Build scalable, automated processes to win

_This brain dump is a reflection on the content of The Phoenix Project._ The cycle for progress is: experiment learn repeat This makes sense. It’s essentially the agile principle as well as the underpinnings of the scientific method - both of which have done a pretty good job of standing the test of time and thus have some strength wrt validity. But you can do this in varying shades of bad. [Read More]

In review: My 2019 H1 (winter and spring)

Hello Haminions and welcome to another installment of “What’s up with Ham?”. To refresh your memory, these reviews are a way for Ham to look back on what he’s done, extract any meaningful learnings into long-term storage, and share those with the Hamniverse. Please hold all questions til the end of the show and remember the use of flash photography is strictly prohibited. In the first half of 2019, I got a new job, meditated ~1400 minutes across ~120 sessions, built 3 charitable projects, grew the HAMY brand to 200+ visitors / month, constructed a new adventure habit (and accompanying email list), and, perhaps most importantly, capped off my first 25 years on this planet. [Read More]

This simple trick can give $1 / year to a cause you care about FOR FREE

A click-baity exploration of the costs and benefits of Mine for Good and how to get started TODAY

This quarter, I released a new project called Mine for Good and I wanted to take some time to talk about what it is, what it does, and how (with your help) I think it could make a decent impact on the world we live in. TL;DR: Mine for Good is a service that generates money just by opening (and clicking the “mine” button) and keeping open the web page in your browser. [Read More]

Post-mortem: My 2019 Job Search

My journey through a full-time SWE job search

Last week, I finished my 2+ month full-time job search. It wasn’t easy. But it also wasn’t particularly hard. It did however take lots of time, lots of effort, and lots of thought. Here I want to walk through my process for both posterity and the optimistic thought that it might help you, reader, in a future search of your own. My name is Hamilton and I make money as a software engineer. [Read More]

Why I have multiple Instagrams

For the past 3ish years (if memory serves, I started this in the summer of 2016), I’ve run multiple Instagram accounts. Each of these accounts has a different purpose. I’ll list these below, in rough order of activeness: @sir.hamy - pictures of me and what I’m up to @hamy.streetart - pictures of street art I’ve found and liked @hamy.labs - pictures and announcements around my code experiments (this closely follows the content of labs. [Read More]

HAMEATS: Ham, egg, and cheeses burrito

On this installment of HAMEATS, we discuss a home-made ham, egg, and cheese burrito. tl;dr This thing takes ~10 mins to make and costs next to nothing ($2.76). Compare this to a similar meal at Dunks that’ll cost $10+ and that’s savings of ~70%. Do it. ingredients 1 tortilla -> $7.78 / 8 => $0.97 3 eggs -> ($1.99 / 12) * 3 => $0.51 1 serving ham -> $3. [Read More]

Release notes: May 2019

HoWdY y’AlL, it’s time for another monthly update from the depths of the Hamniverse. work The biggest update this month isn’t really an update at all. I’m still going through the interview process but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. My hope is to make a decision on what my next step will be at the end of next week and start in that direction sometime in June. [Read More]

HAMEATS: Dorm-style HamBoard

goal The goal of a HAMEATS is to be “a unit of creation that are a) consumable, b) cheap, and c) easy to create” - HAMEATS TL;DR The dorm-style HamBoard is a twist on the traditional charcuterie board that comes with crackers, 4 different types of cheeses, two types of meat, and a red wine all for less than $20 and with less than 5 mins prep time. Per serving, this comes down to somewhere between $5-7 depending on individual hunger / how many alcoholics you invited over. [Read More]

An analysis of Ad revenue vs browser-based crypto mining revenue

Last week I released a project (Mine for Good) that provides a landing page for users to turn their browser into a crypto miner with the proceeds going to organizations supporting their chosen cause. Because the primary goal of the site is to create revenue to be passed through to these orgs, it got me thinking about how effective it is compared to other common website revenue paradigms. What follows is that analysis. [Read More]

Release notes: April 2019

It’s been awhile since my last update but not because I’ve been lazy, moreso because I’ve been so busy getting shit done. As such, this update will be terse so I can go back to focusing on higher priority items. But I knew y’all were wondering what I was up to so didn’t want to leave you entirely in the dark. work Currently my focus is on the next step in my career. [Read More]