• My First Trial

    What Does Yoga do to Stress Levels?

    If you’re like me, you’ve heard lots of chatter about all the benefits of things like exercise, yoga and meditation. There have been studies linking exercise to decreased stress, and of course any practitioner of meditation/mindfulness will be happy to tell you about the benefits of a regular practice. Still, all of these supposed benefits […]

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  • Blogging

    How Much can a Good, Clean Theme Help a Blog?

    In 2012, I took 18 months off from actively maintaining this blog because my time was consumed by my startup. When I returned to actively writing in 2013, it was abundantly clear that the blog needed a fresh coat of paint. A year or two spent around intelligent designers in Silicon Valley had made it […]

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  • spam protection

    Stop Wasting your Time and Money on Mailing Lists

      While services like GMail do a great job of blocking explicit spam messages, most of us have accrued years’ worth of “quasi-spam.” You know what I’m talking about: those mailing lists, products and deals that you were automatically subscribed to and have been putting up with ever since. Over the years, these subscriptions can […]

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  • growth

    How To Increase Your Software’s User Engagement by 10x

    Recently, I finally realized that piling on new features day after day is not the most effective way to improve software. As a programmer, it’s tempting to just keep building… but this approach does not leave room for data-based improvement.   “Growth Hacking” is a (relatively) new term in startupland. I’ve been aware of the […]

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    Side-Projects are Stress-Relieving Experiments in Creativity

    Side projects are not just random diversions: they are a critical skill-building and rejuvenating activity everybody should actively participate in.     Programmers are especially keen on little side projects. The act of programming is, quintessentially, creating shortcuts to doing something. Many programmers got their start making little scripts to make their lives easier. Any […]

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  • Basis Watch

    Experiment: Heart Rate

    The rate at which your heart is beating is one of the most easily-quantifiable, yet informative, attributes of your body. Most people know that your heart rate increases as you strain yourself in some way, but the factors which impact heart rate are numerous. Sleep, activity level, temperature, mental or emotional stress, atmosphere/environment and a […]

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