Tag Archives: Flow


I got flow. Flow is generally defined as a mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity by Wikipedia.

See, sometimes I can REALLY focus on something, usually PHP, and make tremendous progress. So I’ve rewritten large parts of the Small Axe backend to deal with tags using Ajax. If I were more courageous, I’d rewrite the whole backend using better, leaner code, smarter coding techniques, and a more modern UI, but not now.

In the meantime, firsttube.com is running some of the best code I’ve ever written. Note the tag and subject clouds, the dynamic URLs, the styled feeds, and the HTML-templated site.

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code on high

i have this book that talks about a psychological state called “flow.” flow is optimization of sorts – when you are so focused you lose track of time and other needs.

while i have acheived this state of flow, i sometimes equate long term flow with writing php. see, i go for weeks or months without any real development – to the point i actually forget how the stuff i wrote works. then, shortly thereafter, i operate on high for weeks. lately, with the rebirth of ft, i’ve been on high.

c2 is now in the works, and it’s amazing how much better my code is these days. just look at qdpa and flip lite – small, smart, more secure, portable code. it makes flip look so amateur. that’s why i’m so excited for c2. when i get a weekend, i’m going to slam through a lot of the rough draft and get it semi-functional.

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