Lauri Liimatta

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Round numbers

"I think that someone’s fear of a ‘milestone birthday’ directly relates to how happy they are with their life. If you love what you do and are surrounded by good friends and family, then forty or fifty or sixty is just a round number, not a cause for panic." - John Wood As I itch closer to tu…

The new and last year

Right around this time last year I laid down some goals for 2016. I’m happy that my non-programming related goal of filming, editing and putting out a skate video came to fruition. On top of that I also made an edit of my dad doing his thing, sailing. When the year started I was still feeling the e…

Social media rant

I recently launched a new side project called BloomUp. It’s a simple service which allows you to start a gratitude journal. Users who sign up to BloomUp receive an email every day at a time which they can specify themselves and the email always asks ‘What are you grateful for today?’. To actually use t…

Sailing

During my visit to Finland in late August I filmed my dad sailing in Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland. It was actually fun to film something that wasn't skateboarding for a change. This week I finally took the time to cut and edit the footage into a short montage. My plan is to film another…

Making stuff (Part 2)

In the beginning of the year I said releasing a skate video of some kind was one of my goals for the year. Last month I was able to put a checkmark next to that goal. I gathered all the footage I had of my friend Stephane and put together a two minute edit. Stereotypically skate edits don't have a…

Making stuff (Part 1)

My recent trip to Portugal inspired me to get back into making stuff that doesn't require any coding. When I was a kid I used to have woodworking classes in school and I was actually pretty decent at it back then. The thought of getting back into woodworking had been on my mind for quite some time…

Bad weather

"One of the biggest mistakes I've observed with parents is that they have this language around weather... ...weather being good or bad... ...and whenever it was raining they would be like it's bad weather... ...it's bad weather so we can't go out and when it's good weather we can go out...…

Blogging dilemma

Photo by: Michael Vallejo When I started this blog my goal was to write at least one post per month. In April I failed to do that. There was just no post in me that month. This month however I went through a lot of thoughts and emotions while I was in Lisbon. I wrote a lengthy piece about an aha…

In search of a new home

In my previous post I mentioned that one of the advantages of working as a freelance web designer is that I can work from almost anywhere. As long as I have my laptop and internet connection I'm pretty much good to go. It was this freedom that originally brought me to The Netherlands. However now…

Doing it my way

I enjoy it whenever I have a chance to have in-depth conversations with regular people. By regular people I mean people who are not entrepreneurs. Obviously I often get along the best with my fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs but talking with regular people gives me perspective and appreciation…

The past year and onwards

One of my goals for this year and for the years to come is to do and ship more stuff. I took some baby steps towards this direction already in 2015 but this year I'm determined to make some real steps happen. Last year the first dab at this was Musicticker, a project that me and my friend Joona…

Don't shoot us beginners

Photo by: Andrew I recently went to developer meetup and encountered some behaviour that I thought was a huge turnoff for going to any of their future events. As the presentations started rolling I couldn't help noticing these snarky and opinionated 1-2 word comments in middle of people's talks.…

Just learn javascript, man

For the last few years this is what many people have told me. Just learn javascript. Just, that easy, that simple, right? Many times I wished it really was but in reality learning any new language is not matter of just. It takes a real motivation to take on something as challenging as learning a…