Some thoughts on taking care of yourself and others

This was originally published on my newsletter. I was watching this video from Panic a few weeks back about how a dispute between two internet service providers (Comcast and Cogent) can really affect the users on the other end. What was happening was that users at home using Comcast were…

Learning How To Design

I remember reading about the redesign of CodePen all those years ago and thinking how cool it must be to create a product that users would want to use. And I wanted to know: how do web designers take all of that data—ranging from interviews, to user testing, to…

“I don’t know if I can actually do this”

I was listening to an episode from No, You Go called All In with Leah Culver, and I think the part of the show that stuck with me the most is when Leah said this: I don’t know that I can actually do this. But I did! I just…

Interesting things you might like

Hey, everyone! I've been finding some good shit online, and I just wanted to share them with you. Interesting books Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech. This is such a good book. If you want to learn more about how tech affects people—especially…

Going beyond the basics

I ran into this question on Dev.to a week or two ago: I have recently started to study the basics of the html and css language, and soon I will start javascript. I was wondering, beyond the "holy trinity", what does a good front end developer know?…

Learning how to write

I was just reading an article about how writing can make you a better designer, and it reminded me of how essential writing is for us programmers, too. If you happen to stand over my shoulder all day (please don't), you'd see that I actually write a loooot more than…

On Powerlifting

I often hesitate to share anything about lifting because I don't want to look like I'm showing off for vanity or give anyone the impression that I'm an uncultured brute. I guess you could say that I still have some of the remnants of the assumption that if you like…

Resources for Responsible Tech

If you've been listening to the news lately, you might have heard that Facebook is now a conduit to fake news, and that Grindr has shared HIV data of their users with third-party companies. You might have also heard about how SESTA/FOSTA can lead to internet censorship. Maybe—if…

On comparing yourself to others

I remember how daunting it was to start out in the tech industry. I had just immigrated to the US, and almost everyone I met had either gone to top universities, had worked on incredible projects, or are at the peak of their careers. Or at least that's what it…

Done traveling ... for now

I've been wanting to travel around the US since I moved here around 5 years ago. Maybe it's because I came from a country that's smaller than California, or maybe it's because my family doesn't travel very much. I don't know, but it took me a while before I actually…