A gravy audience

overcome the Matthew Effect

Show Notes:

Mark's #1 goal of working on Phoenix Igniter has been elusive. Structured procrastination hasn't exactly been the plan, but he's been working on just about every other goal instead—recording videos for Alchemist Camp, writing blog posts and interview prep, and more. It turns out that being an "international candidate" means a surprise interview added before the onsite he thought he'd been accepted for. He's completed the extra interview but is uncertain about how well it went. Again, the algorithm side wasn't too challenging but he was a bit rusty with JS's standard library.

Justin, despite an explicit goal not too, has gone even deeper into the world of Roblox game development. He's now learned how to create jump pads that players can bounce onto and off of. The game's physics engine is unrealistic in a few ways for playability reasons, but that makes it a bit more complex to create things players can bounce on.

Great news! People are starting to create accounts and comment on previous episodes at Reactor.am! So far, most of them know one of us. One of them, Mark's German friend from his digital nomad days, is even competing with Justin in a very indirect way in the task management / productivity space.

Today's Topics include:

  • Interview prep
  • Roblox physics
  • How blood glucose monitors work
  • The importance of commenters in motivating podcasters, bloggers or video creators
  • Indirect competition in a huge market
  • Old Techzing guests became billionaires
  • Our intro music
  • The Matthew Effect
  • The joy and peril of listening to yourself at 2x
  • Procrastination


Mark's goals for next time

  • Pay attention to what he's thinking and feeling when he tries to work on Igniter
  • Start pro series on Absinthe GraphQL
  • 1 hour per day on studying

Justin's goals for next time

  • Get Nugget Bootcamp live and ready for testing
  • Give Mark mailer creds for Reactor.am
  • Get a prototype version of a scoring system for Roblox

Video version at https://youtu.be/Ijh-J--L1n0

On Apple Podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reactor/id1500109358

Recorded on 2020-08-12


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