The #100DaysOfCode Challenge

I’ll be starting this challenge tomorrow (Wednesday). I must admit that I feel a certain amount of professional shame by doing it, but there’s a conjoined sense of need to do so, too.

I’m at an uncomfortable juncture in my professional life as a developer. I have a whole lot of years of experience, but I look at job descriptions and I feel like that experience don’t align with them. It’s like that dream of showing up naked at your final high school exam, but you’re awake and it’s not a dream.

I didn’t make the right choices over the last 6 years in staying current with the latest technologies and picking the companies that would have ensured the right development of my craft. It’s uncomfortable and unavoidable.

So, doing this challenge for 100 days, along with working on my own app projects, is a way to get back on track.

Been in my situation? Mentored or known someone who has? I’d love to hear your pick-me-uppers in the comments!

Me and the Water

I lounged in the pool
While the water watched me
A serene smile from his eyes
As I could feel my arms lather, lather, lather
make whipped bubbly cream in his belly
This is our intimate moment
This is how days are our made

 

Posted in Poetry by minademian

Writeup of June #Sthlmtech session

I attended the monthly #Sthlmtech session last night and watched three startups (Glance, Lunar Way, Happy Tails) pitch live to EQT Ventures. The meetup connects startups to investors.

My notes below:

Introductions

Sam Cole, KnC Miner:

  • You have to listen to VC’s
  • Good regular communication with VC’s
  • Raise more cash
  • Have a strong team

EQT Ventures team are looking for digitally disruptive products from software companies.

Startups will benefit from strong tech team and postfunding support.

  • Team is more important than product in early stages of startup.

Together is EQT’s match-making service for startups and investors.

The team’s favorite words during pitches:

AI, machine learning, traction, product, market, metric positive unit metrics, demo, customers, I’m too busy to meet you guys

… Least favorite words:

Exit strategy, we’ve outsourced dev, strategy, constant use of I, overusing words that you dont understand

The pitches

Glance – simplify your data the autopilot for your business

  • Thoughts from investors, mid-pitch: “put yourself in customers shoes, good outline of problem, there are a hundred of these solutions out there,put data in context”
  • Good solid pitch, good touches, USP is slack bot and alexa skill, confident speaker

Happy Tails – connecting dog lovers

  • 520 million dogs registered worldwide
  • 2.2million active users for 2020
  • Fullstack team, two apps released, looking for developers
  • investor brain: “what is the size of the market? are those actual dog names? what part of the market do you want to start?”
  • Tyler: “you never know what the investor is looking at in your presentation
  • energy and passion is needed in the product

Lunar Way – banking without the license

  • Danish company, 9 months old
  • Banking as a commodity
  • Fb bot inside Messenger, nifty
  • Investor brain thoughts: “primary or secondary bank for your customers?”
  • Goal is to become a bank
  • Established marketing and products
  • Don’t have a oneliner… “Tinder for Banking”

Outros

The stockholmer podcast – looking for sponsors and stories

A Dream for a Day

I lived a dream for a day
Woke up in its grip the next day
Choked on the ether for another day
Now wanting it all again for another two days

 

Posted in Poetry by minademian

The Problems with ‘Mr. Robot’

Warning: Spoiler alerts!

The first season of Mr. Robot was average, banal television.

Characters were uninteresting and flat. I couldn’t empathize or relate to any of them, not even rail or get mad. They were just taking up space on screen. I genuinely didn’t see Shayla’s death coming, but I felt sad for a few minutes and then moved on. Then, stereotypes were recycled with little attempt at hiding them. Tyrell is the young angry white psychopath, Christian Slater’s character the renegade with the heart of gold, and, most yawn-inducing of them all, Darlene, the snarky tech nerd who speaks sarcasm fluently.

The saddest character is the main one. Elliot never changes or grows. He’s wooden, emotionally, and disengaged. Nothing in the story changes him. It is not convincing that he suddenly sprouts in the last two episodes as this evil hacking mastermind on mental vacation. And I don’t buy at all that Darlene is his sister. How did he, all of a sudden, just realize it? It’s just not convincing.

Although the depiction was refreshingly accurate, the story relied far too much on the technology. It was the most honest aspect of the story, but we don’t watch television to learn about Linux and hacking. We watch it for drama and story. And writer-producer Sam Esmail took the easy way out from storytelling by using tired techniques to push the episodes along.

He went The Sixth Sense on us by telling us that Elliot’s father is dead. Psychologizing hackers as well-meaning rebels with sad backgrounds is tiring. Around episode six, there was the customary extended dream sequence connected to Elliot’s withdrawal, as the writers tried to convince us that this will add insight to Elliot. I felt that it had nothing to do with the story. It was then insulting to viewers to go all Shutter Island on us and say that it was all in his head. This clumsy handling of mental health disease ends up being maddening, and turning both the characters and the problem as being gimmicks.

By the end, it was all Elliot and it was mental disease with schizophrenia and hallucinations. This was handled far better in The Beautiful Mind.

The real appeal of this series is not its artistic merit or its craft in acting or writing or direction. It’s that Esmail has tapped into the populist, contrarian voice that we hear and read all through social media, that the corporate world is morally corrupt, that our lives can be hacked, that we’re all in the Matrix of our minds, that we need to raze modern society down to embers and start over. This will assure him viewers, even if the writing is mediocre.

The tagline of the series – your democracy has been hacked –, but there is nothing about democracy in the series. I’m rather certain that democracy is not the right to not have your dickpics hacked and used as collateral by whimsical hackers with silly masks.

The most lucid and engaging moment in the season was Elliot’s brain rant at the therapist’s office. It was the hook that pulled me into the series. However, it was a gimmick, as was the whole season.

 

My Dev Stack (or, welcome to my tech blog)

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Hai! Welcome to my tech blog on minademian.com. This is my second post (I wrote a short post about Facebook’s Messenger app for Android a few days ago) and I wanted to introduce myself, along with my dev stack.

I’ve been a web developer for the past eight years. My work has been primarily in PHP/MySQL and front-end development. I dabbled in journalism and data journalism in the last two years. I am now back in full-time development, but I still get itchy feet for open data and some investigations in data-driven stories.

I’m on Ubuntu 16.04, using Atom as my editor (I fall back into vi sometimes because it taste so gud) and nginx. I’m on PHP 7 and PostgreSQL for backend work.

It would be great to know you in the comments below. Introduce yourself and your dev stack. Let’s talk shop!