Not a super exciting day—drove up to Vermont with @matthew to spend the next few weeks with the team! The Chipotle stop was delicious.
Did some coding, made macaroni & cheese, went for a walk punctuated by a lot of fireworks. Rewatching Schitt’s Creek (again!) to show my sister. Started packing to leave for Vermont on Monday—there’s kind of nothing to do at home but work, cook, & go for long walks, so looking forward to working with the team again.
Had a pretty normal day—fixed some bugs, introduced some bugs, built a new feature for Scrapbook 👀, edited/sent our latest VIP newsletter. Finished the day making some incredible pizza 🍕 with my family & watching the Hamilton film, so I laughed a bunch & cried even more. Jam for today: America by Sufjan Stevens 🎶
Struggled to work a lot of the day due to RSI flaring up (pain & extra heat in my wrists/arms), so got out an old ergonomic keyboard to set up at my desk with my iPad so I can still get work done. It functioned well, but adapting to a totally different keyboard layout slowed down my typing like 70%. Put a new Scrapbook feature on hold, but I updated the Summer of Making site & made it the hackclub.com homepage, redesigned the card pages on Bank with a new layout, & a few other small things. RSI is something I’ve struggled with for several years, typing for so many hours a day, & hoping I can better mitigate it as time goes on.
I don’t have a very fun image today so I have a GIF of @christina’s iconic goats instead. Did a ton of small things today! There’s rich
text support on Scrapbook, I fixed the GitHub-style streak graph bug, halved build time, a variety of Scrapbook & Bank bugs fixed, I doubled the PageSpeed & halved the initial data download of Bank pages through a bunch of frontend optimizations, & lots more. Planning to start a new Scrapbook feature tomorrow & hoping to get back to my Swift project as well.
I didn’t make progress on my Swift project today, or have a super coherent update on one project. I did dozens of small things all day, most of which no one will ever fully notice but were very productive. Every night I go for a ~5-mile walk in the darkness, after the sun sets, & I took this picture while walking home tonight in pitch darkness. Just feeling incredibly, incredibly grateful for all the amazing people in my life & how lucky I am to be living the life I am.
I’ve tried several times over several years to get somewhere into iOS development, & it’s just never worked out very well for me. Over the last few days, I’ve been digging into SwiftUI more seriously, & made good progress on downloading/parsing JSON (so much harder than on the web!) & using views/layouts (so much simpler than CSS/JS!) to build a little native Scrapbook client. Building an async image gallery today & figuring out date formatting, with the assistance of a multi-hour Zoom with an experienced dev friend, pushed my limits of Swift knowledge super far. Hoping to add a few more features & get it up on TestFlight—so cool to be learning something wholly new.
Designed 49 new/revised icons for Hack Club Icons, for use on our websites & Bank. 🖊️
Learned some new SwiftUI to build an extremely basic native Scrapbook client!
I worked on Bank navigation & attended the awesome AMA with ladyada today, but an unexpected highlight was this remarkable, 6” Luna moth visiting tonight.
On the road heading home with @matthew. Made profile pages load way way faster on Scrapbook 🚗💨
Another video about Bank coming very shortly 👀 but went on a windy hike at sunset ⛰️🥾🌅
@zrl posted a video with all the details & a live demo, but made a ton of bug fixes & added some new features to Scrapbook today, like user mentions & autolinking. In between streaming WWDC & being extremely excited all day about all the Apple goodness, a productive Monday!
Made enchiladas with the team & hung out with @matthew today. Did only a bit of coding but there were ✨ good vibes ✨
The work I did today was just fixing a bunch of bugs on Events & Scrapbook (the homepage is no longer 200MB…) 😅 but had a really nice evening getting Five Guys & walking along the beach at sunset with @matthew + @melody
Had a fantastic conversation with @zrl under this tree about my role at Hack Club & recent work. After a long way ending in staying up for 37 hours launching Scrapbook & Summer, nice to take a break.
Over the last 18 hours, I’ve designed & built a new website for Hack Club Summer of Making I’m pretty proud of. It just went live. Open source, as always: github.com/hackclub/summer-site
Spent all weekend working on designing & building this Scrapbook site with Next.js & Airtable. Open sourcing on Thursday!