[BAWD #15] Why You Want Things You Don’t Need

Hello there 👋🏾,

I trust you had a blissful week?! Btw, here’s a friendly reminder that sometimes less is better. 💙

You might be familiar with buying items you think you need, but you actually do not need them and end up not using them or actually buying more similar items that you do not need 🌚.

The Diderot Effect (coined from the life of the famous French philosopher Denis Diderot who lived nearly his entire life in poverty) states that obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption, leading you to acquire more new items. As a result, we end up buying things that do not align with our sense of identity and previous purchases. One of my favorite authors wrote a detailed article about this concept and useful tips you can use to curb it, do check it out.

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Good Tidings 🔊

  1. I'm creating a curated list of resources about using the JAMstack. Do check it out and contribute too.

  2. You can now sponsor freeCodeCamp on GitHub! Please support Quincy and his amazing team to keep creating code learning resources for millions of people worldwide.

  3. Want to learn more about Puppeteer and Playwright with in-depth guides, tips, and tricks? Check out theheadless.dev.

  4. For most students, real-world developer tools can be cost-prohibitive. Check out the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which gives students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing.

  5. Are you interested in learning more about cloud engineering? Obinna hosts live streams to explain core cloud concepts like IAM, EC2, Google Kubernetes Engine, S3, Route 53, etc. You can watch his past streams here.

  6. There is a lighter Cloudinary URL builder for images and videos, written in TypeScript by Maya Shavin. With Build URL, you can generate URLs for images and videos on-the-fly, auto-detect optimized format for images and videos per browser, dynamically fetch and transform images and videos from remote sources, and much more.

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Book Recommendations 📚

  1. Knowing God by J.I Parker.

  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Franklin Covey Co.

  3. Defining Deception: Freeing the Church from the Mystical-Miracle Movement by Costi Hinn.

  4. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel.

  5. Modern Web Development on the Jamstack by Mathias Biilmann and Phil Hawksworth.


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Quote of the day 💙

“Your life is only going to have more things fighting to get in it, so you need to to understand how to curate, eliminate, and focus on the things that matter.” —James Clear


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