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30 day vegan experiment

April 10, 2020

In January, I did a month of veganism (or rather, a month attempting veganism, with hiccups). I don’t believe in factory farming, and I’ve…

programming feels like writing

April 08, 2020

Several friends and acquaintances have approached me with the question: should I go to a coding bootcamp? I attended Hack Reactor in 201…

book summary: open by andre agassi

April 03, 2020

I recently read “Open” by Andre Agassi. Agassi’s father was obsessed with tennis, and tried to raise a tennis champion. He made his four…

strategies to make myself write

April 01, 2020

I’m trying to re-establish a writing habit. Here are my techniques: I start my day by writing non-stop for 5 minutes, using Squibler’s…

the lone programmer

March 27, 2020

I gave the non-engineers on my team a tutorial last week, with the goal of helping them make a small text change to our website or app. I…

apps for the quarantine blues

March 19, 2020

“Might as well have fun during the apocalypse” - sum1 wise 1) HouseParty I’m really loving HouseParty’s UX. Seeing that someone is online is…

collective intelligence

December 12, 2019

I went whale watching recently and we came across a super pod of dolphins. We sped across the water in our speedboat to create a wave, and…

what beliefs do you hold too tightly to?

December 02, 2019

Thanksgiving exposes us to opinions that don’t usually penetrate our carefully curated filter bubbles.Therefore, you can use Thanksgiving to…

how to concentrate

November 22, 2019

A few years ago, I switched careers from market research consulting to software engineering. As a consultant, I was constantly in meetings…

you should host a party

August 02, 2019

In the past year, I’ve started hosting parties regularly. I’ve come to really enjoy hosting, and I’d recommend it to anyone, even if you’re…

slice-of-life documentaries

July 09, 2019

I love slice-of-life documentaries that give you a peek into a different culture or sub-culture. They help induce this-is-water moments. We…

intro to ribbonfarm

July 05, 2019

Looking for an entry point into Ribbonfarm? If you’re worried about having your attention hacked by social media platforms, read Against…

simple = intelligent

June 26, 2019

Thinking on Sarah Perry’s idea that when we see a drop in complexity, we are seeing the results of intelligence. For example, a trail is…

why do we sign receipts?

June 16, 2019

Why do we still sign receipts? Does anyone ever check those signatures? The reason credit card companies still insist on requiring…

conspiracy theorists v. twitter

June 16, 2019

Conspiracy theorists appeal to quantity to give authority to their claims. E.g. “I have a 4 hour video on this”, or “I have 700 pages on…

twitter is a global brain

June 14, 2019

I think of Twitter as a giant brain, where each tweet is a node, and can be connected to dozens of other tweet-nodes, which continue…

you should tweet

May 28, 2019

I had dinner with a friend who is interested in becoming active on Twitter. (Yay! I’m always trying to get my friends to use Twitter). I…

strive to be prolific

February 05, 2019

My word of the year is “prolific.” In code and words. Source: @visakanv

good tools hide complexity

February 04, 2019

Good tools hide complexity until the complexity is necessary to the user’s needs. I call it “just-in-time exposure” (a corollary to “just-in…

short PRs are better

January 04, 2019

Short PRs are better. My coworkers throw several tickets into a single PR. But the shorter the PR, the easier it is for the code reviewer to…

can cryptocurrency replace banks?

June 02, 2018

A long time ago, when we lived in small tribes, everyone was expected to contribute to the group and ‘pull their own weight’. It was easy…

book summary: ‘lying’ by sam harris

December 16, 2017

Everyone lies frequently, in the form of exaggerating and ‘white’ lies to avoid hurting someone’s feelings or to avoid social conflict…

road trip excerpts

August 31, 2016

I moved from California to Nashville in August 2016. Here are some journal excerpts from the cross-country road trip to my new home Amarillo…