Hellblade

“This is the best game I’ve ever played!” —me, finishing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Now, it wasn’t the first time I had uttered these words. Other titles got the same post-credits praise: The Last of UsGod of WarMetal Gear Solid 4 & 5The Last of Us gutted the…

Cognitive distortions

“Why don’t trials convert more?” The meeting was going well until now. Sh*t. I know we don’t have the right product analytics to answer the stakeholder’s question. This basic question has me scrambling for answers. I should be able to provide a clear data-backed reply on…

Reflecting on 2019 at Snipcart

2019 was bittersweet. I had a concussion during the Summer, from which I’m still recovering. It’s my fourth one, so it’s taking a while. Sucks, but I can still think and write and joke around and breathe. So I’m good. Amid physiotherapy and part-time work weeks,…

Podcast feature: That's my JAMstack

Quick show notesOur Guest: Francois Lanthier NadeauWhat he'd like for you to see: Snipcart v3 | His blog where he talks about destigmatizing mental healthHis JAMstack Jams: The Decoupling Philosophy of the JAMstack | Stackbit | Netlify | Sanity.ioHis Musical Jam: His "Is that Soul I feel in my guts" playlistOther Technology MentionedJekyllMiddlemanNuxtGridsomeTranscriptBryan…

The rest is just gravy

I'm afraid of dying. I always have been, even before my father killed himself. Therapists often asked: "Are you scared of doing the same thing your father did?" A little—suicide survivors are dealt a bad hand. But that's not quite it. "Are you worried about leaving behind grieving loved…

Making peace with process

We released Snipcart’s v3.0 today. 🚀 The Product has officially been Hunted: → https://www.producthunt.com/posts/snipcart-3-0 I’m proud of our team, but it’s a bittersweet release. This train of thought started as a Twitter thread, until I decided to turn it into a blog post…

Hands on with Publii

Building a website used to be easy. You’d code some HTML, throw in a little CSS, spice it up with JS, and voilà! You’d then push these static files to any server, and BAM, a live site would appear. Today, you can easily get lost in tooling to…

A raw interview with Indie Hackers

Teela: Cool. All right, so I think we're ready to dive in. Franck: Yeah, let's get into it since we don't have a lot of time. Teela: Right. This will be about like 30 minutes from now. So, let's see what happens in that amount of time. Franck: Okay, I'm…

WorkWithDevs: the idea

UPDATE: WorkWithDevs was a podcast project I have now sunsetted. It was, I believe, a solid idea. In all honesty, I realized I wasn’t motivated enough to work on it alone nights & weekends. You can still listen to the four Alpha episodes though! Last week, a family member…

A guide to developer productivity

On paper, software and web development is a structured, orderly process. But developing IRL? It's mostly chaos. Technical decisions, new stacks, social notifications, shoulder taps, calls, meetings, family duty, GIFs... SLACK! try{ Work(); } catch(ChaosOverloadException ex){ Logger.LogFatal("(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ ", ex); Tables.FlipAllOfThem(); }No wonder maintaining developer productivity is an everyday struggle.…