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🧠 Tiny Thoughts 18: No code, books, etc

🧠 Tiny Thoughts 18: No code, books, etc
By Jamie Sutton • Issue #18 • View online
Hello. I’m still alive.
I’ve started drinking hot water throughout the day and it’s great?
Here’s what I’ve thought about this past week:

💭 On my mind
  • 🏆 30 day no-code challenge. I’ve slowly been easing my way into working on a couple side projects. I’ve got a couple ideas to choose from for this no code competition from MakerPad. It starts today, so join up if you’re interested.
  • 👨‍💻 Reading instruction manuals. The whole ‘no code’ scene is interesting to me… it’s essentially a group of people who actually “read the manual” to develop a deeper understanding of what software is capable of. I’m a fan, but it doesn’t change the fact that knowing how to code can be a superpower.
  • 📜 Tutorials are only maps. I’ve written before about times where I’ve made finishing a course my goal, only to never actually use the content being taught to me. Tutorials are like maps; the purchase of a map doesn’t bring you any closer to your destination. It merely marks the beginning of a potential journey.
  • 📚 The next Goodreads. I’ve been playing around with a beta version of Readng, a platform hoping to eventually replace Goodreads. It appears to be a MVP, so it’s far too early to judge. A feature I’d love to see on an eventual Goodreads replacement: buy this user a book. Read.gift, but as a feature.
  • 🤔 Tribes and desires. We’re constantly trying to better fit in with certain social groups, yet we often describe the people we’re attracted to with “they’re different!”.
📚 Books of the week
📗 Finished: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now . Your twenties are more than just a stopgap between “adulthood” and adulthood—this is the argument Jay makes in this book. She details how many twenty-somethings miss out by not taking action, often because they’ve written off their time entirely, citing a prevalent narrative along the lines of “your twenties don’t count”.
I’m nearing the end of my twenties now but still found this to be a good book. I recommend it. The first section (work) was great, the next (love) was good, but I skimmed the final section (the brain and the body) which covered a lot of basic behavioral psychology concepts I’ve already read about elsewhere.
📙 Also Finished: The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry. A little disappointed in this one. It’s only about 100 pages and remains mostly interesting throughout, but it’s essentially just content from the OkCupid blog plus some bonus commentary. If the bio interests you, it might be worth a read. I know the OkCupid blog has been pruned of a lot of their most interesting posts, so this book might be worth skimming through if you missed out on those.
📕 Reading Now: Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt. I’ve seen copywriters recommend this book frequently. I’ve put a dent in it so far and it seems to cover strategy from a birds-eye view, so it’s applicable to virtually anything. More on this next week.
👋 See you next Tuesday!
Thanks for reading.
Here’s a quote from The Defining Decade that shares my hate for the word ‘should’:
Shoulds can masquerade as high standards or lofty goals, but they are not the same. Goals direct us from the inside, but shoulds are paralyzing judgments from the outside. Goals feel like authentic dreams while shoulds feel like oppressive obligations.
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