panphora

Push past everything. Find emptiness. Then you’re home.

What I worked on today:

New business cards for Artisfy.

Peace arises when you choose to move through suffering instead of avoiding it. Suffering is only the obsession with avoiding something, whether it is embarrassment, heart-ache, guilt, or physical pain. Once you give in to the experience and stop resisting, the suffering goes away on its own. Hardest, most terrifying lesson I’ve learned to date, and I still need to relearn it almost every day.

What I worked on today:

I self-published a short guide that’s helped me find my way through anxiety in various circumstances called “who am I? a guide for dealing with difficult emotions”

The ego, your sense of self, is just a series of familiar thoughts or feelings passing through you every once in a while

What I worked on today:

Received the final version of a commissioned animation I’m planning to put on the front page of Artisfy to explain how it works

Every thought is an energy flow stopped and frozen in its passage. To see it is to stop it and hold it. You cannot also be it while examining it. In order to be it, you must let it find release, let it go, let it take you where it may.

What I worked on today:

Received the final version of a commission for a portrait, which is displayed at the top of my personal website and all my social media profiles

One wrong turn can be literally three right turns in disguise

What I worked on today:

I deployed my new personal website/portfolio to davidmiranda.info

Focus requires forgiveness.

What I worked on today:

I spent the weekend working on a new design for my personal blog, Thinklens. I share my thoughts about thinking, the imagination, and the tapestry of the mind there. Check it out if you get a chance (๑•͈ᴗ•͈)

If you want to hear your inner voice, it can sometimes help to write.

What I worked on today:

Over the past week I’ve been learning about some blogging software called Hugo. I used it to convert this website, ohnote.com, and smashingthingstogether.com into static websites. Since hosting static wesbites is free and fast on GitHub pages, this is saving me $10/month. I’m also working on a blog post to help guide other people who want to do this. It’s going to be called something like “Make a simple static blog with Hugo and deploy it to GitHub Pages: An easy, step-by-step tutorial”

When I feel ill or stressed, I know I haven’t been paying attention to my body lately.

What I worked on today:

I added a new chapter of “A Boy Meets a Dragon” to lovenicely.com. Usually, this includes text written by me, an audio recording recorded by me, and a simple illustration drawn by me. However, this time I hired a brilliant artist to do the illustration and it looks wonderful! The artist’s name is Choo and she has a wonderful blog where she posts a lot of her artwork.

Taking time for yourself is the single healthiest thing you can do.

What I worked on today:

Continuing to work on Artisfy, improving it step by step. Worked on the User model today, so developing features that interact with users (i.e. all of them) will be easier now.

Stop pretending.

What I worked on today:

I moved back to Somerville! I live 5 minutes from Davis Square! It was a long, hard move, but totally worth it! Ok, gonna sleep for 10 hours now, bye.

Leave people behind. Most of the time they’ll catch up to you later. Sometimes you’ll realize they were moving so slowly just to help you along.

What I worked on today:

Started implementing payment processing on Artisfy. Improved the payment form dramatically with the jquery.payments.js library from Stripe. I also made a t-shirt for my girlfriend of the logo of her favorite restaurant, My Thai Vegan Cafe.

Things look and feel much different if you just let them be, as opposed to turning them over in your mind. Stop trying to figure out your experience and just let it happen.

What I worked on today:

Deployed a new version of Artisfy, fixed some bugs, added analytics, and got the contact form on the contact page working.

Many thoughts throughout the day occur automatically. Make sure you take the time to create your own thoughts.

What I worked on today:

Spent about 4 hours working on Artisfy tonight! Got the Signup page back up (it was broken), added a link to the blog (new!), and made a couple other improvements to the design.

The act of creating bends the world around you, opening the space around you into something you didn’t see before.

What I worked on today:

I posted the sixth chapter of “A Boy Meets a Dragon”, along with an audio recording and illustration by me, to lovenicely.com, a fantasy/fiction blog I run.

Patience is generosity with time.

What I worked on today:

I converted another website from Node.js based project to a static website. Much faster, less expensive, and easier to manage. SportsMedMassage.com is back online!

I love my dreams.

What I worked on today:

I taught followup 2.5 hour Introduction to JavaScript class at the Startup Institute.

I like to take a few seconds every day feel instead of think. It feels better every day.

What I worked on today:

I got my friend’s website, Hungry Hats, back online today!

Most of your enemies are your own fears in disguise.

What I worked on today:

I taught a 2.5 hour Introduction to JavaScript class at the Startup Institute.

There are many problems in life, but most of them aren’t actually problems.

What I worked on today:

I received my offer letters from Windshield Inc., a startup that uses Meteor.js and has a really cool mission!!

If you want to be something you’re not, try practicing acting like that thing.

What I worked on today:

Over the weekend I read through an entire book about Gulp.js and used what I learned to get a client’s website back online.

Advice is mostly given by people who didn’t achieve their dreams.

What I worked on today:

I wrote a blog post for other people who have trouble figuring out how to handle errors that occur in the Meteor.js methods: How to Handle Errors in Meteor Methods.

In the process of becoming who you want to be, you will pass into and through identities you don’t want to be. The fun part is not becoming what you want to be, but in slowly realizing that it may not be exactly what you thought it was.

What I worked on today:

I put three of my favorite domains up for sale: riotpost.com, jetplot.com, and ohnote.com. I spent a lot of money doing this. Unfortunately, none of them sold.

The quickest way back to peace is to wait for it to come back to you.

What I worked on today:

I wrote a blog post about how I added pagination to my own Meteor.js project: Pagination in Meteor.js (with Iron Router support).

If you want to bring your fantasy life and your real life closer together, try doing something just because it pops into your head.

What I worked on today:

Made a website mockup of my mother’s Plated cookbook idea and sent it to Plated.

When you are terrified, wait. Terror turns into something new when you give it enough room.

What I worked on today:

Gave a presentation at a Meteor.js meetup and wrote a followup blog post for smashingthingstogether.com, The JavaScript Runtime, Fibers, and Meteor.wrapAsync (Meteor.js). It’s a pretty deep look at how JavaScript works and what makes Meteor.js so cool.

Forgetting is the biggest favor you can do for reality. It too makes mistakes.

What I worked on today:

Wrote a blog post for smashingthingstogether.com, “Make Your First Meteor.js Package”, which explains the basics of creating a reusable package for Meteor.js and sharing it with other developers

Things happen. Mostly, that’s all you need to know.

What I worked on today:

Wrote a blog post for smashingthingstogether.com, “Deploying Your App to Scalingo (Meteor.js)”, which aims to show a quick and easy way to deploy a Meteor.js application

Whatever you share of yourself becomes more real than it was before.

What I worked on today:

Wrote a blog post for smashingthingstogether.com, “How to Make Custom Sign Up and Login Forms (Meteor.js)”, which helps teach Meteor.js developers to customize the look of their authentication forms

Let go, let it all in, and watch fear evaporate. Fear is nothing more than trying to push back what you already know.

What I worked on today:

Wrote a blog post for smashingthingstogether.com: “Using Scoped ReactiveVars to Control Tab Visibility (Meteor.js)”, which gives some advice about how to keep code clean in Meteor.js apps

When the sky falls, don’t try to pick it up, just keep walking.

What I worked on today:

Published Chapter 1 of “A Boy Meets a Dragon”, a novel that I love and have been working on for about a year

Drop the search. The journey will unfold naturally.

What I’ve been working on:

I completely redesigned the front page of Love nicely over the past two weeks. I also added a new story called Save Your Heart. I’m very proud of both these things, especially because I also did the artwork and audio recording for the new story.

We are forged by suffering.

What I worked on today:

Got feedback on the the new story for Love nicely back from Kibin. Reached out to a different artist to do an illustration for it. I’m hoping to publish the story by the end of November.

Dear children, they are children too, just been around the sun more times.

What I worked on today:

I’m prepping a new story for Love nicely. I edited it, submitted it to Kibin for professional editing, and asked an artist if they’d be open to doing a commissioned illustration for it.

Sometimes it’s a long journey to find my way back to peace and self-acceptance.

What I worked on today:

I added a dream I had a while ago as a new story to Love nicely: “A Dream About Gems”, with beautiful illustrations by Michael Leung from Dreame.

For clarity, I return to the idea that we all only exist right now.

What I worked on today:

I edited and improved my newest post on Thinklens, “The Terrain of Points and Opinions”. I think I may have posted it a bit prematurely.

Often there is nothing standing in my way, even when I feel there is.

What I worked on today:

A brand new post on Thinklens, “The Terrain of Points and Opinions”, which is about how I navigate heated conversations when I don’t feel like I have much at stake.

The time I lose chasing paths that are not mine…

What I worked on today:

The contact form that pops up when you click the “contact me” link at the bottom of this site. It uses a customized Google Form.

I don’t think you can ever know for sure where you stand in relation to other people.

What I worked on today:

The image of the girl with the crazy hair in the footer of the Lovenicely website — inspired by Delirium and Death from the Sandman comics.

I thought of a new name for one of the main characters of my novel: Rish, the outlawed princess. Her name was already Rish, the title is the new part.

What I worked on today:

I made the eye icon at the top of this website.

Behaviorists might claim that fairy tales are told to keep children in line. I think they’re told because they communicate something that cannot be said otherwise.

What I worked on today:

I made a shirt inspired by the In the Dust of this Planet episode of Radiolab.