Martin Andersson Aaberge

Thinking and writing code…but mostly thinking

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Some code in the article has been updated, thanks to Honza Král


A system that helped me get A’s on my exams when I was lagging behind

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Writing text might not be the answer to note-taking at all — Nodes are

Are you still taking notes on paper? When you write on paper you are physically feeling all the letters that translate from your mind to the paper. I love writing on paper, but that content dies with the notebook and it kills you when you go somewhere and forget to bring it. Going to the cabin to read for your exam while your notes are at home? That immediately initiates another two-hour drive back home.


Run a global check on your product name prior to release

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Every new product needs a name. The name is its identity. Back in 2012, Apple called the iPad3 “The New iPad.” It was a brilliant marketing move. Not only would you get people visiting the Apple store asking for The New iPad, but there was an explosion of free PR with people complaining about the name as well as those praising it.


#6: Drink brain tea.

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Mornings can start in a million different ways. You can get up full of energy, ready to solve all global problems, or your body pours out of bed like a piece of jello. Then, there is everything in between, where most of us find ourselves. This middle ground doesn’t involve any habits. We get up, get out, and start our day without overthinking. You make sure the coffee mug reaches your face, and that’s pretty much your morning habit.


If you believe in your friends, you owe them a push in the right direction.

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Have you pushed someone off a cliff before? The cliff of hesitation and fear? It’s one of the worst cliffs out there — A dream-breaker, an enemy of progress.


No one will understand your program. Not even you

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iPad, flowers, and a cup of coffee on a bench
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Have you ever scratched your head reading code you didn’t write yourself?

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” — John Wood

Many programs suffer from the fact that they aren’t written with another reader in mind. …


Don’t just do it because it’s “trendy.”

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As humans, we are flock animals who follow the crowd and trends. There aren’t many solo-humans. We are a social species who need each other to live meaningful lives, and other people enrich our lives.


The iPad will not replace the MacBook, but they should share this feature.

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Will your iPad Pro replace your MacBook Pro?


Start slow — Minimal effort, maximum output

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Are you tired of articles telling you to start exercising, eat healthier, reach all your goals, or become a super-human? Those are no easy tasks.

1. Drink more water

You are most likely not drinking enough water.


Thank you for reading

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In January 2020, I started writing about tech and programming.

The List

Here is the list of the articles you enjoyed the most in 2020:

  1. Document Your Python Code Without Writing Documentation (28K…

Martin Andersson Aaberge

CG supervisor with 17 years of experience in the Animation- and VFX industry. Studying Design, Use and Interaction (UX) at the University of Oslo

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