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So I bought a drone

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A fun little mini Hubsan X4. Its about 4×4 inches and weighs next to nothing. It has the battery life of about fifteen minutes, which makes for the perfect work break. I got it after hearing about it from my coworker Michael. He also has this great drone.love blog.

This isn’t something I thought I’d ever be into but I’ve had it for about 24 hours now and I’ve had a ton of fun learning to fly it. I crash it all the time and it’s held up surprisingly great so far. I’ve lost a propellor and broke one. Good thing it comes with four extra.

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Some lessons I’ve learned so far:

There are two propellor types – clockwise and counter-clockwise. You can’t just put them on in any old place. The drone arms and the propellors are marked with either A or B. Just make sure you match them up. Otherwise, you won’t get off the ground.

If it looks like the arms are falling apart or have broken underneath, fear not. That is supposed to happen. They unhinge on bigger crashes. Just pop them back into place. You kind of have to force it.

My propellors started to fly off really easily towards the end of the first day. They can be hard to find especially if you don’t have a ton of lights on. To fix this, I took them all off and lightly scuffed up the motor tips with a nail file. This gave it a bit more grip and they’ve been staying on better.

Once you get the hang of steering, its fun to walk behind it and drive it around and outside the house. Keep the red lights facing you and the blue lights in front.

And you’re never too old to buy a toy. Or learn new things. Or be one with your inner nerd.

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Lessons in tabs

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Or: One Weird Trick to Staying Productive at Work

Only have the tabs open of things you are currently working on. Not what you are about to work on, are meaning to respond to, or would like to get to soon.

Keep them open until you have completed the task. Then, close them, open the next thing, and repeat until happy hour. 🍻

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Kingdom Trails

That one spot you love going back to.

Mine is Kingdom Trails, an amazing network of 100+ miles of mountain bike trails in Burke, VT. I’ve biked in many places all over the US and this place is still my favorite. I come back year after year and I still get the biggest adrenaline rush, especially riding down Sidewinder.

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Beach Camping

Spent the long weekend camping on the beach.

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Coffee Hack

This is for all you cream-with-your-coffee drinkers out there. Because everything needs to be hacked.

  1. When making your coffee in the morning, pour in the cream first and then the coffee.

That’s it. That’s the hack. It’s basically so you don’t have to stir your coffee, which means less spoons to wash.

And now my coffee is cold and I have to make more. 😞

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No more test posts

Test posts. As developers, designers, and support people we do them all the time. We even have entire blogs, sites, and/or accounts set up just for testing, often more than one. Mine probably have more posts than my “real” blog does. Sometimes I just need to replicate something quick, or see if a certain feature is behaving the way it should. Writing a quick test post seems quicker, easier, and more efficient.

The short term benefit leads to an unfortunate long term effect. Writing tons of fake posts has turned me into a fake user. People don’t use WordPress.com to write test posts. They use it to write real posts.

I’m trying to stop writing test posts altogether and I challenge others to do the same. If I have to publish, preview, save, share, or write anything for testing purposes, its going on my public blog and is going to be “real”. No more of these test posts to my test blog:

asdf hi hi okay hi

Even if it takes just a little bit longer. I’ve already fallen off the wagon a few times, but every time I take the extra several minutes, its totally worth it.

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The Follow-Through Person

Julie Zhuo nails it on the head again. This time she writes about how we should stop glorifying the idea people and start paying attention to the ones who actually follow through and get it done.

Ideas are like candy—colorful, fun, easy to indulge in.

The hard part—the part that really matters—is the follow-through.

If you have 5 minutes, read the full post.

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We’re Told Not to Travel

Great post about traveling and life in general. My favorite part is the last paragraph:

And when we come home from our travels, we love more. Because there’s nothing quite like travel to show you what you had before you left.

via We’re Told Not to Travel – danvineberg.com. Hat tip: @breezyskies

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Leaf biking

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New Site

I’ve probably redesigned my site a dozen times… I hope I never stop wanting to. This is my second using a responsive design, the first using WordPress. Resize your browser, check out this site on your phone. Coooool, ya?

 

I grabbed this theme Fluid from themefit. I am customizing the heck out of it and have already learned a ton about WordPress, PHP, and everything in between. This is also my first site with an integrated blog, so we’ll see how this goes.

 

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