Forest for the trees

April 25, 2018

I try a lot of things to improve my life. One of the things I try and do is find my bad habits and “fix” them. Struggling with getting out of bed in the morning, eating out instead of cooking, watching too much Netflix, and focusing on tasks that seem important but don’t really motivate me are some of the vices that I try to “fix”.

I put the word “fix” in quotes because addressing…

Don’t let your tools rule you

March 31, 2018

I’ve been building websites and web apps since about mid-2014. That year, I’ve seen several trends take hold, such as responsive web design with Bootstrap or Foundation, the use of front-end JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and Ember, Gulp and Grunt for task-running, Bower or NPM for dependency management, Browserify for taking NPM modules and allowing them to work in a browser, and probably a bunch of other stuff I can’t think of right now.

Adopting minimalism

February 19, 2018

While binging through a large chunk of very moving documentaries on Netflix (you know, ones related to diet, criminal justice, financial corruption, etc.), one that really stood out to me was Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. I didn’t really consciously acknowledge it until watching this film, but I’ve always kind of intuitively known that minimalism is the answer to one my pet peeves: complication.

Well, duh. Those are like, totally antonyms. But…

The right responsibilities

February 15, 2018

There can be no truly fulfilled life without doing something that you believe is a higher calling, bigger than yourself. Why, do people in this very progressive day and age, still want to have kids? Start businesses? Volunteer? These all require the opposite of laziness, but our modern culture is obsessed with being detached and avoiding responsibility more than ever.

What’s with that? Do you really want to live a life devoid of responsibility and commitment?…

New Years Directive

January 10, 2018

I’ve decided that I don’t really much care for the idea of a New Year’s resolutions anymore. No grand plan, no specific goals. Just what I like to call a “directive”.

I’ve decided to make this year’s directive Health. No specific diet plan, workout plan, etc. I will just prioritize health above most other things when given a choice between doing something healthy or non-healthy. For example, if given the choice between eating fruit and…

Do your goals excite you?

August 31, 2017

You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great. – Blake Griffin

You probably have ambitions, but you don’t believe you have the capability of reaching them due to your limited experience or skillset.

You may be right, but all great things are built on an initial foundation of uncertainty and struggle. All that really matters is you care so much about this goal that you find a way to succeed anyway. Even…


June 11, 2017

Do you find yourself putting off something silly forever? I’ve known that unit/acceptance testing is important for building robust software for awhile now, but I guess I never really got around to it because I didn’t really have a compelling, immediate reason to adopt the practice.

The software still works just fine, and I’ve been able to add features to it just fine. However, now I’m beginning to see that scalability will soon be an…

20/13 hindsight

June 9, 2017

Back in 2013, I first learned about Bitcoin when they were worth about $30. Today, they’re worth over $2,800. They’ve gone up and down since, but overall, they seem like a pretty solid investment, especially if you got in early.

Now, when everybody wants to get into buying them, they think it’s “too late.” Well, you probably won’t become a multi-millionaire overnight…but it is possible. And people have done it. Multiple times. Even when they think…

Don’t plan too much

June 7, 2017

I built this website in about 24 hours. At the time of this writing, it’s pretty barebones. There are only a total of four pages, plus the blog posts, which are just listed with a title, date, and the first 75 characters of the posts.

Don’t feel like in order for things to happen, you need the perfect plan. What you need to do is take action. It’s only after taking action, and getting it wrong,…

My take on diversity

June 6, 2017

As a child, I didn’t really have a lot of friends. The ones I did have, however, were pretty loyal, and they all have one thing in common; they moved in from out of town, and for whatever reason, I attracted them into my circle. I always thought of not being able to associate with an existing pool of peers as a weakness, but now I see my ability to attract outsiders as a unique social power…