I think I took “paperless” too literally.
There’s no paper in my house, except a Halloween card from my parents, a postcard from some friends, and watercolor paper postcards for my art.
I’m sure Marie Kondo would approve, and I did work hard at the KonMari method to get here… Paper just didn’t “spark joy” in my heart.
There’s only one little problem.
I have nowhere to write anything down!
In my case, I managed to get rid of paper because I scanned everything important into a note-taking program, Evernote.
However, Evernote is not great for disposable notes — it’s much better for reference material and scanned items. …
Programming is a lot like writing — you should start with a “bad first draft” that solves the problem, then immediately edit it two or three times before you move on to the next problem.
Engineers scoff at being compared to measly “writers” — but who wrote the documentation that you used earlier today? And don’t you “write code?”
Software developers have the luxury of working in the most creative type of engineering. After all, software engineers get to call a lot more shots when building an app than civil engineers do when building a bridge.
Working in a creative profession means that you can learn a great deal from writers whose words will never execute. And one of the best pieces of writing advice is something typically recommended to solve writer’s block. …
A dead bonsai tree
Greeted me from its clay pot
In front of the brick house
It was illuminated by the glow
Radiating through the glass door
Like an inviting sunset
Warm, orange and safe
The home contrasted with its bonsai
So gray and lifeless
This bonsai had cobwebs and debris
But its twisted trunk reminded me
Of a happier time
It had been twenty years
Since I’d visited those bonsai trees
In that foreign botanical garden
Now I recalled that rainy afternoon
Surrounded by the vibrancy and diversity
Of bonsai older than my…