the grind is the hardest thing

Show Notes:

Justin is energized with his conversation with the other Justin on Techzing earlier in the week. What it takes for an entrepreneur to succeed as an entrepreneur, even in a limited sense, is so situational and poly-causal. It's very difficult to make a consistent, timeless framework. Justin is looking for a way to boil it down to first principles, but Mark is skeptical about the return on effort for people learning from them.

Mark's new microphone is here and so far the results have been good! He managed to do a decent length run completely fasted this week and is going to try to keep the diet in check and continue intermittent fasting. He got some work done on an Easter Egg in Alchemist Camp, but still hasn't gotten back to Igniter. The mic is making it easier to record screencasts efficiently though, since it blocks out most background noises.

People are getting through the Nugget bootcamp, but very, very few are signing up for the paid course afterwards. It's difficult to tell if it's due to how they found and chose to sign up, but it's somewhat surprising that people finishing a free course would be less likely to sign up than 

Gitlab's second reduction of CI/CD minutes is starting to bother Mark. The first reduction wasn't onerous at all, but now he's a bit concerned, especially for any projects written in Rust that have longer compile times. For now, it's okay, but even needing to worry about whether or not to delay a deployment is enough that he's starting to look for other options.

We also discussed some of the historical hate JavaScript has gotten, its subsequent popularity and the limits of what makes sense for a someone working on a solo project.

Today's Topics include:

  • First principles
  • Email conversions
  • Deployment
  • JavaScript
  • Balancing proper vs quick engineering
  • JavaScript
  • Crowded markets
  • Selling ideas


Mark's goals for next time

  • Record screencasts for both a free series on Ecto and a paid one on Absinthe
  • Investigate a billing edge case for customers sign up multiple times
  • Work on Phoenix Igniter

Justin's goals for next time

  • Exercise on the trampoline 5 days
  • Keep building out the sever-side of the Roblox game
  • Keep Tweeting about Nugget

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Recorded on 2020-09-08


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