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DaedTech Digest: Functional Style, Isolation, and Blogging Mental Models

Welcome to yet another DaedTech digest Friday.  We did a mini-move again this week, relocating from Phoenix back to San Diego.

As an aside, I think I might solidify what I’ve gravitated to a little already, and make the digest column a weekly blurb about the remote work/location-independent life.  It’s not necessarily directly related to the theme of DaedTech.  But it does dovetail with my takes on remote programming.  Plus, I should be able to mix hobby behavior with earning on my own blog, right?

Anyway, the first tidbit is this.  People often ask me “so do you like rent apartments or AirBNB or what…?”

The answer to that?  We use AirBNB and VRBO to find places.  But when you extend a stay out to a month plus, you get away from $150 per night, and you get a monthly price which often comes at a steep relative discount.  It’s not as cheap as renting an apartment.  But it’s not as expensive as hotels or short stays on those sites.

But that’s for a first stay.  What generally happens is that we make good connections with our short term landlords.  We’ll then deal directly with them for subsequent stays, because it’s less expensive for both parties.  And so, here we are, back in San Diego for a month.

Picks

  • Turning on and getting familiar with Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts is something you won’t regret, if you haven’t already done it.
  • I’m going to pick the Hit Subscribe Facebook page.  This isn’t me patting myself on the back.  We have an intern working for Hit Subscribe, putting together a social media offering to complement our content.  So she’s putting all of this together and doing a great job of it.
  • Last night, we had dinner at the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe (“Walking on Water Cafe”).  It’s depicted in the picture above, but this video really gives you a feel of what it’s like to be there.  Anyway, if you’re ever in Ocean Beach San Diego, it’s a fun place to get a bite.

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As always, have a good weekend, all!

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DaedTech Digest: Databinders, Design Docs, and Bandits

Another week, and another Friday digest.  And it’s been quite a week.

I honestly try to be a good blogger.  I try to make things about you, as readers, as much as I can, instead of indulging my own vanity.  But these last few months with me building a business have just been tiring.

So I set out with the best of intentions in these posts to generate value.  But then, out of tiredness, and like some Grandmother with a wallet full of pictures of identical-looking, unremarkable grandchildren, I just start talking about whatever occurs to me.  For me, what occurs to me is the last week of stuff.

This particular week sees a study in contrasts.  Since Monday morning, my life has been an undifferentiated blur of things relating to the blogging business.  Corporate taxes, 14 hour days, spreadsheets.

But before that, I had a now-distant weekend that was awesome, reminding me why location-independent business building is worth it.  It was recently my birthday and, to celebrate, my wife booked me a weekend of adventure that included ATVs, desert lake sightseeing, Brazilian steakhouses, a winery, and midnight gellato in Scottsdale.

Here’s a picture of her, looking like a bandit in the desert, to serve as an avatar of the difference between my weekends and weekdays lately.

Picks

  • So far, so good with our new location-independent mail service, Postscan Mail.  If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could forward my mail to a service that would receive it, scan it, and make it all digital,” give them a look.
  • Speaking of my hatred for physical mail, I’m going to throw another nod to our bank for Hit Subscribe, Fifth Third Bank.  While I don’t think for a second this is unique to them, they were pretty awesome about something I requested their help with.  I told them that I wanted one of their branches to be our business’s “home” address for mailed checks and for them to just deposit anything that came in.  They helped me set this up over the phone in five minutes, with no fuss at all.
  • Oh, speaking of Hit Subscribe, I’m going to shoehorn this inappropriately into picks.  WE’RE GROWING QUICKLY!  And we need authors.  If you think you might want to write blog posts as a side hustle, let us know!

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Have a good weekend!

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DaedTech Digest: Codebase Research, Experimenting in Production, and Vortexes

What a week.  Last weekend, we packed in a lot of activity, continuing our Phoenix experience.

On Friday night, we saw a Diamondbacks game, which included fireworks, and then explored downtown Phoenix.  We then packed up for a day trip to Sedona, Arizona, which is a couple of hours away.  Sedona is a town of about 10,000 people or so, and it’s got sort of a charming-ish downtown area.  But it’s really a destination because of the landscape.

Sedona is known for its red rock formations, cliffs, mountains, hiking trails, and views.  It’s also known for something called “vortexes” that are, apparently, torrents of “spirtual energy” or something like that.  I won’t go into this because it’s not really my thing.  But if you like the energy of mother Gaia or whatever, it’s probably got something for you.  But you don’t need to believe in spiritual vortexes to appreciate the scenery.  Here’s what you can see from one of them.

Our whole day was filled with hiking and this sort of scenery.  And it was wonderful, especially in contrast to the 4 days that would follow, when I worked 14+ hours each day.  But, onward and upward.

Picks

  • I caught a pretty interesting episode of the Freelancers Show this week.  They talk about something called “The Introduction Game,” which I highly recommend if you’re trying to figure out a specialty.
  • If you ever need to export a blog post from WordPress, this plugin is pretty simple and it gets the job done.
  • I pick Chase Field, if you’re ever in Arizona.  It seats something like 50,000 people, which is way too many for the average baseball game.  The result is an uncrowded, pretty luxurious baseball experience that’s admittedly not super intimate.  But it’s definitely a comfortable and inexpensive way to see a baseball game.

The Digest

Happy Friday, and have a good weekend.

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DaedTech Digest: Pairing, Code Readability, and Writing My Own Code

Well, it was a good run going to lots of baseball games.  But Cubs’ spring training ended (at least here in Phoenix) on Sunday, so I’ve resumed somewhat of a normal working life.  At least, what passes for normal working life when you’re a remote-working nomad.

And return to work I have!  It’s been a relatively tiring week of working from waking up until going to bed, minus breaks to go jogging along a waterway in Phoenix (pictured below) and to eat.  I don’t recommend this sort of thing for work-life balance.  And I certainly don’t recommend it unless it’s in pursuit of building your own empire, rather than an employer’s.

But I got to spend some time writing code this week, which makes it all sorta worth it.

Picks

  • Just today, I followed this guide to using the Google Sheets API in .NET.  It involves some pretty easy setup, sample code, and the installation of a NuGet package, and you can get going easily in a few minutes.  This is a nicely polished getting started guide.
  • I’m going to throw a pick to StubHub for baseball game tickets.  I’m not in love with their app, per se, and I’m really not in love with their default setting of signing you up for teams’ mailing lists.  But their app has completely and seamlessly eliminated the need to mail/print/carry paper tickets.

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DaedTech Digest: Spring Training, Log Appenders, and Retiring Feature Flags

Happy Friday, everybody.  As always, I bring you another DaedTech Digest post where I go on a bit about the vagabond lifestyle, make some picks and link you to some posts I wrote about tech.  Last week, I chronicled our move to Phoenix for a month.  This week, we have a week of living in Phoenix under our belts.

It’s an insanely busy time right now for Hit Subscribe and the entire point of our trip was to attend a bunch of Cubs games for spring training.  I am succeeding on both fronts, which creates an interesting, manic work and recreation dynamic.  We’re going to baseball games every day, and basically working every moment we’re not at baseball games, including weekends.

Truth be told, it actually suits me pretty well.  I like our work, building businesses and watching baseball.

Here’s a screenshot of the experience in a nutshell (at least the baseball portion).  Beautiful weather, palm trees in the desert, the Cubs logo on the scoreboard, and a low-key, relatively intimate setting in the ballpark every night that includes picnic blankets on the lawn in the outfield, if you’re sitting out there.  There are also lots of mountains in the background (not pictured).

Picks

  • My wife and I have been listening to this book, “Built To Sell,” on Audible, about structuring a business so that you could sell it.  It’s really interesting, and it delivers on the title premise, but that’s not the valuable part, at least for me.  The real value, as far as I’m concerned, is how to take a generalized service-based business and turn it into a company that offers a productized-servie and behaves more like a product company.
  • I’m going to pick the combination of Farmers Insurance and this Jeep Dealership.  Apparently a fuel pump gave out on my Jeep the other day, causing it not to start.  I called Farmers and they sent a free tow out to take my car to the dealership, which replaced the part for free because it had a recall.  All of that was pretty nice, but the thing that impressed me across the board was how smooth the tech made it.  I was able to monitor the progress of the tow truck driver on my phone while I waited, and the dealership was ready for me with information already in the system from my VIN and records at my home dealership.  An incredibly smooth experience, given the circumstances.
  • If you’re ever in Phoenix and you want a place to go work, Sip (link removed because their site got hacked) has got you covered.  They feature a Starbucks-esque coffee scene, but also craft beers and cocktails as well as a nice light fare menu.  So, if you’re a vagabonder looking for some ambiance and wifi, you can spend your morning and afternoon with coffee and your work, and finish the day with beer and your work.

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As always, have a good weekend, and thanks for reading!