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

51 day writing streak

Wrap your code

Spend a lot of time with somebody, as many of us are doing in these COVID-19 times and the conversations repeat. Time with any material causes patterns to emerge and familiarity to grow.

When you spend a lot of time with code, the language becomes your own and your fingers can...
2021-01-26 14:47:39

Typing the Docs

When you don't know how to make something work in code, the old time suggestion was to RTFM. It meant read the fucking manual.

Of course, back in the RTFM days, you wouldn't ask somebody how to do something unless you were into it. And, if you were "into it" you'd...
2021-01-26 06:36:51

What to Write
The Concept

Who doesn't want a fill-in the blanks recipe for quickly getting your writing started? 

Well, there's a lot to writing, but to start, you'll need a concept. The concept is the overarching idea you want to discuss. 

J.K. Rowling's concept was a boy who becomes a powerful wizard. House of Cards on...
2021-01-25 03:36:15

The thing stopped working.

$100 for a simple script to sync files from one server to another - said a craigslist post.

It was a Friday, I wanted to verify my developer skills, so I reached out with a quick text message - only later seeing that all inquiries should have come through email.

As a...
2021-01-22 16:02:00

What I hear you saying is ...

You have an idea. You try to convey it to other people, they listen and nod.

How do you feel?

Did they understand it? Is it just a lack of personal interest in the idea? Maybe they were just thinking about something else and are acknowledging you so they can get back...
2021-01-22 00:40:01

Tesla owners can drink and drive

The point is not driving drunk, the point is the world is being overtaken by software.

Python / Ruby / JavaScript

You've seen these programming languages thrown around - but you've heard it's hard to learn.


But, it's oh so satisfying. ( way more fun than Mandarin Chinese )

But the Impostors! ( all...
2021-01-21 01:40:08

How much will you make playing games?

It's 10pm at night. My new habit is to stream a little each day to get familiar with OBS and Twitch.

The bigger goal is to practice the skills of putting myself out there and be available as a communicator to the world. I have minor skills and sometimes enthusiasm. Sitting...
2021-01-20 06:05:53

Humans + Hardware as reply to Code is meant to be rewritten

Code is comprised of simple rules that move values around the memory in a computer. Software, on the other hand, is often complex because of the required interactions with humans. If a software function is always called by another piece of software, it's more predictable and easier to code correctly,...
2021-01-19 04:27:51

Salesperson Caught on Video as reply to Do you want fries with that?

A mobile-phone salesman got me to pull the trigger on one of those mobile hotspots by making a simple promise: 

"Hey, if it doesn't work out, you can bring it back within 30 days for a full refund, no questions asked."

I was experienced enough with 'closing tactics' to get him saying...
2021-01-17 19:06:45