These last two weeks have been busier again work-wise. Product launch and stuff. It feels like work again, which is mostly good. I've been offering feedback and advice to a few people on their own efforts. I don't like to talk about startups much. I think that's because of some of the culture and cults of personality associated. Startups are 99% about the founders, and there's a humble grind that gets lost in the noise. All the books about startups are useless. I'd advise anyone that wants to start a company to toss all those books out, and to spend the time building. At best, those books are PR for the author. You either work at something when it makes no sense to anyone but you, or you fail. I've seen this play out several times in a number of ways now. There will be at least one point where your effort no longer makes sense to anyone but you. One of my YC batchmates has been grinding at his product since 2017 and it's now starting to pay off. It's a wonderful thing to witness. It has nothing to do with the money. It's like climbing a mountain, or placing in a triathalon, or playing a piano solo in a concert hall. He's been working to build something of value, and people are starting to take notice that he really has. It's a joy to watch. I'm so happy for him.
More progress on the painting:
I figured out a trick last night regarding shading. Sometimes I feel like painting is a collection of tricks.
I have also continued to build my custom RC car. The pace has slowed since my office isn't in my garage atm, but it's moving along. My next effort is to turn a sheet of lexan into a body with a heat gun. I've already used it to modify the angle on the roll cage. I didn't realize how quickly heat guns get hot. I almost destroyed it immediately.
Finally, I have the long-term goal to create an iOS app. I believe that I am going to write the service in Python using the Django framework. I have a Django droplet deployed on DO at any rate. Happy to take advice. I've done some looking to see if there is an open source Swift/Django app out there without much luck. Not a big deal, but I love to learn by poking around with something that already exists.