Letting Go of Things

January 26th, 2015

Materialistic attachment is a silly feeling we get the moment we’re about to lose something we invested time or money into. But if we stop for a moment and ask ourselves what really matters in the universe, then reality settles in. As long as we are in good health, have some friends and family and are not starving, things are going to be OK. Everything else is just extra. Next time your car breaks down or your phone stops working, […]

Coding Outside in Winter Weather

January 21st, 2015

Coming into January I realized that I haven’t had a chance to code in the open skies for almost a month due to the chilly temperatures. I have been working mostly inside the popup camper. It’s still considered outdoor coding, but it’s not as nice. I tried challenging the elements and work outside despite the cold; the body is fine if you put a jacket and a few sweaters, but keeping your fingers warm is impossible without glowes. And typing […]

I Downsized and Found Happiness

January 21st, 2015

For the past 8 months I have been living a fairly minimalistic lifestyle. I have never felt happier. It’s not the fact that I sleep in a small tent instead of a nice, comfortable bed, or the fact that I use a toaster oven (when I’m lucky to have AC electricity), instead of having a full sized kitchen. It’s what these choices teach me. Living small teaches you to appreciate the things you have. No need to quit your job […]

The Path of Least Resistance

December 19th, 2014

How do you describe something beautiful? In nature, art, design, music, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, something beautiful simply flows. Whether it’s a concept, an artistic expression, a practical implementation or an elegant solution. A beautiful flow is achieved by means of finding a path of least resistance. This is going to be very abstract for some readers, but try to follow my thoughts: Flow is in nature A river finds its way from the mountains to the sea by going around things in its […]

Are You a Happy Animal in a Cage?

Me doing silly jumps at Surf City, NC
November 13th, 2014

I first read about the concept of the happy animal in a cage while reading Live on the Margin. It goes something like:  How can you tell if you are really happy? Even if you’re in a place you don’t like and you’re stuck doing something you don’t enjoy, you tend to make the best out of the worst. You eventually convince yourself that where you are and what you do is not so bad overall. You’re happy. You’re in a cage, because you’re unable or unwilling to change […]

5 Months On The Road: Lessons Learned

Beach showing car tire tracks
October 18th, 2014

Traveling, being your own boss, deciding what to do day by day without planning, all of these things do not come for free. Freedom has a price. I always remind people that this type of nomadic lifestyle is not all paradise. It involves compromises. Here’s a few examples: Connections with friends and family We have made efforts to go visit old friends that moved away in several places around the country. It’s been great to see them. At the same time we wish […]

What is outdoor coding?

October 6th, 2014

Here’s my definition: The act of engaging in software writing activity outside, so not inside a building. I think sometimes in the future more and more work and school activity will take place outside. There’s something incredibly beautiful about nature.

I love risk

September 3rd, 2014

I’ve been asked multiple times if I was nervous about leaving everything behind, quitting my salary job and starting my own business, selling most of my possessions and venturing on such a long trip. “What about your stable income, Piero? How are you going to support yourself (and your wife)? What if you get stranded somewhere? Are you bringing pepper spray everywhere you go with you?” We are interesting beings, us humans. We pride ourselves of the gift of rationality […]

How To Bypass T-Mobile’s Mobile HotSpot Filter

August 15th, 2014

If you are a T-Mobile customer and tether your internet connection from your phone, you might have encountered this annoying screen: Now this is a ridiculous effort by T-Mobile to charge you twice for using the data plan that you already paid for. I call it a ridiculous effort because they have no sure way of detecting whether an internet request comes from your phone or from a device connected to it, and this is clearly a way to milk […]

What society needs is more free time

August 9th, 2014

We go to school for 12 years, then we go to college for another 4 to 8 years. We are already in our mid-20s by the time we can become a productive member of society. On average we die at age 80. We spend almost 1/3 of our life just getting ready, doing nothing but homework. How are we going to spend the rest? We can do what society wants, get a nice paying job, get our 2 weeks of paid vacation a year, buy some expensive toys (we’re making […]