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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…


Hardships of being with a humanitarian worker

From left to right: me, Nate, Audrey

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…


A funky crew teaches kids math better than a teacher can

Luma and crew, copyright Ululab

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…


When I’m drunk, I get (overly?) philosophical

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

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…


You really only need one good habit to change everything

Photo by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash

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…


The hidden cost of not improving enough

Photo by Hanna Postova on Unsplash

“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…


Actually, most times it is

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

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. …


No, they’re not that easy — because accountability just isn’t easy

Photo by Eddie Jones on Unsplash

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. …


These could help fast-track your career

Photo by Adam Satria on Unsplash

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:

1. Don’t worry about learning languages

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…


Using one of my favourite free online tools — Emberly

Sections of my visual resume on Emberly

Here’s is my (interactive) visual resume in all its glory:

My fully-interaction visual resume

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…

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