Life Without A Phone in 2014

I've been without a cell phone for the majority of this year. In the beginning it was because I was living in Canada and I couldn't be bothered to figure out how to purchase minutes for my SIM card without a Canadian address or credit card, but shortly after moving…

Syria: Wikitravel Timelapse

Turns out that Wikitravel is useful for more than just travel (although it's an excellent resource for that too). Taken out of the first-ever article on Syria from 2005, here's a really spooky sentence: "Syria is a safe country for travellers." Now let's watch as the page gets updated over…

New York

If I've got one word to describe New York City, it would be intense. It's a place with an overwelming amount of possibility, opportunity, and efficiency, but this comes at the cost of affordability and comfort. I often wake up here and wish I were back in North Carolina, where…

Facebook Is Biased

Facebook is full of successes and happy moments. It shows the sides of our lives that we want each other to see. But it's only half the story. I wonder how we could be more honest with each other and show a more representative, unbiased sample of our lives when…

Besides Happiness

One of my passions in life is happiness, or specifically, understanding how it happens, where it comes from, how to find and keep it, and how to help everybody else in the world obtain it too. This passion for happiness is not unrelated to my other obsessions with quality of…

Building An Engineering Team

I've played the role of chief architect for three early-stage products where I was responsible for creating something out of nothing. These included being a founder, first engineer, and contractor. Two of these experiences were at fast-paced startups that had just raised one million dollar seed rounds. In these experiences…