Briefs

A paragraph or two. Kind of like longer tweets.


24 November 2020

Do you know in Crazy Rich Asians when Rachel tells her mom: “How are they different? They’re Chinese. I’m Chinese.” And her mom goes: “But you grew up here [America]. Your face is Chinese. You speak Chinese. But here [points to head] and here [points to heart], you’re different.”

My mother just did the equivalent of that to me. And — yeah, shit! — it hit really hard.

Yes, and— ·

I loved this from Frederik G. Pferdt’s talk on Your Future-Ready Mindset: “Are you a yes, but person? Or a yes, and… person?”

One Second a Day video compilations and smart albums ·

If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, it is easy to put together your own ‘one second a day’ video for the end of the year (or whichever timeframe you like). In the Photos app (iOS), I create a Smart Album with the conditions that Photo is actually a video and the Date capture is in the range of between the first and last day of the year. After, in iMovies, I select aforementioned album to use as the project’s media.

DIY Lip Scrub ·

In a small jar, crush and mix together 4 tbsp of raw sugar with 1 tbsp argan oil, 1 tbsp coconut oil, and a a few drops (less is more) of vanilla extract.

Send yourself messages in WhatsApp ·

Create a group with someone, kick them out (sorry), pin the group, and now send yourself links, messages, and other media to yourself that you can access on your phone, the web, and on your desktop. This has been a nice addition to my usual now-laborious Notes app route.

Permission denied (publickey) ·

I wrapped up Baptiste Augrain’s solution to the Permission denied (publickey) problem in a bash file called ssh_git.sh, made it executable (chmod +x ssh_git.sh), and run it whenever I run into the error message when pushing to a Bitbucket repository.

ssh-add ~/.ssh/bitbucket-key # replace this with your key path
ssh-add -l
ssh -Tv git@bitbucket.org

Clean up disks from Virtual Box ·

Unfortunately, to clean up space, you can’t just delete *.vmdk.

vboxmanage list hdds
...
vboxmanage closemedium disk <uuid> --delete

Figuring out (painful) lessons ·

“I began to experience painful moments in a radically different way. Instead of feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, I saw pain as nature’s reminder that there is something important for me to learn. Encountering pains and figuring out the lessons they were trying to give me became sort of a game to me. The more I played it, the better I got at it, the less painful those situations became, and the more rewarding the process of reflecting, developing principles, and then getting rewards for using those principles became. I learned to love my struggles, which I suppose is a healthy perspective to have…”

Ray Dalio, Principles (2017)

The life plan ·

Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Underscore ·

Get the last value in the console with an underscore _.

irb> Event.within_bounding_box([40.71, 100.23], [36.12, 88.65])
irb> event = _