Pool Dash

I’m building pooldash.com Principles Build what users ask for Build a product I enjoy working on Go deep, not wide That’s the whole strategy – time to execute! Progress: July 2021 Learning: B Fun: B Finances: F It’s this project’s 1-year anniversary! I’m still having fun building it, but we’re only at $100 monthly recurring revenue… so let’s hope “slow and steady” still wins the race. I had my first issue with users creating formulas for eachother....

March 12, 2021 · gazzini

Helium

Motivation I’m bad at trading crypto-currency. It stresses me out, and I’m not mature enough to set-it-and-forget-it. So, I’m changing my approach. I need a productive way to engage my curiosity, because price-speculation just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve decided to actively participate in a fun project that is interesting, social, and involves physical hardware. I originally purchased 1 Helium hotspot for $500 in 2019. I’m going to focus primarily on having fun, learning, and adding value to the project....

March 11, 2021 · gazzini

Home Gym

I want a home gym. Motivation My friend Justin Watts has one, so I want one. I also like lifting (for mental health), but fitting the gym into my daily routine & carrying clothes all day is inconvenient. Progress (most recent first) March 2021 Fun: B+ Learning: A Finances: B Quarantine I didn’t build the gym with Covid / quarantine in mind, but wow, I got lucky. When I feel sad or claustrophobic, I’m sitting right next to heavy weights, so I lift them, and then I feel better....

March 4, 2021 · gazzini

Reading

I originally posted my notes for each book, but I dreaded note-taking so much that I actually read fewer books. Next, I tried to just record my favorite quotes… but apparently, I can’t handle that chore either. Legend 📖 book 🏆 favorite book 🎧 audio-book ⏳ currently reading 🔴 unfinished ⏳ The Infidel and the Professor » Dennis Rasmussen ⏳ Relativity » Albert Einstein ⏳ Creation Rediscovered » Jeffrey Leonard...

December 13, 2020 · gazzini

Paternity Leave [closed]

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

Getting a Great Job [closed]

The Goal Get hired by Google, Facebook, Dropbox, or Zipline. Result Success! I started at Dropbox in August 2020 as a “Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer”. I’m no longer updating this project, but leaving here for reference. Progress (most recent first) March 2021 I’ve worked at Dropbox for 1.5 years, with the last year being fully remote. Pros: I got promoted to Engineering Manager (4 direct reports) The work is decently interesting (if you squint) I got a small raise (and the stock is going up) Cons:...

December 28, 2019 · gazzini

Electric Scooter [closed]

Motivation Have you seen the rental scooters? They look like toys People riding them look like idiots But then I rode one… and I loved it. So, I sold my car & bought a scooter. Progress (most recent first) March 2021 Giving up I’m closing this project. I no longer commute to work, so my bike has just sat in the shed for 12 months. It was fun though!...

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