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Post-Dev Bootcamp


I’m not going to talk about what I’ve learned in DBC or my incredible experiences there. Instead, I’m going to talk about life after DBC because, really, transitioning out of DBC in to the real world (yes, you are not in the real world while at DBC) is actually a lot more difficult than…

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Inside Dev Bootcamp New York From the Student Perspective


What if there was a school where the students graded the teachers instead of the teachers grading the students?

"I give Dev Bootcamp an A" says one student from New York, "it’s not an A+ though."

Dev Bootcamp operates in a way that most schools could only dream.

We iterate on our…

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JUST RELEASED: Watch the full premiere episode of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire NOW.

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Could you explain your story breaking process?

Asked by hayleyed


Start with random IDEAS.  Ideas can be anything - Poop is an idea, America, pickles, the number six, a raccoon, anything.

Some ideas will reveal related ideas, i.e. you may think, upon thinking about raccoons, that you have more than one thought about raccoons.  Clouds of related ideas that your mind recognizes as related in any way are potential story AREAS.  Look for areas that make you laugh and cry.

Draw a circle to symbolize your area, because your story will take the “reader” through related ideas in a path around a central idea.  You don’t have to know what the central idea is.  It’s probably dumb.  For God’s sake, you’re writing about raccoons.

Divide your circle into a top half and bottom half and ask yourself what those halves might be.  Like, your raccoon area might become divided into “positive thoughts about raccoons” and “negative thoughts about raccoons.”  If the division doesn’t feel charged for you, pick something else, like male raccoon thoughts and female raccoon thoughts, or biological raccoon thoughts and storybook raccoon thoughts.  At some point, you will divide your area into two parts that create a personal “charge” for you, like a battery.  ”Ooo, I like the idea that there’s a difference between biological raccoons and storybook raccoons, that tingled when I drew that line, I want to know more.” <— that’s my impression of you nailing it.

Divide the divided circle down the middle and pick another charged dichotomy for left and right.  For instance, biological/storybook raccoon area could get divided into dishonest/honest.  

Now you have four quadrants to your circle, going clockwise: biological dishonest raccoon, storybook dishonest raccoon, storybook honest raccoon, biological honest raccoon.  Any point at which you stop feeling charged, go back a step or start over.  Maybe you had to get this far to realize you don’t give a shit about raccoons.  Please note that at this point, people around you will start to express confusion and frustration, because they thought the idea was fine already.  Depending on your mood and standing, these people are called hacks, traitors, parasites, scabs or successful colleagues.

When you find an area that yields four charged quadrants, experiment with protagonists.  Easy answer first, maybe I’m a raccoon.  So once upon a time there was a dishonest biological raccoon that became a storybook raccoon, which lead to him becoming honest before finally going back to being biological again.  Cool?  If not, go back or start over.  Again, please note that many people will not want you to go back or start over.  These people will one day drown in their own blood while you point and laugh with God.  Or maybe they’re good people and you just have Asperger’s.

Then you keep dividing the pie, adding “curvature” to the protagonist’s path with the 8 point story structure you can find me blathering about elsewhere online.

Create more characters as needed, give them their own stories as needed.

Repeat every day until rich people give you money to do it for them.  Buy a house, become one of them and hire poor people to do it for you.  Somewhere in there try to get a dog and a funny girlfriend or it’s all pretty pointless.  Speaking of which, I just realized I’m the only one at the office. Thank you for this question.

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Yup, pretty much – genius from cartoonist Drew.
Pair with Christoph Niemann’s humorous diagrams of the creative process, then dive into the actual psychology of its stages.
(via Go Into The Story)


Yup, pretty much – genius from cartoonist Drew.

Pair with Christoph Niemann’s humorous diagrams of the creative process, then dive into the actual psychology of its stages.

(via Go Into The Story)

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Visit Donald Judd’s Home and Studio

Another good reason to hop on a plane direction New York is the recent Donald Judd Home + Studio opening to the public.

In 1984 Donald bought an old factory with five floors at 101 Spring Street in Soho which he made his home, studio and permanent installation.

An apt reflection of his design philosophy, 101 Spring Street shows how Donald considered art in relation to architecture and how he lived, worked and slept surrounded with works of his contemporaries.

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DBC: this strange and beautiful place



I earned these tags, and am very proud of my journey to this moment. I’ve taken a few days away to reflect - and sleep..a lot. I’m going to tell you about the worst week, and then I’m going to tell you how Dev Bootcamp has changed my life. Okay? Ok.

Here are some things about week eight of…

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There’s a raging debate on the twitters about whether it makes sense to build for Android vs iOS first. The real answer is that it depends on the problem you’re solving and the user’s context. But most of the time, neither is correct. Most startups should be be building for the web. In a…

This just makes sense. 

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Join us for Rails Girls Summer of Code 2014!


After an incredible first Summer of Code, we’re back for another year and need your help!

We just started our crowd funding campaign one week ago and secured 8 scholarships in 7 days! Our goal is to fund 20 scholarships for our future students again. And you can help us make that happen!…