How cool is this? It's kind of a dumb joke, but the fact that it's possible to have the... (Read More)
by Cory on May 27, 2015
I didn't sleep well last night. I feel like I've always been a paranoid person and until now there was no reason to believe my irrational anxiety. But that last phone call is just making things a lot worse.
My stomach has been churning all day. T...
by Cory on May 27, 2015
Summer-y night. Dark, slightly chilly.
I got off a 45-minute phone call with a recruiter for a big tech company. He told me that my interview went well and the team liked me and were leaning towards hiring me. That's the good news. The bad news? ...
by Cory on May 26, 2015
It's Tuesday. The weather is sunny again, my fellow slackers, and my outlook is looking pretty bleak. I received my last unemployement check this past Saturday and, while I still have my savings, the psychological factor of not receiving any incom...
by Cory on May 21, 2015
It's an overcast, chilly Thursday. Looks like this will be the new trend for the summer here in San Jose. We need the rain. Maybe the drought will end when I get a new job? I'll be anointed by a heavy summer shower the minute I walk out of an inte...
by Cory on May 18, 2015
I'm looking back at this website and all the things I wrote on the about page and it all seems now, 10 months later, to be very, unnecessarily angry. I don't want it to be this way. I enjoy the "slacker" philosophy that I've adopted and I don't wa...
by Cory on May 18, 2015
I've been doing a lot of reading the past few weeks, but progress has been slow lately because I've been interviewing for jobs a lot (I know...). I'm going through the Nilsson and Ridel circuits textbook and reviewing basic circuit analysis. It se...
by Cory on April 30, 2015
I just ordered an Arduino uno off of Adafruit.com, should be in the mail in the next few weeks. In the meantime, it's time to dig up all my EE tools that are probably gathering dust in a box somewhere in the garage.
I think the first step is to m...
by Cory on April 25, 2015
Why are Californians so flaky? If you go on the internet and google this sentence, you will find a lot of East Coast dorks asking this question and a lot of people from California tooting their own horn at how awesome the weather is and how hard t...
I found this on a table at work that said "FREE". I think the concept of the book is nice. There's definitely something to being a "rebel", in that some people are content with being office drones and others want to blaze their own path. And going down one option vs the other doesn't happen by accident. All leaders consciously work towards it over lifetimes. I don't think the book had any particularly actionable tips, but the stories and anecdotes were very inspiring.
Added on January 27, 2020 8:52 AM
'"Masamune-kun''s Revenge Vol. 1"'
I feel weird putting a manga down, but for one reason or another, it's one of the few mangas that I decided to buy. I really like the characters and dynamics that happen in this manga. The plot twists and drama is well developed and deals with interesting themes, although it does get kind of fucky at the end, where it seems like there was some editor interference or something. Oh well, I still really liked it. It's so bittersweet. ;_;
Added on December 19, 2019 9:26 AM
This book is simply a pile of shit; a real turd. It makes it even more obvious after reading The Lean Startup. While that book uses data, examples from experience, and case studies to capture starting a company in the framework of the scientific method, this book is a mish mash of click bait-y tripe. The front and back jackets are covered in sensational words and phrases, which already turned me off. Then I opened the book and it's like the discourse just doesn't move past the introductory paragraph. I realized about a third into it that the entire thing is going to be marketing blog posts in book form. Seriously, each chapter is like 1-2 pages long and follows this formula: "Don't do [this thing that everybody does]. Do the exact opposite. That's what we do. Because why not???" There's no real analysis going on. I'm sure 37signals is a great place to work and are super productive but it's clear they have no clue how their success works. I'm giving anything they make a wide berth. PS: Ruby on rails fucking sucks
Added on December 15, 2019 10:19 AM
The Lean Startup
I was freaking out in one of the break rooms at work when I saw this on the bookshelf. It's an amazing book. Sometimes you come across a book so amazing it's usually the definitive intro for beginners to get into a new subject. For instance, wanna learn stocks? Read 4 pillars of investing by Bernstein. Wanna learn how to built things and start a company? Read this book. Ries breaks things down into a science and makes extremely useful observations out of complex scenarios. It's intuitive and revolutionary. I hope to need this advice someday.
Added on December 9, 2019 10:35 AM★
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
This is a surprisingly engrossing story about a race between Tarahumara and American ultramarathoners that frames a discussion of how running informs human evolution, culture, health, and lifestyles. It's a pleasant surprise.
Added on November 2, 2019 3:06 AM★