Pool Dash

TL;DR: I’m building pooldash.com Why am I building this? I’ve worked at startups chasing broad appeal, and they usually failed, so I want to try the opposite I want to build a useful tool for a small niche of people I want to avoid stress in lieu of small, consistent work Whatever, but why build this specific thing? I used to be a lifeguard, now I’m a software engineer I’ve built & sold a company that made a CRM for pool-service companies What are my principles?...

July 12, 2020 · gazzini

Paternity Leave

Thanks to an earlier project, I just spent 4 months on paternity leave with my first son (March -> June). It was the first time in my life I’ve had so much unstructured time without any pressure to figure out what’s next. Here’s what I did: 1) I bonded with my son 2) I supported my wife while she worked I was able to do this without feeling the sting of the opportunity-cost of each second with them....

July 5, 2020 · gazzini

Experiment: Home Gym

This 3rd iteration of my home gym is AWESOME!!! (scroll down for earlier versions) December 2019 We moved The new house has an actual garage I put in good rubber floors (horse-mats from Tractor Supply Co) I built wooden stall-bars for stretches I got a smaller standing desk I have SO MUCH ROOM for activities Pros: So much more room Stall-bars are helpful for stretches (I started gymnasticsbodies....

January 7, 2020 · gazzini

Goal: Getting a Great Job

The Goal Get hired by Google, Facebook, Dropbox, or Zipline. Result Success! I started at Dropbox on August 6th as a “Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer”. I list my take-aways from the process at the bottom of the article. Approach Secure Internal Referrals when possible 1 LeetCode problem per day, record / review myself solving it Skim CLRS Intro to Algorithms Read Cracking the Coding Interview The studying is more necessary for FB / Google / Dropbox, as they want to remove bias as they screen LOTS of engineering candidates each year....

December 28, 2019 · gazzini

Experiment: Electric Scooter

I moved After scooting for 2 years, I moved 3.5 miles away from work… with hills. Scooter can’t handle it (I tried) Driving is still for suckers I bought an electric bicycle I’ve used it to commute for 3 weeks. Pros: Smoother ride, very powerful on hills. More respect from cars & pedestrians Faster than driving Cons: It costs about 8x as much as a scooter....

October 25, 2019 · gazzini
screenshot of mcdonalds wifi portal

Experiment: McDonalds as a CoWorking Space

CoWorking Spaces Expensive Full of snobs who take themselves too seriously Scarce snacks, no barista Have to pay for an entire month up-front McDonalds Cheap No self-righteous “entrepreneurs” in sight (excluding myself) Lots of hot food, and a barista Day-to-day commitment, no contracts. Hypothesis I can work from McDonalds instead of a traditional co-working space. Conclusion Yes, but don’t. Method I did it for 2 days....

May 22, 2019 · gazzini

Personal Website

Why does this website exist? I want to live intentionally, and I plan to use this site as a tool to: Get better at writing Distill my experiences into publishable lessons Expose my reasoning for open criticism Own my failures & drag them into the light Recall my previous lessons later in life Have fun Loose inspiration comes from my favorite personal websites: Paul Graham and Gwern Branwen. I respect the personal honesty & transparency of these guys, and the long format of their essays allows for more complete thoughts & stories than most social media platforms....

May 21, 2019 · gazzini