Twitter Threads for Digifox

Posted on April 28, 2022

During my time at Digifox, I got to learn about many projects in crypto because I needed to write informative threads for our followers. Here they all are, in one place: How the Lightning Network works: Bitcoin’s energy usage: Biden’s executive order: China’s digital yuan: Implications of Lugano turning crypto into de-facto legal tender: Bitcoin’s use in the Russia-Ukraine war:  Bitcoin’s use in Canada amidst the trucker protests: How MiamiCoin works: Inflation: Why Our Current Measures of Inflation don’t doRead More

Learned Unreasonable Helplessness

Posted on February 3, 2022

To protect your faith in debate and public speech, it’s important to not use it in situations where it won’t work. I left university with a pessimistic view of reason and people’s ability to be influenced by it because the people I would use it with wouldn’t fall like dominos and change their minds when I put forward an argument. At best, it spurred counter-arguments. At worst, it spurred recalcitrance. But in any case, people never changed their minds afterRead More

Don’t Apologize for Getting COVID.

Posted on January 1, 2022

The last three people I know who got COVID most recently all apologized to me after letting me know that they had it. One apologized because our exposure to him might mean that some of us would need to cancel Christmas plans, another apologized because we could no longer see each other in the time that he would be spending in Calgary for holidays. The third apologized because we live together and he’d feel wrong if I ended up withRead More

My Critique and Review of The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene

Posted on December 12, 2021

Seduction is a skillset that is surprisingly legal. I had the unfortunate pleasure of being seduced for the first time in my life by someone a month ago called Finn. While my infatuation with him took two weeks and a lot of journalling to get over, he still lives rent-free in my mind. I set out to read The Art of Seduction because I wanted to avoid ever being in a similar situation again – one where I’ve lost completeRead More

What’s Happening to the World?

Posted on December 8, 2021

It seems like the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated trends and forces within society that were already happening. It revealed a lot about the government, the media, “scientists”, social media, the networks we’re all in, our weak spots as a society and as a country, and perhaps what we should do moving forward. I think the most acute issue that I experienced was the failure of my society to respect and value rights and freedoms. This was made most evident by theRead More

JCCF Essay Competition

Posted on November 1, 2021

I found out that the JCCF had an essay competition on Friday, October 29. The deadline to submit an essay was Sunday, October 31 at 11:59 PT. So of course, I wrote an essay in two days. It brought back memories of undergrad. The essay question: “Should citizens who refuse to get vaccinated have the same rights and freedoms as those who do get vaccinated?” Click here to read the essay.

What Adulting Is

Posted on September 5, 2021

It’s been about a year since I graduated with a bachelor’s degree and started working full time. Here’s what adulting seems to mean: a loss of time, no cheap talk, and iterability. A Loss of Time I work 8 hours a day, five days a week. In university, I worked (maybe) 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. Losing all of that free time (~26 hours) is jarring! It feels like all of your time has been sucked away.Read More

How I Fell Down the Bitcoin Rabbit Hole

Posted on August 21, 2021

I’ll be updating this blog with the questions i ask on my journey along with the answers i find. It all started in November 2020. I had stumbled onto Dustin Walper’s twitter, and learned that he was the CEO of a cryptocurrency exchange. Since he seemed to be a trustworthy and intelligent person, I figured that I would not lose all of my money if i used it. During November and December, I added in $100 and watched it growRead More

Don’t Share Your Vaccination Status

Posted on August 8, 2021

Notes from “Warren Buffet and the Interpretation of Financial Statements”

Posted on August 3, 2021

How do you invest in a way that isn’t pure speculation or group-think, and which also prevents you from being fooled by randomness? Well, apparently value investing is one way to do this, so I’m going to learn about it. To put it simply, value investing means that you should buy and hold a stock when its price is below its “true value”. You can also sell it if it’s crazily overvalued. It’d be nice to know whether a companyRead More

A Side Effect of Lying

Posted on July 20, 2021

It seems like lying to people you don’t know in your own self-interest to is generally socially acceptable. A person who receives one job offer, accepts, then receives a better offer, then rejects the first offer, is one such example of a lie. It’s hard to pick between two opportunities. But one thing’s for sure – lying makes whatever choice you go with 10x worse. One consequence of lying that I’ve found is that any good faith in a newRead More

Here’s what =VLOOKUP() does in Excel

Posted on July 19, 2021

Great day! I learned how to use vlookup in excel. Here was the problem. I had sent out a cold email to ~2500 podcasters last week. The list of leads I used had a podcaster’s name, email, show id, and show name. Around 40% of people didn’t open the cold email, so I wanted to send a follow-up. Sendy, the emailing platform, let me download a new list made up of the 40%. But the list only had the lead’sRead More

The Problem of Too Many Ideas

Posted on July 18, 2021

What do you do when you have too many interests? You can try to pursue them all by splitting your time into chunks and devoting a chunk to each interest. In theory, if I want to learn Latin, produce a podcast, and start a cooking business, I’ll do an hour of latin in the morning, 3 hours of podcasting on the weekend, and 1 hour of cooking in the evenings. It turns out that this never works. Stretching your focusRead More

How to Price Yourself as a Freelancer

Posted on June 15, 2021

A new friend of mine gave me two ways to value yourself on the market. The first is your hourly rate. The second is the value of the service you provide (usually the opportunity cost). To calculate your hourly rate, you can use your last job’s pay as a reference compare yourself to what freelancers on the market charge, calculate how much you’d need to live your dream life. Charging hourly tends to prevent you from making big gains though.Read More

Cruella (2021)

Posted on June 8, 2021

Cruella is a disappointing movie. It had suspense and glamour. However, it fell a bit flat on the plot, on the plot twist, and on the message. I didn’t like a couple of things. For one, the plot twist. The plot twist is that Cruella is the daughter of the Baroness. But I didn’t like it because it wastes the great tension and suspense that the director had created by pitting Cruella against the Baroness. It seemed like the conflictRead More