dead people

I have a folder in which I like to collect dead creators. I’ve been at it a month, and let me tell you, I get a real rush when I add a name to the list...

spin content like BTS

tips for creators from the music industry

what i eat

how to eat lots of protein and dr. greger's daily dozen

the myth of sisyphus (existential crisis solution)

Albert Camus, the novelist and philosopher compared the meaninglessness of the human condition to the Greek myth of Sisyphus.

stop fetishizing deep work

do you use focus time as an excuse to ignore friends and family? this and other questions

useful keyboard shortcuts you don't know yet

Keyboard shortcuts I use every day, on Mac. One makes you more charismatic.

how to clean a bathroom

How to clean a bathroom + musings about why Reddit has the best content

the smaller the draft, the more thorough the feedback

aka why writing is like coding

Rabbit Hole To Make You Smile: BTS

Need new music? Try BTS. Because oh my goodness it will fill your soul

How Not To Die

Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and they are caused by what we eat.

Notes From A Masterclass in Fiction

Interesting and useful ideas from A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. It's a book by George Saunders, that guides us through seven short stories.

Thoughts on Readwise

Imagine a year or two from now, an army of Readwise competitors do what Readwise does for cheaper. What protects their business?

2 Ways to Self Soothe, From Yugioh and Harry Potter

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”

The point of life is to enjoy it

A manifesto, for now.

7 Easy Rules for Clear and Cohesive Sentences

Here are 7 easy rules for clear and cohesive sentences.

Little Red Riding Hood (unfinished)

I practice writing fiction with an unfinished adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood.

How To Improve Your Relationship With Your Parents

I thought of myself as a kind and thoughtful person, but then I moved back in with my parents. I found I could be a real grouch.

How To Write Rich and Elegant Sentences

Learn to add to a sentence but not take away, learn to balance a sentence but in parts, learn to end a sentence but with impact.

How I Actually Stay Productive (as a Software Engineer)

A rundown of the two tools I use to stay productive as a software engineer: my startup routine and my work journal.

How to Feel Good More Often And Automatically

How I got out of a rough patch in life with help from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

How To Invest in Index Funds

Set up a passive investing system in just an afternoon with this actionable and complete guide to IRAs, index funds and investing.

How To Retain Friendships Over Years

you ever think of all the people you still think about that u never reach out to anymore? isn't that sad. three ways to change that.

On My Favorite Book, J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey

"I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash."

How to Take Smart Notes (Zettelkasten) in 800 Words

Loose summary of a seminal book on note-taking. Permanently changed how I approach writing.

How to Flail at Doing a Startup, Part 3: A Wild Cofounder Appeared

An indie hacker (me) in the thick of it. A map of my headspace while going from a reasonably validated MVP to a V1.

The Essential Guide to Grabbing More Software Engineering Interviews

With the 7 concepts in this guide, you’ll get more interviews (and internships) than you'll have time for.

March Book Reviews

Books I want to read in the next few months, right now

You and I are closed off, unimaginative people, and we can fix that

A Hilarious Game to Share with Old and New Friends

A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered a new application, a two player game named...

The Deload Week: A Novel Way to Balance Work and Life

If you get confused on how to balance work and play, consider a deload week.

Bigger Is Not Better: A Response to My Good Friend Ray

An unnecessarily passionate case for using small words over big words.

3 takeaways from personality typing over a hundred people

I wrote 50,000 words of fiction in November, and here are some thoughts

How to Flail at Doing a Startup, Part 2: Product/Market Fit Update

Product/market fit update from launching Quickapply in February 2020. A messy post with many tactical details.

Should I Move to Amsterdam in April?

Today, my recruiter called me and told me I could work in Amsterdam instead of San Francisco.

I Used a Gap Year To Change My Identity. And It Worked!

When I was in school, I didn't see myself reaching for my dreams.

Your RSUs got you confused? Same, have some answers and also more questions

Thank You to the Student Orgs that Were My Life

Cheesy thank you letters to the business club DECA and the engineering fraternity Theta Tau.

I feel terrible

A little known reason why big words make your writing worse

The minimum viable indie hacker

The World Is Made of Infinitely Many Bubbles

For the travelers in the house. Musings on moving six times in two years.

Are you ready to see what can't be unseen?

Why Daily Blogging Misses the Point

Does quantity truly trump quality? I don't think so. Here's why I'm switching away from blogging daily.

Need a New Book? My Favorite Booklists, in One Place

While there are many lists of books, there are few lists of lists of books, so I add to the list with my list of lists of books 😝

Ultrawriting: Why run when you can fly

Need a Startup Idea? Here's a Few

Work in Progress: My Life Philosophy

The trouble with Buddhism and Stoicism, and why I like Nietszche's response.

Successful Indie Hackers Build "Info Software Products"

Find a problem where you can compile information to solve, then put that information on a website. Examples: Indie Hackers, Nomad List

How to Keep In Touch With Friends Over Text

What a successful texting habit looks like and how it can help.

Chaos in the guise of January book reviews

Copywork: A Proven Method to Improve Your Writing

Minor deity Benjamin Franklin used copywork to improve his writing. Now I try the same.

How to Change Your Life—A Corollary to Conway’s Law

Conway's Law says that startups ship products that reflect their org charts. My corollary says...

Validated Learning IRL

Applying Lean Startup concepts to inform Quickapply decisions with data.

How To Read More and Better: My Lightweight Reading System

My current reading practices distilled into 11 steps and 400 words. These practices keep reading light and fun :)

In Search of Product Market Fit: Education for the First 100 Days

Varied insights on product/market fit from Paul Graham and others.

Takeaways: Zero to One, Educated, Traction, and Never Split the Difference

Impressions and brief takeaways from Zero to One, Educated, Traction, and Never Split the Difference.

How to Flail at Doing a Startup, Part 1: The Story So Far

An indie hacker (me) in the thick of it. A fascinating map of my headspace two months into working on Quickapply.

Career Angst, Begone! With Three Short Reads

How To Manage Your Email In 200 Words

What It Was Like Interning at Breakout Startups: Zenreach and Flexport

Many learnings, like how software engineering jobs can be different at small companies vs. big companies.

What It Was Like Interning at Google

At Google, I finally learned how to be productive as a software engineer... mostly.

What It Was Like Interning at Qualcomm and Apple

"Not sure if I have impostor syndrome or am an actual impostor." Aka, what I learned at my first two software engineering internships.

Why I’ve Decided I Should Always Be Asking

Three reasons I try to always ask people to explain when they drop a reference I don't get.

Learning to Take Care of Myself While Traveling

An Honest Reflection: Why and What I Want to Write

On the Alluring Lifestyle of Tengo, from Haruki Murakami's 1Q84

Comparing Apps and Media with the Time to Aftertaste Metric

Results from De-Activating Messenger for a Week

Takeaways: Ultralearning, Made to Stick, and The Catcher in the Rye

Impressions and takeaways from Ultralearning, Made to Stick, and The Catcher in the Rye.