Interesting Stuff Club
Every Wednesday, we all go into the boardroom to talk about what we’re working on in our own time, what we’d like to learn more about, and to discuss any meetups we’re going to; we call it ‘Interesting Stuff Club’. It’s great to share what we’re passionate about with each other and it often sparks some exciting conversations and ideas for new projects.
“We’re due to move offices soon, so I’ve been researching a lot into the feng shui of offices, which is basically an excuse to look at furniture, but it is really interesting. I’m still reading ‘The Decisive Moment’ and there’s an interesting section on loss perception. We have a built in perception of loss being a much bigger deal than it is. Therefore, when we make decisions we over-estimate the risks. Emotionally, loss is five times more powerful than gain. To put this into context, you would need to give your partner five compliments to overcome one insult…and that’s the end of the relationship advice from me!”
“I’m still playing with Angular.js at home. I decided to also try out some Node.js. I read a bit about the Sails.js node framework which is built on top of express and socket.io, as it’s focused on real time apps, but this was a little more than I needed at the time. Instead, I used a yeoman generator to bootstrap a Node.js app using the express framework with an MVC structure. I still want to use more PHP at home, but I need project ideas. I read an interesting article about working on side projects, and the main crux of it was to not spend too much time planning, just get on with it, so maybe I will!”
“I read about Code Spaces going under after hackers got into their AWS panel and deleted everything. This is a crazy story, but it also highlights how important security is. I managed to (finally) buy the book I wanted, ‘Clean Code’, and that’s going well so far. I’ve already put some of the ideas from the book into practice in our project work here. “
“I’m reading my new book, Lean Analytics. It’s great to read about lean terminology such as the build > measure > learn cycle in relation to something that I can relate to. The book advises analysing a small section of your site and then making improvements until you hit a predefined goal.”