Hi there! My name is Nathan. I occasionally write things on this blog about coding, random thoughts or quotes I found from the Internet and books.

Offline on the road with Here maps


In light of WordCamp Europe 2015 in Seville, I took an early trip to Cadiz for 4 days before heading back to Seville. 4G is crazy expensive in Spain if you want a prepaid solution, so I decided not to get one. I am also dumb at remembering directions, so to be on the road without being able to search for my next location on the phone seems to be a huge undertaking .…
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Change


There have been many changes in my life in the past 3 months. I switched to Colemak. I discovered the beauty of Emacs and have been using it for everything: coding, irc, emails, todo list. I am writing this blog post in Emacs. I moved to a new apartment, about 70km away from work. I enjoy the total 2 hour train ride back and fourth from home and the office every day.…
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Thinking like a child


A phrase that’s been bothering me for a long time ties all this together: “Use the best tool for the job”. It implies that there is an objective, “best” tool for any programming job. And it leads the search towards those beige horizons of key-point comparisons and feature charts. This does X, Y, Z, thus it must be better than that which only does X and Y. It allows no room for simply preferring A to B on the account that it’s more fun!…
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Favourite The National's lyrics


During the weekend, I spent about 3 hours on the train including a round trip and an one-way train back and forth between my old and new apartment. They were the most pleasant train rides I’ve had, partly because I was still in the honeymoon mindset of living 78km away from the office, partly (maybe, just maybe) because I was listening to The National on repeat the whole time.…
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Lazy - a manifesto


Lazy - a manifesto (Tim Kreider - We Learn Nothing) [youtube video]…
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Beautiful web type


There are over 600 typefaces in the Google web fonts directory. Many of them are awful. But there are also high-quality typefaces that deserve a closer look… A collection of best Google Fonts type faces maintained by Chad Mazzola.…
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This is genius


[youtube video] As an epiphany, an affirmation or just plain beauty of words, this poem is inspiring in every way.…
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Tour de Babel


In an Amazon’s internal blog post in 2004 - Tour de Babel, Steve Yegge wrote about his takes on different computer languages. I found the article fascinatingly overwhelming and inspiring as the knowledge and passion are way beyond my comprehension. It reminds me to embrace not-knowing, to constantly search for new experience and develop opinions. It is a read that I’ll keep coming back to, knowing I’ll learn something new each time.…
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Pi day


Today is Pi day, the 14th day of the 3rd month of the fifteenth year… 3.1415 This could have been a tweet, but hei, I have a blog. Read the full post: “Magic and irrational” on Seth Godin’s blog.…
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Switching to Colemak


2 weeks ago, I finally said good-bye to QWERTY and switched to Colemak. In case you ask why: Trust me, any alternative keyboard layout is better than QWERTY. Just google it if you don’t already know the reasons. Anyways, am I typing any faster now? Absolutely not. It’s only been 2 weeks! My QWERTY typing speed averages to about 75 wpm (words per minute) on Typer Racer. After 2 weeks fighting with Colemak, I’m still turtling at 30 wpm on average.…
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