Pheeww, Febuary has been a month of mixed but underwhelming experiences. In this post, I highlight some of my experiences during the month.
- Tosin: One of the best parts of this month was having my sister Tosin back home for a couple of weeks.
- Carbon: I saw the first cut of one of the Carbon videos and really liked it. I can’t wait to share it with the world once it’s done.
- Job Hunting: I had a couple of great interviews, but unfortunately had to pull out of most of them. I’m being very intentional about finding a work environment that’s right for me.
- Anxiety: I haven’t fully processed this [or don’t know how], however I felt very anxious for most of the month.
- Carbon: I hit some roadblocks with Carbon I hope to be able to talk more about this on the next Carbon log, hopefully when the video is published.
- Teal: I haven’t really spoken much about Teal (I hope to do so when the time is right), but so far, progress has been slow.
Books I Read
- What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and often had to take a moment to think and make notes. The idea of “longtermism” is one I’ve been interested in for a while, specifically “future proof ethics” — ensuring that the ethics we have today can stand the test of time. This book widened the scope to a broader view of technology and behavior, making great points on why we should care about the future of the world 1000 years from now. The author gives interesting metaphors such as humanity as an imprudent teenager whose decisions will have lifetime consequences; history as molten glass society might set in a fixed unchangeable state; and trying to make the future better as a risky expedition into uncharted terrain.
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: This is a classic, and I love the author’s descriptive style. I hope to use generative AI to imagine Gregor Samsa, the main character who woke up transformed.
- Creativity, A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese: This book is a short, fun, and easy read.
- I do not remeber reading any blog post that stuck with me this month.
- Financial Markets by Robert Shiller: I started taking this open courseware by Yale University this year and have been learning a lot from it. I love that it’s practical and applicable, unlike some similar courses.
- React 2025 by Lee Rob: I felt the need to brush up on my almost non-existent front-end skills, so I started this hands-on course that teaches React by building a project. I think it’s perfect for me because I already have basic knowledge of React and want to brush up in a practical way.
- Eni: A few weeks back, I started ‘eni,’ an adaptation of the project Lee is building in the React 2025 course. I’m taking it slow, but something exciting about it is that I designed a decent landing page myself in Figma. (Remember I mentioned I was learning design last month?)
- AI-onboarding assistant: during the past weekend, I spent some time prototyping a slack onboarding chat bot powered by [open] AI. Not sure what the possible next steps on this project could be.
- The Let Down (Season 1): This was an interesting, fun, and easy-to-watch show about a couple adjusting to life with a new baby.
- Stuck Together: This French comedy movie is about people living in a compound during the peak of the lockdown.
- The Perfect Family: This Spanish comedy movie stopped halfway. Badhaai Do: This Indian comedy is about a gay cop and a lesbian teacher who got into a sham marriage. The plot is silly but a bit fun.