Google Calendar Reminders vs Todoist

If you’re looking for a software tool to organize your day and keep you on track to completing your goals, both of these tools are great. But here I’ll quickly show you why I ended up switching back to Google Calendar reminders from the free version of Todoist after a year of using the latter. Continue reading “Google Calendar Reminders vs Todoist”

What’s more important: an experience or a picture?

This article is not intended for professional photographers, hobbyist photographers, or people who get a good deal of satisfaction from taking pictures. If taking photos is meaningful to you, keep doing it. This article is for everyone with a smartphone who takes pictures without knowing why. This used to be me…

There are a few reasons why I used to take more photos than I do now (which is hardly any)… Continue reading “What’s more important: an experience or a picture?”

The best indie rock album of 2016 (make that 2017, too)

Do you like Blink 182 and Modest Mouse and appreciate a band that can be both silly and passionate?

Last year I stumbled upon a band named Sioux Falls, a trio of young guys from South Dakota. I immediately loved the raw and whimsical quality of their music. It has the right amount of angst and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s perfect for escaping some of the unnecessary seriousness of life. Continue reading “The best indie rock album of 2016 (make that 2017, too)”

How network connectivity and transit solutions are evolving in the cloud computing era

I recently came across an interesting startup, PacketFabric, that’s bringing the scalability, affordability, and transparency of cloud computing to the telecommunications industry. With their product, businesses can purchase capacity as needed and create their own private Internet backbones.

In this short post, I explore when the fundamentals of cloud computing started making their way into the telecommunications space. As you’ll see, in the near future, it will be as easy for companies to purchase transit services as it is for them to spin up virtual private servers and build things like content delivery networks. Continue reading “How network connectivity and transit solutions are evolving in the cloud computing era”

Life-changing lessons learned from Naval Ravikant

While driving back to Pittsburgh after a month in Florida, I listened to two episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show podcast. They made the 14-hour drive the most productive drive of my life. Each episode featured Naval Ravikant, the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList.

The episodes with Naval are the first Tim Ferriss Show episodes I listened to and, since listening to more, the episodes with Naval remain my favorite. Everything he says in them was new but familiar to me at the time. It all just made sense.

Finding someone who speaks to you like this is rare. Naval revealed life lessons to me that I’ve been trying to uncover for years, only I didn’t know I needed to uncover them. I just knew I was looking for something. He told me what that was. Continue reading “Life-changing lessons learned from Naval Ravikant”

How to lessen sexism and bias with conscious speech

We communicate in one of two ways: body language and speech.

Movement, or body language, is a less conscious act than speech. Of course we can consciously move our muscles and limbs, but when we’re communicating, our body language is on auto-pilot. We’re more aware of our speech — of what we’re saying and how we’re saying it.

But even though we have more control over our speech, we still say things that offend people, history, and the meaning of words. We don’t mean to; most of us are just lazy and don’t know any better. For instance, we call women “guys” when speaking in the plural, and we call people from the United States “Americans” even though they only represent one part of the Americas. Continue reading “How to lessen sexism and bias with conscious speech”

A culture of secrecy: business and (in)human rights

I was talking on the phone with my mom tonight. She was concerned.

Robert, um, I’m a little worried about something, she said. I think you’re being a little too open about your life on your blog. (She was talking about my reflections.) Since you’re applying to jobs, people might not appreciate you talking about your drinking habits, the girls you meet, and other personal things. Continue reading “A culture of secrecy: business and (in)human rights”

How to start a startup

Worthy: How to Start a Startup by Paul Graham (Essay)

This is the first piece of advice I read on starting a startup, and it may be the best. I find it hard to believe that there is a resource out there that is written so clearly. Even though written in March 2005, almost everything still applies to today’s startup culture. And I think it will still apply in 10 years. Keep this one handy. Continue reading “How to start a startup”