Mandaris Moore


Today, I'm having trouble getting started in my alloted time to make something. I really just want to go home, eat and sleep. I think it is because it is the end of the day at the tail end of the week.

I was just going to make a post and call it a night when I remembered that I can make a small video on my laptop and you can see the result below.


A mindmap showing the different things I will be talking about to make a video of programming exercises.
A mindmap showing the different things I will be talking about to make a video of programming exercises.

This has been on the back of my mind of a while and I thought it would help to get a more formal grasp of what I wanted to do with my up coming video.

I've also been putting together the keynote that I'll be using to back the screen shots and videos I'll be taking. With this being my outline, I think I can start taking the video I need this weekend.


Today for my creative challenge, I'm going to write 250 words!

I was sending and tweet to Matt Gemmel (a developer who has transitioned to being a writer) asking what kind of exercises does he do to improve his writing. He stated that he writes about himself in third person and then does some fan fiction as well.

I'm going to do something similar to that because I have some desire to be a little bit of a writer as well.

Of course it was part of a dream that I've given up, but I think I should at least work on making it an option. Being able to express my thoughts, feelings and ideas can only help me interact with other people.

Sometimes, I get lonely and I don't know if anyone feels the same way that I do about a lot of things. If I write about what I think, I might find others like me who feel the same way about it.

Or even better, I can understand my own feeling about something and work towards getting a grasp of it. Understand it and do something about it if it is negative.

One last goal is to be able to write for another publication. I feel that I have a unique way of seeing things sometimes. Some of the reports and snippets that I see on the internet are about 250 words and if I could write something that length easily than it would open a lot of doors.


Today, I wanted to find out why urls used dash (-) instead of underscores (_). Personally, I perfer to use underscores because they are easier for me to read when looking at a long_title_that_signals_something and thought that the reason it didn't work out was because of someone thinking the opposite.

Turns out that it has more to do with how computers seperate words. Joel Atwood had a nice piece that points out that the w used in regular expressions matches up with the under score so what I view as multiple words would be counted as one.

The best example was in the comments when someone wrote:

This_is_a_single_word
but this-is-multiple-words
-- Jeff Atwood

I don't think I'll be changing my old files but going forward, I'll probably use this convention.


Last night, I spent some time doing research on how to work with exercism.io so that I could create a little video tutorial. From my home computer, I saved the individual webpages into evernote and than made sure that my laptop did a sync of the pages before I left the house.

I think this will work well going forward for my research materials, but1 it doesn't help me when I come up with new outlines and mind maps on my phone.

I have mixed feelings about this problem. On one hand, I have a point of friction. On the other, I'm moving! I'm doing something and this will ultimately be something that I can work on as part of this whole challenge.


  1. I'm the first one to run into issues with my own work most times. The perfectionist in me has stopped a lot of cool stuff. 


This time, I set out to see how quickly I could make a video of a simple animation. I managed to put it together in half an hour, but in the rush I can see a horrible delay in the middle of it. I feel it is because I don't really know the controls of the time line and that I was rushing to create something more than a blog post about the challenge that I'm doing.


Perhaps I'm fortunate in the fact that I only have half of my self allotted time to create something today. I got caught up being productive at my job1 and the place that I usually set up for this kind of work had the desk and chairs removed.

In fact, that got me thinking of whether I should count things that I make for work as part of my challenge. I think I'll say no at this point because I want to be able to show my work to the outside world and I'd like to keep my job2.


  1. I like to make sure that there aren't any loose ends that need to be taken care of. 

  2. The place that I work at is very touchy with information getting in and out. Even though I don't feel that my site has a lot (if any) traffic. Let's just keep things simple. 


The first Christmas Tree our family has ever done
The first Christmas Tree our family has ever done

Today, we bought our first Christmas Tree. For me, Christmas hasn't been my favorite holiday, but I should make it something of it for my family.


I was going to make something today.

I could say that I made waffles this morning.

Some of them were burnt.

Some of them were soggy.

It seems to be the metaphor for today.


I had trouble coming up with something to make today. I usually set up a time to do something right after work, but found myself staring at my phone for 15 minutes thinking about how I couldn't think of anything1.

I spent so time dabbling with CrazyTalk Animator, but didn't want to spend the time customizing a character today. I noticed that there were some properties that I couldn't change using the version that I have on my laptop2.

So, I think what I will do other than make this post is to commit myself to crafting a video on how to do certain exercises using swift. It would mark off a couple of things that I've been wanting to produce and allow me to have a road map going forward. Not just sitting down and thinking "what am I going to make today".


  1. Maybe I shouldn't have been playing Crossy Road. 

  2. I don't want to fork out more money just to change the skin color of my characters.