Hey 👋, I'm Phil and you've found my personal site. Below you'll find posts, notes (half-baked, weekly ideas), book reviews and a list of projects. This site is a work in progress, and expect it to change frequently.
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With gas in Ethereum being so expensive these days, here are some tools and tips to help you save.
A list of books and articles that speak honestly about the Asian American experience
I struggled for over a year to rank on SEO. Then, I learned some basics and started using some free tools. This is a guide for how you can do it too.
Algorithmic stablecoins are here and they're expanding their supply. What will become of them?
A list of resources to help you prepare for software engineering interviews. There are links to questions and tips
This is how I learned to type faster (from 65 WPM to 100 WPM). From touch typing (not looking at the keyboard), to speed drills, and finally getting results on TypeRacer
This is my learning plan to become a blockchain developer. Updated frequently with resources and articles
Uniswap shows us what it looks like to reward users with equity
Yield farming might not be as profitable as it was earlier this year, but if you're curious about this opportunity in DeFi, read this guide.
I'm finally done with my 30 day writing challenge! Here's my immediate reflection of how it went
How do we evict, or at least manage, ideas that live rent free in our heads?
A collection of quotes from the book "Minor Feelings" - and some minor commentary
Sometimes, we succeed because of seemingly unwise or strange decisions we made in the past
I started Naval's 60 x 60 meditation challenge. Did a quick check in for day 11
What do Bitcoin, TCP, and retries have in common? They all employ some simple form of exponential growth (or decay) in their operations.
Psychologists say we only learn when we change our behavior. So how can we implement advice such that it really changes behavior?
Yesterday and today could not have been more different - and the difference was flow. Here's what helped me get into flow today.
I just finished my 4000th typeracer competition. Time to reflect
If we left out a bin of candy, with guidance to take only 3 pieces, what would happen? Well, the obvious happened
Legibility is simplicity, but not all simplicity is good. Where do we have opportunities to introduce "good" legibility into our systems?
Richard Feynman used to ask some pretty dumb questions. Here's what we can learn from him
A glossary of "hard to remember" terms from Designing Data Intensive Applications
I started tracking my time in 15 minute intervals. This is what my practice looks like
Neil Postman warns us that technology is disruptive - not of industries, but of our culture and our wisdom. My notes from his talk in 1998
Sometimes, I've got a lot of energy. Othertimes, nothing. They connect together like booms and busts of the stock market
In an interview, Josh Waitzkin shares some wisdom about learning and life. Here are some notes and takeaways
All things are created twice. Do the metawork so the real work gets done right
Working on a good team is a joyful. Over the years, here are a few patterns I have seen in good teammates
Our brains form emotional memories that are inaccessible to our conscious minds
Making a change? Here's a lesson from Anthony Davis: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can
Day 3 of my 30 day writing challenge, and I'm making a shift in how I think about the pieces I write
According to LinkedIn, most of us have 50,000 second degree connections. Here's a thought on how to meet more of them
Writing online can be scary. If you're freezing up, here's a tip to make it more approachable
What can you do in 30 days? It turns out - quite a lot. Here are some stories of people who catalyzed big changes with 30 day challenges
Built a "throwaway project" to get a feel for launching on ProductHunt
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