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 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]

August 2018 Release Notes

Another month, another post. For those of you reading this via email - rejoice! You’re receiving the first ever blast from the Hamniverse. For those of you reading via my blog, that’s cool too but you can also get these updates via email if you’re more of a subscriber than a poller. Projects This month, my projects have received the most attention and likely the most “gains”. I don’t have a whole lot to show yet, but a lot of cogs have been put in motion. [Read More]

On Minimalism: More of what you love and less of what you don't

As part of my continued research into Financial Independence, Frugality, and Stoicism, I stumbled upon the book Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism. I’ll admit, the decision to read it was driven moreso by it being free via Amazon Prime than anything else, but I found it to be pleasantly complimentary to those aforementioned research areas. Minimalism We should start with what Minimalism is. The core idea of Minimalism is to cut out the superfluous. [Read More]

The case for brewing your own cold brew

I’m an avid coffee drinker. It helps me get shit done and I like getting shit done. As such, I typically drink a serving in the morning right after I wake up to get in gear and another right after lunch to combat potential carbo comas/push through the rest of my day strong. Unfortunately, depending on how you go about it, this habit can be quite expensive. I currently live in NYC where a large iced coffee (I don’t like it hot, seems like a waste of time to let it cool) can push $4 a pop at your local *Bucks/Dunks. [Read More]