There are many ways to live your life: that’s maybe the most important thing to realise in your life, that every aspect of your life is a choice. But there are default choices. You can chose to sleepwalk through your life and accept the path that has been laid out for you. You can choose to accept the world as it is. But you don’t have to. If there is something in the world that you feel so wrong and you have a vision of what a better world could be, you can find your guiding principle and you can fight for a cause. Think about: what matters to you, what you believe in, and what you may fight for.
Bret Victor -!/InventingOnPrinciple

Inventing on Principle ~ Bret Victor

The Struggle

Is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.
The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer.
The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.
The Struggle is when food loses its taste.
The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company.
The struggle is when you know that you are in over your head and you know that you cannot be replaced.
The Struggle is when everybody thinks you are an idiot, but nobody will fire you.
The Struggle is where self-doubt become self-hatred.
The Struggle is when you are having a conversation with someone and you can’t hear a word that they are saying because all you can hear is the Struggle.
The Struggle is when you want the pain to stop.
The struggle is unhappiness.
The struggle is when you go on vacation to fell better and you feel worse.
The Struggle is when you are surrounded by people and you are all alone.
The Struggle has no mercy.
The struggle is the land of the broken promises and crushed dreams.
The Struggle is a cold sweat.
The Struggle is where your guts boil so much that you feel like you are going to spit blood.
The Struggle is not failure, but it causes failure. Especially if you are weak. Always if you are weak. Most people are not strong enough. Every great entrepreneur from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg went through the Struggle and struggle they did, so you are not alone. But that does not mean that you will make it. You may not make it. That is why it is the Struggle.
The Struggle is where greatness comes from.

From “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz,

Css-only adaptive map


Today I was working on creating a fluid map in the simplest possible way and decided to just use CSS + img (via the google staticmap API). The solution I came up with is pretty simple and straightforward:

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Decisions, not options.

Software engineers and designers are often divorced from the consequences of their actions. 

There are professions more harmful then design, but only a very few of them. ~ Victor Papanek

It’s not that results don’t matter. They do. But judging solely on results is a serious deterrent to taking the risks that may be necessary to making the right decision. Simply put, the way decisions are evaluated affects the way decisions are made.

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. It is no humility for a man to think less of himself than he ought, though it might rather puzzle him to do that.
Charles Spurgeon


Hack: how to add High Resolution images to tumblr text posts

Did you know that on Tumblr you can post high-res images only on photo post, but that if you try to upload an image in text post mode it will get resized to 500px width and you can’t change that? I didn’t, and although you can always edit the html of the post and therefore add in there an external <img>, I’ve tried to come up with a creative and better way: a theme hack.

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