If you believe having your favorite candidate in office will “fix” the country, you will be disappointed. The biggest challenge the United States faces is not political, but cultural.

Trust is what allows a society to exist. It’s our greatest national resource.

If trust falls, we all do. Right now, we trust each other less than ever before.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you trust strangers more today than you did 10 years ago.
  • Do you trust the media more today than you did 10 years ago?
  • Do you feel the country is better at critically assessing ideas than it was 10 years ago? …

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Over the last three years, more and more of my friends and family are expressing tentative doubts about their faith. These are friends I’ve known as Christians and often met in the context of Christian activity like church, student groups, etc.

These are the kinds of issues they’ve brought up:

  • The effectiveness or value of purity culture for girls growing up in the church
  • Whether or not raising money to send out foreign missionaries is actually helpful (or even biblical)
  • Whether or not premarital sex is actually wrong
  • A simple lack of interest or perceived benefit in traditional church activity
  • If the story of Moses’ birth wasn’t ripped off of the legendary birth of Sargon of…

This post is directed towards Christians with a theologically charismatic background. If that’s not you, feel free to read, but it may not make sense if you don’t share that background yourself.

I know these two guys. They don’t know each other. They live in two different cities. They’re both at roughly the same life stage, about 15 years older than me, and are entrepreneurs who have earned credibility in their respective industries.

Both guys are also prophetic and are trusted by their churches and Christian friends with this gifting. …


Modern politics is a hellscape. There is diminishing room for nuance and discussion. “You’re either with me or against me!” Moderates need not apply.

What if I told you that by redesigning our ballots, we can make extremism uncommon again?

Let me explain.

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The two-party system has poisoned us. Nuance is seen as weakness or even capitulation to the “other side.” Either you’re all-in on the most extreme platform positions of one party, or you’re a full-on supporter of the other. Thinking about a third party? …


It’s a truism in the personal finance world. “Every household should have an emergency fund covering three months of expenses.” It’s a good rule and I follow it, especially with recent shock of sudden job loss many folks have had.

However, thanks to Coronavirus, I’m expanding the rule for myself. Instead of just having cash on hand, everyone should have three months of emergency coverage. Coverage means the standard supply of cash and some bare necessities.

For a while, it looked like coronavirus threatened access to essentials. It may still threaten some supplies (like a potential incoming meat shortage). …


Code should be clean.

If you’re the only person who will ever see your code, make it as hideous as you want. You’re only punishing yourself.

However, if you ever plan on sharing your code with someone else (e.g. your public GitHub when applying to a job, a project with a team, or a project of your own after an extended period of time) then you want your code to not suck. Just because it works doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. Even “optimized” code can be bad.

These ten rules are not every rule ever, but they will help you become a much better team player and a much cleaner coder. …


“Ownership” is supposed to mean a person have exclusive rights over something. If you own it, you can do whatever you want with that property, business, or product.

If this is the standard definition, you don’t actually own anything.

Ownership exists within scope

Let’s say you own a house. You can knock down a wall if you’d like and redesign it. Or paint your house a different color. You can do this to your own house, but your neighbor cannot do it to your house. That’s because you own it, not them.

But wait, the HOA just said you can’t paint your house that color. And you when you moved into the neighborhood, you signed a covenant that says they can veto decisions on your major house renovations. Do you still own your house? Or do you pay a fee (even a small one) for the privilege of living in your “own” house? …


You know you’ve made a strong brand when your company name is a verb. Unfortunately, a strong brand is not the same as a strong company. Just ask Snapchat or Buzzfeed.

Investors have forgotten the fundamentals with Uber. Uber is not profitable. It is nowhere close to profitable, losing nearly $1 billion in a single quarter last year. Its unprofitability is not unique among ride-sharing apps, or even Silicon Valley investments.

The Silicon Valley startup formula is:

  1. Find a niche user base
  2. Get them hooked on your app/service/brand
  3. ???
  4. Profit!

Profitability is a can kicked down the road. The trendy founders make the dream happen, and then a big-girl or big-boy CEO is brought in to turn that dream into a legitimate company. …


137 applications. 75 days. 12 interviews. And I finally got an offer last week.

This sounds like a lot (and it is), but it shouldn’t be surprising. It usually takes a lot to get your first gig in a new industry. (Six months ago I worked in marketing. Now I’m a software nerd, with the help of General Assembly.)

Last week, an experienced developer told me when his company posts an entry-level position, they get 100+ applications. When they post a senior position, they might get 10. …


So Easy, a Junior Dev Can Do It

GraphQL is an open-source technology used to make API calls to get exactly and only the data you want. Created by Facebook, GraphQL (GQL) works well with sites pulling large amounts of data by replacing inexact or frequent API calls with a single, precise query for the data you’re looking for. Having a GQL-enabled backend is also useful for differing data needs between a mobile vs. desktop environment.

After researching what it can do and experimenting with it firsthand, it sounds like GraphQL will do for the backend what React has done to the frontend: become a mainstream enterprise technology by simultaneously enabling scalability while maintaining ease of use. …

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