Harry Potter and The Glory of Trade Schooling

For some reason that I can no longer comprehend, Harry Potter is the cultural root of most people on the Internet. Many on Twitter seem to only understand complex topics in terms of the books and movies of J.K. Rowling, and they read whatever they feel into those books. In that same spirit, I

Thought for the Day

If it goes without saying, someone should probably say it. How often has this simple advice saved my bacon! No matter how much we share backgrounds, training, and experience, there will always be things we assume other people understand or think of because it's so natural to us. However, we also know the old saying

You Gotta Want It

When it comes to achieving any goal, you have to really want it. This is no less true of self-improvement than of making money or designing new code. When I was a kid, I wanted the new Legend of Zelda (Majora's Mask). It was a muggy August with highs in the 100's, but I wanted

Some Advice for College-Aged Nerds

It's that time of year again. Summer is drawing to a close, and soon school will be back in full swing. I got out of college not long ago, so I can still vividly remember a host of things I did right and wrong. I imagine most of the college-aged engineers out there could benefit

There’s No Such Thing as “Spare Time”

You have about seventy years on this earth, barring disease or accident. Of that time, you will spend about 1/3 of that time asleep, so you really only get 47 years or so. That's only about 17,167 days, total, for you to use. Now, suppose you're twenty years old right now. You're seven-thousand days old,

Breathing Better

Every living person breathes. In fact, respiration is generally considered to be one of the key indicators of life. However, do you breathe well? Shallow breaths give you just enough oxygen to supply a highly sedentary lifestyle. When you start to exert yourself, you tend to take slightly deeper and much more rapid breaths, and

Focus Through Default

I've got a touch of ADHD. I've never been diagnosed by a pill prescriber, of course. However, I'm a guy who bounces back and forth between a set of hobbies, browser tabs and bookmarks leaving a rabbit trail of breadcrumbs back through a history of my whims. Half the things I've started, I've never finished.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

As I've mentioned before, the body and the mind are deeply connected. The things you think affect how you feel, and how you feel affects how you think. What happens when you feel terrible all the time? If you're always lethargic, you'll never have the willpower to do those things that will bring you greatest

Become a Better Persuader: Hypnotic Words

(Originally Published at Evermore Instructional) Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP. Only a handful of people have ever even heard those words, much less studied the topic. However, NLP is at the heart of all persuasion. Advertisers, Politicians, and all skilled persuaders employ NLP on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. NLP is the study of particular

About the Slack

I've been quite lax the past few weeks posting any content, and I thought it high time to delve a bit into why. Side Projects Of late, I've been wondering a bit whether it'd be possible for a terse, no-fluff writer such as myself to craft a novel. I spent many of my usual writing hours