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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…
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…
In 2021 I’ve failed so many of my mornings. I’d wake up and play video games for an hour before starting anything productive. When came time to do the things I had to do, I didn’t feel like it. I was still immersed in my games.
Most people are like me. Maybe they don’t play video games, but they have something they use/do first thing in the morning to procrastinate.
What is it for you?
Social media is a common one. Watching the news or TV is also popular. …