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Being Bad

I have spent a lot of time in my life being scared about being bad at stuff. I think most everyone feels that way about at least some things, but because I had built a lot of my personality and how-I-present-to-the-world around being smart and having it together and being considered a responsible human being. And those things aren’t bad in themselves! Being a responsible human being has its...

2021 Goals and Resolutions

Well, 2020 sure didn’t go exactly as planned, but I was able to make progress on some of my goals in a way that I feel proud of. Here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2021: Personal: Reading a lot of books. I’ve got a fair amount of English-language non-fiction covering a range of public policy, science, and biography that I’m pretty excited about. I’ve also...

2020 Achievements and Reflections

Well. 2020 sure has been a weird year. At the beginning of the year I kicked off this blog writing about my 2020 resolutions which were: Become fully fluent in Spanish Learn to dance Salsa Write more blog posts Read a lot of books I also had personal goals of learning to play the guitar and playing more squash. With the exception of Salsa dancing and squash-playing, which more-or-less went out...

Dynamic Super Computing in R

I have for a long time believed that it was a waste to spend a lot of money to have a powerful computer for home and office use because it’s more efficient to dynamically use cloud compute resources rather than rely on my local machine. However, I have also for a long time not actually done that and run all of my jobs on my local machine because I couldn’t actually figure out a good way to make...

Getting Infected

I, like pretty much everyone else, have been spending a lot of time thinking about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. My particular line of thought tends to drift along two tracks: what the policy response to the crisis should be and what our moral obligation as individuals is. I’ve come to the conclusion that intentional self-infection, ideally though not necessarily as part of a human-challenge...

Setting up a new note-taking system

This weekend I invested a bunch of time in researching note-taking systems and applications — I want to get in the habit of both writing more and maintaining a repository of things I’ve thought about and learned and the quarantine seems like a good idea to really sink some time into these sorts of organizational tasks (I’m also experimenting with a new email client Airmail and...

Too late

The rate at the which my world has changed over the past 3 weeks is really astounding. At the beginning of March, a mere 24 days ago, I was still planning on traveling from Mexico to go to a friend’s wedding (remember those?!) that would have been this week. Back then, this plague was still called the “corona virus” and I truly thought it wouldn’t hit America —...

Dating App Strategy

I, unfortunately enough, have spent a lot of time on dating apps. I was an okcupid user back in the early 2010s and have since then (excluding a few happy years coupled) been a longtime Bumble/Tinder/Hinge user. Over that time I’ve seen lots change about the dating apps — from Tinder’s incredible swipe interface innovation that turned finding a lifelong mate to cherish into a...

Dating in Mexico

I’ve been in Mexico for almost a year and a half now (hard to believe!) and people often ask me about my dating life here. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of salacious details for anyone because while I’ve been a number of first dates, there have been only a handful of second dates and exactly one third date. I’ve spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the differences...

2020 Resolutions

We’re here on the second of January and I wanted to post my resolutions for 2020 for all the world to see in an effort towards accountability through visibility. I’ve been spending some time thinking about my goals for this year and what all I want to get done this year, so since one of them is to write more blog posts, I figured I’d start here. Become fully fluent in Spanish I...