Hatred is a seductive emotion. It masquerades as righteousness. It suggests that without it, we would be apathetic, cowardly, acquiescent, poor defenders of justice and easy prey for our enemies. It seems the most appropriate thing in the world to hate that which we know is wrong. But it’s not. *** If anyone has a… Keep reading

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I just finished Cal Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You. The title is a little misleading: the book is about a commitment to quality work, but it really addresses the question of how to decide what to do with your life. The conclusion Newport provides is that “follow your passion” is terrible advice and… Keep reading

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I work several jobs, so I am in the interesting position of being able to introduce myself as “front end developer,” “tutor,” “product manager,” or even “startup founder.” I used to worry it demonstrated a lack of focus, but I’ve come to a different perspective. I no longer see it as a lack of focus.… Keep reading

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A story I tell my students to help them experiment more in their thinking is that the biggest mistake I made in school was being “a straight-A student.” I defined myself as very smart, which meant that I had to get good grades all the time. If I messed up or made a mistake, that… Keep reading

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In high school, I once worked on a game setting for 4 hours straight, typing so furiously I broke my. In college, I once spent 3 days writing constantly in 6 and 4 hour blocks, with breaks only for food and sleep. Nowadays, however, I can’t imagine engineering that sort unbroken focus. It’s not just… Keep reading

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If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. –John Wooden Today, I want to share one of the most harrowing experiences of my life: learning to type in a new layout. Voluntary Lobotomy This is a lot scarier than it sounds. Imagine losing part of your… Keep reading

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This is one of Warrior Spirit’s favorites that the server disapparated somehow. It’s one of my earliest articles, and much of my thinking has developed, but it still expresses the core ideas really well. “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”… Keep reading

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For the last three weeks, I’ve been learning how to type all over again, since I transitioned to to a new keyboard layout. Which is why there haven’t been any blog posts, since writing one would have taken me approximately ten years. I’m still getting back to where I was, but I’m finally at the… Keep reading

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Last weekend, I played a game of chess in which I managed to get two queens on the board. I thought I had the game in the bag at that point, so of course I didn’t notice that my opponent was one move away from checkmate. As soon as his king got space for a… Keep reading

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My girlfriend creates large, complex mandalas, which are impossible to draw freehand. Because of their complexity, they require a lot of planning. She can spend days just drawing guides, measuring angles, and sketching in fills to make sure everything will fit. At first, I thought this was very unartistic, as if the act of planning… Keep reading

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