Friday, November 22, 2013

Hackcess in Paris

TL;DR see storify.

First of all many thanks to @chhhcloe for inviting me to Hackcess:

I just came across the project you developed during the Accessibility hackathon and I really like the concept.

So, I'm more than happy to invite you the week-end of November 15th-17th in Paris where we are organizing Hackcess, a hackathon to solve accessibility and mobility challenges, in partnership with SNCF (French Railway company) and OpenStreetMap.

(the LeapMotion accessibility hack - - just for reference)

I was greatly honoured that's for sure :) Existential digression - I'm still fairly young - at age of 28 I'm happy that someone pays for my travel (it means that I add value) and I'm still happy to explore. I believe that this an exceptional occasion to network and talk with people I wont meet by staying at home. Organizers were really helpful and we agreed that I come along with team of my choice. You won't image how difficult it was!

Very cool of you - bit short notice for me though :-)

Hey thanks for the offer, unfortunately my November is a bit booked up

One person - Bonam - founder of - was keen to travel with me but as citizen of India it would be difficult to obtain visa (for non-European readers: there is EU, UK and "Schengen" zone). I was really glad @pornelski accepted the offer - he is the expert and I was extremely happy to work with him.

So here we are in Paris. Eurostar was fairly expensive. Normally I couldn't afford it or just choose mid-week departure. On this occasion I believe someone made a very good deal by inviting so many smart people under one roof.

[coding, programming, designing, discussing, little sleep]

And yet again I was there - surrounded by people who are just like me. Who come from different locations and speak different languages but have passion for creation. I love taking part in hackathons - where you work ruthlessly or just hang around with extremely smart people. So yes... After 48hrs the projects were finished and from time perspective I would like to share some final thoughts.

I'm not a codebreaker 

(simple challenge via GCHQ was far beyond my reach)

I'm not a designer

(note the toolset)

Am I a coder? 

I would rather think of me as - current job pays my bills but longer term I would like to achieve more freedom. Speaking of code see this snippet by @pornelski:
(there is beauty in here)

"autopoi" means point of interest that is autopopulated. It will make more sense if you see the finished app: - user can select points of interest and then traveling salesman does the rest.
You can also see in code:
- no quotes on attributes
- form / label / role
- aria-live

Clean, semantic code. And several APIs all taking to each other. On my part I did some map interactions and used jQuery mobile desktop development template - a tiny project that makes mobile apps more digestible on the larger screen.

And this my favourite project form the weekend - rarely seen open hardware shoe:

Many thanks!

PS. Initially we wanted to do some fancy stuff with latest and greatest Nexus5 but one of the features is not just there yet - see this question on Android Beam NFC... 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Silicon Milkroundabout | Creativity is Evil

Today is the day when everyone is tweeting about TechCrunch article - 3 beards - nice one!

At the same time I see tweets about another startup event - Silicon Milkroundabout (6th edition).

We are all connected - I still remember first edition of the latter - see my photoset on Flickr. Michael Acton made the best presentation ever (throwing MindCandies all over the place). But being a photographer didn't get me a job. Begging to get a job, didn't get me a job (sell your mistake). Being different didn't get me a job.

(trust me, I was the only guy wearing suit at the startup event)

Differentiate or die?

Creativity is *EVIL*. Shut up. Noone hires you for being "creative". Your job is to do your job, nothing else. There are metrics, checkins, sprints, releases, stakeholders. I want to challenge these (substantially true) statements... 

Would you like to work with me for a week? (all other human species in my flat is travelling mid January)

(you know where to find me)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Work from home

From this day on, when searching for "working from home" please include me and my little daughter:

I do actually want to work from home and I've this link with couple of US based companies. Unfortunately costs of living in the UK are relatively high and as long as I'm here I'm not willing to compete with 10$/hr freelancers on Elance or oDesk.

Jenna just created a blogpost about working remotely. You know all that stuff, specifically this term - content marketing. Being a content producer is never easy. I still remember 2005 and my first proper job in for the largest web portal in Poland. I wrote couple articles about completely unknown topics - welcome to the media.

This blog is hosted on blogger so the photo above is hosted on Picasa. If the unlikely event that the internet goes down there is Yahoo and Flickr.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Money as the only validation

Yet another big strategic mistake. I was so happy to receive an offer I've accepted it straight away. In that way I sent a signal to a buyer - it's not worth it and he hasn't paid.

Wish I knew how the Escrow works, wish I knew that buyer can approach seller without cash in hand. Yet...

24th Oct 2013

7th Nov 2013

Money is the only validation, this is the only factor that counts. BTW - would you like to buy the domain - ? :)

(you know where to find me)

[update] 6th Dec 2013

I was keen to accept 200$ offer but I couldn't find big button to do this. Apparently I haven't done so the offer increased!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013