Brian Ball

Brian is an award winning cookie baker. He writes to think and share ideas. When not writing, coding, or baking, you can find him on Twitter @brianball

50 day writing streak

Laravel 8.29 is Released

I'm not a Laravel fanboy.

I'm not a fanboy at all. ( okay, maybe some things that I won't even admit to myself )

And, I'm missing out on all the fun.

When you're a Laravel fan, you're either enamored with the art that Taylor infuses into his code - or you're thinking...
2021-02-24 18:24:46

Dark-cupboard MCT / cFat Coffee

Coffee: Collected from tumblers of yesterday's brew.
Fats: Counter-top, grass-fed butter + dark-cupboard coconut oil
Mix: Thumb-activated, high-speed spinner

If you have yet to experience the composition known as Bulletproof Coffee™ you may be in for a treat.

My current knowledge thinks I can jumpstart my metabolism and push through until lunch while burning...
2021-02-23 15:50:58

I never knew how to WORK.

Today, while writing, I hit upon an idea that may not be new to anybody reading this. But, in the deeper way I understood it today, it felt like some layer of understanding was revealed.

Growing up, I didn't learn to have a good work ethic. School came easy for me...
2021-02-22 08:21:34

Roles, Responsibility & Product Development

We learn through experience.

Being responsible for the actions and outcomes of a role provides a context for getting experience.

Example: Movie Ticket Taker Role
Job: Stand near the entrance to the theatre and only let people in if they have a ticket.

Responsibilities:Stand for a few hours - take short break every hour,...
2021-02-22 01:39:33

Trust & Agreement
Don't Make Us Pry Your Project Out Of You

I'm a real human. I don't want to have to be "on message" at all times. I want to be able to have a coffee or a beer and joke with my buddies. I don't want to charge them money to interact with me — I'll happily share what I...
2021-02-20 14:30:51

You Make Your Own Decisions

My son is trying to find a reasonable way to tell me he's dropping out of school. From my perspective, it looks like little homework is happening. There are very few intense studying sessions. All the classes and work are on the laptop - happening in a Google doc right...
2021-02-19 15:22:30

Trust & Agreement
Clubhouse and why

If you jump on a call with me and we argue a few points, I'll know how you think. If you win a few points and I win a few - now we're playing tennis. It's not a battle - it's a match. A match of wits.

Clubhouse is about thinking....
2021-02-18 20:30:28

New idea. Good idea. Public Idea.

Working with Craig on a thing he started called the Daily Visual. It's a cohort of people playing in Figma or other drawing app to bring images to the thinking process. The daily part feels like a workout. The Visual part is little more than clever line and color to...
2021-02-18 05:34:27

January Decisions Lead to March Opportunities

People who make New Year's resolutions and break them - aren't making resolutions. They're making statements about hope and desire. A resolution is not a future-looking definition. We're using the word incorrectly.

A resolution statement might include: I want to lose 10 lbs this year.
At anypoint in the year, if you...
2021-02-16 16:49:26

I NEED a 10 shun.

I was nudging around on my mother's breast, searching for sustenance. Only later did I realize the milk had stopped flowing and my internal organs held a meeting. Shortly, and after a quick vote, a decision was handed down. 

"We want to stay alive." - is the best translation available. "HELP"...
2021-02-15 19:17:15