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- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Learning how to learn, how to learn better.
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.
- 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)
- 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)