Jan Kubr

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My last week’s best and worst pieces of entertainment

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 10:19

You already know from me that Venture Voice is the best podcast on Earth (on entrepreneurship, at least), but you don’t know yet that its latest episode with Jeff Stewart is the best episode so far (quote: “The way you create wealth is by creating wealth for everybody.”). This might be the first and last episode of any podcast I’ll ever listen to more than once.

I’ve written about Michel Houellebecq’s book The Possibility of an Island before and although I wasn’t too excited about it, I think it’s worth spending the time to read it. But if you ever ever come across the movie that is based on this book, don’t even think about wasting your time watching it. It is by far the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Although I read the book, I have no idea what the movie is supposed to be about; it has no plot and no ending. Even though this is a 2008 movie, it’s full of boring long shots as if you were watching a movie from the seventies. Eh, to make it short, watch something else or read the book.

Learning is annoying

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 at 10:13

It is so uncomfortable not knowing something and not pretending you don’t need or want to know it. You are like a kid again, you are not this i-know-everything adult. You’re not an expert anymore, you are one of the newbies you sometimes laugh about.

You need to start over. With the technology you’ve worked with for the past three years, you need to read very little to get on top of the new stuff. You don’t need to read a whole book about it because most of its content is already something you know. With the new technology though, you need to read not only books, but also every shitty blog post that comes along. Just to cover the field. You need to try and fail and try again. Everything takes longer than you were used to.

It can be annoying and painful, but certainly not boring. And it is the single most important thing in your professional life. Without learning you can just die now.

Simple tip on how to be awesome in anything

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2008 at 12:19

10,000 hours of practice will get you anywhere.

What building web apps is all about

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2008 at 15:43

Building web applications is all about these five things:

  1. Usefulness
  2. Usability
  3. Efficiency
  4. Security
  5. Balance

SEO is bullshit

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2008 at 23:45

SEO is using deodorant instead of washing.