One of my favorite YouTube channels, Half As Interesting, did an explainer about the founding of Oakridge, Tennessee. It was founded in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project. [Read more…]
A few years ago, my brother-in-law received a birthday gift to fly over Athens, GA in a single-engine prop plane. The plane had a total of 4 seats – and I was invited to come along.
We took off from Athens Ben Epps Airport. Here’s some of the pictures.
We stayed right around 10,000 feet or less for the entire flight. I was amazed at the perspective. On a commercial flight, you’ll rapidly ascend to over 30,000 feet where you lose a lot of the details on the ground.
But at this height, if was much easier to see and focus on individual landmarks rather than general patterns. I can totally see why aviation is such a popular hobby despite the cost and danger. [Read more…]
Francois Chollet recently wrote an essay on “What worries me about AI”.
He argues that the big worry about AI for the near & medium term future is not AI itself – but how companies & governments will put AI to use. Humans are open-books and very vulnerable to manipulation. I love his section on key “vulnerabilities” of the human brain. [Read more…]
Not enough people talk about their finances. For whatever reason, we’ll talk and write about our favorite products – but never about things like banks, lawyers, or doctors. I do a lot of book reviews, but wanted to venture out with something a bit different – a Capital One 360 Savings Account review.
Back on January 6, 2006, I ditched my local banks’ one-tenth of 1% interest rate on my personal savings (at the time), and signed up for ING Direct. At the time, online banking was still a new industry. It’s now very normal will a ton of companies to choose from.
In the 12 years since I signed up, ING Direct has become Capital One 360® (see their plans & promotions here), and is now one of the largest online banks in America. After 12 years of banking with them, here’s my pros and cons of Capital One 360 (and online banking in general). [Read more…]
From 2007 to 2012, I read 263+ books. But I did not stop there. I haven’t kept up the same pace – but have kept on tracking every book I’ve read since. Ideally, I’ve also written a short lessons learned or review of each. Here’s the books I’ve read this past year.
On recommendations, I generally stop reading a book after 100 pages if it’s not any good. So everything that I finished is worth reading.
This post covers books read in 2017. You can also read from –
It lives up to the hype. It’s well-written. It’s engaging. It’s thoughtful. It brings nuance and complexity to issues that need both. It helps advance the conversation even where other thoughtful writers have a different take.
The book is timely and provides an interesting, human perspective about a real-life ongoing crisis occurring across large swaths of America.
If you like to read non-fiction at all – then you should have this book on your reading list. I wish I had read it sooner.
Either way, I took away so many lessons from this book that it’s really hard to distill them down into a proper review.
Instead, I’ll simply share the notes that I took chapter by chapter. These are all ideas that I took from the material. I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with these takeaways. But every single one gave me pause and a new perspective to consider. [Read more…]
I moved to Atlanta with my family in 2013. Everything was new. And like anyone who has moved to a new city, it was a challenge to find the best services & professionals that you only need every once in a while.
We’re still in the market for some services, but here’s the list of professionals, contractors and solid businesses that we’ve found so far. [Read more…]
After visiting Vogel State Park, my family and I took another mini-vacation to Hard Labor Creek State Park in July 2017.
Hard Labor Creek State Park is one of Georgia’s most historic and most well-known State Parks.
It’s well-known mainly for its golf course. The golf course is great – I’ve played several rounds there – but the park is so much more. [Read more…]
I love the Internet. I remember the first time that I saw a webpage load. It has changed my life in every way.
But the Internet is a tool. And like any tool, it amplifies both the good and bad that any one person can do.
Amplifying bad human behavior has always been around since the beginning. But the tool is increasingly rewarding bad human behavior.
We are adapting to the tool rather than adapting the tool to our needs.
It’s a complex idea. But I found a tweetstorm from Naval Ravikant that sums it up in a way that must be archived. Here it is in its entirety, copied with the permission he gave in replies to credit the original. [Read more…]
There’s an old adage that says “what gets measured gets managed” – ie, you can’t manage a problem until you measure it. [Read more…]