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Brian Ball
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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

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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

Starting
The $5 Unicycle

"You're up!" I said, as I got up off my hands and knees from a well-practiced fall.

"That was awesome" - my friend said as he quickly grabbed the unicycle off the ground and marked the new distance with the toe of his sneaker.

In a few days, it might have been...
2021-01-16 18:29:28

Back on the Bike

After a joyous 30-minute descent, we were treated to the tailgate of a truck in a dirt parking lot. 

... the thing you might not be thinking, unless I point it out, is that to get a 30-minute descent on a bike, you have to have climbed a really long way....
2021-01-16 01:50:39

Trust & Agreement
Trust & Agreement: Life Experience Required

The title carries two strong terms: Trust & Agreement. I'm not sure I actually know what they even mean. However, I am going to try and write through my understanding.

As I observed my life and the events happening to myself, my friends, and the political process. I realized a distinct...
2021-01-13 09:30:11

Things can't be different.

You know what's hard? Being a beginner. I don't mean starting is hard or the beginning steps of a project. I mean, being an adult and feeling like a child as you work on something you're not skilled at.

Impostor Syndrome - you never seem to be able to know it...
2021-01-12 22:14:39

What's in a job?

Paperboy - my first job.

It was a daily slog that started early in the morning. The paper was expected to be on a subscriber's porch before they awoke. If I could get it there by 7am, I felt pretty good. Then, I could head off to school by 7:40 and...
2021-01-12 02:53:53

Persistence & Reality

If you've ever wanted to engage in an activity that enforces the idea of persistence, two come to mind. Rock climbing and programming. You only reach the top of a rock if you persist. Likewise, the computer will only succumb to the will of the programmer if he persists long...
2021-01-11 04:33:27