Hey 👋🏼 I'm Greg.
- 3 amazing kids and 1 amazing wife
- Still goes to church
- Splits time between Maryland and Delaware
- 43 and feels like a wide-eyed little kid
- Wrote software or led software teams for a living for 20 years, including some fun machine learning and model training stuff
- Bought our 2nd house at the beach 5 years ago and paid it off
- Drove from Maryland to California and back with the family to see the country and have a blast in a rented RV
- Runs a lot
- Will choose a beer and cigar with friends over nearly any other activity
- Like Erasmus, would choose books first over food and clothes
- Raced cars and taught other people how to race cars
- Has 3 half-written messes that look like novels if you squint.. at some point a finished novel will be on this list!
- Helped build a company from 2 to 250+
- Loves building things out of (wood | words | code | ideas)
Things I've Written
My wife and I often joke that it’s a good thing we didn’t meet sooner than we did. We wouldn’t have liked each other near as much. Why is that? Well, we were different people before we met. Our…September 21, 2023
Recently I did some reading about Ed Witten. Witten is notorious for being the very smartest person in rooms filled with very, very smart people: namely physicists and mathematicians. Despite being…August 31, 2023
Our RV trip got me thinking a lot about the power of the modern world. By which I really mean: the internet and the smart phone. We were in constant contact with any service we required, including…August 14, 2023
Everyone’s still talking about AI and I’ve had my share of unique conversations. After drafting the idea that English is the new STEM, this one conversation really stood out. It’s the dialogue where…August 10, 2023
Every time I sit down with a blank sheet in front of me I’m scared and excited. I’ve usually spent the last day or two grappling with some text or interview or idea in my head. I’ve had some moments…August 08, 2023
I just read Adam Mastroanni’s piece Science is a Strong Link Problem and my first reaction is: finally! Adam is one of my favorite new writers, ever since he publicly called for the extirpation of…August 07, 2023
Things I'm Reading
- Elon Musk- Walter Isaacson
- The Bitcoin Standard- Saifedean Ammous
- Skin in the Game- Nassim Taleb
- The Beginning of Infinity- David Deutsch
- CollegeValue - Compare colleges and majors based on how much money graduates make versus how much debt they accrue. Based on open-source data from the Department of Education.
- Technology For Parents - Charting a course for parents to navigate technology for their children - coming soon!
- Slower Lower Charcuterie - coming soon!
Things I'm Wondering
- How are phones and technology changing the way we grow up?
- What do people actually need out of college?
- How can more people enjoy two houses?
- How can work on small projects drive family revenue?
- What does it take to write a spy novel?
Workouts I've Killed
- 0 Mile Crossfit, 2 days ago30:00 minutes
- 0 Mile Crossfit, 3 days ago30:00 minutes
- 2 Mile Run, 6 days ago17:00 at 8:30 pace
- 0 Mile Crossfit, 7 days ago30:00 minutes
- 0 Mile Crossfit, 9 days ago30:00 minutes
Quotes Newly Discovered
- “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and
nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we
are all just stars that have people names.”
- *“When is the last time that you had a great conversation? A conversation
which wasn’t just two intersecting monologues, which is what passes for
conversation a lot in this culture. But when had you last a great
conversation in which you overheard yourself saying things that you never
knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that
absolutely found places within you that you thought you had lost and a
sense of an event of a conversation that brought the two of you on to a
different plain, and then fourthly, a conversation that continued to sing
in your mind for weeks afterwards.”*
- “We have gone from thinking that self esteem comes from achievement to
thinking that achievement comes from self esteem. And that is an
- “The question about the sources of our knowledge ... has always been asked
in the spirit of: 'What are the best sources of our knowledge - the most
reliable ones, those which will not lead us into error, and those to which
we can and must turn, in case of doubt, as the last court of appeal?' I
propose to assume, instead, that no such ideal sources exist - no more than
ideal rulers - and that all 'sources are liable to lead us into error at
times. And I propose to replace, therefore, the question of the sources of
our knowledge by the entirely different question: How can we hope to detect
and eliminate error?'”
- “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.”