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Automated Accountability Check-ins

June 11, 2018 - Category: Development

During the Praxis bootcamp, participants are expected to make every single day a non-zero day. Most participants ask us to hold them accountable, so they email one of our staff each day and that person emails them the next day if they miss a check-in. This takes an enormous number of emails, staff overhead to keep track of, and is difficult to search. Here is my solution to that problem.

12 Tips for New Managers

May 28, 2018

Praxis alumni Nate Baker and Nick Rundlett both became new managers this month. Congrats, guys! Nate asked the community for tips on how to be a good supervisor. Here is what our advisors and alumni had to say.

16 Books That Shaped How I Interact with the World

April 28, 2018

Yesterday my friend Derek Magill asked the Praxis community about the books that have had the most impact on their career/education.

I love this question. Notice the use of the word impact. He isn't asking for your favorite books, the books you recommend on a specific subject, or the books you agree with the most. He is asking for the books that have had a significant impact on your education. Books that influenced and changed the way you think and interact with the world.

Here is my list, in order of when I read them. I explain what impact they had on my education and how that shifted the way I interact with the world.

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.