Summary of the week from 02.10.2017

True Iron Bloggers:

David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) :
Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :
Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) in Harry Tilley’s Blog :

The lazy ones:

Eliminated because of excessive debt:

Cash register:

this week: 15  €
total: 140 €
payed: 0 €
spend: 0 €

Debts:

  • David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -25€ or 5 good deeds
  • Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) – 10 € or 2 good deeds (on hold/holidays)
  • Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) –  20 € or 4 good deed
  • Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • Christine Graf (@christinegraf) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • David M.Wampamba   –  5 € or 1 good deed
  • Dick Olsson – 5€ or 1 good deed

Iron blogger break (can come back for free until 31.07.25.08.2017)

  • Manfred Gosch (since 19.06.2017)

Previously retired (all debts paid – can come back for free):

  • Juergen Rinck (since 26.06.2016)
  • Daniel Roohnikan (since 17.04.2017)

Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):

  • Joeri Poesen (@jpoesen)  (since 10.07.2017)
  • Osbert Mwijukye (since 03.04.2017)
  • Moein Rezaei (since 26.06.2017)
  • Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
  • Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)

Wohin?

So, jetzt habe ich ewig überlegt wie ich meine Hardware aktualisiere. Den entscheidenden Anstoss gab schliesslich ein Talk auf der Drupalcon in Wien. Ich habe im Apple Store alles ausprobiert und habe mir ein iPadPro mit Tastatur, Stift und Apple SIM gekauft. Ich habe es seit 24 Stunden und bin beeindruckt. Es funktioniert! Ich habe …

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Strange situations on a Saturday

Yesterday I was pretty busy all day, meeting friends and my sister, driving to IKEA and organizing stuff. I spent a fair amount of time in the subway driving to different places.
I drove my bike to work all sumer and fall long, so there wasn't a lot of occasions when I had to take the subway, but yesterday, I realized, that this is where you actually meet a lot of people!

First thing in the morning, on my way to IKEA, there was an older lady with her two grandchildren, trying to buy a ticket in the subway. She was searching her pockets for coins because she only had bank notes, so she then asked a woman across from me if she was able to change her 5-Euro-bill to coins, but she wasn't. So I checked my wallet aswell, but didn't have enough coins either. When she asked her grandson then, if he only had 30 Cents left in his pockets, because that's all that was lacking, I gave her the 30 Cents, she smiled and thanked me and that was it.

Next thing, I was standing in the IKEA checkout area, packing my stuff, when a teenage girl approached me, giggling and asking if I had a handkerchief for her. I did and I gave it to her and she went away to her also giggling friend and I really wondered, what the hell was so funny, but somehow I had to laugh myself at the situation too.

On my way back home, I was waiting at the subway staring at my phone, scrolling through Instagram, when a very sweet little girl, maybe 10 years old, came by and stopped in front of me. I was a bit confused at first, because she was dressed like a little punk, with a black leather chocker with metal chains on it, really fucked up sneakers and messy hair, and she seemed so mature, that for one second I was wondering if this was a grown, but very, very small and frail woman. But then she asked, in a very high squeaky voice, if she may borrow my phone because hers had just run out of credit and she needed to call a friend. So I gave her my phone, she made her call and then she handed me back my phone, smiled very funny at me and went away.

Normally, this kind of interaction with strangers happen to me every other month and are no big deal, but these three situations, all following eachother in one day were really strange and left me wondering, what it was about.

But they left me with a happy feeling, so maybe, that's all it was about.

Wat is het verschil in onze Fantasie collecties!

Velen onder u denken dat fantasie juwelen lage kwaliteit juwelen zijn, gemaakt in lage loonkost landen. Voor een groot deel is dit ook zo, maar voor een klein deel is dit anders. Harry Tilley heeft vanaf 2017 buiten zijn andere collectie's ook een goedkopere Fantasie-lijn!!
Wat houd dit in?
Wij hebben verschillende juwelen in deze lijn. Op dit moment vind je een breed assortiment aan armbanden, oorbellen en hangers. 
Onze Fantasie-lijn is gemaakt uit goede kwaliteit materialen zoals staal, verzilverd koper, half edelsteentjes ... 
Al onze juwelen zijn nikkel vrij en worden met zorg door Harry Tilley vervaardigd.
Wat is het verschil met de andere collecties?
Harry Tilley heeft verschillende collecties uit eigen hand gemaakt, hier een korte samenvatting!
Harry Tilley PUR-line
Volledig van A tot Z gemaakt en getekend uit de hand van Harry Tilley. 
Materialen: 925 zilver (natuurlijk, verguld of zilver met natuurlijke patines)
Stenen: half-edelstenen - Swarovski Christal - Zirconia Christal
Harry Tilley GEM-line
Harry Tilley koopt elementjes en prachtige Gem-stones (half-edelstenen) en maakt hier prachtige betaalbare juwelen mee!
Materialen: 925 zilver - staal
Stenen: half-edelstenen en natuurlijke materialen zoals coco's hout...
Harry Tilley INFI-line
Simpele juwelen gemaakt in 925 zilver met hoofdzakelijk Swarovski en Zirconia steentjes
Materialen: 925 zilver (natuurlijk, verguld of zilver met natuurlijke patines)
Stenen: Swarovski Christal - Zirconia Christal
Harry Tilley TIB en STA-line >> Fantasie juweeltjes <<
Juwelen met een grote variatie aan stijlen en materialen zoals koper verzilverd, staal, alle soorten parels en Gemstones ..... Met deze collectie wil hij meer naar fashion zaken en klanten werken, met juwelen aan kleine prijsjes maar toch nog kwaliteitsvol!
Materialen: koper verzilverd - staal.....
Stenen: half-edelstenen en natuurlijke materialen zoals coco's hout.
Neem een kijkje naar onze verschillende collecties >> 
PUR-line  -  GEM-line . -  INFI-line . -  TIB-line

What will be able to do in 2018?

From experience I know either set your goals for the new year a few months before the end of the current year and be guaranteed some success or end wondering why you’re not developing as some of your colleagues and age mate. Not to mean to compete though, just emphasizing taking full responsibility.

Last year, I planned to be a better coder, tech trainer, team member than the years before.

At the moment of this writing am enjoying every moment I spend with fellow founders and employees at Gagawala Graphics limited. A branding agency located in Kampala, Uganda along Nasser road, where I double as a web developer and operations manager. We intentionally work in an open work space, producing crystal  clear prints, graphics, webs and mobile apps. Doubling responsibilities has never been as easy as said however much it’s a joy to see accomplishments in a good timing and through a peaceful way. Ours is a brand where people don’t get bigger salaries but everyone reports at work everyday, inclusive weekends sometimes.

Towards mid 2016, I met someone who would actually be a fellow coder and great friend. I hadn’t found a challenge before until I met him. We shared ideas about our work and personal goals. You can really see someone energized and ready to face any code challenge in favor of helping businesses improve. He sets himself deadlines and meets them most of the time, he loves to help out friends if they are failing with a code challenge. It’s for Ronkas that I manned up and coded my first ever Hybrid Mobile app, which has taken me about 10 months. Being able to extend WordPress and build a custom API which serves our mobile app, has not only challenged me, it has made me a better coder and a web developer.

I have also held a couple of tech training classes throughout this year teaching the basics of technology in local communities, to web development at Hostalite Cyber Academy and Metajua a coffee processing company.

To be sincere am happy 2017 have achieved some and looking to 2018’s task. So what’s in the goals?

Languages.

With the availability of internet which looks to get cheaper next year, I hope to use this opportunity to learn some French and Swahili, which will be a big inspiration for the taking on Chinese. China an interesting country that I would love to visit someday maybe to import some tech items to my country or even export skills. I decide to learn French, because I love it and am looking forward to make friends which our neighbors in Kenya and would love to communicate effectively as much as possible.

Career upgrade

My path into technology started with selling translated movies to being a typing to serving in an internet cafe as assistant helping clients who were not comfortable to search on their own, repairing and troubleshooting computers and networking them to make sure they share resources efficiently.

During my free time, I could learn about coding in HTML, PHP and little bit of JavaScript. When I left internet cafes, I co-found a business offering computer repair, network setups and consultation to internet cafes and small offices. Cutting the long story short I was aspiring to be a web designer which have done for some years and now want to upgrade to web and hybrid mobile app development. That said, in the new year I should be a MEAN or MERN stack developer. Able to use Mongo db, Express, ReactNative and NodeJs efficiently.

Music

As of now all I can say is that the piano has got 8 notes which are C, D, E, F, G, H, A, B also called 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 keys on the scale. These notes run across the low and high pitch sides whereby the low pitch is the left whereas the high pitch is the right of the piano. The player has got 10 fingers numbered started from the thumb as 1 to the little(pinky) as 5,

At the moment am able to play the 8 notes as well as the C, D and F chords. Looking forward to a better piano and guitar player before end of 2018.

I have a feeling I want to communicate and connect with many people of different life backgrounds and my involvement in such things will help.

Want to advise me anything or wanna share with me your goals, let’s meet in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m An Obliger – And It’s Not What You Think

I recently listened to an episode of the Rich Roll podcast with Gretchen Rubin and it is all about how you thrive and how you react to inner and outer expectations. It is rare, that I fully follow or agree with guests on Rich Roll’s podcast, though they often give me something to think about…

It’s a reality Check!

forget

I woke up today feeling good, it was 630am and my wife was doing her usual, commanding me to take up my duties of making sure she is at the bus stop just in time for her bus to work. I have been doing this for many months now though sometimes I wonder why, not in a bad way. Ideally, it’s a moment that is meant to enhance our marriage.

So, wife on her way to work, I embarked on preparing for my visa appointment. Everything was going great, until I was unable to locate the bank statements. So I did what most married men do, I called my wife, who took me through a painful lesson of how she never knew whatever it is I was doing. But promised to find it in the evening.

I had to plan things with my current situation right? I mean, one way or the other……is the bank statement going to show-up in the middle of nowhere? And since I had lost it in the house, I felt like……back then, I used to live in a house, but now I live in a jungle. Later on my wife has reminded me of how much I have cultured myself to forget.

It’s not even funny, most of the time when I say I forgot, its because I forgot. When I say I don’t want to forget, its because I am worried that I might. When I say I might forget, its mean I am so afraid that shit might happen. Then I will have to apologize to someone.

My reality check is that I am “getting old”, and this things are not going to go away, as a matter of fact, they are going to increase. You know those small stuff you forget doing and everything is okey! When it comes to forgetting, try forgetting your kids in the bus, I mean, just one time………then you will know how messed-up life can look, and if you have to explain it to your wife you might be doing it halfway your grave.

Scientific American writing on “Why do we forget” says that the brain can store a vast number of memories, so why can’t we find these memories when we need to? Our brains are crammed with a massive amount of memories that we have formed over a lifetime of experiences.

These memories range from the profound (who am I and how did I get here?) to the most trivial (the license plate of the car at a stoplight). Furthermore, our memories also vary considerably in their precision. Parents, for instance, often know the perils of a fuzzy memory when shopping for a birthday gift for their child: remembering that their son wanted the Nintendo rather than the playstation portable could make an enormous difference in how well the gift is received.

Thus, the “fuzziness” of our memory can often be just as important in our daily lives as being able to remember lots and lots of information in the first place. So this is me now, still never managed to find my bank statements and still forgetting other stuff……some of them as important as forgetting my kids at the bus, though we jokingly refer to these as ‘senior moments,’ they happen to everyone — from the very young to the very old.

So if you go into the kitchen to write something down on your grocery list, don’t answer your cellphone or let your mind wander to a meeting that morning. Mentally rehearse what you’re doing, and hold it in mind, until you’re finished with the task. You might feel like me, old, or whatever. The truth is that the there is something that needs your attention, before its too late.

The story ends when my wife gets home and she will kick every corner of the house trying to find it, whatever it is. Then she becomes the hero, one who know where everything rests. Unfortunately for her today, there was nothing. Just like they say, “what’s dead is dead” and that includes my bank statements.

 

 


Summary of the week from 25.09.2017

True Iron Bloggers:

Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) in {‘Decades’: ‘Chunks of Time’} :
David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
Christine Graf (@christinegraf) :
Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) :
Dick Olsson (@dickolsson) :
Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :
Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) in Harry Tilley’s Blog :
Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) in Tilley France Blog :

The lazy ones:

Eliminated because of excessive debt:

Cash register:

this week: 5  €
total: 125 €
payed: 0 €
spend: 0 €

Debts:

  • David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -25€ or 5 good deeds
  • Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) – 10 € or 2 good deeds (on hold/holidays)
  • Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Harry Tilley (@tilleyharry) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
  • Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) –  15 € or 3 good deed
  • Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
  • Christine Graf (@christinegraf) – 5 € or 1 good deed
  • David M.Wampamba   –  5 € or 1 good deed

Iron blogger break (can come back for free until 31.07.25.08.2017)

  • Manfred Gosch (since 19.06.2017)

Previously retired (all debts paid – can come back for free):

  • Juergen Rinck (since 26.06.2016)
  • Daniel Roohnikan (since 17.04.2017)

Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):

  • Joeri Poesen (@jpoesen)  (since 10.07.2017)
  • Osbert Mwijukye (since 03.04.2017)
  • Moein Rezaei (since 26.06.2017)
  • Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
  • Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)

This week’s failures

I need to confess, I'm afraid.
I was weak and gave in and didn't stay true to my beliefs.

I bought new clothes. A pair of jeans and a sweater. I didn't make them by myself, I didn't shop them in a second hand store, and they are in no way ethically sourced or fairly trade. I didn't feel well this week, I thought something new would make me feel better, it even did for a while, and now I feel guilty.

I was doing SO GOOD with not shopping and buying new clothes, really. I didn't need to, I didn't want to. Just like that.

But as I said I would, I have to report on how my new years resolutions are turning out. Damn.

Maybe it came as a punishment then that I was just in a traffic speed control today, aka my second failure this week.

Maybe, maybe not. On the other hand, it happened on my way home from a really great weekend with my best friend and her newborn daughter in Berlin, so I don't mind that much.

Let a new week begin!