Writing

2022-09-29

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Beware of the curse

The greatest things in life have something hidden inside that's not.

2022-09-23

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What It Takes To Be a Great Teacher

Through teaching, students not only discover who they are, but who they want to become. It's important we get this right.

2022-09-17

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How I Built My Blog

A detailed write-up of how I built this site using Next.js, Tailwind, and Contenful.

2022-09-11

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On Celebrating Tiny Learning Milestones

An ode to celebrating the small things you learn in life, daily.

2022-08-29

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Where the term "zero-sum" comes from

John von Neumann and the birth of game theory.

2022-09-08

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Book Review and Summary: Revolt of the Public

A descriptor of what's going on in the world today.

2022-08-24

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Codex Curiositatis #1

Thoreau, Progress, Feynman, Learning

2022-08-21

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Building a Custom React Form Hook

Learning in public and using the Feynman technique to teach myself.

2022-08-16

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An attempt to understand the Kolmogorov Complexity of human values

Life in a world where everything was the same, but no one had the capacity for love.

2022-08-05

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Book Review: da Vinci

Being a genius is simple: Never complete what you say you're going to and spend years perfecting every intricate detail of your work. Easy, right?

2022-07-16

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Deliberare Otium

Otium: "An abstract Latin term that has a variety of meanings, including leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, relaxing, contemplation and academic endeavors."

2022-07-29

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Book Summary - Think Again by Adam Grant

When it comes to our ideas and mindsets, we're one of three personalities: the preacher, the prosecutor, or the politician.

2022-07-28

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Why you feel stuck in life

Are you the person stuck below decks?

2022-07-25

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2022-07-25

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My Manifesto

A declaration.

2022-07-22

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John von Neumann on how to safely progress with technology

From a 1955 article written by von Neumann titled, "Can We Survive Technology?"

2022-07-13

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On Ribbonfarm's Portal and Flags

People who spend their time debating others online are throwing their precious hours of human existence into a pit they'll never retrieve them from. It's the most useless act someone can partake in, even more so than playing video games or watching Rick and Morty.

2022-07-11

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How the James Webb Space Telescope Will Look Back in Time

The James Webb will orbit nearly 1 million miles away from Earth and look back in time ) to understand our solar system. Here's how it works.

2022-03-29

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Adventures of a Curious Richard Feynman

I have a deep admiration for Feynman's beliefs on life, knowledge, and science, but that admiration went deeper still as I followed the stories of his life told by the man himself. This is a small collection of a few of those stories.

2022-07-06

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2 habits for a better intellectual life

1. Determine between observation and opinion. 2. Be concrete.

2022-07-02

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On Viewquakes

Viewquakes - An insight or discovery that drastically changed your worldview.

2022-06-30

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Kevin Kelly's 103 Bits of Advice, Expanded

Kevin Kelly joined Freakonomics to share unique insight and depth into his "103 Bits of Advice."

2022-06-29

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On Being an Inconvenienced Guesser

I know I'm a Guess Culture participant. I do so because it's easier to manage my inconvenience than someone else's. Is this the right way to act?

2022-06-17

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Make learning a reality

The following passage comes from *What Do You Care What Other People Think?* by Richard Feynman. It's a collection of stories from his life and curious adventures.

2022-06-15

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The Mountain of Knowledge (And Why Dumb Smart People Never Escape It)

Knowing the name of something doesn't mean you understand it.

2022-06-12

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God-primes and Social Behavior

Do unconscious reminders of God influence people's willingness to comply with norms of impersonal fairness?

2022-06-07

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2022-06-05

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Dulcius Ex Asperis

Sweeter after difficulty.

2022-06-04

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Some Questions

A never-ending list of questions I have for the universe.

2022-06-03

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Which is better: instinct or reason?

There are two forms of intelligence we draw on when making decisions: instincts and reason. I wanted to know which is a better strategy to rely on and why? Or, is there a better strategy? Perhaps instinct and intelligence are two sides of the same coin working in tandem with one another.

2022-05-22

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Personality creates behaviors. Circumstances reveal them.

The person versus situation conversation is a long-held debate in psychology. My hypothesis is that personality creates behaviors and circumstances bring those behaviors out.

2022-05-02

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The Value of Science 67 Years Later

In 1955, Richard Feynman gave a famous lecture on the value of science. In it, he outlined three ways science is of value to us all. In this essay, I reflect on those points and attempt to understand what they mean–67 years later.

2022-04-24

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2022-04-20

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2022-04-17

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Season-Long Friendships

Society has deemed it "the right thing" to become life-long friends with every acquaintance you have. This can lead to too much emotional burden and shallow friendships. Instead, we need to advocate more for season-long friendships.

2022-04-16

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If, By Whiskey

"If, by whiskey" arguments are used whenever the speakers position depends on the listener's opinion. It's a great way to take a position on something without really taking a position.

2022-04-14

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2022-04-07

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2022-04-02

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Private Eye: 1, Everyone Else: 0

Journalism. Nothing beats it.

2022-04-01

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How to Add Conditional Class Rendering in Next JS

A short explanation and example of rendering conditional classes with Next JS and Tailwind.

2022-03-31

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Be prepared for the disasters you can't imagine

The most important part of any plan is planning on it not going according to plan.

2022-03-28

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Are you playing a game you want to win?

If you win at whatever game you're playing right now, will you be happy?

2022-03-28

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Writing in Your Head

Most writing happens away from the keyboard.

2022-03-28

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Solving the vague errors

No matter how much you prepare, it will never be enough.

2022-03-31

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2022-03-29

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2022-03-29

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2022-03-29

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2022-03-28

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2022-03-28

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