Derek Sivers

What I’m doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Learning Mithril

For 10+ years I’ve been making web apps using only Ruby on the server. No JavaScript.

But now I need to make a few new web apps, and update my old web apps, so I thought it was time to look into a new way of doing things.

After looking into every existing framework and toolkit, and even considering making my own from scratch, I chose Mithril. So I’m learning and using it now. It’s fun and productive.

I’ll wrap my PostgreSQL API in a REST HTTP server, for the JavaScript to access. So most of the real work is being done in PostgreSQL, and Mithril is the user interface.

Finishing “How to Live

Many hours a day, finishing the book I’ve been most excited about for the last two years.

It’s coming together really well. I think it’s by far the best thing I’ve ever done.

But more about that, later.

Book, not articles

Until now, I’ve shared all of my ideas in articles. One idea at a time.

But I’m trying something different this time. I’m saving them, and putting them all in the book.

About 10 times a day, as I’m writing, I think of an idea that would make a good stand-alone article. But instead of stopping to blog, I keep working on the book. Gotta finish. Gotta finish.


Updated January 9th, 2020, from Oxford, England.