New book notes: Reamde by Neal Stephenson

April 12, 2018

Reamde is a wild ride that traverses half the globe, has multiple storylines intertwined, and jumps back and forth from the virtual and physical world. Stephenson is a captivating writer who pulls you into the story. He makes 1000+ pages feel like 300.

Improving Jekyll Build Time

April 2, 2018 - Category: TIL - Tags: Jekyll and Liquid

TIL how to improve the build time on my Jekyll site. Here is what I did to cut my build time in half.

A letter to David Hogg: You are better than college

March 30, 2018 - Tags: David Hogg

Hey David Hogg, don't sweat the college rejections. You don't need college. You have skills that you can put to use and improve instead of wasting four years in class. Take the gap year you are thinking about and don't look back.

How to Get Your GitHub Profile Ready For Job Applications

March 28, 2018

If you are going out for a development job or any sort of technical job, especially if you don’t have a lot of professional experience in the field, the best thing you can do is put some of your work on display. GitHub is the most popular place to do that.

Here are the guidelines we give our technically skilled participants at Praxis for getting their GitHub accounts ready for their apprenticeship applications and interviews.

How to Get Work Done: A Primer

March 11, 2018

Here are the three pillars of getting work done. If you are having trouble with staying on top of your work, chances are that it comes back to one of these three main areas.

This is common advice for our participants as they complete their challenging apprenticeships at growing startups.

The Sheep at Sawkill Farm

February 25, 2018 - Category: photography

Amanda and I spent the weekend exploring the Hudson Valley. On our way back today we stopped at the Sawkill Farm store. I had my camera gear in tow and they graciously allowed me to take some photos of their sheep. It was a drizzly day, but I had a wonderful time. The sheep have so much character and personality!

Compared to What?

February 19, 2018

People often compare actual things with imagined, perfect, idealized alternatives. Asking Compared to what? helps you frame your decisions in relation to the relevant alternatives and ground them in reality.

Three More Book Notes

January 26, 2018

I'm catching up on my book notes. Today I posted three more: Show Your Work, Shoe Dog, and E-Myth Revisited.

Catching up on Book Notes

January 25, 2018

I'm catching up on my book notes. There are a lot of books I read this past year that I neglected to post notes for, so I'm getting caught up on that. I posted five new books to my Book Notes section today: Kindred, Stories of Your Life and Others, A Burglar's Guide to the City, Boon Island, and The Story of Sushi.