A running list of things I like


Dec 21, 2020, updated Feb 12, 2022 · 2 min read

Peaceful cabins from early settlers in Grand Teton National Park at dusk (2020.12)


For life in general:

  • virtual debit cards.

    • Never worry about cancelling a "free" trial or spending money at a small business that you want to support but are afraid is at a higher risk of getting hacked
  • Strava cardio tracking and social-fitness.

    • What if more online communities were like this?
    • What if there were a Strava-for-cooking app?
  • Down Dog workout (HIIT) and yoga apps.\

    • A workout app which actually works, keeps things interesting (variety), and does not barrage you with ads
  • Corners of YouTube where learning is fun and fast.

For software:

  • Netlify performant and affordable hosting with great developer experience
  • TypeScript
  • Deliberate, expressive internal APIs (not just the REST-kind, all code you write is an API for yourself and other devs)
    • Reusable components / util functions
    • The pipe operator


The more-good-than-bad kind:

  • Gnocchi (not too hard to make at home!)
  • Chicken thighs
  • Protein shakes—you can easily include a little frozen spinach, seeds, and/or healthy fats
  • Coffee

The more-bad-than-good kind:

  • Extra-toasty Cheez-Its
  • Chewy Chips Ahoy
  • The universe of sweet and salty items


  • Intermittent fasting: I generally feel my best when I don't eat until the afternoon
    • Not really a "deit" since you don't have to modify what you eat, but rather when
  • Slow-carb


  • Poorly-practiced yoga on the roof
  • Weight lifting
  • Reading in the sun
  • Trail running
  • Slightly too-competitive pick-up basketball
  • Cooking, especially with friends or family
  • Sleep, ideally early to bed and to rise
  • Road trips
  • Camping
  • Hammocking
  • Anything involving parks


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