There is a tide in the affairs of men

There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortuneOmitted, all the voyage of their lifeIs bound in shallows and in miseries.On such a full sea are we now afloat,And we must take the current when it serves,Or lose our ventures William Shakespeare


I was listening to this tribute last night, which was an almost 20-minute rendition of Wally’s instrumental Screw. I am not a musician, but I found myself liking this song.

To be a better man

In his interview with Steven Pressfield (The War of Art, The Legend of Bagger Vance, etc.), Joe Rogan mentioned that he didn’t have any goals. Instead he wants to get better at what he does. He thinks there’s an art towards becoming a better person. I remembered a Chinese TV drama (To Be a Better…

Blue skies

The clouds have lifted; it’s time to rebuild. There will be confusion up ahead (smog and blurry reflections), but it’s good enough for me. Previously

Problems after upgrading to macOS Ventura

Two days after the upgrade, I’ve ran into a high CPU utilization problem in some processes (e.g., zsh). I think something was using zsh on the background and my guess it was Spotlight. This article confirmed it and also made some recommendations. No memory pressure issues so far, which is good.

Cycles and the ECM

It’s October 2022, and yesterday, I stumbled upon an article called The Business Cycle and The Future by Martin Armstrong in 1999. I saved this article back in 2015, probably because ECM (Economic Confidence Model) was mentioned in other articles I read back then. The thesis of the ECM is that markets follow a rhythm…

Bad trees cannot bear good fruit

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,…

Juanito P. Galvez (1928-2022)

My grandfather died last June. His love was rarely spoken, but can be felt through his actions. I grew up with my grandparents because my parents decided to part ways shortly after I was born. Papa, as we called him (and Mama my grandmother), provided a home for myself, my mother, and my sister. Papa…

Everything has a price

How much are you willing to pay to acquire something? Furthermore, once you’ve acquired it, was it worth the price you paid? From Financial Advice for My New Daughter: The price of a busy career is time away from friends and family. The price of long-term market returns is uncertainty and volatility. The price of…

Staying close to Rails’ conventions

Part 1 (re: Architectural Decisions) I was recently asked about the architectural decisions we’ve made in our most recent Ruby on Rails project (an e-commerce platform for sports apparel decoration). We decided to stay close to Rails’ conventions as much as possible. This allowed the team to build out the first features quickly. This is…


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