An autodidact at heart, I’m curious and eager to seek out new knowledge wherever I go; I love to learn! I hold a positive yet skeptical perspective of the world. Constantly searching for, appreciating, and amplifying the wisdom of those around me is a process that excites me every day.
Areas of Interest: self-development, entrepreneurship, virtual & augmented reality, open source software/hardware development, site reliability engineering, collaborative problem solving, incident management software systems, geographic information systems, decentralised autonomous organizations, transparency, blockchain technologies, StackExchange, Quora, The Wikimedia Foundation, brain machine interfacing, sensory deprivation, intellectual property & copyright law, community/government structure, travel, hiking/camping, science, astronomy, humanism, stoicism, & music.
Resources & Influences
A myriad of personalities & ideals have inspired my perspective on the world today. The following are some individuals & resources that I hold in high esteem.
"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."
"The impediment to action, advances action. What stands in the way, becomes the way."
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."
Bill continues to be a huge inspiration; starting first in my childhood, this respectable figurehead of science education has inspired countless lives to question and be curious about the beautiful nature of reality.
“To me, ‘busy’ implies that the person is out of control of their life.”
Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions
"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."
"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."
"Only the educated are free."
Like Carl Sagan, Brian has taken a public stance in presenting science education in a delightful way; most notable, I recomend you watch a few of his BBC specials: Human Universe, Wonders of Life, and Wonders of the Universe.
Gene Kim is an award winning CTO, researcher and author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win as well as co-author of The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
Jane is an game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.
The man needs no introduction; beyond his talents in making the masses laugh I implore you to discover some of his life philosophy that he shares during the graduation speech below:
"Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power."
"No man was ever wise by chance."
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."
A kernel and performance engineer who has worked at Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Joyent, and currently resides at Netflix. His perfomance analysis methodologies(The USE and TSA methods) are certainly worth reviewing. His blog is packed full of helpful resources that any unix admin would find useful.
Sage advice from Naval about habits and beliefs needed to approach startups and life in a healthy manner.
Chris providing a commencement address at the Carlson School of Management.
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."
"Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which 'are' there."
"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor."
The Tim Ferris Show is an invaluable assortment of interviews with proven high performers, where he comfortably extracts valuable lessons and anecdotes.
Kelly is a health psychologist and lecturer at Standard who wrote The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It. I would also recommend that you check out her TED talk: How to make stress your friend.
Dan has authored a several publications that revolve around practical uses of behaviorial science in business.
Dan's TED talk on Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
A widely known naturalist who is found narating a slew successful natural history programs such as: Life On Earth, The Living Planet, The Trials Of Life, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. I sincerely appreciate his life's dedication to improving society's awareness of our natural world.
Kolton is the founder and CEO of Gremlin Inc , a chaos engineering platform for performing fault injection to improve system resiliency.