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Logging Off

Taking a break to refocus on what matters.

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How to Free Yourself of Boredom

Boredom is becoming a distant memory, but I think it's a state we should pay closer mind to.

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The Cooldown

How to make sure we don't get a Trump-type again.

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Why Positive Thinking is Overrated

How to prepare for the worst and appreciate what you already have.

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How to Play Life Like a Game

Life is a playground and the rules are yours to design. You just have to be willing to play in the moments you'd rather hide from.

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Playing for the Long-term

How can you invest for your happiness and that of others like Warren Buffet has with his money? 

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Paying Off My Debt

Emotional debt compounds over time and becomes bigger than it needs to be if left unpaid.

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Politics at Work

A review of Coinbase's CEO's thoughts on social and political issues within the workplace.

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Another Year in San Francisco

Here's to another year in the most magical shithole in the world.

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Eating My Dog Food

A reflection on the pain that comes with putting your money where your mouth is.

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More Thoughts on Attention

On the brevity of time, the value of attention, and our propensity to use neither wisely.

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Thoughts on Decision Making in Startups

Some thoughts taken from over a year of exploration into the science of decision making.

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Views

The views from the top are nice, but the satisfaction doesn't last.

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The Decline of Journalism

Some quick thoughts on the state of news and media.

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Nowhere to Go

My stumbling journey to becoming lost and found. And lost again.

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What If Things Don't Go Back to Normal?

What does life look like in a post-corona world? Is there such a thing?

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What in the heck is going on?? #1

A new experiment in the quest to figuring out what the heck is going on. This week, I talk news media, China, and more.

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Meeting My Parts

I've come to realize recently that there are parts of me that I'm not proud of.

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The Parts of Me I Hate

I spent three weeks in Mexico City this year, and I realized something about myself that I wasn't all too fond of.

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Pick a Side Jack

An exploration of Twitter's policy on free speech.

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Trading the Clinton's for the Kardashian's

Is trading the Clinton's for the Kardashian's the best we can do? And now that we find ourselves in this place where follower count and showmanship trumps all, how do we get off this ride?

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My Not So Brief Story

My brush with adversity, and how I'm working to overcome it.

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We Need to Stop Being Assholes to Each Other

The left has gotten scary. One slip up, one insensitive tweet, one bad joke and they unleash the attack dogs. And unlike the right, they attack their own.

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How to Find Meaning

When asked, "what's very important in life?" most college freshman put money above meaning. ‍It should be unsurprising then, that we're about as happy now as we were 40 years ago.

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Bridging the Inequality Gap

What's going on in our country and what should we do about it?

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Why I Quit Drinking

My brother asked me a while ago, "If you could remove alcohol from the world completely, would you?" I think I would.

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Rejection Number 12

J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before getting Harry Potter published. What if she quit?

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Taking the Stairs

Taking the stairs might require some time and sweat, when it comes to meditation, that might be just what we need to appreciate the view from the top.

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The Easy Way

We tend to opt for the easy way, but is it in our best interest?

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Still Ignorant

We tend to thirst for answers, but what if we'd be better off not knowing?

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We Need a Revolution in Education

There is $1.5 trillion in student debt in the US. And while the price of college is increasing exponentially, so is the unemployment rate of recent grads.

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Diversify Your Bonds

Like many, I was first introduced to personal finance and investing by the Wu-Tang Clan, and I've been diversifying my bonds ever since. But is diversification a one-size-fits-all strategy for every investor?

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Optionality Saves Lives

While I don't think having 100 options for cereal is very important or even desirable, there are places where having a lot of options is better than having no options.

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Chasing Externalities

I've been chasing externalities for all of my 27 years on Earth, but simply realizing this is not enough.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Journaling and Writing

Writing and journaling sucks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Fame Brain: Chasing Fame to Fix Insecurities

I find myself craving and pandering for fame. But will this really fix my problems?

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How to Be Alone

A 2008 study suggested that loneliness can be as painful as a physical attack. But being alone doesn't always bring loneliness.

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Some Bullet Points on Corona Virus

I worry that this problem is going to be more damaging to the health of our world and economy than most realize.

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Kill Your Ego with Kindness

How meditation, drugs, travel and writing help you see that you’re not the hotshit you thought you were. And why kindness and acceptance is the path forward.

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Work Doesn't Have to Hurt

Basecamp offers itself as proof that work can be peaceful, and their recent book It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work acts as a manual for building a calm company for yourself.

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We Can't Choose Who We Are

Why free will is an illusion and what that means for us.

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Some Ideas for Fixing UFC Judging

At UFC 247 on Saturday, Jon Jones defeated Dominick Reyes to retain his championship title. But the decision was controversial.

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Discontinuing a Legacy: On Inheriting My Father’s Software Company

A reflection on what working on my father's software company has been like, and the many detours along the way.

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Anxieties of a Beginner

I’ve committed to posting on this blog every Friday in 2020, and it’s starting to feel like homework without the grades.

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Sam Harris' Final Plea to Meditate

My guy Sam Harris released a podcast episode recently where he pleads with his listeners to look past their skepticism of meditation. I thought I’d share it in hopes of getting more lovely people on the meditation train. Hop aboard.

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I Have No Idea What I'm Talking About

I was going to write something on homelessness on San Francisco, when I came to a shocking conclusion...

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How to Stack Cheddar: A Rant on Money, Investing and Cheese

Thoughts on money and strategies for investing from a 26-year-old trustfund-manbaby.

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Time and Attention

The clock is ticking. Every second that passes is a second lost in the finite pool of time we have remaining. We don’t know how much time is left, but once time is spent it can never be returned to us.

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A Bite of the Worst Kind of Pie

A reflection on some hard lessons learned in 2019.

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My Farewell to Austin, Texas

Alas, my time in mother-fucking-TEXAS has come to a close. Turns out big hats, spurs and longhorns weren’t quite doing it for this cowpoke.

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Why Aren't Christians Pushier?

What I have never understood about Western Christians is their seeming acceptance that their non-believer friends and family are destined, and deserving, of everlasting pain and suffering. Aren’t the roughly 78 years we have on this ephemeral world utterly trivial when compared to the eternal?

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Why Trump Got Elected: And Why an Asian Man That Loves Math is Our New Hope

A key demographic of Americans that have been feeling alienated, and I think Trump spoke to them in a way that Hillary failed to.

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Why I Volunteered for Two Weeks of Solitary Confinement

Otherwise known as a silent meditation retreat.

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The Best Day of My Life: The First Time I Took LSD

Throughout school we we’re told that drugs are bad, and I took their word for it. Then I read Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.

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How to Use the Seclusion of Travel

I think there's some truth to the cliche that one can "find themselves" in their travels. I just think that most are searching in the wrong places--usually the bottom of an empty shot glass.

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Why Am I Doing This?

Why am I writing a blog? Why bother sharing the transparent details of my life? And most importantly—WHO CARES? I can’t say for sure why I now feel motivated to do this, but I have some ideas.

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On My Two Months in Thailand

This is the second in the series of unedited emails that I sent to close family and friends at the end of 2018 to update them on my adventures. Again, I may add some context in future posts.

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Why I Left San Francisco to Live in Thailand

In late 2018, I wrote an email to some close friends and family to let them in on my plans for leaving San Francisco to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand for two months. This email and a follow-up to how the trip went helped to prompt my motivation for starting this blog, so I thought they might be worth sharing.

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