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Hello, my name is Danny Forest and I’m a serial entrepreneur and a polymath. I’ve worked professionally as a software engineer, video game producer, writer, photographer, and more. I learn 3 new skills a month and have been doing that for 3 years.
I’m a dad of a newborn and I’ve been with my wife for over 16 years. I love to play video games, travel (I lived as a nomad for about 3 years), write, edit photos…
When Audrey, my wife, left the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet me in Colombia after being apart for six months, I never expected we’d have an argument almost immediately. Sitting on bar stools at a simply decorated Japanese restaurant, I remember her asking me about starting a family.
I wasn’t ready to have that discussion.
After 14 years together I still wasn’t ready to have a child. Yet four years prior, when all our friends seemed to have babies, she had already started pressuring me to have a baby.
It was a hard time in our relationship. We…
Full disclaimer: I worked and am still working on this game. I’m a senior backend engineer for the makers of Math Makers — Ululab
*I’ll refer to Luma the llama as a “she” but in all honesty, no one really knows if she’s a female or a male…
It started out as a lovely day for Luma the llama. After playing in the rice fields all day, Luma went for a well-deserved bath (in a proper bathtub with shower curtains no less!).
Little did she know that her whole life would be disrupted shortly after.
You see, Luma had become…
I don’t know about you, but I have multiple stages of drunkness. At stage one, after a beer or two, I’m just tired. At stage two, after a few more, I’m joyful. At stage three, the furthest I’ve been to, I get philosophical. Like, let’s-discover-the-meaning-of-life kind of philosophical.
What follows is one of those moments. But don’t get the drunken state fool you because what’s coming is dead serious.
Let’s start with a simple question: do you know what makes a game fun?
Is it because you’re in a simulated universe you have yet to discover?
Is it because you can…
From January 2018 to December 2020, I wrote daily in the morning. I went from being a hobbyist to a professional writer, writing over 700 stories and 4 books along the way. When things started getting too serious, I completely withdrew from the profession.
For the first six months, I didn’t miss it.
Then, looking back, I realized I was drifting off. I stopped working out in the morning. I felt low on energy. All my good habits went out the window. I realized I had lost the self-awareness I worked so hard to get.
I was wondering why it…
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
Are you familiar with the concept of inflation?
If not, here’s Investopedia’s definition:
Inflation is a quantitative measure of the rate at which the average price level of a basket of selected goods and services in an economy increases over some period of time. It is the rise in the general level of prices where a unit of currency effectively buys less than it did in prior periods. Often expressed as a percentage, inflation thus indicates a decrease in the purchasing power of a nation’s currency.
Here’s how it…
I used to be a gadget freak. Every time something new came up, I felt the urge to buy it. I’d rush online the minute it would go live and be the first to purchase it. I collected every gadget and every game I could get my hands on.
“A new iPhone is out! I must purchase it!”
“A new flat-screen TV! I must simply get it!”
“A new video game console! There’s no way I’m passing that!”
I was materialistic beyond measure. I derived my sense of accomplishment on how many high-tech gadgets I owned. …
Recently, I signed up for a nearby climbing gym. To help keep me accountable, I decided I would go for a brief period of 30 minutes daily. While this won’t make a pro climber any time soon, it will be enough to create a habit out of it.
Sure enough, there are pointers telling me I’m on the right track already. The first pointer is that I hurt my ankle recently and the thought of not going to the gym sounds terrible to me. So I’ll still go but do other stuff like stretching and working out. …
It’s hard for me to believe, but I’ve been programming for about half of my life. Along the way, I’ve learned things through experience that I wish I could have learned faster.
The best programmers are way more than good coders. As such, this list doesn’t include any technical advice. Rather, it breaks myths and preaches self-development.
Here are 10 things I wish I had known earlier in my career:
Even if job descriptions ask for tons of experience in languages, the best programmers aren’t those that have perfected a language or knows the ins and outs of many languages…
Here’s is my (interactive) visual resume in all its glory:
I’ve been an Emberly user since the day it launched in Alpha and have been using it in a variety of ways. I’ve used it to build skill trees mostly, but one way that never fails to impress people is for building a personal visual resume, like the above.
Every time I share my visual resume, people are either impressed or intrigued or both. Either way, it gets people talking. And that’s good, my friend!
I’ve hired people in the past and a surefire way for…