Hi friend! How’s the week going for you?
I’m still in Seoul, South Korea! I met up with one of my high school friends who I hadn’t seen in 10 years! There’s something about high school friends that even though we hadn’t talked for years, we bonded again immediately. We have all matured so much and reconnecting has been amazing. It’s like this really strong support system with no questions asked despite whatever the fuck happened. 👀
So I said this on stream at some point, but V2 Tina does not wear black anymore. For reals. 😂 I’ve actually been wearing a lot of white!
I may no longer be a weeb.
I’m almost done listening to the David and Goliath audiobook!
Gladwell talks about this theory called remote misses. The theory was developed by Canadian psychiatrist J.T. MacCurdy when he was reviewing the aftermath of World War II.
During the war, Germans wanted to overtake London by bombing the entire city, which was predicted to kill hundreds of thousands of people and leave millions injured. The British military feared that this would cause mass chaos which would subsequently lead to an economic catastrophe. The bombing did kill hundreds of thousands of people and left millions injured. Yet, they observed that the majority of Londoners seemed unfazed.
So why were most Londoners unfazed? The answer is that there are 3 groups of people:
💀 people who were killed
😱 near misses
😓 remote misses
People who were killed were…well dead. Many people who were near misses felt the blast and horror and were left traumatized. But people who were remote misses actually began to feel invincible. People are often afraid of fear itself, and conquering such fear produces a sense of exhilaration. This feeling of exhilaration and relief in turn promotes self-confidence, which is the precursor of courage. Since there were more remote misses than near misses, most Londoners were remote misses, explaining why most of them were quite unfazed and became the backbone of rebuilding London again.
Now in addition to this:
For every remote miss who becomes stronger, there are countless near misses who are crushed by what they have been through. There are times and places, however, when all of us depend on people who have been hardened by their experiences.
The point that Gladwell is trying to make is that when something terrible happens, society will go on because most people are remote misses. But even those who are near misses are not doomed. Most will be crushed, but some may actually be better off. IMO you have more agency than you think. ❤️
Too often, we make the same mistake as the British did and jump to the conclusion that there is only one kind of response to something terrible and traumatic. There isn’t. There are two.
* This article helped me summarize things and gets lots of credit!
🌻 Learning & Productivity
What I’m starting to appreciate more is minimalistic productivity. Core productivity? Don’t know if there’s a term for it but what I mean is that now that I’m on the move and my lifestyle is not as stable as it used to be, I can’t go through my intricate productivity routines. Like this timed lockbox I talked about in an earlier newsletter, I’m not going to haul it across continents.
Instead, I went back to the principles. Really from everything I’ve read and learned about productivity, what it came down to is:
1️⃣ Figuring out what are the most important things for my personal productivity and happiness.
2️⃣ How to incorporate those things into my daily life.
Like many things in life, sounds super simple, but it required a lot of introspection and experimentation. For me, it’s all about structure and consistency in 4 major parts of my life:
📅 I need defined times for learning and work, or else I spiral into degeneracy.
🍔 I need to do intermittent fasting or else I feel sluggish.
🤾♀️ I need to get in 3 - 4 workouts a week or else I have no energy.
👥 I need to have at least 1 meaningful social interaction a day or else I feel depressed and isolated. Unfortunately talking to the person at the grocery store does not count.
Everything else is nice but not necessary. Although I don’t have as many things and a less predictable schedule, I make sure to fit these 4 things into my schedule. No negotiations. Some days I study and work less, fast for fewer hours, work out for a shorter amount of time, have a shorter conversation etc. But I have to do these things, or else I know shit will hit the fan, and it’s so not worth it.
👨💻 What I’m Working On
OKOK I LIED. I said Lonely Octopus would be ready by today AND WE DID ACTUALLY GET A FULL DRAFT DONE. But then I realized that there were a couple of things I really wanted to include…so next week Tuesday 09/06!
The soft launch will be emailed to newsletter subs first. ❤️ We’re only looking for 16 - 24 octopi for the beta, and I know some of y’all here are interested. We’re doing first come first serve if it’s a good fit, so I wanted to give y’all first dibs! 🐙
In the meantime, here’s a diagram that our designer Rex did that shows how Lonely Octopus works from a high level:
💻 Today’s coding challenge (SQL/Python)
🤔 For people who don’t pay attention the first time
Display a list of users who took the same training lessons more than once on the same day. Output their usernames, training IDs, dates and the number of times they took the same lesson.
Head on over here to answer the question!
*Btw if you’re prepping for data science interviews or just want to keep yourself sharp, Stratascratch is a great platform with 10k+ real interview questions on SQL and python coding, probability, product sense etc. You can use my code ‘tinahuang’ at checkout for 20% off ❤️
PS: Reply to this email about what you’d like to see in future editions of Boop’s Keyboard! ALL constructive feedback is greatly appreciated! I also wanted to make a note that I’m so sorry if I didn’t get a chance to answer your email because there are just not enough hours in a day. 😭 I read every single one, and I’m genuinely so grateful for everybody that emails me their stories.
Yay! To all the sections. Meeting up with old friends can be uplifting. I can relate to the anime statement, but I do sometimes watch ghibli movies because they are short and sweet and to the point. I just have other priorities like learning Japanese on Duolingo and practicing Spanish and french. The book is next on my audiobook list. How do you get your audiobooks? I try to look up the free versions in the library apps like Hoopla or Libby.
I look forward to the beta of LO. I'm currently starting my first semester into comp programming at pasadena city college.
Happy Safe travels!
It’s great to see you meetup with old friends and that you can reconnect so nonchalant like. I also love how you stand your ground on your choices on not wearing black or watching anime anymore, but tbh I don’t think one can truly give those up.
Black is just a convenient color, it goes with everything at least that’s what I think. I know it’s associated with dark or depressing undertones, but that’s cause of our society and it views on light v. dark, good v. evil, yin v. yang, but as the old adage goes not everything is black and white. Therefore the views on black shouldn’t be well, so black and white lol. However I do understand taking a break from black cause there are other great colors out there lol. Purple and green are some of my faves.
And anime well… it’s a bit more complicated. For some reason this reminded me about the social taboo of adults and how they are not allowed to play with toys because it’s frowned upon by society. If you’ve played the Super Smash Bros games or know the storyline then you probably know what I’m talking about if not I’d recommend checking it out if you can find a concise version. Anime has that same stigma it seems, despite nerd culture having been more accepted in recent years.
I’m getting somewhere with this I promise, I’m not just ranting lmaoo. I can’t remember precisely the concept, but it goes something like finding what part of you is deadwood and letting it burn away so that only the true you is left after the smoke and ash clear. Similar to how controlled forest fires are caused so that all the dry twigs, sticks, and leaves that have been accumulated over the year are burned away before they can cause a worse fire.
If anime and wearing black are sort of like your deadwood then “burning” them might be for the best. However the same ol’ vegetation is still going to grow where the burned forest once stood and I’d say the same thing happens with us. Unless of course, you let the fire burn for too long and you kinda completely killed the forest and any chance of it regrowing, which in that case whoopsie 😐😬