As a part-time (ok, miniscule-time?) web developer I’m continuously amazed at the amount of productivity that can be had from building on top of open source software. I am then equally amazed at how much time it takes to make things your own.

I set out at the beginning of October to ship a beta of the web app I’ve been building in my spare time. I’m writing it in Ruby on Rails which means… it takes very little time to get a lot of very basic things running. Getting in to the last mile has proven though that the last 20% of work takes 80% of the effort. I have been walking through every user flow trying to make it look right and when I think it looks decent I’ve had to tweak some functionality.

These are good problems to have and I intend to keep my goal of shipping a beta as soon as possible and this has pretty much taken up most of my time aside from …

Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo was the game that truly hooked me. As a young enthusiast I was already hooked by car magazines but Gran Turismo was instrumental in teaching me about how to tune a car and about the nitty gritty of how a car behaved. I ordered GT Sport last year hoping it would come around Christmas but as it turns out it took until this month to actually deliver it.

The game is much different now as an adult with a gaming seat and a force-feedback wheel. I pretty much dropped iRacing for the month and started diving in to GT Sport continuing to realize that it’s hard to find “spare time” as an entreprenurially-minded father of two. I will probably focus on GT Sport for the rest of the year and in to 2018 so I am considering dropping my iRacing membership for a while because the game play on GT Sport just feels better even if it is not as true to life.

November Goals:

  • ship more code…
  • drive more on GT Sport…
  • finish the year strong…