Articles in the Newsletter category

Piwik and Discourse and Pelican, Oh My!

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Up until yesterday, this blog was hosted on Github pages, and was built using Jekyll. There were no comments, and I had no analytics.

Way back in 2015, I read an article by Joe Buhlig where he migrated from WordPress and Google Analytics to Jekyll and Piwik. Jekyll is a …

I'm Worth More than Monopoly Money!

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money debt


I’m worth more than a $100 trillion in Zimbabwean dollars! Now before you tell me that the currency isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, I want to mention that until yesterday, I had less money than a homeless person. On August 22, 2017, I received a …

The Ultimate App

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hacks


On the quest to find the ultimate app, I believe I have arrived at a sublime truth. Productivity and efficiency are not software problems. If they were, you'd be able to assemble enough code to do a persons job for them, so that they wouldn't have to do anything. While …

No More Image Friction

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procrastination psychology


I get it. Images are nice to look at. But the problem is that I'm not a full time blogger. I'm a full time student. When blogging is your side hustle and there are no due dates, it's easy to find excuses to procstinate. That's why I'm no longer putting …

Airplane Intentionality

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networking travel


Airplanes are a tricky thing. You're boxed up with a bunch of other people, most of whom are really interesting but travel protocol makes it hard to get to talking with someone you don't know.

I've gone back and forth for several years now on how intentional to be while …

Vote for Yourself

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ownership


When November rolled around in 2012, I was a politically ambivalent sophomore at Andrews University. I grew up in Wisconsin, but was studying in Michigan, and the hassle of registering to vote seemed like too much work to spend an hour or two on election day casting a single vote …

'Twas the Night Before Stanford

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poetry


'Twas the night before Stanford I did hardly believe
The events that transpired that led to that eve.

My laptop was nestled quite snug in my pack
Contented to live near the birthplace of Mac

When all of a sudden there arose a vibration
I unlocked my phone for the …

The Day of Reconciliation

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money


I discovered rewards credit cards almost two years ago. In case you haven't heard of them, they're these nifty little pieces of plastic, where if you use them to spend money, they'll give some of the money that you've spent back to you.

Usually this money is on the order …

Contributing to Open Source

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programming


A friend texted me a few months ago saying that he was officially an open source contributor. He explained that he had found a bug with some software that he was using, and was able to find the error in the source code. He made some modifications, committed the changes …

Our First Silicon Valley Apartment

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moving


Rent in San Francisco Bay Area is expensive.

I recently heard a story of a person who upon leaving Silicon Valley decided to look for a place he could rent for the same amount he paid for his apartment here in the bay. He could not find a house big …

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