Keeping a coding journal

September 7, 2014

Last weekend I bought a new notebook (as in pen and paper notebook, not a laptop). I’ve always had a few notebooks laying around, I usually use them for writing up things that I need to remember, but never complete sentences. For example, when working, if I need to remember the width of an item I might write up that number, but nothing else. Or writing up small arithmetic calculations, but without any context, making the notes useless a few days later.

So this time I thought I’d take a different approach, I read somewhere that taking notes, might improve your ability to remember things [citation needed]. Allegedly, this is because writing with a pen slows you down enough that you have to contemplate on what to write, forcing you to think about the problem in an other way.

The point of taking notes, for me, is not to go back later for the notes, but to actually write them down, and think about how I’d explain the issue in plain text. This will help me first and foremost to take time and analyze the problem, but also force me think about it in layman terms. The second thing that I get out of this exercise is to improve my hand writing. I haven’t really used my hand writing for anything since I graduated school. For those note counting, that would be 7-8 years since I actually used a pen and paper for writing out complete sentences.

I’ve successfully been able to write down problems and solutions through out this first week, is this something I’ll continue with? I don’t know, so far I’ve liked it, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to keep up with it.

Breakfast like a pro

breakfast

We’ve enjoyed a nice and pleasant autumn weekend. Both days of which have started with a breakfast at a café nearby. And yes, for those wondering, this is content filler.

drinking_coffee

Photo time!

These last few weeks I’ve been out and about, visiting places from the book “100 cool places in Stockholm”. These week I decided not to go by the book (no pun intended), the reason is simply because I don’t want my weekly update to become, “All the places from this one book”. But I still want to take pictures. So instead of choosing a destination, I took my camera (or actually both of my cameras) and went out for a stroll.

slussen

I started off at slussen. I had seen pictures taken from the top of Katarina hissen, and I wanted to see what kind of viewpoint you could get there. My first reaction as I got up there was that this would be an awesome place to make a timelapse during a winter evening.

katarina_hissen

For those who don’t know what katarina hissen is, it’s the tower to the left in the above image.

riksdagen

I kept walking, actually not taking any pictures. I walked through Gamla Stan and came to the bridge connecting the Swedish Parliament island (Helgeandsholmen) to the island of Gamla Stan.

As I continued down Drottningsgatan, I decided to go visit Paulina (she was at work). Her shift was going to end in two hours, so I went and got a photo magazine, and spent the rest of the evening reading through it at a café located nearby.

war_photography

Usually I dislike photography magazines, mostly because they are either full of advertisement, or filled with reviews of gear (advertisement disguised as content), but this magazine, British Journal of Photography, was actually really good, and there were almost no ads (at least in the beginning, haven’t yet read through it completely).

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