Hi, I'm Russell, a writer and programmer.
"That is well said," Candide replied, "but we must cultivate our garden." — Candide, Voltaire (trans. Peter Constantine)
This site is my digital garden. I post here maybe once a month, but pages are updated randomly. I also
write a newsletter called
rwblog, which is cross-posted to this site.
Here are some of my favorite things I've written here or on my newsletter:
Borgesian short fiction about a creepy bridge.
A guide to some of the concepts I return to a lot.
28 Pieces of Advice for 28
Doling out advice for my 28th birthday.
Calendrical and Cartographic Thinking
Comparing how we think when looking at calendars and maps.
A REPL for Writing
As a writer, should I deliberately practice time-to-feedback?
My preferred way of thinking about large language models.
Software Engineers and the Illusion of Explanatory Depth
Are software engineers less vulnerable to this bias?
How many programmers does it take to fix a lightbulb?
Fermi estimation in programming interviews as discipline error.
Cinema as the cathedral of modernity
Are films the modern equivalent of medieval cathedrals?
Modernism as Global Monoculture
Is modernity a single cultural 'package'?
Safari is the Lightest Browser
Explaining why I like Safari (hint: it's the vibes).
How to Read a Lot
My tips on reading a lot.
Strange Things About Melbourne
Interesting things I noticed while vacationing in Melbourne.
Communities of Practice
Why I find it hard to intentionally practice photography.
In which I try to give a name to a new genre I see emerging.
What’s the use of useless questions?
Should we care who wrote the Odyssey?
My Favorite Bookstore Is A Library
Many libraries are willing to buy books for you!
Small Things To Make Life Better
Cheap but lovely gifts to give at a surprise white elephant party.
In Which I Wax Nostalgic for My Lost Youth
A navel-gazing quarter-life crisis post.
Professionally, I am a product engineer at Asana (see my resume). I have a bachelor's degree in computer science & mathematics from the University of British Columbia. I live in San Francisco with my wife Sherry and our small canine companion Rooibos.
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