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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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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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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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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