Brian Ball @brianball

Coffee & Cookies. Level 1 rhyme.

Brian Ball last shared their writing To Fail better. Fail more often.
I used to think I was getting better. 

I was writing daily, I had a longish streak going, and I felt a twinge of satisfaction when I'd see my triple-digit collection grow.

But, I wasn't the best. Plenty of people had writing streaks 10x as long as mine. Then, of course,...
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A Love Letter to Friends

When you write on a platform like Adagia, you have options. The smart option is to copy your work in other places in case of human error. Computers don't make mistakes but hardware does fail, so unforeseen consequences could also fall under the Act of God clause in your homeowners...
2021-03-05 18:03:50


When a new best friend makes you question reality -- and you decide it's all just a smashed illusion.

It's now a 1,000 piece puzzle you don't want to piece together. 

It's on the floor. 

The drunken table flipper is laughing and pointing and high fiving the room.

It's okay. Your beer isn't spilled.

2021-03-05 00:58:07

1982 Mazda B2000

The first car I ever owned was a small pickup by Mazda. The model: B2000, the year: 1982.

This car taught me so much. In the end, we sold it to somebody for quite a bit less than it should have been worth. But by the time I sold it, I...
2021-03-03 11:00:55

Data. It's data. Know your data.

Computers don't have to be as complicated as we make them.

The premise is kinda simple. All the things we are manipulating go by a shared name: data.

Computer code manipulates data. It gets values from somewhere, possibly runs some computation on the values, and then puts them somewhere else.

The where of...
2021-03-02 18:22:22

Write first.

It's nice to be first. 

Today, I'm taking advantage of the late-night coffee and getting my Adagia reps in. It feels great.

I've been playing in Figma drawing faces and getting ready for the March Cohort of @daily__visual. I had so much fun last month learning about design, getting faster, and using...
2021-03-01 09:13:23

Finish a streak.

Today marks the end of the month. Another solid set of green boxes. Is that what we're here for? Is that what I'm here for?

Nah. It's the exercise. The park I live near doesn't care if I ride my bike in it. It doesn't care of people roller-skate or walk...
2021-03-01 00:36:35

Zoom Zoom Tools

I was thinking about  peterdannock 's collection of Zoom Zom anecdotes and realized I hadn't read any about the tools and maintenance.

In hour 12 of a 16 hour drive, the big, red van was quiet. Three kids were asleep on a mattress in...
2021-02-27 17:01:18

Why decisions are hard?

There's a personality type that doesn't make decisions easily. They can think of ways the decision might be good - but just as easily, as if playing devil's advocate, they can come up with anti-decision reasoning.

A sample self-dialog:

"I should focus on A."
- "But, if I focus on A, I can't...
2021-02-26 18:19:49

Zoom in. See if you feel like using different words?

"How do you get better at writing headlines? Any tips or tricks?" she asked on Twitter.

Getting better at something is the topic. My response comes from daily play I've been doing in the Figma design app.

I've been having "play dates" in the drawing app. We'll write text and draw stuff....
2021-02-25 22:11:23

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