2024

June

The rules of the passion economy

Summary of the main messages from the book The Passion Economy by Adam Davidson.

June 12, 2024

May

Adapting to the economy of algorithms

Overview of the book The Economy of Algorithms by Marek Kowalkiewicz.

May 25, 2024

April

LinkedIn is a teachable skill

An high-level overview of things I learned from Justin Welsh’s LinkedIn Operating System course.

April 11, 2024

The data engineering lifecycle is not going anywhere

My key takeaways from reading Fundamentals of Data Engineering by Joe Reis and Matt Housley.

April 5, 2024

March

Atomic Habits is full of actionable advice

I put the book to use after the first listen, and will definitely revisit it in the future to form better habits.

March 12, 2024

February

The three Cs of indie consulting: Confidence, Cash, and Connections

Jonathan Stark makes a compelling argument why you should have the three Cs before quitting your job to go solo consulting.

February 17, 2024

Future software development may require fewer humans

Reflecting on an interview with Jason Warner, CEO of poolside.

February 6, 2024

January

Psychographic specialisations may work for discipline generalists

When focusing on a market segment defined by personal beliefs, it’s often fine to position yourself as a generalist in your craft.

January 9, 2024

The power of parasocial relationships

Repeated exposure to media personas creates relationships that help justify premium fees.

January 8, 2024

2023

December

Positioning is a common problem for data scientists

With the commodification of data scientists, the problem of positioning has become more common: My takeaways from Genevieve Hayes interviewing Jonathan Stark.

December 18, 2023

Transfer learning applies to energy market bidding

An interesting approach to bidding of energy storage assets, showing that training on New York data is transferable to Queensland.

December 14, 2023

November

Our Blue Machine is changing, but we are not helpless

One of my many highlights from Helen Czerski’s Blue Machine.

November 28, 2023

You don’t need a proprietary API for static maps

For many use cases, libraries like cartopy are better than the likes of Mapbox and Google Maps.

November 21, 2023

October

Artificial intelligence was a marketing term all along – just call it automation

Replacing ‘artificial intelligence’ with ‘automation’ is a useful trick for cutting through the hype.

October 6, 2023

September

The lines between solo consulting and product building are blurry

It turns out that problems like finding a niche and defining the ideal clients are key to any solo business.

September 25, 2023

Google’s Rules of Machine Learning still apply in the age of large language models

Despite the excitement around large language models, building with machine learning remains an engineering problem with established best practices.

September 21, 2023

August

The Minimalist Entrepreneur is too prescriptive for me

While I found the story of Gumroad interesting, The Minimalist Entrepreneur seems to over-generalise from the founder’s experience.

August 21, 2023

Revisiting Start Small, Stay Small in 2023 (Chapter 2)

A summary of the second chapter of Rob Walling’s Start Small, Stay Small, along with my thoughts & reflections.

August 17, 2023

Revisiting Start Small, Stay Small in 2023 (Chapter 1)

A summary of the first chapter of Rob Walling’s Start Small, Stay Small, along with my thoughts & reflections.

August 16, 2023

Email notifications on public GitHub commits

GitHub publishes an Atom feed, which means you can use any RSS reader to follow commits.

August 14, 2023

The rule of thirds can probably be ignored

Turns out that the rule of thirds for composing visuals may not be that important.

August 11, 2023

July

Using YubiKey for SSH access

Some pointers for setting up SSH access with YubiKey on Ubuntu 22.04.

July 23, 2023

Making a TIL section with Hugo and PaperMod

How I added a Today I Learned section to my Hugo site with the PaperMod theme.

July 17, 2023

You can’t save time

Time can be spent doing different activities, but it can’t be stored and saved for later.

July 11, 2023