Thoughts

Bruno Bernardino

Written by Bruno Bernardino.
Thoughts can change, disappear, or simply be observed.

There is a better way to read RSS
Introducing Focusd - A Calm RSS Reader

For over a year I’ve been reading articles from RSS feeds once a day, and now I’m making it possible and easy for anyone to do that as well…

Selling my Apple side projects
Some pre-spring cleaning

That’s right. I sold all of my side projects related to Apple that I’ve worked on in the past 3 years or so. I used Transferslot for it…

My Favorite Articles
Currently. Never more than 15.

This is mainly a list for myself, and I welcome recommendations. These articles have valuable lessons, even if I don’t agree with the…

Promoting my right to forget
What was I talking about?

Photo by me @ Vilarinho de Negrões, Montalegre, Portugal . This is a short story about how, in the last year, I’ve deleted most of my…

Two years with Zapier
What an amazing journey so far!

It’s incredible to think that I only joined Zapier two years ago and realize how much we’ve grown since then. In fact, that’s one of the…

One Year Later
My Zapierversary

One year ago I started an amazing journey at Zapier . I expected a lot, and still I got so much more than that (in a good way). Everyone’s…

Handle URL Path Redirects “serverlessly”
Really, using AWS Lambda and API Gateway

I know, serverless isn’t really serverless ! There’s a server somewhere! Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you about the time when I…

Beefing up Privacy
Why and how I’ve become more concerned about my privacy.

Photo by Matthew Henry For the longest time my mindset about Privacy had been “if I’ve got nothing to hide, I don’t need to worry about it…

Using limits as expanders
How I got more creative with less options

A few years ago, something I read really hit me. It was about the strict limits of Haiku , a form of very short Japanese poems. They had to…

5 Things I Stopped Doing
Which have made me happier!

Before you start reading through this list, note I’m not saying you should do these. Do whatever you want that makes you happy. I’m merely…

Be honest about your successes
And focus on how you overcame the failures

I really, really like how this video expresses honesty in successes. In today’s frantic times of ever-sharing our successes, we often end up…

Mindfulness & Minimalism
A 20-minute talk on basic aspects, struggles, and how to practice them.

It was my first take and I realize I’m quite bad at this, and I’m not sure if it’s something I should invest in improving. I’m sorry about…

Education solves your problem
My thoughts on education

People who know me understand I believe all problems (we know) we have can be solved by improving education. It has the potential to…

Appreciate others more. Now.
Why do we only show appreciation to others when they’re leaving?

Recently I left the company I worked for in the past ~3 years. When I told everyone I was leaving, I got quite a few unexpected heartfelt…

Dress up experiment
How dressing better for the past year has changed my mood positively

It feels great to just walk around the park during the day for a little bit. Having worked from my home office full-time in the past 1…

If I’ve helped you, consider donating…
To one of these institutions I support.

(tl;dr; Scroll to the bottom for the list. Donate.) Up until 2013, I used to accept donations, as an individual, and at emotionLoop as…

Collaboration drives us forward
Competition is slower

If you think about the “humanity” breakthroughs, like farming, industrialization, Internet, open source software, they were driven by…

Not dying sets us up for failure
A quick thought experiment on focus

I think it’s undeniable the effect a deadline can have on us. The power that focus generates gets us to do things we otherwise perceived as…

We are all prejudiced
And we need to admit it before we can fight it.

One day, as me and my girlfriend were driving to my brother’s home for the weekend, and having finished “ Blink ” a while before, we started…

Going back to one monitor
How I ended 6 years of a multi-monitor habit

Since I started practicing minimalism and mindfulness, I’m always looking for the next thing that I can find is not essential, to declutter…

Write code for humans, not machines
How some recent coding trends are focused on the wrong things

NOTE: While I’m talking about JavaScript, this idea applies to any language. A recent trend of making code “pretty” and smaller has been…

Great questions to ask on an interview
As an interviewee.

For over a year I’ve been interviewing people somewhat frequently (10–20 interviews per month), and I thought I’d share some tips and some…

My story
This is the longer version of who I am, up until August 2014.

For a shorter version, view my personal website . Getting into computers Up until I was 14, I was pretty sure I wanted to be an architect…

No ambition. No goals.
How I’m planning to live my life from now on.

For a long time I’d written my short list (my most important commitments, a cue from Leo Babauta ), goals and ambitions , and from…

How I’m avoiding sitting for too long with Time Out
My method and its benefits

It’s no news that sitting for long periods of time is harmful to your health . There are also back and neck muscle problems associated…

Creating and maintaining new habits
And how that translates to a meaningful life

If you don’t know who Leo Babauta is, he’s an advocate for simplicity and minimalism , leading to a more productive and meaningful…

How I use Clear to be productive
Morning Routine of a Productivity lover

As you can see from the photo above, my saturdays are not exactly filled with a lot of things to do. And I love that. It’s actually been…

Writing a book
My experience of writing Pro jQuery Plugins

An unexpected invitation I’ve never thought about writing a book. I had some ideas for Sci-fi books and I was good at writing poems, but it…