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(this is a now page). Input, output.

Doing

  • Exploring the USA
    With Covid, my partner and I bought a Jeep and decided that we were going to see America by car. Almost two years later, we live in a completely different part of the country (Colorado!), have put 25k miles on the car, and have driven the country back and forth almost twice, going on three.
  • Running
    Training at high altitude is no joke, and after a year of Covid I was completely out of shape. I ran my first high-altitude half-marathon, hurt my knee, and barely finished under 3 hours (2:59:45). Now training to do it again, better, and hopefully work back up to marathon distances.
  • Outdoorsing
    We invested in a tent, two sleeping backs, new hiking shoes, and a lot of fire-starter. Spending time outdoors is the new playing videogames.
  • Business'ing
    2021 saw me acting on Recommended Systems, a long time dream. In addition to that, I'm still running Dragon Blood Balm and working a full time day job. Crazyness ensues!
  • Reading
    I've been perennially guilty of buying more books than I actually read. This year, I've tried to be more "planned" and conscious in my book-reading habits. I'm putting together a personal learning course, and will be writing it through 2022.

Learning

  • Python3
    After years of HTML, CSS, JS, and PHP-based projects, I'm realizing the more data-intensive applications I'm looking to build are better served by Python, and I'm relying less on web components (or creating web functions).
  • Data & Enterprise Architecture
    Continuing the theme, I am learning much more than I ever thought about enterprise application design.
  • Product and Engineering Team Design
    Did I think that I would need to double down on learning how to run 40+ engineering team and rebuild a product team at the start of the year? No. But did I dive into it with great enthusiasm? Yes.
  • Metalearning
    Learning how to learn, how to learn better.

Media Diet

A few years ago I made a conscious choice to pare down what media I consume. Rather than staring down a firehouse of unfiltered information, I prefer to get longer, curated, more thoughtful pieces from people whose opinions and perspectives I find interesting or challenging. Most of these are private communications.

Newsletters:

  • Studio D Radiodurams Newsletter by Jan Chipchase (Design and Business)
  • "Irrational Exurberence" by Will Larson (Business and Technology)
  • Stratechery by Ben Thompson (Business and Technology)
  • Benedict Evan's Newsletter (Business and Technology)
  • Andrew Chen's Newsletter (Business and Technology)
  • Of Dollars and Data (Finance)
  • Peter Attia (Health)
  • Farnam Street Newsletter by Shane Parrish (Thoughtful)
  • Craig Mod's Roden (Thoughtful)
  • Dan Hon's "Things That Have Caught My Attention" (Thoughtful)
  • Robin Sloan's Newsletter (Writing, Thoughtful)
  • Brand New / Under Consideration (Design, Creative)
  • Jarrett Fuller's Monthly Dispatch (Design)
  • LeanLuxe (Fashion, Design)
  • Business of Fashion (Business, Fashion)

Podcasts

  • Masters in Business by Barry Ritholtz (Business, Finance, Thoughtful)
  • The Tim Ferris Show (Thoughtful, Self Improvement)
  • The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish (Thoughtful, Self Improvement)
  • On Margins (Creative, Thoughtful)
  • Tiny Desk Concerts (Music)
  • Song Exploder (Music)
  • Bandcamp Weekly (Music)
  • Spotify's Discover Weekly (Music)