Clever Laziness


2021: The Void Year

Right around the start of the pandemic, I sort of lost interest in blogging. Well, it’s complicated. I’ve been working remotely for 4 years now. So I became accustomed to what many have had a rough time getting used to recently, a few years ago.

On Abstracting Code

Early in a developer’s career, we are exposed to several principles which are thought of as hard rules one must abide by. But unlike programming, where things are fluid and ever-changing, hard rules confine us to a limited set of stuff we can do and a lot of what we can’t.


March Notes

Fuck, what a month. I hope everyone is staying safe out there. Most are spending a lot more time at home than usual. My partner has been at home with me for about 3 weeks now. And I believe she’s starting to crack.

February Notes

It’s been quite the month. So much craziness happened in such a short amount of time. My family and I have luckily been safe from most of it. And I’ve occupied myself with my work to the point that I hardly did anything else but code this month.

January Notes

This was a solid start to the Year of Focus. I’ve been working hard on two things this month: optimizations to the site and cleaning up my feeds (podcast and RSS). The latter is relatively straightforward; I already had a task list with various items.


New year, new theme? Ok. Last year’s theme was a success. Having the mindset of prioritizing quality over quantity allowed me to prioritize the things that mattered most. Every time I felt that my time was being wasted on something unnecessary, I’d do a quick reset and removed it from my life.


Spreadsheets Reloaded

My love for lists has taken me to new extremes I never thought of before. And I love it. In this second installment of “Spreadsheets,” I want to detail my attempt at making a database for all my lists. I don’t recommend this approach; there are plenty of more user-friendly solutions to this “problem”.


I like lists. I make them all the time to help me keep track of just about anything I need to know. There’s only so much I can hold in my head at a given time. So offloading certain information for later use frees up my head to focus on executing tasks relating to the listed information.


Every year, the guys over at Cortex come up with a theme that sets an overarching idea guiding their decisions. There has been the “Year of Less” and “Year of Positivity” since 2017. Some people have begun to follow along with their yearly themes, like Quinn Rose with her “Year of Quality”.



Have you ever gone down one of those online rabbit holes and end up on r/disneyvacation for some odd reason? Yeah, me neither. For a lot of us procrastinating is the norm and getting some work done is the accomplishment of the day.

Illustration of Juan laying on a sofa, coding on a laptop. While being levitated by a wizard cat.

Hi, I'm Juan

Senior Full-Stack Developer over at Big Pixel. I like stickers and building things. This is where ramble about my automation endeavors and web development.