Personal Blog

Internships!

16 Jan 2019

If you’re a student at BYU, (or maybe even if you aren’t) BYU has a fantastic study-abroad program. I believe there are over 100 different programs. I might do an internship in Berlin some time but we’ll see if that pans out. :) Check out the list at kennedy.byu.edu.

DuckDuckGo

15 Jan 2019
technology, tools

DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Like Google Search, you just throw some keywords into a box and get a list of results. Lots of people use Google, but I don’t. DuckDuckGo works better for me, and this is why. The Duck ## Consistent Results Did you know that Google will give you different search results, based on who you are and what you have searched for in the past? This is called a filter bubble, and it’s annoying and dangerous. ...

Comments

6 Jan 2019
meta

I got Disqus working! You’ll notice at the bottom of the page is now a place to leave comments. Disqus has their privacy policy here. They make money through advertising, which is unfortunate, because that means they’re selling some of your (and my) data to third parties. That’s pretty common these days. :-/ If you don’t want to be tracked, you can enable content blockers in Safari by going to Preferences (⌘-,) > Websites > Content Blockers and toggling the blocker: ...

Organization Theory

5 Jan 2019
philosophy, life-hacking

Life is messy. We devote a lot of time and effort into managing that chaos. I thought of a little “theory”, if you will, that helps me. The Home Theory # Everything needs a home. The class of things that need homes is broad. It includes: School assignments Legal documents Pictures Recipies Ideas Projects Books Charging cables Tools etc. The home needs to suit the thing that goes there. I have found that getting this right is really tricky. ...

The Best Two Years

20 Nov 2018
faith, happy-things

September 30th marked two years since I arrived home from serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mission is colloquially referred to as “the best two years”. (There is a movie about missionaries, which I have not seen, by this title.) My time on the mission did constitute the best two years of my life. I grew and learned so much in that time. ...

Leaving Facebook

23 Jun 2018
technology

Deutsche Übersetzung folgt. I’ve left* Facebook. There’s an asterisk there. I’m not going to delete my account, but I’m no longer checking Facebook more than once or twice a month, if that. I’m not trying to be a recluse—below are a few ways to contact me that I do check far more often than Facebook. I want to be your friend, but I’d rather that friendship be through a real connection rather than some online “status”. ...

My Wedding

26 May 2018

I got married last week! I met Sarah almost five years ago on trek.1 We stayed in touch afterwards, and look where we ended up! Below are some stories from our courtship. First time seeing each other # It was the first day of trek. I found my family and sat down at the most extreme end of the bench. I got to know my trek brothers a little bit, but mostly kept to myself. ...

Light

19 Feb 2018
faith

I came across a quote posted by a friend of mine that read: The difference between spiritualism and religion is that spiritualism is pro-light, while religion is anti-sin. Or something to that effect. This quote bothered me because I felt that it maligned religion. I asked this friend for some clarification; it seemed clear from their response that they had had a rather negative experience with religion. They explained that they felt that religion (in general) micro-manages the lives of its adherents and focuses on telling people what they can’t do. ...