Below are a few notes from this video

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTyg2E44pBA] where [[Alex Zhu]], the founder of Musical.ly, talks about growing and building a community.

Tiktok started as an educational platform- a chimera based off Twitter and Coursera.

Why It Failed

  • Content creation and content consumption have to be incredibly light
  • Education is a little bit against human nature. You’re much bett

Below are a few notes from this video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTyg2E44pBA] where [[Alex Zhu]], the founder of Musical.ly, talks about growing and building a community.

Tiktok started as an educational platform- a chimera based off Twitter and Coursera.

Why It Failed

  • Content creation and content consumption have to be incredibly…

While writing what I consider my best essay, [[The Information Platform of The Future]], I had many bouts of writer’s block. One of the things that helped get through was to write down everything I was afraid of, and to go through them rationally. Here they are:

  • What if nobody notices my ideas? Life goes on. You lose nothing. In fact, this means you escape criticism.
  • What if I’m accused of being incompetent? But you are. Besides, you can’t hope to improve without feedback.
  • What if my ideas could be gauged as shallow? You aren’t your ideas. Besides, you won’t ever know the importance of an idea until you share it.
  • I feel like it’ll never end; I feel like my ideas will never connect coherently. You don’t need to be perfect. If even one person understands your bull, your day will be made.
  • I’m afraid of…

No one argues the importance of self-defense. The world can be a dangerous place, so one must be able to stand up for themselves. However, you’re less likely to witness a physical fight today

than you would a century ago. Instead, I will argue, most modern attacks are psychological, and few of us escape unscathed.

In the attention and reliance economy, tech companies try to hook us onto their products. Toxicity abounds online, from the hate speech to the desensitized trolls to the smear bots. …


Dramatic title, I know, but lately I’ve had a few people ask me what extensions I use, and through sharing my list I’ve learnt of even better ones, so what better way to amplify these positive effects than to leverage the internet? 😛

Without further ado, let’s jump into it.

Privacy Badger + UBlock Origin

Let’s block all the ads! Sites look cleaner, load waayy faster, and pry less. These are the first extensions I install on any browser.

Hover + Unpaywall/ ByPass Paywalls

Let’s block all the login/paywalls! Are you starting to see a pattern here? 😛 The web can be full of thrash sometimes. With Hover & Unpaywall


I recently watched this 50-minute video where Rob Moore interviews Jordan B. Peterson, where they discuss the link between psychology and entrepreneurship among other juicy topics.

I found it so insightful that I started taking notes.

A few minutes into it, I quickly realized that you can speak volumes in the time that it takes to write a couple of lines, and that as a result, talks have a lower signal to noise ratio- even if it’s Jordan Peterson doing the talking.

So I spent a few hours spread throughout the weeks to gather all the essential ideas, connect my…


I’ve been working with Flutter in Visual Studio Code for almost a year now, and it drastically accelerated mobile development for me. Flutter makes it painless to craft aesthetic UIs. Gone are the days of XML layouts. Coupled with Visual Studio Code and these incredible plugins, the Flutter experience is butter smooth. Without further ado, here are my top plugin picks for better fluttering.

Flutter + Dart


UPDATE 🚨⚡: Since writing this post, I’ve moved to Commento. It supports anonymous comments, looks cleaner, and just works better for me. You can see it in action just below the Utterances comment section in this post. I explained how I self-hosted and installed Commento here.

As a writer, I believe it’s important to not only share your thoughts but also to receive reflections and feedback from your audience. It’s especially essential for tech posts; users can notify you of outdated content, or ask about unclear instructions. …


Hosting a hackathon is not easy. But it’s worth every ounce of effort. Hang tight, as we delve into how I hosted a hackathon as a student — twice.

This story was originally posted on mascii.

The beginning: Rewind to 2017

Two years ago, one of my friends hit me up, and asked:

Hey, have you ever heard of Local Hack Day by MLH? Maybe you should organise one. I did for my campus; It was a lot of fun.

One Google search later, I read: Local Hack Day is a global hackathon hosted by students in over colleges around the world. …


Some time ago, I was pair programming with a friend. Sadly, the location provided internet access only through network cables. My friend had an Ethernet port, but my newer laptop didn’t :(

He promptly set up a hotspot for me, solving the issue and leaving me bedazzled.

“I can simultaneously use WiFi and set up a hotspot on Windows, but it never worked on Linux. I always have to plug in the cable first.”, he complained.

I believed that a hack must exist; So I asked good ol’ Google. …


Can’t wait to visit the place :)

Setting the scene

I’m a sixteen-year-old teen, and this is the story of how I went from noobie to becoming a Google Code-In (GCI) winner. Google Code-in is an international contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13–17) to open source software development.

There are cool prizes as you advance through the competition: digital certificates, t-shirts, hoodies, and finally the Grand Prize Trip to Google HQ. This year’s edition had over 3500 students from 78 countries who completed 16468 tasks.

No story is complete without a flashback. Bear with me, as I bring you back in time. …

MaskyS

Freelance Flutter Developer + Front-End Dev | Learning to create and creating to learn | maskys.com

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