Stop Losing Money in Texas Hold Em

“I want to get better at poker, but I suck at math.” Chances are you’ve said this if you’re a novice poker player. It stopped me from approaching poker strategy for years. Poker’s supposed mental math requirement is intimidating. But the reality is quite different—you can easily lift yourself out of the novice poker bracket […]

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Playing Poker with Fish

I often see decent poker players get crushed by fish. These players do fine against other “thinking” poker players, but when they come across a nonthinking fish, a player who will pay the big blind no matter what two cards they’re dealt, they get flustered and lose money. This is because strategies that work against […]

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Bowling Blindfolded

Every poker strategy will see short-term variance. Your optimal strategy may give you a string of losses, while the local fish, who plays any two cards he’s dealt, is on a hot streak. These downswings can last for weeks, shaking even strong players, pushing them to doubt their ability, change their strategy, and adopt bad […]

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Privacy for the Paranoid

There are a litany of ways your online data is tracked and shared. While returning to the relative privacy of pre-internet days is a pipe dream, it’s important to understand and limit the information you’re sharing online. Securing your online life can seem like a daunting task. I put together a checklist to make it easy. The […]

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The Square Cash card is a game-changer for group travel

First things first: I was not paid to write this post. I’m not doing it as a favor for anyone at Square. In fact, I don’t think I know anyone at Square. I just really, really like this thing. The worst (and often, the least discussed) part of group travel is that it makes travel budgeting a […]

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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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