Matt West's Blog

We live in a world where you can go online and watch a talk from pretty much any prominent individual from the past two decades. That's pretty amazing, but I still find magic in the written word. In this post I wanted to share some of the books I've read over the years that have helped me...
Let’s start with a bit of context. About a year ago I started work on a little web application that could surface the best links shared by the people I follow on twitter. Last February I released that application into the world as Kojitsu. I'm fascinated with the potential to tap the social...
A few days ago I spent some time thinking about exactly what it is about Postach.io that keeps me so interested in the platform. After all, there's a lot of blogging platforms out there. I've been blogging with Postach.io for about a year now. It's a great product, but the biggest standout for...
Every now and then I read, hear, or watch something that resonates with me so much I just want to share it with the world. Today that moment came after watching Enrique Peñalosa's TED talk on urban planning and public transport. Urban planning isn't one of those sexy design niches that gets...
Everything has a finite amount of time. All the objects we depend on. All the people we love. If we take away all that surrounds us, all we're really left with is time. Time to enjoy. Time to be happy. How will you spend your time?
Really excited to find out that Postach.io now supports DropBox! My biggest issue has always been dealing with the Evernote editor so this is very welcome news. More info here
Writing gets talked about these days as one of the most important skills a person can have, and I generally agree. Writing teaches you to think deeply. To care about the work you produce. To consider how others will read your words. Being a good writer isn't a trait you're born with. Writing is...
My day revolves around what’s on my to-do list. It helps to keep me productive. But to-do lists have a problem. They get bloated. You end up with all sorts of stuff on there that isn’t that important. It’s important to edit your to-do lists. Remove the things that aren’t important. Focus on the...
After finishing HTML5 Foundations I was asked if I’d like to start writing for the Treehouse blog. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity and started formulating ideas for blog posts. That was November 2012. Over the past year (and a bit) I’ve written more than fifty posts for the Treehouse blog...
I've been looking for an ergonomic keyboard for a while but have always been put off by the design of most of the keyboards on the market. They usually look more like a medical instrument than something I want to have on my desk. So when I came across the Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic keyboard I...