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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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Forget gratitude journals, try chain journaling

I invented a new form of gratitude journaling, called chain journaling

Forget gratitude journals, try chain journaling
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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
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It's impossible to fake it

Happy November. I had a conversation with someone about their DMT experiences. They, being an experienced meditator, said that their 10 minutes of DMT felt like hours of deep meditation, but then qualified on that statement (as if I was about to make this error) that it’s not the

It's impossible to fake it
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Too personal finance

I have a problem with money. I spend too little of it on the things that I actually care about. My relationship with money is something that I inherited from my parents and my family. Both my parents were refugees of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970’s, a Communist

Too personal finance
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Suffertember: Don't disrespect the suffer

Once upon a time, in 2017, I started a month of really hard things with one of my best friends, Armand. He was the guy who I could always count on to do crazy shit with. If there ever was a culmination of us seeking out Type 2 fun, it

Suffertember: Don't disrespect the suffer