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Brock's Bytes - September 11th, 2022

Brock Herion
Brock Herion
Hey there! As always, thank you for taking the time to read Brock’s Bytes and I hope you enjoy this week’s edition.

This week really flew by! Having Monday off for Labor Day made things go by faster.
I spent this week focusing on improving my processes for various things. I made minor adjustments to my Notion boards for my programming projects and started working on a new dashboard to manage my goals, which I’ll talk about later on. I’ve found that having good processes helps me stay focused and get more done.
Speaking of programming, I knocked out quite a few tasks for some freelance projects. I also spent time just refactoring the code and cleaning it up. It felt good to see I was removing a lot more than I was adding in each pull request. Doing this cleanup helped show me how much I learned over the course of a few months. It’s an excellent motivator to keep going and keep building.
I found this awesome Minecraft build
While browsing, this article caught my attention. I am a huge From Software fan and have played every game in the Soulsborne Ring series. This Minecraft build from Potomy (@potomy) perfectly captures the essence of Bloodborne, which happens to be not just my favorite game in the series, but my favorite game of all time. The attention to detail is incredible, invoking the same awe and dread the original game does. If you’re a fan of these games, you need to check out the build.
I still haven’t worked on Chirpmark
One of the things on my long list of to-dos is to keep working on Chirpmark. In short, Chirpmark is an app I’ve been building for organizing and managing your Twitter bookmarks. I have a couple of bugs to fix still and features to implement. I got tied up working on other projects and haven’t had a chance to come back to it yet. Next week I’m planning on dedicating time to working on it. If you’re interested in getting access now and want to help test the app, you can shoot me an email or DM me on Twitter.
I created a goal tracker in Notion
Continuing my “I want to do all of the things in Notion trend”, I spent time this week setting up goal trackers for myself. At a high level, I created a database with areas in my life where my goals pertain. Underneath that, I have a database of goals I would like to achieve before the end of the year. Connected to that are general actions I need to take to achieve that goal, and under that, I have actual action items I can complete. I might change my area database to be my five-year goals instead, as I feel like that works better for my overall goal planning. I still have a few things to add to it, but overall I’m happy with how it’s turnout out so far.
I started writing a script for a YouTube video
Making YouTube videos is something I’ve talked about doing for a long time. After brainstorming possible ideas, I decided my first video is going to be about why I became a software developer. I had tried making videos before, mostly short programming tutorials. I found that I don’t like creating content like that and soon stopped making videos entirely. I think that this video will be a great way to get back into YouTube and keep me engaged with making videos as well. Keep an eye on my Twitter page to know when the video goes live.
I learned about pattern matching in Elixir
Still working through Elixir, I finally made my way to the section on pattern matching. Pattern matching is a big part of functional programming. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit tricky to wrap my head around. I think it’s because of how Elixir handles it. The equal sign is actually a match operator, so whatever you put on the left will be matched with whatever is on the right. Coming from languages like TypeScript, this is a hard thing for me to pick up. I’m a hands-on learner, so I think spending a little more time writing and using it will really help me out. You can check out the lesson on pattern matching here
I exercised every day this week
I usually start the week strong by getting up early, going to the gym, and doing a bunch of other stuff. By Friday, I’m hitting snooze until I have to get up. This week, I actually worked out every day. I didn’t go to the gym every day, but I did push myself to do at least 20 minutes of something. Whether it was lifting, running, or a bodyweight workout, I pushed myself to stay active. Because of this, I found myself less stressed out and more focused during the week. I also want to give a shoutout to the #fitdevs community on Twitter for their support and encouragement. Overall I’m sore but happy with how much I was able to do with my fitness this week.
I started creating on TikTok
Here’s an interesting one, I actually started making content for TikTok. I don’t have too many videos yet, but I actually had fun making them. They mostly focus on my life as a developer, with the videos being about making coffee and my desk setup, but I have some fun ideas for day-in-the-life stuff, as well as some programming-specific things. You can follow me on TikTok @brockheriondev. I also post them on Instagram, along with some other cool stuff. You can find me on Instagram @brock_herion.
I’ve been following D23
I’ve been a Disney fan for my entire life, and this year’s D23 expo has not disappointed me yet. While I’m excited by all the new Star Wars and Marvel content coming out, the real treats for me this year have been the theme parks. My family travels to Disney World in Orlando annually and has started making trips out to Anaheim to go to Disneyland. Both parks are getting some awesome new attractions and experiences. The most exciting thing for me will the Hatbox Ghost coming to the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion. The Haunted Mansion is my favorite ride in any Disney park, and as of now, the Hatbox Ghost can only be found in Disneyland’s version of the ride. I’m sure the other new rides and enhancements will be a lot of fun, but I’m a sucker for The Haunted Mansion and its history. I’m really excited about this and all the other awesome things coming out.
That’s a wrap!
As always, thank you for reading and I hope you learned something new! If you enjoyed it, please consider sharing.
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Until next time - Brock
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