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Microblogging with Pelican

I've previously posted some micro posts here, but recently mentioned that I'd created a separate WordPress blog for my micro posts at snippets.bellebcooper.com. I did this in order to create micro posts through the iOS and Mac Micro.blog apps, which can post to Micro.blog hosted blogs or WordPress blogs.

I loved the convenience of being able to post to my microblog from anywhere, but one of the main reasons for Micro.blog to exist is so you can control and own your content, while still reaping the benefits of social interactions around that content.

But my …


Woo Cow Time: Days 2 & 3, and why I'm giving up

It's been a couple of weeks since I stopped working on my side project, Woo Cow Time. Unfortunately I hit enough roadblocks that the app doesn't seem feasible to build for iOS, so I've given up on it for now.

But I did spend another weekend on it before I gave up, so here's an update on what I tried, and where I got stuck.

If you read about Day 1 of working on Woo Cow Time, you'll know it's a cow-themed-Australian-tinged-workout app that lets you combine timed and untimed exercises into the same workout.

As some follow-up from my …


This is a really honest piece by science writer Ed Yong.

Crucially, I tracked how I was doing in a simple spreadsheet. I can’t overstate the importance of that: It is a vaccine against self-delusion.

I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories - The Atlantic


How I use Things 3

I wrote about how I use Things 3 back when I was still working at RescueTime. It's now been more than four months since I left RescueTime to work full-time on Hello Code, so here's an update of how I use Things these days.

Capturing tasks

Things 3 new task

I mostly capture tasks directly into the area or project where they'll end up. Things encourages you to capture into the inbox and sort tasks later but I don't spend enough time with it for this approach to work for me. I don't remember to sort or review my tasks, so I need to …


Woo Cow Time: Day 1

I've been mulling on an idea for an iOS app for a while now. It's something I wanted to build simply to fill a need I couldn't otherwise fill. I've trawled the App Store many times and come up empty, but I've never found the time to start a new side project and build it myself, either.

A recent discussion with someone else who'd just built a workout app as a side project inspired me to finally set aside some time and build the app I wished existed.

I spent several days thinking about the idea, planning how I'd put …


I've set up my microblog on a sub-domain, so you'll mainly see longer posts here now. You can find my micro posts at snippets.bellebcooper.com.


2017 review

Flower

2016. 2015.

To sum up 2017, it's ended on a great note after a lot of struggle earlier in the year. The biggest thing to happen this year was quitting my job to work on Hello Code full-time from October 1st. This is something we've been working towards since we started Hello Code ~4 years ago, and has often felt like a goal we'd never reach. To be able to pay both of us a (very low) salary and put all our time and energy into our own company is a great achievement. I'm proud of all the hard work …


The verdict on some stuff I've bought

I wanted to share a quick verdict on some of the stuff I've bought over the past couple of years. I've split this into two sections: stuff I would recommend and stuff I wouldn't.

I'm not a big fan of consumerism or buying (and owning) lots of stuff, so I think it's important to make wise decisions when shopping, and wherever possible to buy fewer things that will last. Hopefully this helps you do the same.

Stuff I'd recommend

These are my favourites, and most of them are high-quality products that last a long time.

Son of a Tailor tailored …


Reading up on iOS testing

I'm about to start writing my first programming tests in Exist's iOS app. I've heard about tests before, and I like the idea of them, but I've never been able to really understand how to get started with testing.

My app is big enough now (and brittle enough, if I'm honest, because it's the first app I ever wrote, so it's carrying the baggage and cruft of my first four years learning to code), that it really needs test coverage. So I've been doing lots of reading about unit and UI testing, libraries and frameworks to use, best practices …


How I used my Jibun Techo in 2017

Jibun Techo mini

I used a Jibun Techo on and off throughout 2017 and have ordered a new one for 2018. I tried a variety of ways of using the Jibun, until finally settling on one I like a lot. Here's a quick look at some of the ways I've used my Jibun throughout the year.

I started the year with an A5 Slim Jibun. I used it as an ordinary planner to start with.

Jibun Techo A5 slim

Planning my month in Jibun Techo A5 slim

I initially used the daily columns to write my to-do list, but I didn't like this approach much.

Planning my week in Jibun Techo A5 slim

Next I tried using the Jibun's timeline in each daily …

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