Leveling Up in Texas Hold ‘Em

This is the lesson plan I used to level up from a novice Hold ‘Em player. The best way to use this list is: Play as many hands as possible. (I say hands instead of games because live games are slow and online games are fast. Play more hands –> try out more strategies –> […]

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Time Crimes

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mortality recently. Since reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens, I’ve become convinced that life is a one-shot game. Once you die, the curtain drops. This has made me increasingly aware of a number of things: my health, and investing time in family and friends, and traveling, to name […]

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Last Week on Nat Chat

I was recently featured on my good friend Nat Eliason’s new podcast, Nat Chat. We discussed learning design outside of school, dropping out of (and dropping back in to) college, and more. You can listen to the episode below and learn more here. I designed the logo and cover art for the podcast. Check it out!

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Be Brave With Your Data

A year ago I gained 20 pounds in a few short weeks. My friends noticed. My parents noticed. My 8-year-old brother noticed. You know who didn’t notice? Fitbit. Why should Fitbit notice? I paid them to. $129.95 plus shipping for the Fitbit Aria scale. I used it almost every day for two years. It knew […]

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The Basics

I recently noticed that I’ve been sharing a very standard set of advice with friends struggling with tension and depression. I thought it would be worth posting online in case it might help some people. Over the last couple of years, I’ve experienced and mostly overcome chronic tension and mild depression. I was prone to […]

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One Million Hours

I was in an interaction design course when I discovered a million hours of manpower going to waste. I was working on a class project designing a traffic controller dashboard when I read the story of Jenny, a girl who died because the patient tracking software used by her hospital was too confusing for her nurses […]

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Two Degrees

A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of lunch with a friend when he posed an interesting question: What did wildly successful people do differently from the rest of us when they were our age? I realized later that there are two ways to interpret his question. One is to examine people who […]

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99 Things

A friend suggested I publish a follow up to my downsizing piece with a list of things I own to demonstrate that a normal person can live comfortably with less than 100 items. I’m not suggesting that 100 is a magic number or an upper limit. That number will vary based on your lifestyle. I happen to […]

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The Purge

Two years ago I got rid of almost everything I owned. I sold, donated, or trashed over 150 pounds of stuff. Eventually, I owned just under 100 items total — including all of my clothes — after a phase my friends had nicknamed as the ‘Purge’. Rewind three months before the ‘Purge’ and I had […]

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