Do what you say you’re going to do. Return emails. Meet deadlines. Keep your promises. Nobody does that anymore. You’ll stand out just because you do.
Things aren’t so bad.
I’m not sure about other folks, but my mood changes rapidly. I don’t consider myself moody (other may disagree). I have my times though.
It was the morning of “pay day”, so I was in a great mood (who wouldn’t be). I had an event in Falmouth, Trelawny to oversee. I left early and while backing out of my driveway I clipped my side mirror on my wall and it falls off. Not the lovely start I wanted.
I reach to Falmouth, park in front of the Court House, I notice the clamping signs through the corner of my eye but I don’t play it much mind.
As we are about to begin, I decide best I play it safe and decide to pay the clamping fee. As I go to ask the attendant how much, I hear a knocking sound and to my dismay my car was clamped. I do what any other Jamaican would do, mumble a half hearted “so what can we work out?”. It didn’t work, I conceded defeat.
I had to leave my car in Falmouth to tend to work and return later for it. During the two hours it felt like nothing was going right in my life. I will admit it was a bit much, persons are out there with real problems and me being without a car and being broke for a few hours isn’t that bad. We all have other struggles, I believe some more than some. But we continue to strive and make it work.
By mid day, I had a great lunch; complementary of work, got paid, got a lift back to Falmouth paid my fine and I was on my way.
Talent and skills will keep you in a job and get you promoted, but it rarely gets you the job you deserve.
2012 - The best yet most disappointing year of my life
Each year we hope that this year will be the year where things happen where things change for the best.
This is the year that I lose those extra pounds; get that startup off the ground.
These were my ups and down during 2012
I joined a running group and got serious about exercise
Growing up I was always chubby; I come from a ‘big’ family so I would have my jogging phases. Running around my neighborhood or Emancipation Park, I never really saw any results in terms of weight but it was always something I did. Missy from work noticed that I jogged and invited me to jog with the Citi Runners. I joined in; the first run was pretty rough - up a very steep hill. However I kept at it, I started going more days a week (even Saturday morning’s at 5:00am). I’m currently at 180lbs, so I have lost ~25lbs
Travelled to San Francisco for the first time
I’ve always wanted to visit San Francisco; I even started an online initiative to get me there, more info here. YamJam ‘12 was held at the The Westin and after some persuading on my part, my place of work decided to send me and the I.T Director to the conference. I remember after I received approval, booked the hotel room and the flight I was fretting that my passport wouldn’t come from Kingston in time. It did and I went. The conference was great, the city was amazing and the food was exceptional.
Completed my first half-marathon at Disney World
Citi-Runners do things big! When the group was making plans to go Orlando for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. I thought to myself that would be great to go, I could just imagine the awesome time that I would have with the group in addition to running the race. I went ahead paid the fee ($190) and that was me. The race itself was good, I had slight stomach issues the night of the run, but I did my best and finish in 2:41 hours. (11mins behind my target)
Moved into a proper apartment
When I moved to Montego Bay in 2010, I found a rather humble “half studio”. I said to myself I’ll only be here for 3 months, well that turned into two long years. I had enough and began looking for bigger places in a nicer part of town. That was exactly what I found. My new place is great and now I have space to entertain guests.
Now to the downs.
I missed a chance to join a project in a field that I’m passionate about
The invitation came at a bad time, however I do look back and wonder what if
I took a couple months’ hiatus from working on my projects
We all have our burnout times and maybe I just needed a break. I’ve been hacking and coding for as long as I remember. I wasn’t seeing the traction that I would of hope to received and got discouraged and wondered if this was the right thing for me. I’m now back in action :)
Doing too much of what I don’t like instead of doing what I love
More on later
Rushel and I parted ways
We met in the CARIMAC lab at UWI in 2009, and we just clicked. However due to my move and other issues we are no more. Best wishes to her
Not having that online success that I want
This is probably a blessing in disguise; I’ve come to realize that you don’t achieve success by simply wanting it. You achieve by being relentless and keeping at it until you make it and when you think you have made it that’s when you try even harder.
Thanks to the following who made 2012 great and inspiring me to better 2013.
- Mom, Dad, Sister
- Rushel - Always believing in me
- Matt Mazur
- Chris Oliver
- Gordon Swaby - for killing it with EduFocal - if he can do it, so can I right :)
Citi Runners - getting ready to an intense end of the season.
I’ve joined a running group in Montego Bay.
Things has been great, we jog three times a week. Late Wednesday (3 miles), early Thursday (6.5 miles) and early Saturday (9 miles).
I’ve dropped 20 pounds and haven’t looked back.
I’ve ran down a 5K with the team, and we have two half-marathons before the end of the year.
24 | What gift am I getting?
Posted from: Kingston, Jamaica
Today is my birthday.
Not doing a reflective post this year, check here for my post from two years ago.
Rushel told me she has a gift for me, I’ll be seeing her today.
I think it will be one of two things, either The Walking Dead - Season One on Blu Ray or Chronicle on Blu Ray.
I will report back to tell you what it was :)
A few sentences that I think may change my life
0.) A few days back I read an article from Dan via Hacker News (HN). For some reason the message didn’t quite resonate with me, however I decided to do the HN usual and read the comments. Then I came across a comment from Oz. Essentially he tried to play it big, didn’t quite work out but he’s fine now. However what was more interesting is that Oz is from Jamaica. I quickly reached out and we started talking.
In our conversation I ran through my previous online efforts he mentioned how he recently started web development and currently has a few clients paying him. I was a bit surprised but in a good way.
Then I said to him (which is the weird how much it affected me as I said it)
Its not how much you know or how fast you can code. It’s if you get people to pay you money.
I feel as developers we get caught up with knowledge and how many projects we have contributed to but as budding entrepreneurs none of that really matters. Make something, find folks that will send your digitals dollars then persuade.
1.) Yesterday I came across a post on reddit (if you love Uplifting - tear jerking stories this is your subreddit). I carefully scrolled down reading each of the hardest advice that we have received. Then I came to:
When I was about 4, I once I shot my father with a cheap water pistols. He took it away from me. I began crying and screamed “give it back to me”. After a while, he laid the pistol down, and told me to come get it. I can’t remember why I didn’t go get the damn thing, but I just kept crying and screaming “give it back to me, give it!”
He looked at me, and stepped on the gun, shattering it. I was shocked into silence. When I ask why, he said, “When you want something, you take it. Never expect anyone to give anything to you.”
That really spoke to me, I’m going through a #BeBold phase where I’m doing things that maybe I wouldn’t do and it seems to be paying off. Meeting great people, making more friends and feeling better about life. Usually if I wanted to go for something, I use to act like I wouldn’t now putting a stop to that.
2.) On the same reddit page I found another however I feel this one is more for the ladies. As I don’t really have this problem with my girl friends. I have a couple female friends that need to hear this though.
“You’re worried that he’s not talking to you enough/putting as much effort into the relationship as you are because he’s not. Move on.”
My take away if you aren’t in something you like quite b*tching and make a change.
I’m Rory, I’m from Jamaica. I will be be a big deal one day.
Currently working on VacayTracker | Simple Anti-Excel Employee Vacation Tracker
Git is sexy
Growing up I avoided the command line at all costs. I got my first computer when I was around 9 years old. It came with Windows 95, so I grew up during the GUI era as most of my friends did.
When Ubuntu was the “in-thing” a few loved it, they would be in the command line all day, all night. Doing simple “one-click” actions by typing 3-4 prompts. I always found this strange.
When the introduction of Rails & Git, the dreaded command line had to be used [oh no!].
Not sure if was because I actually saw everyone else using command line with these services I wanted to learn so I kept at it.
Learning Git involves a bit of a learning curve I’m come across one site that should help
alias ad='git add' alias pl='git pull' alias ph='git push' alias cm='git commit -a -m' alias sl='git status -uall' alias ct='git checkout'
I never considered myself an expert with it comes to programming or general Computers. Sure when I’m around family members and colleagues the word comes up. But to my other “techie” friend nope not at all.
However I came across a blog post or was it a quote that urge persons to blog about whatever they feel will be benefical to someone else.
Think about it, how many times have a google search lead to a blog of a “average developer” who had the same problem as you did. His fix also was your fix.
With that said, Rory Tip’s is born. (Though I had a previous tip here)
I came across this when Chris advised I check out his dotFiles.
I came across “alias”, which basically creates a shortcut in your terminal.
When I open my terminal, I have to then cd 2/3 times to the ruby project I’m working in then start the server. Then open a new terminal cd 2/3 again then start the Rails Console. It’s very annoying and mightly unproductive.
I thought maybe I can use “alias” to assit;
alias cdf=’cd Code/Ruby/Filmbet’
With only three characters I jump in the project that I’m working with.
alias cdf=’cd Code/Ruby/Filmbet && rails s ‘
I start the server too :)
To do this I had to make the change in my .bash_profile file.
I always mixup, is it vim ~/. or vim ~./, especailly in typing it normally comes out wrong.
So I did
alias bashp=’vim ~/.bash_profile’
To implement, use VIM or another text edit to access or create your bash_profile . bashrc.
It’s hidden so I recommend using the terminal and VIM.
Am I good enough?
Life is tough. Self doubt just one of the many emotions that we experience.
For the past couple days, I’ve been in a “coding” rot. Haven’t been inspired to work on projects.
Tonight while half watching Person of Interest (not a great show by any means), I decided to check out Chris’s twitter stream, he really seems to be doing good things online; http://excid3.com/blog/10-ideas-for-beginner-web-developers/“>writing/coding/helping others. I came across @sstephenson took a look at this profile the first thing I noticed was “Programmer at 37signals” I must admit that caught my eye.
Decided to check out his blog (as I said to myself “how’s good does someone has to be to work at 37signals”) I quickly got my answer.