Thoughts

Addiction To Doing

February 6th, 2018
I tell myself that my addiction to doing is healthy. Maybe it is. After all, life is short, momento mori . I'm ambitious, and I tell myself it's because I want to make a difference in the world. Society loves ambitious people. But I think, in reality, I'm doing it for the excitement more than…
Tech

Technology Pessimism

February 5th, 2018
When it comes to technology, my sister is a pessimist at heart. Her gut reaction when she hears about a new technology is generally negative. She has a flip, pay as you go phone. She has no social media accounts and takes ~1 month to respond to my emails (in her defense, she sends great emails…
Life

Difficult To Work With

February 4th, 2018
I'm difficult to work with. Especially this year, I have a lot of long-term group projects for school because of senior capstone projects. 3 weeks into the semester, my teammates are likely already tired of me. I push back hard against group meetings. I believe perfect is the enemy of done. I am…
Life

Coffee And A Good Book

February 3rd, 2018
Sitting down to coffee and a good book is one of my favorite indulgences. It's a simple act, but it's something I relish and look forward to, especially on the weekends. For me, it's the perfect excuse to be present. When I am reading, I am fully immersed in the story and words that the author has…
Thoughts

Infrastructure

February 2nd, 2018
When I start a new project I'm excited about, my first instinct is often to dive right in. This is especially true of my most recent idea which I discuss here . After talking to others and convincing myself that my idea had potential, I started sketching out potential layouts almost immediately…
Life

One Month

February 1st, 2018
Happy February first. We're already one month into 2018. 1/12 of the way in. "The days are long, but the years are short." - Gretchen Rubin Let's take a moment to pause. How is your year going? I think reflection is hugely underrated. But only in the sense that we all know we should do it, but…
Life

Favorite Purchases Under $100

January 31st, 2018
Tim Ferriss loves to ask his guests about their favorite purchase under $100. It's an interesting question, and I thought it would be fun to answer for myself. My two favorite purchases in 2017 were my paperwhite kindle (it was on sale for $80 at the time) and this hand crank coffee grinder…
Life

Unique Inputs

January 30th, 2018
To be a great painter, you need to see the world in a way no one else does. To identify a financial bubble, you need to see something everyone else overlooks. To start a great business, you need to believe in a dream that few others believe in. And then convince others to make your dreams come true…
Life

Getting Lost

January 29th, 2018
Over winter break I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Cape Cod with a few of my friends. We had no real plans or goals. Just fun. The first morning we woke up, it turned out to be a gorgeous day. 60s in the middle of January. My friend and I quickly dressed, laced up our running shoes, and…
Thoughts

Paradox And Contradiction

January 28th, 2018
We live in a world of contradiction. Stewart Brand is famous for the quote "information wants to be free". But this is only a piece of the quote. The full quote is: "On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes…