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Since I'm trying to cut down on the amount of computer minutiae I preform this week, I decided trying to tackle keeping my Pivotal story statuses lined up with the state of my git repos.
The general purpose computer is an instrument of creation. Since you are able to change it's behavior to almost any reason you can imagine, there is no excuse for using it in an unimaginative or monotonous way. However, I and everyone else that I've ever met falls into trap of thinking "well, this isn't perfect, but it's the way things are done" when using a computer.
When I think about a passionate developer, I think about one that is excited to be doing what they do. For me, it's getting to wake up in the morning and know that I get to build something that day. It's a great feeling.
To be honest, this is the only attribute out of the list that I have a hard time recommending a developer to be. I finally realized that Jiro's list is not for Sushi chefs that would be great to work with, or chefs that would make the best employees...
Code cleanliness is one of the easiest ways to tell if a developer actually cares about what they are doing. I define code cleanliness as a lack of anything without meaning and a consistent code style. This means that there is no unneeded spacing,...
I like to think of Jiro's second Attribute, "Aspire to Improve", as liberating in a way. Instead of focusing on doing the right thing perfectly right now, you are freed up to try something. If you know you are improving things as you go you can ship...
I feel like Jiro's first attribute for being a great sushi chef, "Take your work seriously", is the first step you have to take as a software developer if you want to improve. If what you are doing doesn't matter to you, you will really never be able to motivate yourself to hone your craft.
Since I've exhausted episodes of Portlandia and Parks and Recreation on Netflix, I've started watching some documentaries. By far, one of my favorite that I've seen recently has been Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which depicts sushi master Jiro Ono and his resturant.
Last Month I had an idea for an experiment and decided to spend a week trying not to know what time it is. I did end up making it through the week without any watch and the time hidden on my phone and computer. It was definitely an interesting experience, but not something I'd like to do all the time.
So yesterday I talked about my new goals for 2013, but today I'm going to recap how I did on my 2012 goals: