Writing Club ✏️

And Writing Club was born! It was an idea I'd been mulling over for a while. I'd really love to say that I have the discipline to do any hard thing I want to do, but the older I get, the more I accept that accountability is really, really effective.…

Steli & Hiten on Prioritizing

In school I was thorough and a hard worker. I liked to do everything, and do it in order. When I first worked at early-stage startups it quickly became obvious that my to-do list was longer than my available time. The only way to be successful there was to prioritize…

My favorite talks from Pycon 2018

In a few hours I'm heading to Pycon North America, the biggest Python conference in the world. I'm looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues from college and previous jobs and work. I generally spend most of my time at conferences in the "hallway track" meeting people, but…

What I learned in my Machine Learning for Trading course

I'm working on my master's in computer science, and this fall I took my first course: Machine Learning for Trading. I picked it partially out of interest and partially out of pragmatics: since I haven't been in school for many years and I've never worked full time while in school,…

Copy to Learn

Scott Young recently profiled Ben Franklin and Van Gogh as people who used copying to learn writing and painting, respectively. He points out that by devaluing copying in creative achievement, we also throw out its value in learning fundamental techniques. I've seen this in action watching so many people improve…

Running a Password Manager Workshop

Context Today I ran an informal Lunch & Learn for my coworkers on the basics of getting a password manager set up. I intended for the session to be ten minutes of light lecture and the rest of the time to get set up—many people have always meant to…

Finished Book: The ONE Thing

I grabbed this book from the library because it's been so highly recommended, and because I've been enjoying the backlash to Busy Culture the last couple of years. I've been finding that my life feels much better when it's not packed to the gills and I can focus on only…

Voronoi diagrams are, like, totally gorg

We're doing a geospatial project at work, and Voronoi diagrams came up. I hadn't heard of them, so did a Google image search. To my surprise, it was beautiful! I mean, would you look at that: Just gorgeous. From Alex Beutel's blog, more on this in a minute. So what…

Um, I'm in love with a budgeting app

WAIT! Come back! Hear me out. I found this great app that solves many of my money-managing problems like a DREAM, and I'm even finding that it's changing the way I think about how I spend my time. Check it out. Money is hard I'm pretty OK with money. I've…

Notes on unit testing

We're writing lots of tests for a current client project that's going to be open sourced. I understand the mechanics of writing unit tests but always wondered if my tests could be simpler and more thorough, and worried about missing things. I was curious to learn if I could write…