• The Tao Te Ching

    I found this Ursula Le Guin translation of the Tao Te Ching on the bookshelf at an airbnb. I liked it so much that I bought my own copy.

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  • Some thoughts on mastery for a young programmer

    I recently met Ivan, a high schooler who is interested in both programming and self-improvement — two of my favorite topics. He taught himself to program and created several iPhone apps. He wanted to improve his programming skills but was feeling stuck. He eagerly listed the technologies he had mastered, but wasn’t sure what he should tackle next.

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  • My mom, the scientist

    When we were kids, my brother and I knew that our mom was the scientist of the family. She had finished the better part of a PhD in chemistry before deciding to become a doctor. She also the one who knew how to fix things. From busted remotes to leaky faucets to putting together new toys, she always had the solution.

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