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@westleydang

Call me Wes.

Once upon a time I was a neuroscientist, and an environmental activist, who (voluntarily) lived in my car for five years. Now I'm "deep tech" venture capitalist, and a broad-spectrum enthusiast.

I love running, climbing, cooking, comedy, and learning to embody new wisdom with my body, my voice, my eyes.

I take things slow (with occasional hard turbos). Slow airport walker. Slow cup of coffee. Handwritten daily diaries. Mere monthly postings on my blog.

I don't social media. But I send an "Annual Letter" to my friends via email, sort of like a holiday card.

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How I maintain friendships: A toolkit

Maintaining friendships is hard. It's even harder for friends in different time zones, friends who are busy and/or ambitious, and friends who have just fallen out of the radar over the years. I am reflecting on a few useful tactics I've accumulated over the years. I hesitate to publish

How I maintain friendships: A toolkit

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Beats, blood, and blackness

The Kendrick v Drake beef is over. Kendrick won, handily. So why am I still thinking about it? It seems that everyone I talk to is either really invested, or not invested at all. To those of you who can’t stop thinking about this (like me): why is that?

Beats, blood, and blackness
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A letter to the people who nearly crippled me

1: observations At 12:59 PM PST on March 11th, 2024, you violently swerved your white sedan into the bike lane that I was in. Luckily, I managed to skid my Lyft bike to avoid your car pinching me against the other parked car on the right. In my rage,

A letter to the people who nearly crippled me
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How to start running: A biochemical perspective

I started running seriously last year, coming from basically no aerobic base. I think I made big improvements in a short amount of time, and it's largely because of how I focused my training. There are 3 main modalities of training: 1. Mechanical - musculoskeletal, kinetic patterns, strength, flexibility 2.

How to start running: A biochemical perspective
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2023 Annual Letter

Happy holidays, friends. Phenology refers to the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate, plant, and animal life cycles. I love writing an annual letter every year because it's like a phenology of the self. Some themes are cyclically recurring in my life. Some energies

2023 Annual Letter
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Reflections on place and space

Once upon a time, I was a small-human and every day my parents would drop me off at my grandparents's home, 1.6 miles away. It was my home base before and after school, until my dad picked me up and drove us home, winding through the local community college

Reflections on place and space