Fearless right doing

The article in a local newspaper from a political leader honestly and openly speaking out. Speaking out knowing that persecution will come. Knowing that what he is doing will be frowned upon and even ridiculed by those so close to him. 

Our country is going through a challenging time politically, which affects many aspects of our lives as South Africans. 

I honor people who speak up for what is right.

Good men cannot be silent in the face of evil. Silence is connivance

Read full article here: http://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/mathews-phosa-this-was-my-damascus-moment-7831409

Design inspiration the right way

I do not consider myself to be a designer.

I still don’t think of myself as one, but I’m slowly realising that though I’m not one by profession, I am taking part in the act of designing. Not in the traditional sense of arts and visual expression but as an architect of API’s (programming interfaces)

I create software, specifically WordPress plugins and more specifically WooCommerce extensions. Together with our team, I re-create and re-define software interfaces.

The software one person wrote has to interact with software another person wrote. Without thinking about the design of these interfaces and considering the effects of one’s decisions, we ultimately negatively impact not just the software another person wrote, but actually the person itself.

This other person is more important than the code we share. In this I know that designing software in the correct manner extremely important.

I’ve found so many inspiring articles on design and inclusion on https://design.blog. These articles shape the way I think about design beyond simply visual expression: Find your more inspiration here:
https://design.blog

Oh I have a .blog

Get.blog, a new top level domain focused on people who are really interested in blogging. It’s a nice way to say, hey this is just another blog.

I’m actually blessed to have this domain as being part of Automattic allowed me to beta test the process and reserve this domain name: dwain.blog.

The name is somehow helping me to realise that this blog is my own and I can put out anything that’s on my mind (that I feel should be public). I’m a small scale blogger and I love it. No pressure and no need to be impressive. Writing is a skill and practice makes perfect.

Ableton, software engineering behind the music

Often times, one forgets that the tools you and other people use actually have people just like you working hard to ship the nex improved version.

It is quite interesting to see how the developers work to produce such an amazing tool used by many renowned DJ’s and producers.

Blog First

We all use a lot of social / content sharing services where we share a lot of personal data. Sometimes we forget those platforms can shut down overnight leaving you with no way to get back the data. 

From today on I’m blogging and then sharing data with other services. My blog becomes the central source of truth.

WordPress gives me peace of mind. I know my content belongs to me and that I can move it to others service should I need to.