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Have you ever had a little sister? I’m not sure if little brothers are the same or not. They might be, but I can’t say.

My little sister has remained littler; small enough to tuck under my arm, fits well in compact spaces, easy to shield if needed.

As a child, she was a tornado of movement and mayhem.

In photos of us (of which there are many; my parents — dad especially — indulged in the hobby), I am almost always posed and trying my best to meet expectations; she is never still. …


We said it long ago. It’s funny how we forgot the meaning of one of the words in our name, that most important adjective.

This virus was a once-in-a-lifetime world crisis — and an opportunity for us to stand in solidarity & collectively take personal responsibility for each other.

Instead, we shucked our sense of honor and public obligation, however much we had, anyway, and put false individual priorities over the collective need.

How foolish we have been. And how deadly.

Our breath became a weapon, and I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised how many gladly brandished it. …


You don’t care about this story, but I am writing it anyway. It is unedited, unplanned, whispered itself into words.

We bought mango sticky rice in the street, from a cart, not even a dollar each. We sat outside a McDonald’s and ate it, plastic forks sliding against the wobbling plastic container, sweet coconut covered rice made crunchy, mango slices sliding along our tongues, the night air cooling, the traffic finally lessened, the darkness shimmering with neon, language a bridge between us.

It was January. A new year. Against the blind feeling in my gut, I wanted to feel hope…


Campaign Zero

Even though I 100% believe police violence is a race issue in the US, let’s just pretend for the sake of argument that it isn’t. Let’s briefly remove race from the conversation (again, only for now, as a thought experiment because the reality is that race is part of the issue).

Consider these 10 demands, and see if you truly disagree, if you truly do not believe that these are expectations we absolutely should have as a society so we all feel safer — that this isn’t the standard you want to have especially for a group (theoretically) intended to…


Over the past few weeks, we built Get Tested COVID-19 — the most comprehensive database of US testing centers — to help support efforts to contain COVID-19 in the US.

As COVID-19 spreads, the CDC expects that much of the US population will be exposed to the virus. Widespread testing is one of the key measures expected to help manage containment and support a return to more normal life.

Our project formed as a crowdsourced effort to streamline access to testing information for communities around the US.

While local clinics, state health departments, and organizations have been setting up testing centers, the distribution of that information has been limited. Sometimes local news outlets publish a list, but there’s been a lack of centralized knowledge of where people can access tests.

The project


My alma mater, Williams College, just sent out an update to alums about canceling commencement and reunion events this summer.

This line from the college president’s message caught my eye:

My heart goes out especially to the class of 1970, whose own senior spring term was canceled due to protests over the bombing of Cambodia, and who are now having their 50th reunion disrupted by a global pandemic.

So yes, some of this coronavirus situation is unprecedented — but maybe only for my generation, or people in the USA, or other specific subsets.

For humanity, it is not the first…


Bori’s workshop on Deep Connections.

This past weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was the 8th Nomad Summit.

I attended the full conference day on Saturday & then taught a writing workshop on Monday.

My notes from Bori’s *amazing* Deep Connections “workshop” are below.

For an overall review of the Nomad Summit event, venue, high-level takeaways, book recommendations, and links to all the other speaker notes I took, check out my main review:

This wasn’t really a normal workshop, and I loved it.

Bori got rid of all the chairs in the room and had us all sit in a circle on the floor to start…


Jesse’s workshop on copywriting.

This past weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was the 8th Nomad Summit.

I attended the full conference day on Saturday & then taught a writing workshop on Monday.

Below are my notes from Jesse’s workshop: Copywriting landing pages that convert.

For an overall review of the Nomad Summit event, venue, high-level takeaways, book recommendations, and links to all the other speaker notes I took, check out my main review:

  • Wrote / plagiarized a book on how to get a girlfriend while in high school; made a website to sell it online, and someone gave him feedback to improve his landing…


This past weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was the 8th Nomad Summit.

I attended the full conference day on Saturday & then taught a writing workshop on Monday, which I’m sharing notes from below.

For an overall review of the Nomad Summit event, venue, high-level takeaways, book recommendations, and links to all the other speaker notes I took, check out my main review:

  • Anyone can be a writer, especially if your goal is to write & communicate information
  • Using a process helps make it easier, instead of thinking of writing as a “zero → magical moment of inspiration → finished…

This past weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was the 8th Nomad Summit.

I attended the full conference day on Saturday & then taught a writing workshop on Monday.

Below are my notes from Johnny FD’s talk at the conference (and he’s also the organizer).

For an overall review of the Nomad Summit event, venue, high-level takeaways, book recommendations, and links to all the other speaker notes I took, check out my main review:

  • FIRE = Financial Independence (and option to) Retire Early
  • If you had to stop working tomorrow, how many months would you be able to live your current…

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