Here you can find a collection of my interests and beliefs. On the semi-anonymous internet, it's a way I can tell you a bit about myself.
Last updated: 17/02/19
Learning to code is the best example I know of a positive feedback loop: the more you learn, the more you want to learn. It is my favourite method for obtaining flow and is one of the most consistent tools I have for lifting my mood. I like getting better at all aspects of software development, whether that's learning new languages (currently Go), new technologies (React is my favourite), Vim (yes, you should learn it) or my typing speed (62wpm on typing.io as of 17/02/19).
As well as in a professional capacity whilst working on the front end of websites, I have an interest in design more generally. I have a tendency to see a lot of life as a design problem that can be solved. Mostly, however, this simply involves getting angry about Norman Doors and poorly designed cycle lanes. My favourite designs are the Finnish drying rack/cupboard hybrid and Dieter Rams' 606 Shelving Unit
I studied philosophy at university and I think of it as a fantastic lens through which you can view everything else in life. It is a foundation that prompts you to examine first principles and its methodology of precise examination feels infinitely applicable. There are instances where it is specifically and pragmatically useful (e.g. truth-tables making programming logic easier) and also when it helps improve broader skills (e.g. in the ability to construct a well-formed argument).
Tangental to Philosophy, I am an active member of the Effective Alturism community. If you haven't heard of EA, this article, this talk or this book are good places to start. If you're more interested in making an impact through your career, make sure to check out 80,000 Hours.
When I began to learn to code while simultaneously studying for my degree, I became increasingly interested in meta-learning (learning how to learn) and its power to exponentially boost all other skills. It is an area I am constantly working and I always seek new ways of improving focus, knowledge retention and skill-acquisition.
My primary form of consuming and creating art is through street photography. It is a niche discipline that far too few people know about and I love its emphasis on content above and beyond mere aesthetics.
These are things I would like to learn more about in the near future but that I don't feel knowledgeable enough about at the present moment.
I find the act of explicitly articulating your beliefs clarifies them and separates the important from the trivial. This list is an ongoing attempt to do that.