imposter syndrome
May 7, 2022 · 5 min

On Imposter Syndrome

In our lives today, the messages around imposter syndrome are often like this: “Overcome it” – healthline “Combat it” – Ted-Ed In fact, our society demonizes imposter syndrome; it’s something to avoid, a disease that gives us unnecessary anxiety, and an impediment to achieving the best versions of ourselves. And often, the messages talk about how you’re infallible – that you shouldn’t feel such a way, because you’re good enough!...

cryptopunk
October 1, 2021 · 8 min

People Don't Understand NFTs

NFT != Digital Art. It’s true–you can create GIFS or a portrait of an alien worth $140 million, but that’s not the point. Currently, I’d argue most NFTs fall into two categories (I won’t go into details here but let’s be honest, it’s mostly true): A cash-grab sponsored by celebrities, 12 year olds, random people on Twitter, etc. Money laundering. Yet, it’s so. much. more. CryptoPunks Let’s start with CryptoPunks....

choice
August 5, 2021 · 5 min

The Power of Choice

I have an odd fantasy; what if I were locked in a room with nothing but books, a notebook, and pen for 2 weeks? Maybe a month…? Why would anyone put themselves through some voluntary solitary confinement? The reasoning is simple: I want to be stripped of all other choices but to read, learn, and analyze. Why? Because I find that I’m easily distracted when I read–even though reading has given me unbelievable returns on my investment....

brain
May 3, 2021 · 4 min

Experiments

What? I want to try two new things this month: Record how I’m utilizing my time (Attempt) to spend an hour each morning doing nothing. Why? For a couple weeks now, I’ve realized my mind’s been rather unfocused and scattered–likely due to my spending a large part of the day on and off social media. I’m hoping this will help me re-ground myself and help organize my “monkey-brain.” I’ve also been curious as to how I’m actually using my time, rather than how I perceive to be using it....

trading floor
January 29, 2021 · 7 min

Gamestop, Ethereum, and the Future

When my parents call me asking about X, I know we’ve reached the critical inflection point of a bubble. Yesterday, GameStop was exactly that. I’m not going to focus on the details of Short-Squeeze, Melvin Capital, and the history of reddit user DFV since a simple Google search can give you more information than what I can provide. Instead, I’ll be talking about my views on the ordeal and how our future markets could be re-shaped by the recent turn of events....

model elephant
December 11, 2020 · 5 min

Composition And Inheritance

It’s your first week of “real” computer science courses (none of the if statements or for loops). You walk into your class and on the board–your professor has written: Polymorphism. You take a seat close to the front and he begins– “Today, we’ll learn about one of the most fundamental principles of Object-Oriented-Programming; Polymorphism” A classic example follows: public interface Animal { String name() void speak() } public class Dog implements Animal { private String name; public Dog(final String name) { this....

open late
November 16, 2020 · 3 min

Pay Attention at 3 AM

About a year ago, I took a free MOOC course called “Learning How to Learn.” I’m not bad at learning–in fact, I’ve had a successful academic career; I double majored in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and graduated top of my class with awards to show for it. I took this course because I had thought, perhaps, I wasn’t actually good at learning but rather good at “playing the game.” The game, mentioned in this essay by Paul Graham, is one where students try and guess potential exam questions for classes and study for them....

open late
November 13, 2020 · 6 min

What Ethereum Should Be

As of writing this post, Ethereum is trading at ~$450 USD. After soaring to $1000 back in 2018, it’s dropped as low as $83–and has now recently rallied a great amount. As news articles and a new wave of FOMO inevitably deludes the market, I thought it might be a good time to reflect and see what Ethereum might look like in an ideal world. _Note: I won’t be talking about POS/POW....

man painting
November 9, 2020 · 1 min

Everything's an API

In the world of engineering today, everything seems to have become an API. If you’re a front-end engineer, you’re likely going to be working with frameworks–which are abstractions (that are invoked like an API). Even if you’re working in pure html/css/js, you’re still interacting with the standard APIs that the browser exposes. If you’re a back-end engineer, you’re likely going to be working with servers like Tomcat, working with tools like AWS, and interacting with the CPU and memory through libraries....

concerns in crypto
February 8, 2020 · 4 min

Concerns In Crypto

This was originally posted May 30th 2019. Edited February 8th 2020. As I drove home listening to a podcast about cryptocurrencies (one that’s often quite optimistic), I couldn’t help but critique some of the comments they were making; here are some of those thoughts jotted down. Instead of technical critiques, I want to focus on behavioral challenges and implications. One of the ideas I heard get echoed over and over again was the idea of “a unified gaming platform....