Inadequate Equilibria: A Summarized Remix

Could you ever do better than all of human civilization on some particular problem? Could you be reasonably confident that you know something experts don’t, or that you’ve discovered a novel solution to a big problem, or that you can “do better” than the best the rest of the world has to offer? Maybe it’s not so far-fetched, given that it’s quite plausible no one is working on some specific problem that you’ve come across…

Tech Stacks are Overrated

In the process of interviewing dozens of junior and intermediate engineers, the questions candidates ask implicitly say as much about them as the rest of the interview. One question that comes up occasionally is some variation of "what tech stack are you using"? List some of the myriad Javascript libraries-du-jour and I get a murmur... Continue Reading →

How I think about salary

Nobody gets rich from a salary. Aggressive statement; it warrants some definitions. A salary, broadly speaking, is compensation for your labor — for your input into the machination of a company. The same is true for a hourly wage, except the relationship is more obvious there. People join companies to magnify their efforts — to... Continue Reading →

ROI: In-Unit Laundry

I walked past a fancy laundromat + café place today. As a business, I think it's a great idea (although somewhat indulgent as well), but it got me thinking (as one does) about the economics of laundry, especially in apartments that have laundry on-site. My current apartment has a washer and dryer in every unit.... Continue Reading →

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