Martin Rue

Martin Rue


Software developer. Language geek.
Manchester & Berlin.


Blog

  1. Seek Out New Experiences

    We ofen hear the advice “get out of your comfort zone”, and in my experience it’s good advice to avoid becoming stationary in whatever it is you’re trying to get better at. Being outside your comfort zone usually means doing something you don’t expect, or something you don’t already know...…


  2. Thoughts on Crypto Currency Mania

    It’s the end of 2017 and right now there’s a huge amount of interest in buying [insert any crypto currency coin here]. Everyone wants to buy everything, and as a result we’re very much in a bull market at the moment. It seems almost too easy to make money, and...…


  3. The Gym

    Anyone who knows me will know that the gym is a fairly big part of my life. While my goal certainly isn’t to become the next Eddie Hall or Phil Heath, during the last 3 years the gym has been a valuable source of discipline and improvement for me. …


  4. You're Not Ready

    I heard something a few days ago. You know, the kind of thing where you stop and think for a while, and then the significance starts to become really clear to you. …


  5. Give Yourself More Playtime

    I remember my first computer fondly. As a kid I was more than addicted to the Commodore 64 – perfectly happy to sit and endure at least 5 minutes of the most colourful, potentially epileptic attack you can imagine, simply to have a few games of Boulder Dash. It was...…


  6. Do What You Love

    Reflecting on 2014, it has been a tough but very exciting year. …


  7. Why Read?

    It seems like a stupid question – obviously, we read in order to process written material until we understand it. …


  8. Be With Your Thoughts More Often

    Whilst walking to work this morning, I noticed myself doing something that I wouldn’t normally give a second thought to. I took out my phone and checked Twitter. After a few minutes of avoiding lamp posts whilst scrolling through tweets I’d missed the night before, I moved onto Facebook. A...…


  9. Passion

    In Foundation episode 3 with Philip Rosedale (the founder of Second Life) Kevin Rose asks about entrepreneurship. Philip has some interesting opinions that resonate with my own. …


  10. Understand How It Works

    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from my grandfather. He didn’t visit very often and so conversation often felt a bit like an ice breaker. We’d talk about how school was going and what I wanted to be when I was older, and after a...…


  11. Growth Is Not The Goal

    In the startup world we hear a lot about growth. Startup accelerators focus on being the facilitators of quick growth and the term is thrown around like it’s universally a good thing. …


  12. To Be Productive, Be Prepared

    Often we think of motivation and productivity as being connected by a sort of feedback loop. When we’re motivated we make progress and seeing that progress keeps us motivated. …


  13. Stay Young Enough To Try Anything

    I am not young enough to know everything. …


  14. Startups Are Not Sexy

    Over the last 10 years the number of people I know working on their own startup has probably increased by a factor of 10. Hundreds of startup success stories and movies such as The Social Network have popularised the idea of building your own startup, just like TV shows such...…


  15. Let's Get Real About Ambition

    Do you have a goal or ambition? …


  16. What Is 'The Zone', Anyway?

    Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about the zone. I’ve been trying to work out what it actually is. Most often it’s described as being in a super productive state for short periods of time, where the best code you’ve ever written just flows from your fingertips. …


  17. Talk About Your Stuff

    Growing up I was a pretty shy kid. I didn’t talk to many people and I loved hacking away at things almost in secret. I would get pretty nervous if anyone asked me what I was doing. I guess I felt like they might judge me, or tell me that...…


  18. Ask Questions

    Sometimes I find myself in situations where someone appears to know exactly what my problem is. Not only do they appear to grasp the entire situation from a mere few words, they have also wasted no time in determining (from the possibly infinite pool of potential choices) the best solution....…


  19. Agile – 'A' For Adjective

    Are you doing happy? No, seriously, are you doing happy? OK, what about this, are you doing flexible? You probably think I’m talking nonsense, and that’s because I am – I’m using adjectives as nouns. …


  20. ZZüy – A Lesson In Perseverance

    In the last post I said that we actually need to do what we want to become better at, as well as reading and talking about it. But there’s something else. …


  21. Do

    I often go back to my parents house on weekends to visit, and for nearly as long as I can remember my sister and I have enjoyed the occasional game of Counter Strike while I’m there. …