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Brock's Bytes - September 5th, 2022

Brock Herion
Brock Herion
Hey there! I’m sorry this issue is a day late. I spent this weekend celebrating Labor Day with my family and didn’t have too much time to write.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read Brock’s Bytes and I hope you enjoy this week’s edition.

Happy Labor Day to all my friends in the US! I hope everybody is enjoying the long weekend and staying safe. I spent mine with family eating delicious food and drinking tasty drinks.
This week I got to work on side projects, complete Leetcode problems, and learn a new programming language. I’m trying to dedicate a little bit of time to my side things every day and self-care to avoid burnout.
I tend to go all in on whatever I’m grinding, then wear myself out and lose motivation. I’ve been working on taking time for myself each day and building habits around improving my physical and mental health. These small things will have a tremendous and positive impact on my future.
Now without further ado, let’s get into this week’s bytes!
I tinkered with Elixir
I tinkered a little bit with Elixir this week. I kept hearing about it and wanted to give it a try. Elixir is a functional programming language with syntax similar to Ruby. Learning not just a new programming language, but a new paradigm as well will help make me a better developer. Right now, I’m learning basic syntax and principles on It’s a great resource for getting started.
I started using Rider
I started using Rider at work as opposed to Visual Studio. For my day job, I use primarily C# and React/TypeScript. My setup was Visual Studio for C# work and Visual Studio Code for React. VS Code is fantastic for TS and React work, but less so for C#. Even with the improvements made to Visual Studio 2022, I still find it slow, clunky, and full of small annoyances that slowly eat away at your soul. I installed Rider and have been nothing but impressed. Rider is much faster, has some amazing features, and incredible TS/React support. I now use a single editor to do all my work in. The only downside with it is there is no free version. If you’re interested in Rider, you can check it out on the JetBrains website
I’ve been drinking espresso from Lazazza beans
Making coffee is one of my most important morning rituals. When I don’t brew a pot, I’m usually brewing espresso. I’ve been enjoying this medium espresso roast from Lavazza. Whether I’m making a latte or want to sip on some espresso, these beans pack a lot of flavors. If you’re a coffee fan like me, you can’t go wrong with these beans
I’ve been playing Elden Ring
Now that patch 1.06 is out, I started playing Elden Ring again. I had put it down for a while because I lost all my PC save data when I upgraded my hardware. I started my new game on my PS5 and I’m having a great time with it. It’s incredible that after playing through the game once, I’m still finding new areas and secrets within the world. There’s no doubt that Elden Ring will go down as one of my favorite games of all time.
I changed my VS Code theme
I change my VS Code theme more often than I want to admit. I recently just changed back to morgan. codes from poimandres theme. I had been using poimanders for some time, and while I really like the color palette, it started to become a little dull for me. I like having a lot of vibrant colors in my themes, and provides that without being too overbearing. It’s one of my favorite dark themes! Check it out on the VS Code marketplace
I got back into my freelance projects
I got back into the swing of working on my freelance projects. It’s the time of year when my projects start to ramp up in terms of work, so I buckled down and dove back into the code. One particular project has been a treat to come back to. I’ve learned a ton since I last touched it and have spent a lot of time cleaning up the UI and simplifying the codebase for it. I love it when my pull requests remove more code than they add. I can’t wait to work on this one!
I made more Notion templates
Last week I went a bit crazy and created Notion templates for everything related to content creation. This week, I made templates for managing my freelance and side projects. I can see exactly what needs to get done for them, quickly add new tasks, manage notes and documents, and more. I’ll keep expanding the template to be more useful as the need arises, but as of right now I’m super happy with it. If you’re interested in it, send me a message and I’d be more than happy to share it!
I did leg day
I’ve been pushing myself to get into the gym more and to prioritize my physical health. I usually love working my arms and core and despise leg day. My legs have always been scrawny and have made me a bit self-conscious. I decided I didn’t want to feel that way anymore and have been pushing myself to work on them more. I’ve started doing more running and cycling when I go to the gym and dedicating one day a week to my legs. I don’t hate it as much as I used to and, after a few weeks, can see a difference in muscle mass and strength. It’s great seeing the work I put in at the gym pay off!
That's a wrap!
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Until next time,
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