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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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photo of a spider web with droplets looking like a node tree
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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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woman sitting on the roof of a white car
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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.


Please swing by and see if you find anything you like

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I started my Medium journey in January 2020. In April 2021, I decided it was time to bring even more value to my followers — old and new. To create more audiovisual content, I recently started my YouTube channel

Why do it?

I have always loved teaching, learning, and sharing. With yet another platform, I will be able to continue doing what I love and reach more people.


Happiness is a lifestyle, not a state of mind

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Is happiness a state of mind? The Danes use a word for happiness, “Lykke,” to describe in-the-moment happiness. The feeling you get when you sit in front of the fireplace and drink hot chocolate without a worry in the world.


My most rewarding paycheck in 2020 was $7.10 — then I was fired

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My 9–5 job, teaching, and writing were my main income streams in 2020. It paid the bills while allowing me to save and invest. Why then is the $7.10 paycheck my most rewarding? A sum that won’t even cover a fancy coffee.


Stripped of distractions, packed with power

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Do you want to dive into Python programming but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Thonny will guide you along the way. You don’t even have to install Python.


Spice up your day with some randomness

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Photo of a man holding a Rubik’s cube
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When you start learning Python, it is easy to get lost in variables, lists, sets, if statements, and loops, and not know where to take it next.


A parent’s perspective

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You’ve met them. The humanoid creature with an empty stare. Your friend, who used to be witty and interested in your life. Now, her only focus is managing to stand upright and tell you stories you don’t need to hear.


#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.

Martin Andersson Aaberge

CG supervisor with 17 years of experience in the Animation- and VFX industry. Focus: UX, Writing, Programming, Productivity. Contact: martinandersson@me.com

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