notes and reflections

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Here are my notes from reading Crucial Conversations by Kerry Paterson and his co-authors.

What is a crucial conversation?

A crucial conversation is a discussion with two or more people where there are differing views, high stakes, and strong emotions.

What should you prioritize in a crucial conversation?

  • A feeling of safety during a conversation allows you to listen and take feedback. Fight or flight is triggered during many crucial conversations. Pull yourself out of the content of the argument and watch for fear during the conversation. Recode the stimulus.
  • Pay attention to your own behavior. Self monitoring is vital during a crucial conversation. Monitor your impact on safety during the conversation.
  • Maintain…

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Here is a list of books I would recommend for anyone who would like to get their finances in order and plan for their future. These are short books that I have read and found beneficial. Not necessarily comprehensive, but a selection that has been foundational for me. I would encourage trying out the audiobook versions of some of them, if you don’t have time to sit and read. Links to Wikipedia or Amazon.

Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Get Money by Kristin Wong

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin

Elements of Investing by Malkiel and Ellis

Firstly, I encourage any aspiring leader to buy and read Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Laif Babin. The audiobook is read by both authors. The book has incredible storytelling from both authors, coupled with many clear, battle-tested lessons.

The general format in each chapter is a story, a principle, and a business application. Essential concepts of the book include: extreme ownership, check your ego, cover and move, keep it simple, prioritize and execute, decentralized command, plan, lead up and down the chain of command, be decisive, and most importantly, discipline equals freedom. …

Will update this list periodically. Some of these video games were a significant part of my childhood. Others I have enjoyed playing as a teenager or adult. Tons of memories there. This is a great reflection activity that I would recommend to any gamer. 😂

  • Half Life and Half Life 2
  • Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo ODST, and Halo 4
  • Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Odyssey
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Classic
  • Dishonored
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas
  • Portal and Portal 2
  • Doom (Reboot)
  • Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Fusion

Books I’ve enjoyed using in my data science journey

This is a growing list of the best books that I’ve enjoyed using in my data science journey. It’s intended to provide readers a path to potentially learn more about data science. As you can guess, I’ve used some books for reference purposes or have not yet read some cover to cover. They are useful for me to (re)visit in special situations I encounter.

Books are included only if I feel I’ve gained some useful insight or value from reading even a part of the book. Most of these books are easily available online in PDF or ePUB formats, with…

Quick Intro to Regular Expressions

Regular expressions (aka Regex) define patterns for matching, extracting, and/or transforming data. They are available for use in many major programming languages (Python, R, Java, Javascript, etc.).


  • Character set [abc] = Matches any single character (in this case a, b, or c is matched)
  • Optional element via a? = Matches 0 or 1 occurrences (0 or 1 of the a character for example)
  • Range [0–9] = Matches any single character in inclusive range (includes numbers in a range)
  • (Kleene) Star/Asterisk * =Matches 0 or more occurrences
  • Plus sign + = Matches 1 or more occurrences
  • Dot . = Matches any…

Top 10 TV Shows I Watched in 2020

Links to Wikipedia. TV shows were not necessarily released in 2020.

My Eight Favorite Books of the Year

Simple list. Links go to Amazon.

  1. Deadliest Enemy by Michael Osterholm
  2. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
  3. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  4. Deep Kindness by Houston Kraft
  5. Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by 50 Cent
  6. It’s All in Your Head by Russ
  7. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  8. Dune by Frank Herbert

Personal takeaways from this year’s RStudio conference

This year’s RStudio conference was free, virtual, and 24 hours long. It was awesome! Here are five personal takeaways from this year’s conference.

  1. R4DS Learning Community has several book clubs that folks have formed. They are a great way to get yourself motivated and get through an R book that would otherwise just sit on your bookshelf. They have a Slack channel and a Github. Check out their Advanced R bookclub and consider starting your own there. Here’s the Github link:
  2. Learning what went wrong is a great way to learn deeply and test your understanding. Accidental aRt twitter…

rstudio::global(2021) on January 21, 2021

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The RStudio conference will be free and virtual this year. Thought I would share here since it’s a great opportunity to learn. The conference will be a 24-hour event on January 21, 2021. Sign up while there are still spots.

Visit their website for more info:


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