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by Huu Nguyen

In search of a private namespace

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On the bookshelf

I’ve read more books this year than I’ve read in any other year. I am an abysmally slow reader - I attribute this to my insistence on reading every single word with my inner voice. I would make a terrible book club buddy.

And so, it is with great pride that I can say these books are now on my (digital) bookshelf:

  • All About Asset Allocation - Richard Ferri
  • Common Sense on Mutual Funds - John C. Bogle
  • The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas Stanley
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
  • The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics - Keenan Malik
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
  • Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

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Two weeks

It’s been two weeks since I told my bosses that in two weeks I would be spending my last day at work, which is today.

There’s no stranger feeling than watching slowly as my relationships with people I’ve worked with these last three and a half years change in just two weeks. Some of these changes are external, but I suspect that most of them are internal.

People come to me less often for answers to questions they’ve always asked me because they understand they can’t rely on me for much longer.

My mind takes these external changes and retroactively fits it into a narrative where I was never really that important anyway.

Interacting with them doesn’t come as naturally as it used to. Every word feels deliberate, machined specifically to communicate as little emotional content as possible.

But on the inside it’s because I feel guilty. I feel like I’m letting people down by letting them

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Writing is hard. I don’t do enough of it. With the new year just around the corner, I figure that’ll give me a good opportunity to set some goals and see if I can meet them.

These are my goals for 2017:

  • Read 6 books
  • Complete 3 online courses
  • Run 24 miles
  • Travel to a foreign country
  • Publish a mobile app

Each of these is perfectly doable, so having these goals is more of an exercise in accountability, which this blog will help with.

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