Why I don't freelance


I got interested in tech and programming, one of the reasons why I wanted to do it was because it allowes working remotely. Staying home, getting some money and avoiding the office treadmill. In 2016, I learned some HTML, CSS and Javascript and jumped on trying to get a job on upwork. I succeeded within less than a week, and a first normal client appeared, willing to pay me just enough to cover my bills. Then, after about half of a year from that, I quit working like that and here is why:

Assembled a puzzle


I never done puzzles growing up. And it was interesting for me to try it and to see how it goes. So, one day at a book store (where I was with my wife), we saw a section for puzzles. We decided to pick a simple one with a monkey that contained 120 pieces.

On writing by Stepen King -- a review


I don’t know what to say about the book in the introduction, because the title is, pretty much, self explanatory. However, I’d like to mention that I’ve written down some key points from his book.

Also, it’s two big sections – the first one with his memories and bio and the second one is with his advices for wanna be writers.

Kira and a Dog Named Money by Bodo Schäfer -- a review


This book seems to target kids but could be useful for adults as well. It has lots of tips how to handle finances wrapped around in a fairy tale type of story about a little girl and her dog.

The approach proposed is rather a careful one and very wise in the nature. I wrote down some nice advices and I’d recomend reading it to almost anybody, especially, to people who may have problems in the financial life.

Catching the big fish by David Lynch -- an opinion


The book is strange to me because I don’t really like the ideas in it about meditating. Lynch talks about it on almost every page, bringing it up again and again.

The book is quite short, also it left me with a feeling that the thinking, expressed in it is just too strange, too abstract for me.

I can understand his interest in art, painting and film making. But the arguments used throughout it about meditation seem pretty much like some stuff you could find in a spiritual book.

The passionate programmer by Chad Fowler -- the key ideas


Week 49 of 2017, 16th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I read the book a while ago and it’s the time to put on some notes I made on the blog.

A strange this about the book is that whenever I look at the notes, expressed as points in the list below, it seems to be another common sense ish stuff, but in the actual book it made a lot of sense because each of the bullets I’ve written has also a story behind it, a practical example of a situation in which it was useful to apply a principle.

El diario


Week 47 of 2017, 15th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)


Me acosté muy tarde, no pudo dormir. Tambien encontré un blog sobre literatura japones y videojuegos, escrito por una profesor. No me he acostumbrado completamente a trabajar en una oficina, con muy poco del tiempo despúes. Comé el girasol en la noche. Por un razon obscuro no sabía que la palabra agua es masculino.

El diario


Week 46 of 2017, 14th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Sábado, 18 de noviembre de 2017

Miré una pelicula, el crimen perfecto de Álex de la Iglesia. Generalmente, no me gusta el cine como eso con alguien que trata de encontrar la verdad sobre un crimen. Tambien la pelicula parece muy concentrada redonde policia y el corte…

El nombre del creador fue familiar a mi y busqué por más detalles. Alex es un director muy conocido y he visto su otra pelicula, las brujas.

Además tiene un libro, que voy a leer. Es en libro cómico sobre La semana grande. Nunca he oído nada sobre la fiesta, pero es normal.

Pelicula Gestación filmada por Esteban Ramírez -- mi opinión


Week 44 of 2017, 13th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Acabo de terminar la pelicula hoy. Countinuo ver cine en Español para mejorar mi comprención de la cultura. Ahora estoy escribiendo sobre una pelicula de Costa Rica.

Un poco sobre LISP


Week 41 of 2017, 12th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Puedo entender ahora la situación con lenguas programaticas mejor que en el pasado. Un año antes dije que C y JavaScript son muy simulares pero entonces obtenido más experiencia con programacion y veo que C tiene un paradigma diferente y que usado para programar aplicaciónes que exigente más recursos del systemas.

Revisiónes de anime


Week 40 of 2017, 11th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Hola! Tengo que practicar Español más y debo hacer posts en el idioma en mi blog. Es un primero post en que voy a hablar sobre pocos animes que he visto.

Completed another item from the bucket list -- watched some anime


Week 38 of 2017, 10th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I never really liked anime. That’s totally ok, but I was one of the people who critisized it without ever wathing. But one day I decided that if I want to say how weird it’s, I should at least check it out and get some experience wathing it, it’d not hurt me to see a couple of things.

The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers by Robert Martin -- a summary


Week 38 of 2017, 9th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Here is a summary from another book about the career aspect of programming. The post does not have any watery stuff, I tried to write down just the key ideas, pure and concentrated.

The important (to me) programming languages


Week 35 of 2017, 8th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Since there’re plenty of programming languages and the number is growing, it’s pretty obvious that a human can’t keep up with all of them. So it’s necessary to choose, to filter them.

The art of software testing by Glenford Myers -- a summary


Week 33 of 2017, 7th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I really liked the book because from what it seems to me, it gives a good overview of testing in general, and, especially, the psychology of testing.

Below I’d like to point out the key moments from there.

Completed an item from my bucket list -- learning how to cook kebabs


Week 31 of 2017, 6th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I’ve finished an item from my bucket list. I’m really happy about it. I haven’t gotten out camping making kebabs in my life much, actually, I’ve never done it. Once I’ve eaten kebabs made by my uncle, that was really nice. But I wanted to try making my own.

And, finally, this weekend, I did it!

Sample test tasks


Week 29 of 2017, 5th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Sometimes I might feel like dabbling into a technology that is new for me. And it’s nice to have some kind of standardized test task for it. I don’t like to spend a lot of time doing boring pointless little coding exercises if it could be avoided with something more meaningful.

So, below is the text of a simple application that I want to save here. If I ever feel like messing around with Java, PHP, C#.NET, Clojure or a new front-end JavaScript framework, I might just do the task as well without thinking what to do.

It could save a lot of time.

If I ever find more test tasks I like, I’ll update the post by adding the new ones.

How to travel around the world with no money, a TEDx talk by Tomislav Perko -- a summary


Week 28 of 2017, 4th post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

TEDx could be amazing in a way, even though some of the talks aren’t good at all, others might be too political or just dull. But in general, it’s a really great place for finding some short videos about interesting experiences of other people.

I was so fascinated by the guy talking about backpack traveling that I decided to write down the key moments from the speech and publish it on the blog.

It might seem silly to people who have had travel experiences but for me, a person who never been outside of Ukraine and literally has no traveling experience whatsoever, that short funny video was as insightful as much as it was fun to watch.

More unreviwed books -- short summaries, part 2


Week 25 of 2017, 3rd post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Another bunch of books that I read within 3rd year and got to publish my opinions on now:

  • Fluent in 3 months by Benny Lewis

  • Just for fun by Linus Torvalds

  • Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio Cangiano

  • I’m the same as everybody else and How to become a businessman by Oleg Tinkov

A healthy way to live - the key aspects


Week 23 of 2017, 2nd post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I’ve been thinking about a good way to live, a way that would allow a human like me to stay healthy as long as it’s possible, to stay a good learner of new things. Below is what I’ve figured out.

Opinion on some unreviewed books from the last year, part 1


Week 22 of 2017, 1st post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

I haven’t reviewed some books that I intented (I finished all of them by May 23rd of 2017, so they’re unreviewed books from the 3rd year), I just want to write brief opinion on each since there’re quite a lot of them.

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

  • Fugitives And Refugees: A Walk In Portland, Oregon by Chuck Palahniuk

  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  • Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin and Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly by Bertrand Meyer

  • The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas

  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

  • Babel No More by Michael Erard

  • Bioinformatics for Dummies by Cedric Notredame and Jean-Michel Claverie

  • A textbook on highload systems

Year hightlights, 3 years since


Week 21 of 2017

I like to review a year not on my birthday or Christmas, but around April or May. So, below are some things happened to me since May 25 of 2016 till May 25 of 2017:

I keep integrating blogging into my life, even more now


Week 20 of 2017

I like blogging a lot, I’d not want to fail it long-term. So when I freak out, in addition to the reasons I mentioned before, I’ve come up with another way to keep it going.

The value of picking up things from other professions


Week 19 of 2017

Coming from more than one background, you may start to notice some tools or ideas that should be known by people outside of the area as well. Simply because the tools or the ideas are so significant or important that they could benefit much more people.

Tables: my pet project


Week 19 of 2017

A picture of dog that I drew in photoshop

Recently, I made a list of things I’d like to do in my free time within the next five years. The list included an entry “make a site potentially useful for other people”. So, I have finished some time ago.

A mind for numbers by Barbara Oakley -- a summary


Week 18 of 2017


Finally went through the book. It also has a corresponding course online, a really popular one.

The book tells about basics of learning, but uses really nice, simple analogies to explain stuff. I envy a lot middle school kids, who would read it. I wish, I had something like that when I was 12-15.

But even now, there’re things to pick up for me, for example, I used to treat breaks during working or learning as somethings bad, more like a distruction etc.

My motivation for blogging


Week 16 of 2017

Here, in this post, I’d like to write about what keeps me blogging. Especially, since I don’t have that much of blogging experience under the belt, what could help me not to quit blogging in the future.

Man's search for meaning by Viktor Frankl


Week 15 of 2017

I heard about the book for the first time from some Russian self help author, who wrote about it in his review on different types of psychotherapy. Ever since then, I wanted to read it, but was putting it off until recently I finished the book.

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware by Andy Hunt -- my opinion


Week 13 of 2017
  • The book, basically, has bunch of fluff, trying to promote developing the right side of the brain;

  • It targets programmers and other technical guys;

Land the tech job you love by Andy Lester -- my opinion


Week 12 of 2017

So, I read the book, below is a short summary:

  • The book brings up some really fundamental things about being a programmer/developer – how to sell yourself as a professional;

TDD by example, Человек-оружие and Апгрейд обезьяны -- summaries and my opinion


Week 11 of 2017

TDD by example by Kent Beck:

TDD as a methodology has been around for a while, some people like it, some admit it’s nice but don’t use it. In this book, there’s an effort to explain it with a lot of practical coding samples.

An opinion about 'Аритмия чувств' by Janusz Wiśniewski and Dorota Wellman


Week 10 of 2017

Why did I choose it

I decided to go through it because I wanted to find out more about the man. He seemed a smart person, the guy holds two Phds – in chemistry and informatics and also two masters degree in economics and physics. Also, he is a popular chick writer in Poland, his books were or still are doing good. It impressed me a lot, so I wanted to know more about his lifestyle, about what is his secret to productivity and such an intense life.