What I’m Doing Now

Learning JavaScript

For a long time now, I wanted to learn programming. I don’t count coding HTML or CSS as programming.

I bought my first PC in 1996 to learn C language. I just stopped racing and wasn’t sure what to do next. Learning how to program in C made perfect sense. I bought a PC (Pentium 100 with 4MB of RAM and 1G disk) and a how-to book with a CD-ROM filled with lessons and exercises glued to its cover.

Two weeks in and I had not progressed much. Maybe because a day or two after I bought the PC, a friend suggested to buy a modem and hook up to the Internet. I did.

After that, surfing (the net) defeated learning.

In 1997 I got into web design and tried to learn JavaScript. This time the excuse I found against learning was: I am a designer, not a programmer. Don’t waste your time.

Steven Pressfield described this phenomena of avoiding creative work as the Resistance in his The War of Art book. I recommend reading Derek Sivers’ notes about Pressfield’s work and then jump straight to Amazon to buy it — if you’re a creative (or think you are), it will (it should) change your life.

At any rate, failing to learn a programming language bothered me all these years (24, actually) and I thought it’s time to fix that.

For learning, I use Jonas Schmedtmann‘s course from Udemy and the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures Certificate course from freeCodeCamp.

If you’re interested in learning JavaScript, freeCodeCamp has a great resource page with links to what they say are the best JavaScript tutorials on the net.

As a bonus, I discovered a new text editor I have never heard of before (because it’s a Microsoft product) — Visual Studio Code. I thought I knew all good text editors (Sublime Text for me), but no, turns out I was wrong.

Trading Currencies (Forex)

In 2009 I crashed on a mountain bike ride, landed on a rock and busted my femur neck.

Trapped at home for weeks to let the bones stick together again, I thought I’d start a business or something. That something was Forex.

Forex brokers allow you to train on a demo account trading fake money. This is how you know if this business is for you.

I loved it. Loved the action and the intellectual challenge.

Soon, I realized that to make a living trading currencies, you’d need a mid 6-figure account and stay consistently positive at a double-digit rate.

Tough tasks — both. So I moved on.

As with programming language, Forex stayed on my mind all these years and yes, I want to figure it out.

Luckily, I had a spare Windows laptop to install MetaTrader 5 on and away I went. Back in the game (with fake money).

I aim to turn 2% monthly profit. Consistently. If I can do that, this may be my next job. Part time to start with, trading between 10pm and 12am (New York session).


Last updated: 10 May 2020.