Creating vs Consumption and Happiness

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on November 7, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Are producers of content (writing, music, TV, video games, software) happier than those who consume it? Does happiness come from consuming content, or producing it? Some would argue that people who only consume content are watching, listening or reading about others living their lives,  whereas producers are actually living it. For instance, hockey players or actors are working and prod... Read More

My 5 top tips to becoming a better software developer

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on October 31, 2017 at 12:10 AM

1. Hold in tension how many questions to ask you fellow developers

You'll never truly understand something if you always ask your fellow developers after the first signs of trouble. Commit to spending some time understanding something new before you ask for help. If something can be solved with a simple Google search, you should definitely not be asking your fellow... Read More

6 Investment mistakes to avoid

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on October 24, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Each one of these are mistakes that have cost me various amounts of money over the course of my life. If I could impart onto you some things not to do when investing, this would be some things from my experience. 

1) Putting all your eggs in one basket

Before the financial crisis, real estate in Alberta was booming, and ... Read More

The Fermi Paradox

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 24, 2017 at 11:09 PM


In the the milky way alone, there are 400 billions stars. There are perhaps 20 billion like our sun, with perhaps 1/5th of them with earth-like planets in their habitable zone - where life could exist. If 0.1% of these had life, there would be 1 million planets with life.  This leads to an important question

Where are all the aliens?

It gets even worse when you re... Read More

Hosting an inexpensive static website with Amazon S3

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 5, 2017 at 5:09 AM

The beauty of AWS (Amazon Web Services) is that many services are per use, making low traffic sites very cheap to host. This is especially so if you create a static website which doesn't make use of Amazon EC2's. This can be achieved with AWS's S3 (Simple Storage Service). For many small businesses that don't have a lot of dynamic content on their site, and for which a conten... Read More

Lending Loop Experiment

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 4, 2017 at 6:09 AM

While there have been many online peer to peer lending opportunities open to US citizens, such as Prosper and Lending Club, lending options in Canada have been non-existent in Canada until October 2016, when Lending Loop received regulatory approval to offer its platform in Canada. Lending Loop is now making loans to dozens of Canadian businesses, and has over 10,000 investors.

I'd... Read More

Five ways of Beating Procrastination

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 4, 2017 at 4:09 AM

1) Eliminate distractions

For me this involved conciously blocking some website on my installed browsers. While I put this off for a long time, because I convinced byself I would merely circumvent the block when I wanted to view the site, this really helped. Somehow having the site retu... Read More

Dream Trainer Ruby App

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 4, 2017 at 4:09 AM

My work for the Edmonton Dream Centre, and a course on Technology for Teachers inspired me to try to build an educational platform that would function both as a testing tool and a learning platform. While quiz-making apps exist, most do not support the creation of even rudimentary learning modules. Even educa... Read More

TeamViz

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 4, 2017 at 4:09 AM

TeamViz is by far my favorite time management tool. At the very basic level it is a pomodoro tracking tool. It even sounds like a tomato timer. But it's so much more than that. It allows you to plan tasks in multiple categories and split them into Pomodoro. It allows you to assign an estimated number of pomodoro to a task which you can change at any time. ... Read More

The importance of bounded time

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Posted by Jonathan Weyermann on September 4, 2017 at 4:09 AM

Even since I've started using the pomodoro technique, I feel like my productivity has increased greatly. For those who don't know, a pomodoro is a bounded unit of time, during which one is to do their best not to get distracted. It is a unit of work during which checking your e-mail is a no-no. Pomodoro is the ... Read More