Lambda School Pt. 2-1: Category

Intro I wanted to add an update to my intro from my last post in this series, in which I said Lambda School had raised $4M in financing. About a month ago, they announced that they closed another $14M in Series A funding, led by Google with participation from Stripe and others. Before we head on, I’ll…

How to use ScrollMagic (Technical Post)

Getting Started Since I just wrapped up my first project week (read: exam week) at Lambda School, I’m going to try my hand at writing a technical post on how to use a certain library in JavaScript. I know it’s not something my typical audience would read and I don’t expect technical writing like this…

Lambda School Pt. 1: Consumers

Introduction: Here begins the series of posts analyzing Lambda School, as outlined in my last post. By way of introduction, Lambda School is a Y-Combinator-backed startup that aims to upskill untapped talent to participate in the tech industry. They’ve raised ~$4M and are currently offering intensive courses on computer science, data science, iOS development, Android…

A Taste of Things to Come…

For my next few blog posts, I want to try something new: writing a series. I’m imagining probably 4 somewhat interconnected posts in the service of telling a bigger story or making more nuanced points than I usually do. I feel that since my return to the blog, I’ve been missing some of the deeper…

The Easy Way to become an Expert-Generalist

I often think about what skills people need to succeed in their careers. And this generally leads me to inquire whether educational institutions teach their charges the right skillsets in order to prepare them for an increasingly uncertain world. By and large, I think most fail on this count. The average grade school or university…

Climbing the Magic Mountains

It’s graduation season and I’ve been able to go see a number of high school and college graduations. The thing that immediately sticks out to me is that the majority of people who give speeches at graduations have very little to say that is meaningful. In my view, the point of graduation speeches is to…

A Year’s Worth of Reflections on Life and Work

I got to spend this past weekend at the Georgetown Class of 2017’s Commencement so that I could see a number of my good friends graduate. While there, I felt an echo of the same emotional whirlwind that gripped me during my own graduation one year ago. Leaving school is a confusing time. The path…

Learning How to Tell Stories

As a species, we thrive on stories. Before we could write, we used stories in an oral tradition to communicate with each other. Over time, these stories went from tales told around a fire to complex, moving pieces about religion, morality, war, and much more. The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and the Ramayana are…

Against the Wisdom of Crowds

The popular phrase “the wisdom of crowds” is derived from James Surowiecki’s 2004 book of the same name. The book contains its premise in its subtitle: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations. Simply put, the opinions of many people are, in the aggregate, more…

Align Your Skills With Your Principles

This post is going to be one of the toughest intellectual challenges for me yet on Thought Distiller. Of late, I’ve been consuming the advice and reflections of wildly successful people and I wanted to make the effort to synthesize some of the most intriguing bits. I suspect that this post will thus be wildly…