Year: 2019


Is Luck Even Real?

I hate having one of those days where you just missed the train after skipping breakfast to run out of the house only to realize you forgot to charge your phone the night before. Or maybe I actually charged my phone only to realize that I forgot my headphones and the crazy person on the …

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4th of July Thoughts From Abroad

As a recent immigrant to Germany, I can’t help but look back at the current state of the US this 4th of July. It stands to me as an interesting contradiction that I get to witness from thousands of miles away. I see people celebrating freedom while tanks are being rolled into Washington DC for …

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Life

Man’s Best Friend

This is a story that actually took place in February 2012 or so. I’m reposting it here because I think it’s a good follow up to explaining why I enjoy spending time with the Charlie dog so much. The Story I had just gotten my dog Charlie about 3 weeks before I found out I …

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Aimless Walking Fixes Most of My Problems

If you’ve ever met me, you have probably been (un-)fortunate enough to hear about my doggo Charlie. We’ve been together for almost 10 years now and we go everywhere we can together (he’s been to 3 countries and 40 US states so far). The one unexpected benefit for me about having a best friend that …

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Why I Ask People About Their Tattoos

I personally have quite a few tattoos on my body. If we were counting hours, which is easier than tattoo counts on me, I would say the number is somewhere around 200 hours to date. There are many reasons that people get tattoos. Some do it for the story. Some do it for the art. …

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On Saving Screenshots

After many years of working on products, I’ve picked up some peculiar traits. One of them is that I save all the screenshots I take. Some of them I eventually get rid of (or immediately depending on the nature of what was in the screenshot). But for the most part I keep them all. I …

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3 Professional Lessons From a Nicaraguan Drug Dealer

While traveling in El Salvador, I found myself in the surfing city of El Tunco. Not being excellent in Spanish made it a little difficult to get around at times, but enough people spoke English that I managed to do just fine. When I did overhear English, I’d typically strike up a conversation. While walking …

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What’s In a Title?

It might be easy to think that, “it’s ok, we’re a small company. I can totally give this person a COO, CMO, CDO, or whatever title you are considering them for.”  Unless you are completely certain of the this individual’s skill set and that they will be able to deliver, and at least initially grow …

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Refactoring Prioritization Through Instrumentation

Recently, I had the opportunity to rework a 15,000 line code base in Go. The intention was never to be a total rewrite, merely an update to a neglected app that just hummed along for years with few updates just doing what it was supposed to do. This exercise begged the question, how should I …

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Why I Need BJJ Help

I didn’t set out to write a full site for lots of people to use. I actually set out to find a way to organize the public content that is being created for Brazilian Jiujitsu by the great minds that are creating it. I found myself getting stuck in positions a lot and wondering exactly …

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