Review of February

February was OK. Been doing better overall with exercising daily (I semi skipped one day by doing yoga instead of my daily workout), better eating habits, plus a few other areas of personal and professional growth.

I fell victim to some pitfalls – candy and cupcakes made me slip on diet and days of feeling worn out, I took the lazy road instead of pushing it. Sometimes, I struggled to identify the difference between healthy striving and obsessive attitude, but I know a few occasions where I could’ve gone further and still been healthy.

All in all, good month, but I know where I need to improve.

Darebee 30 Days of HIIT

Day 25 (http://darebee.com/programs/30-days-of-hiit.html?showall=&start=25) in the books!

So, the HIIT program, for lack of a better description has been hit or miss with me. The issue stems from not recognizing which days are slow, chill days versus the ones where you really need to push yourself. Yes, it’s a deeper issue of how I challenge myself, but it would be helpful to see what intensity I should be expecting for the day.

For my next workout, I’m debating between redoing 30 Days of HIIT since I know better. Maybe at the next level up too. Or switch to an entirely new program and find what works.

Only time will tell!

What I’ve Learned…

Wow… Who would’ve thought copying someone would have some positive things to learn? Seriously!

Today, I took up a challenge to copy a designer’s portfolio that I liked just for practice. By examining their code and mimicking their best practices, I learned a few things:

  • Use SVG! I heard this before, but rarely seen it when looking at HTML code.
  • White space is your friend
  • Basic CSS psuedo selectors FTW!
  • Bootstrap’s .container class is "required". Been using Bootstrap for 3-4 years nows and never knew about that class *facepalm*

Most of the lessons learned were simply reminders from the past. But, if repeat lessons were pointless, people would stop going to church! 😛

Darebee – 30 Days of HIIT

Last month, I did 30 Days of Gravity by Darebee. Pretty good challenge to "warm-up" to better, healthy living lifestyle. Very slow paced, but challenging enough to make you know you’re working for it.

On the other hand, 30 Days of HIIT? BRUTAL! And I’m only doing the first level! But I love it! :-)

I’m barely 5 days in and I feel it. Last month, I would workout, get a sweat and that was it. This time around, I feel the workout for days. Reminds me of the soreness I used to get from a good weightlifting workout.

This is my first time doing HIIT and it’s very good. Time isn’t a huge consideration for me because I make time to workout. What I love about this HIIT program is that the time limits push me to work harder – not do things slowly and drag the workouts out.

Lastly, the motivation to try HIIT came from listening to a podcast from one of my favorite brains out there – Tim Ferris. This podcast he interviews Dr. Martin Gibala about the benefits of HIIT and it’s a great exploration of the science and reasoning behind HIIT and exercising in general. If you’re interested in HIIT, this podcast is worth a listen to learn about it.

Darebee 30 Days of Gravity completed!

Forgot to include the picture of the weight change.

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 8:59 AM Shaun Mosley <shaunm44> wrote:

Officially finished the #30DaysOfGravity program by Darebee (http://darebee.com/programs/30-days-of-gravity.html)! Woohoo! Proud of myself for making it 30 days straight, no excuses on missing a workout. Ended up losing a little over 2 pounds. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s 2 pounds in the right direction by my choice. Not pure happenstance.

Quick review of the #30DaysOfGravity program: it’s a great start to getting back to being active. Not too intense and not too easy – that perfect starter balance. I typically prefer weight lifting but due to life and time constraints, I can’t hit the gym and forced to workout in my apartment. This program is great for those conditions.

Next up, #30DaysOfHIIT from Darebee (yes, I am in love with them, yes I’m willing to marry it 😝) and will follow up with a review as well.

#YearOfNoExcuses #KeepPushing

Darebee 30 Days of Gravity completed!

Officially finished the #30DaysOfGravity program by Darebee (http://darebee.com/programs/30-days-of-gravity.html)! Woohoo! Proud of myself for making it 30 days straight, no excuses on missing a workout. Ended up losing a little over 2 pounds. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s 2 pounds in the right direction by my choice. Not pure happenstance.

Quick review of the #30DaysOfGravity program: it’s a great start to getting back to being active. Not too intense and not too easy – that perfect starter balance. I typically prefer weight lifting but due to life and time constraints, I can’t hit the gym and forced to workout in my apartment. This program is great for those conditions.

Next up, #30DaysOfHIIT from Darebee (yes, I am in love with them, yes I’m willing to marry it 😝) and will follow up with a review as well.

#YearOfNoExcuses #KeepPushing

Instructions on Life

Was speaking with a good friend at work today about how our score-based societies have made us great at following and perfecting instructions, but incapable to think and solve typical problems. This came up because we were saying what we don’t want in schools for our children.

But, as I ruminate more and more on the topic, I recognized I can really get caught up in the "go Google it" mentality. Which is akin to "the answers are in the back of the book". But life isn’t a book. And even if there are answers in reach, seeing an answer is different than getting there. If that wasn’t the case, a lot more people would be millionaires or achieved their definition of success.

Now I think about it and I get stuck on reading every good book on leadership and entrepreneurship under the sun. Listen to every podcast my ears can listen to. Funny thing is, they all have one common theme – just do it.

So tonight, rather than spending 30 minutes reading from others on "How to blog" like it’s some advanced freaking science, I’m doing it. Braving up and taking a step to make it happen.

Hope this serves as encouragement to others – or even myself when I read this again in the future.

Just do it.

Review of Principle for Mac

The Good

  • Sketch artboards import perfectly
  • Unlike FramerJS, each layer is accessible, giving a lot of desired control right up front
  • Export to GIF feature is very convenient and makes it easy to share
  • Looks and feels very similar to Sketch
  • When duplicating an artboard, it knows to insert it adjacent to the source artboard
  • Crazy quick interface that’s fluid and smoother than butter
  • A substantial collection of tutorials – http://principleformac.com/tutorial.html
  • Timeline feature makes it less difficult to analyse and envision

The Bad

  • Like FramerJS, in order to import from Sketch, Sketch has to be open.
  • (Being picky here, but…) Smart Guides would make this a bit better since this is heavily GUI based designing/buidling
  • Documentation is light… Not sure what to make of that yet, but it worries me a little.
  • Principle does not loop/play embedded animated images (.gif or .png)
  • Very primitive item insert: Rectangles are only available shape to create
  • You can’t just adjust an object’s properties in one artboard/state. It has to exist in the current and previous artboards/states
  • Feels cumbersome to keep creating new artboards for all these different states of the animations
  • Even though the interface is fast and snappy, it’s easy to accidentally click and open the wrong object. Becomes a PITA with a lot of undos to fix mistakes or close an unwanted tooltip

The Ugly

Overall
7 out of 10

The interface is great and works as advertised. But for my mind, I’d rather a little more code, control, and precision in my prototypes. Maybe my mind isn’t wired to work this way efficiently, but I’m sure this works well for others. Plus it’s relatively easy to pick up and simple enough for a small project.
I can see this being helpful for quick and simple interactive prototypes or animation. But for something more complex, I’d look elsewhere.

Review of FramerJS

The Good

  • Code is easy to dive into, but able to do basics with GUI
  • Well documented – http://framerjs.com/docs/
  • Easily sharable to ANY device (via URL or mirror app)
  • Good user community in Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/framerjs/
  • Supports imports from Sketch and Photoshop
  • Autocomplete for code is helpful
  • When hovering the "layers" panel, the corresponding layer is highlighted in preview area, as well as the code editor
  • Have a gallery of apps for inspiration and you’re able to open their code inside Framer

The Bad

  • Importing from Sketch or PS requires the app to be open – rather than just a static file
  • Does not update when Sketch file changes (can be good or bad)
  • Light on support on Stack Overflow and other cursory Google searches
  • I can see it becoming a lot of code to manage, even for something relatively simple
  • Autobuild is useful in some cases, but when thinking through a problem, it becomes distracting
  • Even though Sketch allows it, layers can’t start with a number in Framer
  • It is possible to export to GIF, but it’s a rather manual process – http://blog.framerjs.com/posts/creating-gifs.html

The Ugly

  • Framer will only recognize layer groups. So individual layers and symbols are ignored. This gets old quick when you have to keep going back into Sketch just to group one object (or symbol) and then, also, reimport the file.
    Ideally, all layers would be accessible in Framer, but I think it would affect performance (or so I’ve heard http://blog.framerjs.com/posts/seamless-scale-sketch-framer.html#layer-flattening)

Overall

8 out of 10
I love the simple gui with the ability to code, plus import from Sketch and Photoshop. But the "layer groups" issue can cause a headache from constantly switching between two apps for one task.

Living Forever?

What does Captain America: Winter Soldier, Chappie, Transcendence and Futurama have in common?

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

They all make references to the idea of keeping someone "alive" by preserving the brain (digitally).

It’s an interesting thought to wonder, if we were capable of doing such a thing, would we still mourn the loss of our physical bodies?

We would effectively be able to live forever. Would eternal life create more issues, solve more, or have no effect on world issues?

Here’s where I dump them