess? What habits will I break and what habits will be formed?
13
14 It may sound cliché but, to forecast my future I look to my past; introspection, basically. It's a powerful tool that I believe everyone should employ frequently.
15
16 When I was in 5th grade there was a "Career Day" and four adults came to my class to talk about their respective careers. After explaining what they did for work, every kid in my class stood up and said what they imagined their future career to be. When it was my turn I mentioned *several* career paths I wanted in life. The demographic makeup of the adults in the room were four White women (one of them being my teacher) and one Black man. I feel this detail is necessary because all the women chuckled in disbelief (some with incredulous looks on their faces), which encouraged some of my classmates to laugh as well. The man only smiled and listened intently which gave me the courage to continue. In the moment it didn't seem notable but in hindsight it certainly does. I think I'll save my thoughts on this matter for a future post as I've had other similar interactions in life.
17
18 The point is, thinking back to your dreams and aspirations from your childhood can help steer you when you feel you've lost direction in your life. For this next decade I'd like to make the 5th grade version of the most fantabulous Paul Anthony Webb feel proud about the man he's become. Here's a non-exhaustive list of things I'd like to attain/obtain, followed by reasons why I chose these items:
19
20 - author
21 - cooking
22 - driving license
23 - filmmaker
24 - fitness
25 - fluency in (conversational) Japanese
26 - hardware product (kimoyo beads?)
27 - home ownership
28 - media network
29 - publishing house
30 - record label
31 - musician
32 - podcast
33 - revenue generating businesses
34 - teacher
35
36 ## Author
37
38 I enjoy writing and feel I should do it a LOT more. A couple weeks ago I decided to try journaling and have been pretty consistent. The past week hasn't been eventful in any way but I think I should still make an effort to put in an entry at least once a week. I use an application called [Standard Notes](https://standardnotes.org "Standard Notes homepage") to keep track of all my ideas. It has a "pin" feature so whenever I go to the "All Notes" section I can see my journal there. Anyhoo, I've had concepts for novels and screenplays since high school and I *thankfully* scanned most of those documents...I don't know where they are but the core concepts are still in my mind. There's enough content for a trilogy.
39
40 Another book idea I've had for some years is titled "How to be Awesome" and is based on how I see obstacles and overcome them. For whatever reason I have been able to [stick to my guns](https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/stick+to+my+guns "Explanation of the idiom 'stick to my guns'") in the face of negativity and adversity no matter the source: family, friends, life, whatever, AND unassisted by drugs or alcohol (the only casualty has been my hairline)! I'm not sure why I'm the way I am but private conversations throughout my life indicate that others would benefit from my story. Maybe I would benefit from in-depth introspection too.
41
42 ## Cooking
43
44 My wife would **love** if I took up cooking, especially because my culinary interests are largely Asian-based. She's already pretty good at cooking regular/soul food and is not trying to learn other cuisines. I am interested in replicating the amazing ramen I had on my last day in Japan. Woks are a fascinating tool to me so I'd like to learn how to use it efficiently. One of my buddies got me a cookbook from one of my favorite food trucks in Boston (Mei Mei). The main food item I ordered from them is dubbed, "The Double Awesome". It's a scallion pancake sandwich with ham and a scrambled egg in it, with pesto and other things. Add Sriracha and you're all set! Mei Mei's Haymaker's Punch was perfect for chilly days and a good pair for the sandwich. I tried making a Double Awesome while on vacation at Disney World and...it was quite crispy (burnt). One day at a time!
45
46 ## Driving License
47
48 Growing up in the Boston area, I had no need for a license. Public transportation is pretty good, even though the MBTA (we just call it "the T") regularly has issues. Moving to Tennessee means I lost my mobility and basically became a homebody, much to the chagrin of my wife. It's not a big deal to me (right now) but I know I'll need a license *eventually*. Also, now that Tesla's Cybertruck exists I think I'll *accelerate* 🤣 my plans to obtain one.
49
50 ## Filmmaker
51
52 I'm a big fan of doing things myself, which is why I self-host a lot of things (including my own email server). For my space-centric novels I always imagined how they'd look cinematically and what changes I'd need to make to the story to allow the reader to visualize what *I* see in my mind. It only makes sense that I'd film my stories to ensure correctness. To flesh out the world of my novels I'd need to film faux commercials and recently have jotted down some humorous concepts.
53
54 ## Fitness
55
56 I've been roughly 145 pounds since high school thanks to a fast metabolism and sporadic eating/sleeping habits. While I have good body positivity I've always been curious to see how I'd look with muscle and more meat on my bones. I'Robot is one of my favorite films and with Will Smith being one of my favorite actors (and rapper, don't @ me), his [home workout scene](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv83ZKIZSoI) solidified the body type I want to achieve. My dad was in the Army and jogged shirtless in way too short shorts that were tight so you **know** he was fit. Physical fitness also improves mental health and mood so *why not* delve into this?
57
58 ## Fluency in Japanese
59
60 A couple things from my high school years influenced my desire to visit Japan and absorb the culture.
61
62 - Anime: Samurai Champloo, Tenchi Muyo, Yuyu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Rockman.EXE, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop
63 - Games: Megaman Battle Network
64 - Music: Samurai Champloo and GITS:SAC OSTs
65
66 I often watched fan-subbed versions of anime when they weren't officially available in English (sometimes for *years*). Every now and then I would think about learning Japanese so I could skip over all that and well, something else was always more "important". In hindsight, it'd be easier to learn then due to better brain elasticity but my work ethic/dedication/diligence is stronger now.
67
68 Fun fact! I learned how to use chopsticks from watching the Rockman.EXE anime. I also learned a couple phrases like, "Roger that" (Batou from Ghost in the Shell says that a **lot** to Major), "Cool/Awesome", "What?!", "Excuse me", "Damn you", and so on. Most anime ~~lovers~~ connoisseurs know these phrases too.
69
70 ## Hardware Product
71
72 I think I'm pretty good with software but **hardware** is something I have zero knowledge about. I own probably every Raspberry Pi that has been released thus far and have done NOTHING with them. At ALL. For me to really get into something I need to have an ambitious goal. Creating functioning kimoyo beads is definitely ambitious and would require sourcing research and probably microcontroller programming. I just made that up, not sure if that's necessary but that goes to show that I don't know what I don't know. What I learn along the way is gonna open up so many more mental pathways and that excites me.
73
74 ## Home Ownership
75
76 Ownership is something that is becoming increasingly important to me as the years go on. Having a landlord absolves you of certain responsibilities but you are also not the master of your domain. In high school I used to daydream about having a custom home built (and recently I learned of a [startup](https://www.homebound.com) in that space). I would like my kids to have a "childhood home" to grow up in, move out of, and visit.
77
78 ## Media Network
79
80 Y'know that space novel series I mentioned above? Over the years it has evolved into something that spans many creative disciplines. 2000s-era Toonami is what I have in mind for this network. A series of shows with space-centric idents between them. Video content is expensive and time-consuming to create so initially the network would have the music I create on shuffle (essentially) with generative visuals. Naturally, having a record label and publishing house under this umbrella makes sense and would fund the content creation. What if it was part incubator? Seems like a great way to curate content for licensing. HMM.
81
82 ## Musician
83
84 When I was actively making music I did so under a number of aliases and in different genres, namely, rap/hip-hop and house/lounge with some experimental EPs. The rap content was semi-conscious, braggadocious, and space-centric. The lounge content was mostly instrumental but when there were lyrics I focused on topics of love and longing. I made my own beats and attempted to make them sound mastered but uh, to my ears now they sound kinda terrible.
85
86 My DAW of choice was Acid Pro, which is a Windows-exclusive application. When I entered the web industry full-time I transitioned to macOS and haven't looked back. Acid Pro is still in active development and the latest features are *incredible* but sadly (for me), it remains Windows-exclusive. I could always learn how to use another DAW but every one I've tried since just don't *feel* right so a custom PC build is in my future.
87
88 ## Podcast
89
90 While working at the flagship Converse store in Boston many years ago, a middle-aged woman followed me around the store asking questions about virtually anything; just to hear me speak. She said I had a nice radio voice and that's when I knew a rap career could work for me. Can you imagine?
91
92 > "Boy, his lyrics are hot **garBAGE** but his voice is smooth AF!"
93
94 I like making money so that's why I didn't pursue rap as strongly as web design.
95
96 Anyhoo, I get into fascinating discussions with friends and family and some of those conversations would make for excellent podcast content. I have a dope name in mind for it too, all I need is a home office again. Because my interests are so varied my podcast would probably be in the "lifestyle" category. Gaming, design, technology, animation, Blackness, &c; I'm passionate about a lot of things. I'd make good use of the drum machine I currently have in a box as a soundboard.
97
98 ## Revenue Generating Businesses
99
100 I come from an entrepreneurial family and I have *way* too many side projects to not have any of them generating income. Then again, all of them are in alpha/beta status and in varying states of neglect. An immediate change I am making in the new year is seeing my projects to completion or out of test status. One of my services has been in operation and virtually unchanged for more than two years. It's amazing I was able to hack together something that still works, haha! It certainly *feels* like hacks compared to my knowledge now.
101
102 **SIGH**
103
104 The struggle of a creative. Everything you ever made is absolute trash almost immediately, no matter how much time you spent on it before releasing it onto the world.
105
106 ## Teacher
107
108 I like sharing what I know, and figuring out how to distill high level concepts to easily understandable concepts is an interesting challenge. About a month ago I had a dream where I was teaching middle-/high-school kids about web development. And they were listening! Seems to bode well for the future. In terms of industry titles, I could be considered a senior front-end/ux developer and the next step up is managerial. I just call myself an architech; someone who designs and builds technology (there's no ego tied to it and is a better descriptor for me). It'd be nice to have a mentor in 2020 though, I've been teaching myself everything I know since the recession of '08. 👨🏾‍🦳
109
110 ## FIN
111
112 The beautiful thing about the Internet is that it has democratized a **lot** of industries so I *could* complete several things on my list within the next year no problem...well, the only problem being me half-assing things just to say I did them. Barring that, I will seriously attempt to accomplish everything within the decade. The main trait I lack is **discipline** and it will be difficult to instill greater levels of accountability into myself. 😥 But not impossible!
113
114 The other benefit of being in my 30s is having the financial means to invest a bit more into my ventures. With a decade of experience in the web space I can fetch a pretty good salary and put non-trivial amounts of money away for more ambitious projects.
115
116 What a ride life has been thus far. A decade ago I had no kids and could barely code my way out of a paper bag. The services and sites I've created in that time since were mere thoughts scribbled in a notebook on my lunch break. Wild! I can only imagine what my 2040 blog post will contain. 🕸
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23 <summary type="html"><![CDATA[New decade, who dis?]]></summary>
24 <content type="html"><![CDATA[<p>The year 2020 is upon us and while it is merely a number change it feels like it bears significance. My wife joked that she was &quot;going into 2020 with clear vision&quot; and you can be <em>sure</em> that&#39;s not the last time you&#39;ll hear such jokes/puns this upcoming year. So, what does this new year mean to me? A couple things come to mind.</p>
25 <p>I am currently 31 years old and from what I&#39;ve read in my 20s, your 30s is when you <strong>finally</strong> get your shit together. I certainly <em>feel</em> more confident in my professional skills and my propensity to create whatever comes to mind with dexterity. But rather than make resolutions or plans for next year I am drawn to the idea of doing so for the next <em>decade</em>. Where do I want to be at 41, physically and mentally? What skills will I possess? What habits will I break and what habits will be formed?</p>
26 <p>It may sound cliché but, to forecast my future I look to my past; introspection, basically. It&#39;s a powerful tool that I believe everyone should employ frequently.</p>
27 <p>When I was in 5th grade there was a &quot;Career Day&quot; and four adults came to my class to talk about their respective careers. After explaining what they did for work, every kid in my class stood up and said what they imagined their future career to be. When it was my turn I mentioned <em>several</em> career paths I wanted in life. The demographic makeup of the adults in the room were four White women (one of them being my teacher) and one Black man. I feel this detail is necessary because all the women chuckled in disbelief (some with incredulous looks on their faces), which encouraged some of my classmates to laugh as well. The man only smiled and listened intently which gave me the courage to continue. In the moment it didn&#39;t seem notable but in hindsight it certainly does. I think I&#39;ll save my thoughts on this matter for a future post as I&#39;ve had other similar interactions in life.</p>
28 <p>The point is, thinking back to your dreams and aspirations from your childhood can help steer you when you feel you&#39;ve lost direction in your life. For this next decade I&#39;d like to make the 5th grade version of the most fantabulous Paul Anthony Webb feel proud about the man he&#39;s become. Here&#39;s a non-exhaustive list of things I&#39;d like to attain/obtain, followed by reasons why I chose these items:</p>
29 <ul>
30 <li>author</li>
31 <li>cooking</li>
32 <li>driving license</li>
33 <li>filmmaker</li>
34 <li>fitness</li>
35 <li>fluency in (conversational) Japanese</li>
36 <li>hardware product (kimoyo beads?)</li>
37 <li>home ownership</li>
38 <li>media network<ul>
39 <li>publishing house</li>
40 <li>record label</li>
41 </ul>
42 </li>
43 <li>musician</li>
44 <li>podcast</li>
45 <li>revenue generating businesses</li>
46 <li>teacher</li>
47 </ul>
48 <h2 id="author">Author</h2>
49 <p>I enjoy writing and feel I should do it a LOT more. A couple weeks ago I decided to try journaling and have been pretty consistent. The past week hasn&#39;t been eventful in any way but I think I should still make an effort to put in an entry at least once a week. I use an application called <a href="https://standardnotes.org" title="Standard Notes homepage">Standard Notes</a> to keep track of all my ideas. It has a &quot;pin&quot; feature so whenever I go to the &quot;All Notes&quot; section I can see my journal there. Anyhoo, I&#39;ve had concepts for novels and screenplays since high school and I <em>thankfully</em> scanned most of those documents...I don&#39;t know where they are but the core concepts are still in my mind. There&#39;s enough content for a trilogy.</p>
50 <p>Another book idea I&#39;ve had for some years is titled &quot;How to be Awesome&quot; and is based on how I see obstacles and overcome them. For whatever reason I have been able to <a href="https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/stick+to+my+guns" title="Explanation of the idiom &#39;stick to my guns&#39;">stick to my guns</a> in the face of negativity and adversity no matter the source: family, friends, life, whatever, AND unassisted by drugs or alcohol (the only casualty has been my hairline)! I&#39;m not sure why I&#39;m the way I am but private conversations throughout my life indicate that others would benefit from my story. Maybe I would benefit from in-depth introspection too.</p>
51 <h2 id="cooking">Cooking</h2>
52 <p>My wife would <strong>love</strong> if I took up cooking, especially because my culinary interests are largely Asian-based. She&#39;s already pretty good at cooking regular/soul food and is not trying to learn other cuisines. I am interested in replicating the amazing ramen I had on my last day in Japan. Woks are a fascinating tool to me so I&#39;d like to learn how to use it efficiently. One of my buddies got me a cookbook from one of my favorite food trucks in Boston (Mei Mei). The main food item I ordered from them is dubbed, &quot;The Double Awesome&quot;. It&#39;s a scallion pancake sandwich with ham and a scrambled egg in it, with pesto and other things. Add Sriracha and you&#39;re all set! Mei Mei&#39;s Haymaker&#39;s Punch was perfect for chilly days and a good pair for the sandwich. I tried making a Double Awesome while on vacation at Disney World and...it was quite crispy (burnt). One day at a time!</p>
53 <h2 id="driving-license">Driving License</h2>
54 <p>Growing up in the Boston area, I had no need for a license. Public transportation is pretty good, even though the MBTA (we just call it &quot;the T&quot;) regularly has issues. Moving to Tennessee means I lost my mobility and basically became a homebody, much to the chagrin of my wife. It&#39;s not a big deal to me (right now) but I know I&#39;ll need a license <em>eventually</em>. Also, now that Tesla&#39;s Cybertruck exists I think I&#39;ll <em>accelerate</em> 🤣 my plans to obtain one.</p>
55 <h2 id="filmmaker">Filmmaker</h2>
56 <p>I&#39;m a big fan of doing things myself, which is why I self-host a lot of things (including my own email server). For my space-centric novels I always imagined how they&#39;d look cinematically and what changes I&#39;d need to make to the story to allow the reader to visualize what <em>I</em> see in my mind. It only makes sense that I&#39;d film my stories to ensure correctness. To flesh out the world of my novels I&#39;d need to film faux commercials and recently have jotted down some humorous concepts.</p>
57 <h2 id="fitness">Fitness</h2>
58 <p>I&#39;ve been roughly 145 pounds since high school thanks to a fast metabolism and sporadic eating/sleeping habits. While I have good body positivity I&#39;ve always been curious to see how I&#39;d look with muscle and more meat on my bones. I&#39;Robot is one of my favorite films and with Will Smith being one of my favorite actors (and rapper, don&#39;t @ me), his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv83ZKIZSoI">home workout scene</a> solidified the body type I want to achieve. My dad was in the Army and jogged shirtless in way too short shorts that were tight so you <strong>know</strong> he was fit. Physical fitness also improves mental health and mood so <em>why not</em> delve into this?</p>
59 <h2 id="fluency-in-japanese">Fluency in Japanese</h2>
60 <p>A couple things from my high school years influenced my desire to visit Japan and absorb the culture.</p>
61 <ul>
62 <li>Anime: Samurai Champloo, Tenchi Muyo, Yuyu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Rockman.EXE, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop</li>
63 <li>Games: Megaman Battle Network</li>
64 <li>Music: Samurai Champloo and GITS:SAC OSTs</li>
65 </ul>
66 <p>I often watched fan-subbed versions of anime when they weren&#39;t officially available in English (sometimes for <em>years</em>). Every now and then I would think about learning Japanese so I could skip over all that and well, something else was always more &quot;important&quot;. In hindsight, it&#39;d be easier to learn then due to better brain elasticity but my work ethic/dedication/diligence is stronger now.</p>
67 <p>Fun fact! I learned how to use chopsticks from watching the Rockman.EXE anime. I also learned a couple phrases like, &quot;Roger that&quot; (Batou from Ghost in the Shell says that a <strong>lot</strong> to Major), &quot;Cool/Awesome&quot;, &quot;What?!&quot;, &quot;Excuse me&quot;, &quot;Damn you&quot;, and so on. Most anime <del>lovers</del> connoisseurs know these phrases too.</p>
68 <h2 id="hardware-product">Hardware Product</h2>
69 <p>I think I&#39;m pretty good with software but <strong>hardware</strong> is something I have zero knowledge about. I own probably every Raspberry Pi that has been released thus far and have done NOTHING with them. At ALL. For me to really get into something I need to have an ambitious goal. Creating functioning kimoyo beads is definitely ambitious and would require sourcing research and probably microcontroller programming. I just made that up, not sure if that&#39;s necessary but that goes to show that I don&#39;t know what I don&#39;t know. What I learn along the way is gonna open up so many more mental pathways and that excites me.</p>
70 <h2 id="home-ownership">Home Ownership</h2>
71 <p>Ownership is something that is becoming increasingly important to me as the years go on. Having a landlord absolves you of certain responsibilities but you are also not the master of your domain. In high school I used to daydream about having a custom home built (and recently I learned of a <a href="https://www.homebound.com">startup</a> in that space). I would like my kids to have a &quot;childhood home&quot; to grow up in, move out of, and visit.</p>
72 <h2 id="media-network">Media Network</h2>
73 <p>Y&#39;know that space novel series I mentioned above? Over the years it has evolved into something that spans many creative disciplines. 2000s-era Toonami is what I have in mind for this network. A series of shows with space-centric idents between them. Video content is expensive and time-consuming to create so initially the network would have the music I create on shuffle (essentially) with generative visuals. Naturally, having a record label and publishing house under this umbrella makes sense and would fund the content creation. What if it was part incubator? Seems like a great way to curate content for licensing. HMM.</p>
74 <h2 id="musician">Musician</h2>
75 <p>When I was actively making music I did so under a number of aliases and in different genres, namely, rap/hip-hop and house/lounge with some experimental EPs. The rap content was semi-conscious, braggadocious, and space-centric. The lounge content was mostly instrumental but when there were lyrics I focused on topics of love and longing. I made my own beats and attempted to make them sound mastered but uh, to my ears now they sound kinda terrible.</p>
76 <p>My DAW of choice was Acid Pro, which is a Windows-exclusive application. When I entered the web industry full-time I transitioned to macOS and haven&#39;t looked back. Acid Pro is still in active development and the latest features are <em>incredible</em> but sadly (for me), it remains Windows-exclusive. I could always learn how to use another DAW but every one I&#39;ve tried since just don&#39;t <em>feel</em> right so a custom PC build is in my future.</p>
77 <h2 id="podcast">Podcast</h2>
78 <p>While working at the flagship Converse store in Boston many years ago, a middle-aged woman followed me around the store asking questions about virtually anything; just to hear me speak. She said I had a nice radio voice and that&#39;s when I knew a rap career could work for me. Can you imagine?</p>
79 <blockquote>
80 <p>&quot;Boy, his lyrics are hot <strong>garBAGE</strong> but his voice is smooth AF!&quot;</p>
81 </blockquote>
82 <p>I like making money so that&#39;s why I didn&#39;t pursue rap as strongly as web design.</p>
83 <p>Anyhoo, I get into fascinating discussions with friends and family and some of those conversations would make for excellent podcast content. I have a dope name in mind for it too, all I need is a home office again. Because my interests are so varied my podcast would probably be in the &quot;lifestyle&quot; category. Gaming, design, technology, animation, Blackness, &c; I&#39;m passionate about a lot of things. I&#39;d make good use of the drum machine I currently have in a box as a soundboard.</p>
84 <h2 id="revenue-generating-businesses">Revenue Generating Businesses</h2>
85 <p>I come from an entrepreneurial family and I have <em>way</em> too many side projects to not have any of them generating income. Then again, all of them are in alpha/beta status and in varying states of neglect. An immediate change I am making in the new year is seeing my projects to completion or out of test status. One of my services has been in operation and virtually unchanged for more than two years. It&#39;s amazing I was able to hack together something that still works, haha! It certainly <em>feels</em> like hacks compared to my knowledge now.</p>
86 <p><strong>SIGH</strong></p>
87 <p>The struggle of a creative. Everything you ever made is absolute trash almost immediately, no matter how much time you spent on it before releasing it onto the world.</p>
88 <h2 id="teacher">Teacher</h2>
89 <p>I like sharing what I know, and figuring out how to distill high level concepts to easily understandable concepts is an interesting challenge. About a month ago I had a dream where I was teaching middle-/high-school kids about web development. And they were listening! Seems to bode well for the future. In terms of industry titles, I could be considered a senior front-end/ux developer and the next step up is managerial. I just call myself an architech; someone who designs and builds technology (there&#39;s no ego tied to it and is a better descriptor for me). It&#39;d be nice to have a mentor in 2020 though, I&#39;ve been teaching myself everything I know since the recession of &#39;08. 👨🏾‍🦳</p>
90 <h2 id="fin">FIN</h2>
91 <p>The beautiful thing about the Internet is that it has democratized a <strong>lot</strong> of industries so I <em>could</em> complete several things on my list within the next year no problem...well, the only problem being me half-assing things just to say I did them. Barring that, I will seriously attempt to accomplish everything within the decade. The main trait I lack is <strong>discipline</strong> and it will be difficult to instill greater levels of accountability into myself. 😥 But not impossible!</p>
92 <p>The other benefit of being in my 30s is having the financial means to invest a bit more into my ventures. With a decade of experience in the web space I can fetch a pretty good salary and put non-trivial amounts of money away for more ambitious projects.</p>
93 <p>What a ride life has been thus far. A decade ago I had no kids and could barely code my way out of a paper bag. The services and sites I&#39;ve created in that time since were mere thoughts scribbled in a notebook on my lunch break. Wild! I can only imagine what my 2040 blog post will contain. 🕸</p>
94 ]]></content>
95 <author>
96 <name>Paul Anthony Webb</name>
97 <email>paul+blog@webb.page</email>
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15 "content_html": "<p>The year 2020 is upon us and while it is merely a number change it feels like it bears significance. My wife joked that she was &quot;going into 2020 with clear vision&quot; and you can be <em>sure</em> that&#39;s not the last time you&#39;ll hear such jokes/puns this upcoming year. So, what does this new year mean to me? A couple things come to mind.</p>\n<p>I am currently 31 years old and from what I&#39;ve read in my 20s, your 30s is when you <strong>finally</strong> get your shit together. I certainly <em>feel</em> more confident in my professional skills and my propensity to create whatever comes to mind with dexterity. But rather than make resolutions or plans for next year I am drawn to the idea of doing so for the next <em>decade</em>. Where do I want to be at 41, physically and mentally? What skills will I possess? What habits will I break and what habits will be formed?</p>\n<p>It may sound cliché but, to forecast my future I look to my past; introspection, basically. It&#39;s a powerful tool that I believe everyone should employ frequently.</p>\n<p>When I was in 5th grade there was a &quot;Career Day&quot; and four adults came to my class to talk about their respective careers. After explaining what they did for work, every kid in my class stood up and said what they imagined their future career to be. When it was my turn I mentioned <em>several</em> career paths I wanted in life. The demographic makeup of the adults in the room were four White women (one of them being my teacher) and one Black man. I feel this detail is necessary because all the women chuckled in disbelief (some with incredulous looks on their faces), which encouraged some of my classmates to laugh as well. The man only smiled and listened intently which gave me the courage to continue. In the moment it didn&#39;t seem notable but in hindsight it certainly does. I think I&#39;ll save my thoughts on this matter for a future post as I&#39;ve had other similar interactions in life.</p>\n<p>The point is, thinking back to your dreams and aspirations from your childhood can help steer you when you feel you&#39;ve lost direction in your life. For this next decade I&#39;d like to make the 5th grade version of the most fantabulous Paul Anthony Webb feel proud about the man he&#39;s become. Here&#39;s a non-exhaustive list of things I&#39;d like to attain/obtain, followed by reasons why I chose these items:</p>\n<ul>\n<li>author</li>\n<li>cooking</li>\n<li>driving license</li>\n<li>filmmaker</li>\n<li>fitness</li>\n<li>fluency in (conversational) Japanese</li>\n<li>hardware product (kimoyo beads?)</li>\n<li>home ownership</li>\n<li>media network<ul>\n<li>publishing house</li>\n<li>record label</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>musician</li>\n<li>podcast</li>\n<li>revenue generating businesses</li>\n<li>teacher</li>\n</ul>\n<h2 id=\"author\">Author</h2>\n<p>I enjoy writing and feel I should do it a LOT more. A couple weeks ago I decided to try journaling and have been pretty consistent. The past week hasn&#39;t been eventful in any way but I think I should still make an effort to put in an entry at least once a week. I use an application called <a href=\"https://standardnotes.org\" title=\"Standard Notes homepage\">Standard Notes</a> to keep track of all my ideas. It has a &quot;pin&quot; feature so whenever I go to the &quot;All Notes&quot; section I can see my journal there. Anyhoo, I&#39;ve had concepts for novels and screenplays since high school and I <em>thankfully</em> scanned most of those documents...I don&#39;t know where they are but the core concepts are still in my mind. There&#39;s enough content for a trilogy.</p>\n<p>Another book idea I&#39;ve had for some years is titled &quot;How to be Awesome&quot; and is based on how I see obstacles and overcome them. For whatever reason I have been able to <a href=\"https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/stick+to+my+guns\" title=\"Explanation of the idiom &#39;stick to my guns&#39;\">stick to my guns</a> in the face of negativity and adversity no matter the source: family, friends, life, whatever, AND unassisted by drugs or alcohol (the only casualty has been my hairline)! I&#39;m not sure why I&#39;m the way I am but private conversations throughout my life indicate that others would benefit from my story. Maybe I would benefit from in-depth introspection too.</p>\n<h2 id=\"cooking\">Cooking</h2>\n<p>My wife would <strong>love</strong> if I took up cooking, especially because my culinary interests are largely Asian-based. She&#39;s already pretty good at cooking regular/soul food and is not trying to learn other cuisines. I am interested in replicating the amazing ramen I had on my last day in Japan. Woks are a fascinating tool to me so I&#39;d like to learn how to use it efficiently. One of my buddies got me a cookbook from one of my favorite food trucks in Boston (Mei Mei). The main food item I ordered from them is dubbed, &quot;The Double Awesome&quot;. It&#39;s a scallion pancake sandwich with ham and a scrambled egg in it, with pesto and other things. Add Sriracha and you&#39;re all set! Mei Mei&#39;s Haymaker&#39;s Punch was perfect for chilly days and a good pair for the sandwich. I tried making a Double Awesome while on vacation at Disney World and...it was quite crispy (burnt). One day at a time!</p>\n<h2 id=\"driving-license\">Driving License</h2>\n<p>Growing up in the Boston area, I had no need for a license. Public transportation is pretty good, even though the MBTA (we just call it &quot;the T&quot;) regularly has issues. Moving to Tennessee means I lost my mobility and basically became a homebody, much to the chagrin of my wife. It&#39;s not a big deal to me (right now) but I know I&#39;ll need a license <em>eventually</em>. Also, now that Tesla&#39;s Cybertruck exists I think I&#39;ll <em>accelerate</em> 🤣 my plans to obtain one.</p>\n<h2 id=\"filmmaker\">Filmmaker</h2>\n<p>I&#39;m a big fan of doing things myself, which is why I self-host a lot of things (including my own email server). For my space-centric novels I always imagined how they&#39;d look cinematically and what changes I&#39;d need to make to the story to allow the reader to visualize what <em>I</em> see in my mind. It only makes sense that I&#39;d film my stories to ensure correctness. To flesh out the world of my novels I&#39;d need to film faux commercials and recently have jotted down some humorous concepts.</p>\n<h2 id=\"fitness\">Fitness</h2>\n<p>I&#39;ve been roughly 145 pounds since high school thanks to a fast metabolism and sporadic eating/sleeping habits. While I have good body positivity I&#39;ve always been curious to see how I&#39;d look with muscle and more meat on my bones. I&#39;Robot is one of my favorite films and with Will Smith being one of my favorite actors (and rapper, don&#39;t @ me), his <a href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv83ZKIZSoI\">home workout scene</a> solidified the body type I want to achieve. My dad was in the Army and jogged shirtless in way too short shorts that were tight so you <strong>know</strong> he was fit. Physical fitness also improves mental health and mood so <em>why not</em> delve into this?</p>\n<h2 id=\"fluency-in-japanese\">Fluency in Japanese</h2>\n<p>A couple things from my high school years influenced my desire to visit Japan and absorb the culture.</p>\n<ul>\n<li>Anime: Samurai Champloo, Tenchi Muyo, Yuyu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Rockman.EXE, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop</li>\n<li>Games: Megaman Battle Network</li>\n<li>Music: Samurai Champloo and GITS:SAC OSTs</li>\n</ul>\n<p>I often watched fan-subbed versions of anime when they weren&#39;t officially available in English (sometimes for <em>years</em>). Every now and then I would think about learning Japanese so I could skip over all that and well, something else was always more &quot;important&quot;. In hindsight, it&#39;d be easier to learn then due to better brain elasticity but my work ethic/dedication/diligence is stronger now.</p>\n<p>Fun fact! I learned how to use chopsticks from watching the Rockman.EXE anime. I also learned a couple phrases like, &quot;Roger that&quot; (Batou from Ghost in the Shell says that a <strong>lot</strong> to Major), &quot;Cool/Awesome&quot;, &quot;What?!&quot;, &quot;Excuse me&quot;, &quot;Damn you&quot;, and so on. Most anime <del>lovers</del> connoisseurs know these phrases too.</p>\n<h2 id=\"hardware-product\">Hardware Product</h2>\n<p>I think I&#39;m pretty good with software but <strong>hardware</strong> is something I have zero knowledge about. I own probably every Raspberry Pi that has been released thus far and have done NOTHING with them. At ALL. For me to really get into something I need to have an ambitious goal. Creating functioning kimoyo beads is definitely ambitious and would require sourcing research and probably microcontroller programming. I just made that up, not sure if that&#39;s necessary but that goes to show that I don&#39;t know what I don&#39;t know. What I learn along the way is gonna open up so many more mental pathways and that excites me.</p>\n<h2 id=\"home-ownership\">Home Ownership</h2>\n<p>Ownership is something that is becoming increasingly important to me as the years go on. Having a landlord absolves you of certain responsibilities but you are also not the master of your domain. In high school I used to daydream about having a custom home built (and recently I learned of a <a href=\"https://www.homebound.com\">startup</a> in that space). I would like my kids to have a &quot;childhood home&quot; to grow up in, move out of, and visit.</p>\n<h2 id=\"media-network\">Media Network</h2>\n<p>Y&#39;know that space novel series I mentioned above? Over the years it has evolved into something that spans many creative disciplines. 2000s-era Toonami is what I have in mind for this network. A series of shows with space-centric idents between them. Video content is expensive and time-consuming to create so initially the network would have the music I create on shuffle (essentially) with generative visuals. Naturally, having a record label and publishing house under this umbrella makes sense and would fund the content creation. What if it was part incubator? Seems like a great way to curate content for licensing. HMM.</p>\n<h2 id=\"musician\">Musician</h2>\n<p>When I was actively making music I did so under a number of aliases and in different genres, namely, rap/hip-hop and house/lounge with some experimental EPs. The rap content was semi-conscious, braggadocious, and space-centric. The lounge content was mostly instrumental but when there were lyrics I focused on topics of love and longing. I made my own beats and attempted to make them sound mastered but uh, to my ears now they sound kinda terrible.</p>\n<p>My DAW of choice was Acid Pro, which is a Windows-exclusive application. When I entered the web industry full-time I transitioned to macOS and haven&#39;t looked back. Acid Pro is still in active development and the latest features are <em>incredible</em> but sadly (for me), it remains Windows-exclusive. I could always learn how to use another DAW but every one I&#39;ve tried since just don&#39;t <em>feel</em> right so a custom PC build is in my future.</p>\n<h2 id=\"podcast\">Podcast</h2>\n<p>While working at the flagship Converse store in Boston many years ago, a middle-aged woman followed me around the store asking questions about virtually anything; just to hear me speak. She said I had a nice radio voice and that&#39;s when I knew a rap career could work for me. Can you imagine?</p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>&quot;Boy, his lyrics are hot <strong>garBAGE</strong> but his voice is smooth AF!&quot;</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p>I like making money so that&#39;s why I didn&#39;t pursue rap as strongly as web design.</p>\n<p>Anyhoo, I get into fascinating discussions with friends and family and some of those conversations would make for excellent podcast content. I have a dope name in mind for it too, all I need is a home office again. Because my interests are so varied my podcast would probably be in the &quot;lifestyle&quot; category. Gaming, design, technology, animation, Blackness, &c; I&#39;m passionate about a lot of things. I&#39;d make good use of the drum machine I currently have in a box as a soundboard.</p>\n<h2 id=\"revenue-generating-businesses\">Revenue Generating Businesses</h2>\n<p>I come from an entrepreneurial family and I have <em>way</em> too many side projects to not have any of them generating income. Then again, all of them are in alpha/beta status and in varying states of neglect. An immediate change I am making in the new year is seeing my projects to completion or out of test status. One of my services has been in operation and virtually unchanged for more than two years. It&#39;s amazing I was able to hack together something that still works, haha! It certainly <em>feels</em> like hacks compared to my knowledge now.</p>\n<p><strong>SIGH</strong></p>\n<p>The struggle of a creative. Everything you ever made is absolute trash almost immediately, no matter how much time you spent on it before releasing it onto the world.</p>\n<h2 id=\"teacher\">Teacher</h2>\n<p>I like sharing what I know, and figuring out how to distill high level concepts to easily understandable concepts is an interesting challenge. About a month ago I had a dream where I was teaching middle-/high-school kids about web development. And they were listening! Seems to bode well for the future. In terms of industry titles, I could be considered a senior front-end/ux developer and the next step up is managerial. I just call myself an architech; someone who designs and builds technology (there&#39;s no ego tied to it and is a better descriptor for me). It&#39;d be nice to have a mentor in 2020 though, I&#39;ve been teaching myself everything I know since the recession of &#39;08. 👨🏾‍🦳</p>\n<h2 id=\"fin\">FIN</h2>\n<p>The beautiful thing about the Internet is that it has democratized a <strong>lot</strong> of industries so I <em>could</em> complete several things on my list within the next year no problem...well, the only problem being me half-assing things just to say I did them. Barring that, I will seriously attempt to accomplish everything within the decade. The main trait I lack is <strong>discipline</strong> and it will be difficult to instill greater levels of accountability into myself. 😥 But not impossible!</p>\n<p>The other benefit of being in my 30s is having the financial means to invest a bit more into my ventures. With a decade of experience in the web space I can fetch a pretty good salary and put non-trivial amounts of money away for more ambitious projects.</p>\n<p>What a ride life has been thus far. A decade ago I had no kids and could barely code my way out of a paper bag. The services and sites I&#39;ve created in that time since were mere thoughts scribbled in a notebook on my lunch break. Wild! I can only imagine what my 2040 blog post will contain. 🕸</p>\n",
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15 "content_html": "<p>In my last &quot;Year in Review&quot; post I stated that Socii would have photo functionality. It does...it just isn&#39;t reliable, haha. I haven&#39;t cracked that bit quite yet and I&#39;ve also been spending time on getting other projects up to speed. Anyhoo, let&#39;s dig into what has happened this year!</p>\n<h2 id=\"visited-disney-world\">Visited Disney World</h2>\n<p>My wife and I never had the opportunity to visit when we were kids so we decided to treat our own kids to a family trip there. My son threw my phone into a shallow pool and I heard it hit the bottom...that&#39;s when I knew enough water had gotten in. Sure enough, my phone was out of commission for almost the entire trip. Luckily there are Apple Stores everywhere so I got a replacement during some downtime.</p>\n<p>The <a href=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-g.jpg\" title=\"This background is just *perfect*\">lockscreen background</a> on my phone is <strong>still</strong> an amazing shot I got of the EPCOT ball at night.</p>\n<p>In addition, the entire family got sunburnt. I had it the <em>worst</em> since I wasn&#39;t wearing a shirt at the beach. It was an interesting experience, one that I&#39;d rather not repeat. Melanin-enriched or not, sunscreen is good for you.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-a.jpg\" alt=\"Yummy Disney snacks\"/><br/><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-b.jpg\" alt=\"The EPCOT ball in daytime\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"went-bald-😱\">Went bald 😱</h2>\n<p>I grow facial hair quite easily but on <em>top</em> of my head? Umm, let&#39;s just say it doesn&#39;t fill out like it used to. I blame the stresses of my 20s. And possibly wearing hats a lot. Anyhoo, I was always scared to do so because I wasn&#39;t sure how my head would look. Turned out great!</p>\n<p>Also, my son had his first (barbershop) haircut! He took it a lot better than we expected.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-c.jpg\" alt=\"My boy was a trooper!\"/><br/><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-d.jpg\" alt=\"He kept rubbing his head, not used to the buzz\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"attended-comic-con\">Attended Comic-Con</h2>\n<p>I&#39;ve been to PAX East a couple times so I was excited to finally check out Comic-Con and...it&#39;s not my thing. I like comic books but not as much as I like video games. Still, it was a good experience. Also, since my trip to Japan in 2017 I have been <em>craving</em> a wonderful drink called <a href=\"https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/mitsuya-cider/sp/cm\" title=\"Mitsuya Cider marketing page\">Mitsuya Cider</a>. One of my best buddies and I trekked to at least <strong>three</strong> different Japanese shops in New York City before stopping for ramen. While in the restaurant I asked the owner if he knew where we could find some and he gave us directions to a strange market with an elevator. Sure enough, the drink was there!</p>\n<p>I don&#39;t do checked baggage when I&#39;m on short trips so I had to guzzle all three bottles I purchased in the remaining amount of time I had in the city.</p>\n<h2 id=\"warmed-up-to-an-abandoned-kitten\">Warmed up to an abandoned kitten</h2>\n<p>My daughter came home from her bus stop one day cradling a kitten we later learned was roughly a week or two old. It was also wet and cold outside so she and a classmate each took a kitten home. My wife did most of the work of nursing &quot;Chi Chi&quot; back to health and then put her up for adoption after a few weeks. Sadly, we just don&#39;t have the space for a pet at the moment and our daughter wasn&#39;t pulling her weight in taking care of the kitten she brought home. Fortunately, Chi Chi grew into a gorgeous lil&#39; cat and was promptly adopted. Turns out, she was quite popular amongst families visiting the animal shelter so I&#39;m glad she&#39;ll have the space and care she needs to explore and grow.</p>\n<p>When we move into a bigger place I definitely want to get a similar-looking cat. After I get my Dalmatian.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-e.jpg\" alt=\"Yung Chi Chi\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"made-it-big-on-hacker-news\">Made it &quot;big&quot; on Hacker News</h2>\n<p>I love checking out <a href=\"https://news.ycombinator.com\" title=\"Hacker News homepage\">Hacker News (HN)</a> as I find all sorts of neat projects and learn of interesting articles through it. I&#39;ve been checking out <a href=\"https://lobste.rs\" title=\"Lobsters homepage\">Lobsters</a> lately too (and got an invite as I drafted what you&#39;re reading).</p>\n<p>I shared my <a href=\"/2019/a-personal-api\" title=\"My &#39;A personal API&#39; post\">recent post</a> about a &quot;personal API&quot; there and to my pleasant surprise it was <a href=\"https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21684949\" title=\"Hacker News comment thread about &#39;A personal API&#39;\">well-received</a> (with 156 points)! The post inspired some people to check out my other online webpages and projects and even encouraged some signups for Socii, to my horror (it&#39;s not ready for prime-time). I&#39;ve also received requests for collaboration so that should be interesting.</p>\n<p>The other feedback I got from HN was <em>intense</em> negativity about the horizontal scrolling so I quickly created a toggle to disable it. Apparently, Windows users have a horrible experience with it. Coming from a macOS background and with huge trackpads, horizontal scrolling is actually quite pleasant for me so I never did further testing when I initially implemented it. 😬</p>\n<p>As I proofread the post you&#39;re reading, <a href=\"https://lobste.rs/s/mgpx3w/personal_api\" title=\"Lobsters comment thread about &#39;A personal API&#39;\">reception</a> on Lobsters is quite good too. I spend more time coding than I do writing but when I <em>do</em> write I get more ideas and knowledge due to feedback. Note to future Paul: keep doing this writing thing!</p>\n<h2 id=\"started-learning-typescript\">Started learning TypeScript</h2>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.typescriptlang.org\" title=\"TypeScript homepage\">TypeScript</a> is a layer on top of JavaScript that basically helps prevent you from making mistakes in your code, which helps create more robust applications. Initially I decided to learn Flow so I could incrementally add static types to a small API project but after an interview I decided to jump right into TypeScript. Man, I wish I did so earlier instead of mucking around in Flow. I&#39;m still no expert but I&#39;m having fun with it and I found egregious code patterns in existing projects thanks to TypeScript.</p>\n<h2 id=\"released-a-couple-projects\">Released a couple projects</h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://chronver.org\" title=\"Chronologic Versioning Specification\"><code>chronver.org</code></a>: A date-based versioning specification that makes more sense to me these days than SemVer.</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://lefty.world\" title=\"A refuge against the tyranny of righteousness\"><code>lefty.world</code></a>: A fun site for left-handed people. I intend to do more with this in 2020.</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://webb.page\" title=\"My homepage\"><code>webb.page</code></a>: My new homepage and probably the best domain I own.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2 id=\"fin\">FIN</h2>\n<p>As is customary, here are some of my favorite pics I snapped this year. 🕸</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-f.jpg\" alt=\"Some of my favorite photos from this year\"/></p>\n",
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Luckily there are Apple Stores everywhere so I got a replacement during some downtime.</p>\n<p>The <a href=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-g.jpg\" title=\"This background is just *perfect*\">lockscreen background</a> on my phone is <strong>still</strong> an amazing shot I got of the EPCOT ball at night.</p>\n<p>In addition, the entire family got sunburnt. I had it the <em>worst</em> since I wasn&#39;t wearing a shirt at the beach. It was an interesting experience, one that I&#39;d rather not repeat. Melanin-enriched or not, sunscreen is good for you.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-a.jpg\" alt=\"Yummy Disney snacks\"/><br/><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-b.jpg\" alt=\"The EPCOT ball in daytime\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"went-bald-😱\">Went bald 😱</h2>\n<p>I grow facial hair quite easily but on <em>top</em> of my head? Umm, let&#39;s just say it doesn&#39;t fill out like it used to. I blame the stresses of my 20s. And possibly wearing hats a lot. Anyhoo, I was always scared to do so because I wasn&#39;t sure how my head would look. Turned out great!</p>\n<p>Also, my son had his first (barbershop) haircut! He took it a lot better than we expected.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-c.jpg\" alt=\"My boy was a trooper!\"/><br/><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-d.jpg\" alt=\"He kept rubbing his head, not used to the buzz\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"attended-comic-con\">Attended Comic-Con</h2>\n<p>I&#39;ve been to PAX East a couple times so I was excited to finally check out Comic-Con and...it&#39;s not my thing. I like comic books but not as much as I like video games. Still, it was a good experience. Also, since my trip to Japan in 2017 I have been <em>craving</em> a wonderful drink called <a href=\"https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/mitsuya-cider/sp/cm\" title=\"Mitsuya Cider marketing page\">Mitsuya Cider</a>. One of my best buddies and I trekked to at least <strong>three</strong> different Japanese shops in New York City before stopping for ramen. While in the restaurant I asked the owner if he knew where we could find some and he gave us directions to a strange market with an elevator. Sure enough, the drink was there!</p>\n<p>I don&#39;t do checked baggage when I&#39;m on short trips so I had to guzzle all three bottles I purchased in the remaining amount of time I had in the city.</p>\n<h2 id=\"warmed-up-to-an-abandoned-kitten\">Warmed up to an abandoned kitten</h2>\n<p>My daughter came home from her bus stop one day cradling a kitten we later learned was roughly a week or two old. It was also wet and cold outside so she and a classmate each took a kitten home. My wife did most of the work of nursing &quot;Chi Chi&quot; back to health and then put her up for adoption after a few weeks. Sadly, we just don&#39;t have the space for a pet at the moment and our daughter wasn&#39;t pulling her weight in taking care of the kitten she brought home. Fortunately, Chi Chi grew into a gorgeous lil&#39; cat and was promptly adopted. Turns out, she was quite popular amongst families visiting the animal shelter so I&#39;m glad she&#39;ll have the space and care she needs to explore and grow.</p>\n<p>When we move into a bigger place I definitely want to get a similar-looking cat. After I get my Dalmatian.</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-e.jpg\" alt=\"Yung Chi Chi\"/></p>\n<h2 id=\"made-it-big-on-hacker-news\">Made it &quot;big&quot; on Hacker News</h2>\n<p>I love checking out <a href=\"https://news.ycombinator.com\" title=\"Hacker News homepage\">Hacker News (HN)</a> as I find all sorts of neat projects and learn of interesting articles through it. I&#39;ve been checking out <a href=\"https://lobste.rs\" title=\"Lobsters homepage\">Lobsters</a> lately too (and got an invite as I drafted what you&#39;re reading).</p>\n<p>I shared my <a href=\"/2019/a-personal-api\" title=\"My &#39;A personal API&#39; post\">recent post</a> about a &quot;personal API&quot; there and to my pleasant surprise it was <a href=\"https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21684949\" title=\"Hacker News comment thread about &#39;A personal API&#39;\">well-received</a> (with 156 points)! The post inspired some people to check out my other online webpages and projects and even encouraged some signups for Socii, to my horror (it&#39;s not ready for prime-time). I&#39;ve also received requests for collaboration so that should be interesting.</p>\n<p>The other feedback I got from HN was <em>intense</em> negativity about the horizontal scrolling so I quickly created a toggle to disable it. Apparently, Windows users have a horrible experience with it. Coming from a macOS background and with huge trackpads, horizontal scrolling is actually quite pleasant for me so I never did further testing when I initially implemented it. 😬</p>\n<p>As I proofread the post you&#39;re reading, <a href=\"https://lobste.rs/s/mgpx3w/personal_api\" title=\"Lobsters comment thread about &#39;A personal API&#39;\">reception</a> on Lobsters is quite good too. I spend more time coding than I do writing but when I <em>do</em> write I get more ideas and knowledge due to feedback. Note to future Paul: keep doing this writing thing!</p>\n<h2 id=\"started-learning-typescript\">Started learning TypeScript</h2>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.typescriptlang.org\" title=\"TypeScript homepage\">TypeScript</a> is a layer on top of JavaScript that basically helps prevent you from making mistakes in your code, which helps create more robust applications. Initially I decided to learn Flow so I could incrementally add static types to a small API project but after an interview I decided to jump right into TypeScript. Man, I wish I did so earlier instead of mucking around in Flow. I&#39;m still no expert but I&#39;m having fun with it and I found egregious code patterns in existing projects thanks to TypeScript.</p>\n<h2 id=\"released-a-couple-projects\">Released a couple projects</h2>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://chronver.org\" title=\"Chronologic Versioning Specification\"><code>chronver.org</code></a>: A date-based versioning specification that makes more sense to me these days than SemVer.</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://lefty.world\" title=\"A refuge against the tyranny of righteousness\"><code>lefty.world</code></a>: A fun site for left-handed people. I intend to do more with this in 2020.</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://webb.page\" title=\"My homepage\"><code>webb.page</code></a>: My new homepage and probably the best domain I own.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2 id=\"fin\">FIN</h2>\n<p>As is customary, here are some of my favorite pics I snapped this year. 🕸</p>\n<p><img src=\"/assets/images/2019/year-in-review-f.jpg\" alt=\"Some of my favorite photos from this year\"/></p>\n",
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