Ruby on Rails

I’ve been learning Ruby on Rails for a class project, and it’s awesome. The feeling of actually creating something is awesome! I’ve spent so much time just learning how to print output, it feels awesome to create something that you can actually interact with.

First of all the tutorial I’ve been learning from is awesome: . A great teacher makes all the difference. by Michael Hartl is awesome. It’s patient and helps explain everything very clearly. Its an amazing tutorial. I can’t do it justice with compliments.

Software as a service is great. I love it, it’s hard to express all the neat things it can do and the potential it has for creation. The abstraction of the model to programmer, and not really having to think in terms of SQL, but still being able to control a model. The word model even makes more sense to me than Database. Model seems like something you can build using states and shapes. Database sounds like a complicated warehouse. I can interact with a model, I’m simply overwhelmed by a database!

The ability for Rails to control the model, view, and controller is so relieving. It makes it seem web app programming doable! The learning is very dense though. Sometimes reading a sentence a couple times isn’t enough. And even when I understand it it’s difficult to know if I’ll be able to remember how to implement that test or configuration page.

Learning this makes me feel like a nerd, and I love it. I want to keep learning!
I’d love to have a conversation with an expert about how ruby was created, and how it works, just to geek out for a bit!

In other news…
This was a photo I took of a mountain. I’m excited to begin using color to create a rich experience in applications I design. Snort!
Airplane's and Mountains

Who what when why and how. All the questions of a product.

To be considered for marketing and sales products, good questions to ask to design, pitch, and sell any type of idea or product, from ethical dilemmas to new flavors of yogurt. Think of it as different branches of the tree to sales. All the light and ideas come from different angles to different sized branches, and you need to design the best tree for the customer using these basic elements, while intertwining them with the finesse and organic delicacy of a tree growing into the air. Man this is already sounding ridiculous, but its a lot of fun to think about, and helps me when I want to understand something and/or its importance.

Who needs the products.
Who it’s for specifically.
Why they specifically should by it.
Consider their situation, and recognize the challenges they specifically face, and connect it your you product.

What is it.
It’s name
It’s design
The features and attributes
(Possibly what it costs, depends on how strong the why is)
What it’s like, why its different.
The customer needs to clearly see what their getting into in order to trust it, and have full understanding before they make a purchase.

Glazed Donut Vodka- What?

Where you get it.
Where’s it made.
How to physically purchase it
Where you’ll use it
Where it’ll come in handy, and make a difference.
Where to buy replacement parts
Where to find more information
You need to give them the spacial understanding of every aspect that surrounds this product. From local products and product families, to how to pick it off the shelf.

When it lines up in the timeline
When you use it
When you’re mother used it, or someone else you care about.
When it’ll come in handy, when you’ll be glad you have it.
When it stacks up to creation of other products and ideas.
New product is new, it comes as a logical progression from what has come before.
When you know when the products is important, you can fully grasp what it does, and understands its path to getting into use.

Mustang- When

Why it’ll be better.
Why it works the way it works.
Why that’s better
Why you should waste your time buying or even looking at it.
Why your friend bought.
Why anyone bought it.
Why your making it
Why is the justification for everything, so when someone asks why you don’t look like a fool. I care about this category probably the most, right alongside how. It’s important for you to rationalize it in your own head. Be able to say the why back to yourself in your own head, to convince yourself that everything is okay. Without a good why, things might not be okay.

Coffee -Why

How this product is going to deliver.
How your making it.
How this product is going to make your life better.
Change the way things are done, make you reconsider the way things are done.
Show to cause and affect of it using it.
They need the logic of it success. If its as successful as you say it is show it, show me and show me why/how it pulls of these feats of incredible value to the customer.

Vanago- How

It has to be logical, people don’t like buying magic.
They want something they can wrap their heads around at least to some degree.
Cell phones are interesting example of this. People should easily be able to easily configure their devices. It teaches them about how it works, and gives them a logical mapping of the interface. Smartphones without configuration need to be really simple because you’ll never understand what going to a new page means or entitles. The balance between the way we use something and interact with and even configure it can be limit are ability to comprehend the logic. Wordy as this may seem. The logic of any product must be able to be comprehended easily or with simple training, or at least in some way addressed, whether in marketing or just being recognized as too complicated to be worth trying to understand. In cases of abstraction it may not mattered. Like logic of circuitry doesn’t matter to me dragging icons around the homescreen.

Products take on relationships with customers. Their part of memories, experiences, stories, people and places. It natural, sometimes we might do it too much, but we can’t deny it from happening and with sales or marketing that important to consider. The people want to know what a relationship with this product looks like. How it will fit into your stories.

Sushi Fiesta- Why

We like to keep doing things we know how to do. Doing something we don’t know how to do can feel like a waste of time. So if this matches with your traditional way of getting things done to some degree it going to be easier to pick it up and use it, as if it was your old trusty tool, and when you get the same feeling along with something that works well. It’s hard to say no.

Krusteaz -Tradition

It the product is connected to any type of goodness it should be highlighted. If its good for the earth good for the employees, good for the world, you need to consider that and relate it to your product or keep it away from your product. If you really have to hide the ethical or moral repercussions of your product you probably shouldn’t be selling it though.

We are emotional creatures. Well at least I know I am. And that’s a good thing, but pulling on the heartstrings can sometimes seem like a bit of a low blow. Like associating puppies with your product. That’s cool and or how it will save the pandas. That’s cool and all, but if you layer to thick, you run the risk of making the client thing their bad if they don’t and that probably doesn’t do well for repeat sales. Unless you keep layering, and their your kind of being mean by emotionally manipulating someone. Anyways… But emotions are still important to consider. You should highlight the positive emotions with the product within reason, and maintain authenticity as much as possible.


These things were found in meatspace.

The Locomotive

I found this while browsing through Everyday Music’s bargain bin collection. I had a book with the same art on the cover as this album, and I will never forget about that book and that’s amazing because the last time I looked at the actual book I was 5 years old. That’s a fifteen year long memory of something. Why? How? The brain is an amazing thing. Everything you see is amazing, and the fact this is true is amazing.

Never underestimate a hike

Never Underestimate a Hike. I don’t think I could say that too much. Every hike I go on is memorable or beautiful in some way. I always learn a lesson, and always feel better afterwards. Going on a hike is tough. Who has time for a hike. Not I. But I would really like to encorporate that experience into working with people and getting to understand them. Hikes are great. This hike was great because these roots were breaking from the soil and were wrapping around each other down this waterfall. Like some sort of hydroponic soil based hybrid. It was amazing! I wonder if something like mollusks or filter feeders would ever succeed in an environment like that. It was a beautiful waterfall. Not to be underestimated.

Waking up, keyboard installations, hair dryers, and spotify for film

I would pay $100 to watch whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. All the movies ever all the time, just like spotify… for movies and shows. It would be better than xfinity+netflix+hulu+prime+dvds+bluerays+itunes+googleplay+everything else > Filmify.

Hair dryers are barbaric. There has to be a better way to dry off my hair, or I’m not suppose to be showering. Drying my hair before bed is essential for me to sleep well. But I can’t dry my hair quick enough with just a towel. And than shaving. I can’t figure out a way to do it that doesn’t suck, and every time my face feels raw, and I have to put on moistureser… what the heck is moisturizer and why do I need it? Shouldn’t my body take care of this? I think I’m using to much soap. But I don’t know any better… maybe the warm weather will help.

Installing a bluetooth keyboard on a PC is ridiculously still difficult. I couldn’t pair my logitech properly. And it kept saying to type the numbers in the keyboard and press enter, but everytime I pressed enter it just showed another set of numbers. And keyboard just sits there flashing. How am I suppose to know whats going on at all? I want to be able to easily switch to 3 devices like you promised, but that apparently isn’t possible, because I can’t get it to work! Logitech rant! I sincerely like several other things about this keyboard, and overall I’ve really enjoyed using it, but this one little issues has come up and I have to blow it out of proportion to find a solution. That is… It should report the state of the device clearer. Green flashing doesn’t mean much to me. If it was red or color coordinated. Or there were clear instructions on the back. I would be able to use their device properly. and learn the system instead of having to guess and check, or go find that random tiny piece of paper you gave me with the instructions that I’m suppose to ‘file away’ only to be thrown away next time I move. Anyways. Tell me what’s going on.

Sleep. Everynight we sleep. Every morning we wake up… And every night I have to spend time checking and double checking whether or not my phone has got its alarm set. And at the same time consider what morning is going to be like. How do I know what time to wake up. Will I be warm, will I have slept well. Will it be easy to get out of bed, will I hear my alarm. I hope everythings going to be okay??? I wish I could let my mind at ease about the sleeping process, and have faith that as I lie down everything is ready for me to wake up in the morning comfortably and well rested, but right now that’s not possible. I imagine a world where my alarm device would keep track of my sleeping schedule, understand when I sleep/wakeup the best, what pattern succeeds in me coming too peacefully and hopping right out of bed. When to set the alarm based on my habits/appointments. And guide me into the morning without me having to lurch through it. That would be a fine world.

A Fine World Indeed



Sound and Perception of Senses

This post was inspired by this article found in Gizmodo: Why You Should Never Listen to Ride of the Valkyries While Driving.

Ride of the Valkyries

How amazing that our brains work on a different level than time. When I watch a pot boil, it seems like time is crawling along, dragging me with it just barely creating enough time to get the kettle hot enough to whistle. Then on the other end of the spectrum is spending time with friends or playing a great game of Frisbee that takes hours and squishes it into minutes. I’ve been challenged by this thought a lot. How could this be? Why would the brain allow this to happen?

So my curiosity is in the brains ability to perceive and understand time, and with that goes a whole slew of sense perception questions.

In regards to time and feeling fully alive: I believe the more you are challenged in thought and decision the more time accelerates. For example, when I’m playing Frisbee I make a ton of decisions, and this decision making process is quick and low on technical consideration. I pretty much do exactly what comes naturally to me. The more I think about playing Frisbee the worse it becomes. This is the same for spending time with friends. When I’m having the most fun I forget about everything else and allow auto pilot to take over. The more I decide without reevaluation the faster time goes. I like to call those heighten decision making process times “being in the zone”.

The Gizmodo article states that I should not drive while listening to Flight of the Valkyries because it will make you drive faster, which makes sense because that song has a fast pace. Yet, why does our brain decide to drive faster when we hear a fast song? Is it that our heart rate increases, so going faster provides a counter balancing affect to the increased blood flow? Than why does our heart rate increase? Nothing about that music is physically pushing blood faster? It’s just sound. Does it come from the constant thud of our heart beat? What would music sound like if we didn’t have a heart beat?

Back on another tangent. When travelling I experience periods of confusion (where to go/how to read the ticket), frustration (waiting in line/going through security), being in the zone (following signs/being excited about your destination), and boredom (waiting at the gate, and lots of other waiting) all this contributes so much to my exhaustion. This variation in experiences especially the large bought of boredom, which makes time drag forever, leaves an impression of lots of time passing. Meaning it makes sense that people would be exhausted at the end of day of travel. How do we help people make travel a less exhaustive experience? (Clearer tickets, quicker lines, faster boarding, less delays, easy baggage, easy to and from airport, more red carpet clubs)

Very tangential: What if we had a red carpet club wholly automated. You checked into the room. Vending machine distributed snacks and drinks. Hal provided clear instructions and updates about your flight/how to get to the gate. Nice room, simple chairs plenty of outlets. It wouldn’t cost very much if you implemented good systems to keep everything clean. But I digress.

Food provides such an awesome sensory experience, and is so valuable to what I consider significant and worthwhile in my life. I am very thankful that I was included in so many different family eating rituals. If I eat a meal with any family in any context. I consider a deeper understanding into how they function as a group. Food is something everyone enjoys, so if you do it with your family your going to begin associating your family with this really good thing. At least to a very small degree, and small degrees add up! Food is something I’ll continue to address throughout these posts. Yay food!

IN CLOSING! Senses are essential to our interaction with the world and our sense of time is dependent on what we’re doing. When I want to understand what is happening, or how to improve my life or the lives of those around me. I will remember to consider the depth our senses have to our understanding of the world and its impact on the formation of our personalities.

Here’s a photo of my hand print in some ice crystals!