Lecture at SAE Belgrade: Lessons from Facebook 🏫

While staying in Belgrade over the summer, my friend Dragan introduced me to his former computer science professor from SAE Institute Belgrade. SAE is an international private college that, at least in Belgrade, focuses primarily on audio engineering, filmmaking, and VFX animation, but their Belgrade campus also includes a smaller group of programming and web… Continue reading Lecture at SAE Belgrade: Lessons from Facebook 🏫

Happiness as Personality 😊

Happy woman

Recently, I listened to the audiobook Why You Are Who You Are by Mark Leary with my girlfriend. It’s a lecture series about the roots of human personality, covering things like personality differences between people, where the differences come from (spoiler: it’s the usual mix of nature and nurture), and how they alter our lives.… Continue reading Happiness as Personality 😊

God’s Pet Peeves 🦐

Shrimp angel

I recently re-read the Bible's Leviticus chapter 11, with its variety of walking, crawling, slithering, swimming, and flapping abominations. There were some highlights I thought I'd share: We aren’t actually supposed to be eating ostriches. I was a bit surprised by that because I didn't realize ostriches were bountiful enough in Hebrew lands to put… Continue reading God’s Pet Peeves 🦐

A Day at the Creation Museum πŸ¦–

Adam in the Garden of Eden, at the Creation Museum

Recently I visited the Creation Museum (not far from Cincinnati), which I’ve always wanted to see for funsies. In the past, I’ve gone deep on both sides of the evolution vs creation debate, since learning about the science of evolution was one of the earlier steps for me in moving away from the wacky religious… Continue reading A Day at the Creation Museum πŸ¦–

Seven Weeks on an American Road Trip πŸš—

Between March and May of this year, I spent seven weeks on one of the most American things I can think of: a road trip across the USA. The last time I’d done something like this I was nine years old. Back then, my sisters and I liked to pass the endless hours in the… Continue reading Seven Weeks on an American Road Trip πŸš—