DeveloPassion’s Newsletter — Eyes on target

Sébastien Dubois
7 min readSep 7, 2022

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Welcome to the 82nd edition

Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

I’m rarely behind schedule for the newsletter, but this edition was an exception. My right eye decided to stop functioning normally yesterday, so I decided to rest. Earthly bodies are so annoying sometimes. It’s only when we suffer that we realize the luck we have when everything is alright.

Luckily, I managed to watch the first episode of The Rings of Power the day before. Phew!! I don’t even want to know what the critics say about it. I don’t care. I’m a huge fan of Tolkien’s work, so I was delighted to discover a new TV show about it 🎉

I’ve resumed learning and thus started expanding my knowledge base this month. And it feels great to be learning! ❤️

The graph view of my knowledge base

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The Lab 🧪

This week I’ve resumed working for my clients and also resumed work on the Obsidian Starter Kit. I’ve released new versions with tons of new features, new guides, and more will soon follow. During the last 30 days, I’ve sold 36 copies (~$700). So far, I’ve sold > 200 copies (209 at the time of writing), which is a lot more than I hoped when I started this project.

In August I’ve made ~$35 from EthicalAds, mainly thanks to the article that went on the front page of Hacker News.

As planned, I’ve also started testing and tweaking my recording “studio” for the YouTube channel. I’m really delighted with how it looks with my camera and with the Philips Hue lights I bought last month. To go a bit further, I’ve ordered a light and a softbox. This should help better light my face :p

I’m really not used to be on camera, so I’m really struggling, but learning something new is really FUN. Speaking of which, I still have everything to learn about video editing. I could take a shortcut and find someone to help me out, but at least for the first few videos, I want to give it a try on my own.

I still haven’t received all the parts for the new computer, so I can’t show much yet, even if I couldn’t wait to assemble what I already could (case fans, PSU, etc) ;-)

Next week I’ll publish a first YouTube video (an overview of the Obsidian Starter Kit) and will keep working on the Obsidian Starter Kit. I intend to record videos for it and add those as an optional buy for people who want to take the fast lane.

Recent articles

Saving and restoring your mental contexts to improve mental health and productivitydsebastien.net
This article explores mental contexts and the importance of handling those properly to improve mental health and productivity

Quotes of the week

  • “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely” — Roy T. Bennett
  • “If you have a dream, don’t waste your energies explaining why” — Paul Coelho

Book of the week

Feynman’s Lost Lecture: The Motion of Planets Around the Sunamzn.to

This breathtaking lecture―”The Motion of the Planets Around the Sun”―uses nothing more advanced than high-school geometry to explain why the planets orbit the sun elliptically rather than in perfect circles and conclusively demonstrates the astonishing fact that has mystified and intrigued thinkers since Newton: Nature obeys mathematics. David and Judith Goodstein give us a beautifully written short memoir of life with Feynman, provide meticulous commentary on the lecture itself, and relate the exciting story of their effort to chase down one of Feynman’s most original and scintillating lectures.

Tips of the week

1Password for VS Code | 1Password Developer Documentationdeveloper.1password.com

This one is for developers. Learn how to install and use 1Password for VS Code, and avoid leaking keys and secrets!

How cool is that?!

GitHub — CompVis/stable-diffusiongithub.com

Stable Diffusion is an open-source alternative to DALL-E. It runs on computers with beefy GPUs (8–12+GB RAM), and also on Apple M1 laptops with some tweaks.

The results are amazing, and the “dataset” required for the engine to generate pretty much anything is so tiny (smaller than a DVD!).

I’m going to give it a try as soon as my new computer is up and running 🎉

Thinking and learning links of the week

I talked to Leonardo da Vinci | DKB Show

dkb.show
I told him that creative people sometimes accomplish the most when they work the least. Our minds are filled with ideas, and we need time for those ideas to marinate, until we eventually get an insight.

A huge list of note-taking apps

twitter.com

Field Report #6: The Zettelkasten Method Works for PhD Students Very Well! • Zettelkasten Method

zettelkasten.de
A Zettelkasten is a personal tool for thinking and writing that creates an interconnected web of thought. Its emphasis is on connection and not mere collection of ideas.

PKM Weekly August 14 2022 — Issue 031 — Curtis McHale

curtismchale.ca

PKM Weekly August 21 2022 — Issue 032 — Curtis McHale

curtismchale.ca

GitHub — SkepticMystic/graph-analysis: Analyse the structure of your Obsidian graph using various analysis techniquesgithub.com
Analyse the structure of your Obsidian graph using various analysis techniques — GitHub — SkepticMystic/graph-analysis: Analyse the structure of your Obsidian graph using various analysis techniques

What is multi-objective optimization? | by Jacob Ferus | Sep, 2022 | Mediummedium.com
The goal of single-objective optimization is simple. You have some kind of objective/function/metric/fitness/criterion that you would like to optimize (that is maximize or minimize) given some input…

Tech links of the week

ViteConfviteconf.org
A free online conference about Vite and the projects reimagining Web Development, brought to you by StackBlitz

Next.js Confnextjs.org
The global user conference for Next.js. An online experience developers love.

What you might have missed at Black Hat and Def Con 2022 — TechCrunchtechcrunch.com
Six talks you need to know from this year’s hacker summer camp.

How I write React after 8 years. I am starting with my contrarians views… | by Nessim Btesh | Jul, 2022 | Mediumnesbtesh.medium.com
I am starting with my contrarians views that way I can get rid of 90% of coders that think that know what they are doing but end up building Frankensteins. This article is for that 10% of coders that…

Getting Started with Vitest | Vue Masterywww.vuemastery.com
Since Evan You’s build tool Vite has gained massive popularity, there’s now a blazing fast unit test framework that is powered by it: Vitest.

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

Logan Haskett on Twitter: “This year I hit $12,000 monthly passive income. The crazy part? I’m only 24 years old. If I had to start over, here’s how I would get to $5,000 monthly passive income:” / Twitter

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How to design a referral program at andrewchenandrewchen.com

Why I hate the indie hackers community on Twitterwww.indiehackers.com
I hesitated a long time to write such a post. Being negative is not my taste of tea, and I don’t like those who raise critics too easily. I hope it will…

Julia MacDonald on Twitter: “McKinsey consultants get paid $1000+ / hourtwitter.com

Documentation to Improve SEO | Google Search Central | Google Developersdevelopers.google.com
Explore SEO documentation to learn how to improve your site’s visibility on Google Search.

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