Mid 2023 - Life Updates!

It’s been a whirlwind year, but I’m excited to share some of the things that have been keeping me busy. Let’s start with what hasn’t changed: I’m still working at Google, and I’m still loving my job. I’m on a slightly different team working on a different product. I still love spaced repetition and designing my attention, but now with more focus on just using what I’ve built out to learn and practice.

Now on to the new:

  • One random life hack that changed my life this year (from Andrew Huberman): taking 750mg Inositol (Myo-inositol) once every three nights significantly and measurably improves my sleep. The supplement itself isn’t too expensive, and the cost of experimentation was pretty low. I was really glad I found out about this! Here’s a plot of density versus “sleep score” from measuring 73 nights of sleep on the Oura ring.
  • One of the best movies I’ve seen this year is Past Lives, an A24 film directed by Celine Song. It’s a beautiful and thought-provoking film about paths not taken.

  • One nice place that I discovered and loved this year: Hama Hama Oyster Saloon (Lilliwaup, WA), just off the west bank of the beautiful Hood Canal.

  • I’ve been on the hunt for a personal knowledge management (PKM) system that strikes the perfect balance between structure and chaos, and I think I’ve finally found it in Tana. I still use Roam for work and experimentation, but I do feel like the pace of new features has sharply decreased and the community around it has sort of dissipated. Tana’s unique approach to PKM allows me to create a system that is both structured and flexible, which is perfect for my needs. For example, Supertags to organize my thoughts and ideas in a way that makes sense to me, and I can also use Tana’s powerful search and queries to find what I need quickly and easily.