Don't wait for a new year to change your life

For many people, a new year means rebirth - a clean slate from all that happened in the year prior, a new foundation upon which to build the life they’ve always wanted to lead. Lofty I know, but you’d be hard-pressed to scroll through your favorite social platform without a bombardment of reflections, resolutions, and inspirational quotes from people doing just that. Personally, I’m against resolutions. This isn’t to say that I think they’re bad, I actually make a ton of resolutions each year. [Read More]

Introducing Tikkun Olam Tuesdays

Today I’m announcing a new endeavor I’ll be starting in 2019 - “Tikkun Olam Tuesdays”. Tikkun Olam is a “jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world” (from learningtogive.org). As such, the goal of Tikkun Olam Tuesdays (maybe I should refer to it as TOTs?) is to habitually take some action to perfect/repair/give back to the world every Tuesday. I don’t really have a framework in place for what this action will be, but my current belief is that it will take more of a doing form than a giving form. [Read More]

2018 in Review

2018 was a crazy, wild year. In it, I moved to New York, traveled ~40,367 miles (over 42 trips between 19 destinations in 4 countries), migrated 3 websites across 2 cloud providers, placed 190+ stickers, publicly released 2 code experiments, and ran over 422 miles in 72 sessions. My name is Hamilton and this is my 2018 Wrapped (in Ham). Adventure I went to a lot of really cool places this year and was able to experience a lot of really cool things, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t first present my largest adventure of the year - moving to New York City. [Read More]
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November 2018 Release Notes

November was a busy month full of travel, connections, and projects. Busy months are highly fulfilling wrt accomplishments, but often come with a heavy toll. Traveling is tiring. Connecting is tiring. Producing is tiring. Months like these make you appreciate the down times in life, when you can kick back with a General Tso’s combo from China King and watch multiple hours of an 7.7+ IMDB-rated title. Didn’t I just do that five days ago? [Read More]

Why I'm decreasing my savings budget

Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly interested in the lifestyle ideas of frugality and minimalism. One of the primary reasons these lifestyles appealed to me was because their primary tenet is to focus on that which is important to you in the face of disparate constraints, from the burdens of excess (minimalism) to the lack thereof (frugality). Together, they can be a powerful tool towards reshaping your life - introspection to understand what you value most, getting rid of the things you don’t love (minimalism), and pairing down the things you do love to optimize for monetary expenditure (frugality). [Read More]

HAMQ: How does Thieve.co make money?

This post contains affiliate links. You do not have to click them, but it may compensate me a bit so if you like me you might click them anyway. Thieve is a site that recently showed up on ProductHunt. Essentially, they’ll send you items that you’ve “stolen” from other users. It appears that this works by releasing a given item out into the wild and then people steal back and forth with the winner being the last one to hold it once the timer hits 00:00. [Read More]

October 2018 Release Notes

Spooktober is over and I didn’t even write a quarterly report. This is because I didn’t really have much to say for ~2 reasons 1) my last review was put out a bit late and 2) I haven’t done too much I’m ready to share. My hope is that a few of my projects will reach shareability in Q4 which will trigger an avalanche of updates, but wouldn’t recommend betting on it. [Read More]

Hawaii in Review 2018

Last month I took a trip to Hawaii. I never got around to posting anything about it, but did write some notes on the plane ride back. Here they are for posterity. If the embed’s not working, you can view the Geolog directly on YouTube Fave things 1. Mauna Kea star viewing and summit The ohana took a trip up Mauna Kea on two separate nights to star gaze and mount the summit. [Read More]

In Favor of Citi Bike

Ride more bikes, see more world.

I live in Murray Hill, a neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of NYC, and work near Union Square at APT - a big data company. For my usual commute, metroing doesn’t make that much sense unless I’m carrying a lot of stuff, am being particularly lazy, or there’s some hostile weather conditions. By Google’s estimations, the different methods of commute take: Metro - 24 mins Walk - 26 mins Bike - 12 mins I generally gravitate towards efficiency so here biking takes the cake with walking and metro a wash. [Read More]

Zero to One: Dream Big, Start Small, Work Aggressive

I recently read Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. As part of my habit of reflection, here are some of my key takeaways: Competition is the bane of capitalism. If you really want to make it big, you’ve got to corner a market or else risk nickel and diming the customer, your workers, and your competition to starvation. The given example is that Google has cushy workplaces because it has a monopoly on search (and relevant advertising) and therefore doesn’t need to fight in a price war. [Read More]