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This section of my website lists all of my blog posts. Check out the Technical writing, Bets, and Sabbatical index pages if you only want to see my content related to those topics. I also have an RSS feed.

Sabbatical Update (Week 35)

(4 February 2022 to 10 February 2022) Read Power vs. Force and worked on immigration and workforce re-entry stuff.

February 11, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 34)

(28 January 2022 to 3 February 2022) Honeymoon, wrapping up the final wedding-related tasks, and getting ready to re-enter the workforce.

February 4, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 34)

(21 January 2022 to 27 January 2022) Honeymoon!

January 28, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 33)

(14 January 2022 to 20 January 2022) Getting married!

January 21, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 32)

(7 January 2022 to 14 January 2022) Studying mycology and preparing for the wedding.

January 14, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 31)

(31 December 2021 to 6 January 2022) Studying mycology, learning Flutter, and preparing for the wedding.

January 7, 2022

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 30)

(24 December 2021 to 30 December 2021) Wedding planning, Christmas with family, learning Flutter, admiring mushrooms, reading First Aid Manual and Entangled Life.

December 31, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

January 2022 Federal Funds Rate

A bet on where the Federal Funds Rate will be on 2022 January 26.

December 31, 2021

Category: Bets

Sabbatical Update (Week 29)

(17 December 2021 to 23 December 2021) Reading First Aid Manual and Entangled Life, continuing development of the Python scripts that automate some of my macroeconomic investing workflows, mushroom hunting in Golden Gate Park, and learning how to build apps with Flutter.

December 24, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 28)

(10 December 2021 to 16 December 2021) Routine tasks and chores, reading First Aid Manual, new Ghostbusters movie, de Young museum, automating workflows related to macroeconomic investing.

December 17, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 27)

(3 December 2021 to 9 December 2021) Learning first aid, wedding planning, and Python class homework.

December 10, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

December 2022 10-year Treasury yield

A bet on where the 10-year Treasury yield will be on 2022 December 30.

December 7, 2021

Category: Bets

Sabbatical Update (Week 26)

(26 November 2021 to 2 December 2021) Dogsitting, reviewing/updating my investment portfolio, and wedding planning.

December 3, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Rescheduling of marijuana

A bet on whether marijuana will be removed from the Schedule I list before 21 April 2022.

November 29, 2021

Category: Bets

Sabbatical Update (Week 25)

(19 November 2021 to 25 November 2021) Reading The Maya, visiting friends and family, planning the wedding, and exploring San Francisco.

November 26, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 24)

(12 November 2021 to 18 November 2021) Python class homework, exploring San Francisco, some initial Bookworm Club success, working on Technical Writing Guide, and planning the wedding.

November 19, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 23)

(5 November 2021 to 11 November 2021) Finished reading Where Do We Go From Here, started reading The Maya, worked on 2 technical writing projects, and continued wedding planning.

November 12, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 22)

(29 October 2021 to 4 November 2021) Reading Where Do We Go From Here, enjoying Outside Lands & Gabi's birthday & Halloween, working on the Bookworm Club & a few technical writing projects.

November 5, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 21)

(22 October 2021 to 28 October 2021) Reading Thinking in Bets and M.L.K. Jr., enjoying San Francisco, working on the Bookworm Club and a technical writing project.

October 29, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

DJIA closing value on 2021 December 31

A bet on the closing value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average on 2021 December 31.

October 26, 2021

Category: Bets

Facebook earnings Q3 2021

A bet on Facebook's Q3 2021 earnings.

October 25, 2021

Category: Bets

Sabbatical Update (Week 20)

(15 October 2021 to 21 October 2021) Reading The Elements of Rhetoric and Thinking in Bets, exploring San Francisco, and continuing work on the Bookworm Club.

October 22, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 19)

(8 October 2021 to 14 October 2021) Reading Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide, hanging out in San Francisco, and I'm not sure what else.

October 15, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 18)

(1 October 2021 to 7 October 2021) Quality time with my partner, enjoying San Francisco, visiting Joshua Tree, continuing to read Energy and Civilization, and continuing the Python class.

October 8, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 17)

(24 September 2021 to 30 September 2021) Developing the Bookworm Club, preparing for my partner's return, continuing to read Energy and Civilization, and continuing the Python class.

October 1, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 16)

(17 September 2021 to 23 September 2021) A failed attempt at an autobiography, continuing to read Energy and Civilization, and continuing the Python class.

September 24, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 15)

(10 September 2021 to 16 September 2021) Camping, continuing to read Energy and Civilization, and continuing the Python class.

September 17, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 14)

(3 September 2021 to 9 September 2021) Continuing the Python class, reading Energy and Civilization, and tinkering with Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

September 10, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Ode to Raspberry Pi (and Arduino)

I've been tinkering on a Raspberry Pi and Arduino for the past week, and it's great. Join me!

September 10, 2021

Category: Tinkering

Sabbatical Update (Week 13)

(27 August 2021 to 2 September 2021) Finished the technical writing contract, continued A Matter Of Degrees, and continued the Python class.

September 3, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 12)

(20 August 2021 to 26 August 2021) Continued the technical writing contract, finished The City & The City, started A Matter Of Degrees, and continued the Python class.

August 27, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 11)

(13 August 2021 to 19 August 2021) Continued the technical writing contract, continued reading The City & The City, and started a Python class.

August 20, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 10)

(6 August 2021 to 12 August 2021) Continued the technical writing contract, finished Water: A Very Short Introduction, started The City & The City, and returned to San Francisco.

August 13, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 9)

(30 July 2021 to 5 August 2021) Paused Bookworm Club development, finished reading Infinite Powers, started reading Water: A Very Short Introduction, started a 1-month technical writing contract.

August 6, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 8)

(23 July 2021 to 29 July 2021) Still building the Bookworm Club, still reading Infinite Powers, possibly taking on a 1-month technical writing contract.

July 30, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 7)

(16 July 2021 to 22 July 2021) Building the Bookworm Club, and reading Infinite Powers.

July 23, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 6)

(9 July 2021 to 15 July 2021) Medium/long-term life planning, and continuing to read The Deficit Myth.

July 16, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 5)

(2 July 2021 to 8 July 2021) Continuing work on Grandpa's autobiography, finishing Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, and starting The Deficit Myth.

July 9, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 4)

(25 June 2021 to 1 July 2021) Reading Liminal Thinking and updating my investment portfolio.

July 2, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 3)

(18 June 2021 to 24 June 2021) Learning Portuguese, and finishing Trickster Makes This World.

June 25, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 2)

(11 June 2021 to 17 June 2021) Finishing laying the foundation for chronicling my sabbatical, and still reading Trickster Makes This World.

June 18, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical Update (Week 1)

(4 June 2021 to 10 June 2021) Exploring Jericoacoara, updating my website, reading Trickster Makes This World, finding a useful habit tracking app.

June 11, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

Sabbatical prologue

For my 32nd birthday I'm leaving Google (after 6 years) and experimenting with a 1-year sabbatical. This post outlines my motivations, fears, and plans.

June 4, 2021

Category: Sabbatical

FAQs Are A Code Smell

Unless you have explicitly ensured that every FAQ has been contextually addressed in your main content, FAQs are a clue that a doc or doc set has organizational problems.

July 22, 2019

Category: Technical Writing

Road Trip 2019

Photos and stories from my June 2019 road trip across the American Southwest.

June 24, 2019

Category: Travel

How We Tripled Chrome DevTools Documentation Pageviews In 2 Years

To help users discover new features and major changes, the Chrome DevTools team embedded release notes into the DevTools UI. The success of this approach has fundamentally changed how I approach documentation discovery in general. I now look for ways to contextually link to the documentation from the product.

May 16, 2019

Category: Technical Writing

A Concrete Strategy For Cultivating Empathy In Documentation

Technical writers talk a lot about being empathetic with readers. I agree that it's a crucial skill but frankly I think that the discussion is starting to degenerate into lip service. We need more concrete guidance on how to cultivate empathy in our documentation. In this post I propose that it's our duty as technical writers to start recording our real-world first experiences with documentation and share these recordings with other technical writers so that we can see what it's truly like to use documentation when in need.

May 13, 2019

Category: Technical Writing

Maybe Our Documentation "Best Practices" Aren't Really Best Practices

Recently I discovered that a supposed documentation "best practice" may not actually stand up to scrutiny when measured in the wild. I'm now on a mission to get a "was this page helpful?" feedback widget on every documentation page on the web. It's not the end-all be-all solution, but it's a start towards a more rigorous understanding of what actually makes our docs more helpful.

December 3, 2018

Category: Technical Writing

Red Buttons Solicit More Feedback Than Blue Buttons

Asking users whether or not they found a doc helpful is an easy way to measure the quality of a doc. However, very few users take the time to leave feedback. If you've only got 2 or 3 responses on a doc, you can't trust that the data represents the opinion of your audience at large. I've been conducting various experiments to find out how to maximize the response rate. In this experiment, I learned that red buttons appear to generate significantly more responses than blue ones.

September 21, 2018

Category: Technical Writing