About Me

Something, something, perfect enemy of the good.

I'm Arthur. This is my website. I threw together a basic structure using GitHub Pages (because tech geek) to get something off the ground quickly.

I have about a million and one things I'm passionate about that I want to get out of my brain and onto proverbial paper.

Some of it is about me personally and my own history, experiences, and growth. Some of it is observations about the world, social and interpersonal dynamics, philosophy, psychology, and other not-about-me-directly things like TV, product design, and project management. Some content is in style of date-specific blog posts, and some content is captured in "timeless", "living" posts...I haven't written any of the latter yet, but I have created a ton of stubs to give an indication of what I want to write about (and there are a ton more I haven't created stubs for yet, too).

Frankly, a huge motive for me here is to create what amounts to an "Arthur wiki" or "Arthur user's guide". Whether you want to get to know me or you're just interested in my thoughts... Buckle up.

On This Page

Elevator Pitch

I'm a logic-emotions monist, open (almost to a fault), wholehearted, wild, untamed, and disciplined in mind and action. (I wrote a decent stub on Family Arguing that proposes a causality for how I came to be this way.)

I tend to be a generalist and selective specialist, but a huge nerd through and through. I'm a die-hard advocate of induction as the primary mode of human cognition. My superpowers include seeing patterns and untangling nuanced differences. I'm especially good at seeing underlying principles, whether in human behavior or API design, as well as finding general, future-proof solutions to seemingly disparate problems. Check out my Personality and Behavioral Profiles below.

To me, integrity means integrating mind, body, and spirit. It means continuously learning rational (ie, practical) principles, and walking the walk and talking the talk. I embrace consistency and reject compartmentalization. I'm a geek about intellectual pursuits, I'm maniacal about physical fitness (in health, bodybuilding, and diet), and I'm always learning and growing in the areas of mindfulness and empathy (thank you, meditation).

Also, I love logging things in the spirit of Quantified Self, though it's not an especially social phenomenon for me. Part of my love of it is in bringing order to the chaos of life through data normalization.

What is "The Truth about the Dishwasher"? You'll have to wait until I write about it...

While I buck a lot of social conventions and many of the superficial manifestations of my traits are baffling to a lot of people (believe me, I will write plenty on this), if you really get me, if you really see and understand the core of my being, I am super predictable.

I love children, and I can't wait to be a dad.

I'm the product manager for Alexa Tech Docs for Amazon.

I grew up in Los Angeles, and I live in San Francisco (but maybe not for long).

Random Tidbits

Interests, Values, and Passions

Previous Sports

Valuable Resources

These are ideas and approaches to various areas of life that I have derived great value from...with some indication of my own viewpoints sprinkled in.

Physical Well-Being

Psychological and Emotional Well-Being

Parenting and Education

A parent's job is to be a guide in a child's development into an adult. A parent is a model, not an authority figure. A child must learn, not obey. A parent should not try to tame their child or desire obedience, but to help the child cultivate the skills of agency, self-determination, self-regulation, independent judgment, internal motivation, and efficacy. "Punishment", ranging from grounding to stonewalling to physical striking are not effective tools; they teach a child that these are normal modes of interaction between human beings and handicap their future adult relationships. Punishment and "consequences" create power struggles and undermine the possibility of finding win-win solutions. While I wouldn't say it's always wrong to characterize a child as "misbehaving", the more useful framing is to understand that the child is attempting to achieve a value, perhaps ineffectively, and that it's the parent's job to help the child learn more effective ways of achieving values. Regardless, approaching a child with anger or phrases such as "You're bad." and "You're being bad." (which a child is likely to internalize as a matter of basic identity) are disastrous.

Management: Manager Tools

Philosophy: Objectivism

"Why does philosophy matter?"
"I don't know, why does science matter?"
"Well because scie-"
"Annnnnnnd you are doing philosophy."

— Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) August 5, 2015

Philosophy: Who Needs It

Your subconscious is like a computer--more complex a computer than men can build--and its main function is the integration of your ideas. Who programs it? Your conscious mind. If you default, if you don't reach any firm convictions, your subconscious is programmed by chance--and you deliver yourself into the power of ideas you do not know you have accepted. But one way or the other, your computer gives you print-outs, daily and hourly, in the form of emotions--which are lightning-like estimates of the things around you, calculated according to your values. If you programmed your computer by conscious thinking, you know the nature of your values and emotions. If you didn't, you don't.

Okay, so I feel like I need to offer a fair bit of clarification on this, since I think terms like "selfishness" and "capitalism" can be readily polarizing and misunderstood, given widespread (mis)use in our culture. I'll do more of that clarification in a post at some point. For now, here's a summary of my viewpoints, which I credit to Objectivism and Ayn Rand.

Personality and Behavioral Profiles

Myers-Briggs

as of 2015

DISC

See Manager Tools Podcasts and summary PDF.

I'm very thing-/fact-/task-/idea-oriented:

TOSCA-3SC

Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman: Kindle, website

Enneagram

StrengthsFinder 2.0

as of 2013-01-02

  1. Individualization
    People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
  2. Strategic
    People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  3. Competition
    People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
  4. Responsibility
    People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
  5. Achiever
    People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

Timeline

Bear with me here...eventually, I want to make this table autogenerated in JavaScript from JSON data files that contain not only these "big ticket" items, but also more granular time-based data points, like location checkins, exercise logs, food diary, media consumption, etc! For now, it's just a plain table to communicate some basic information about stuff in my life.

Year Location School Work Love Miscellaneous
1984 West Hollywood, CA
1985
1986
1987 Sister Jacqueline is born
1988 St Thomas the Apostle Preschool
1989
Temple Israel Kindergarden
1990 Brother Andrew is born
Brentwood Science Magnet
Elementary School
1991
1992
1993 Caroline (one-sided)
1994
1995
Walter Reed Middle School Self-employed Tech Consulting
1996
1997
Brentwood, CA
1998
Palisades High School
1999 Sister Elizabeth is born
2000
Santa Monica College
2001 Duckett-Wilson Development Company
2002
UCLA
Rieber 5 South
UCLA Undergrad
Math of Computation BSc
2003 Nick
UCLA
Hedrick 7 North
2004 Drew
Mar Vista, CA "Wyatt" (protecting his privacy)
2005
UCLA School of Law
2006
Westwood, CA Ayn Rand Institute Parents get divorced
2007
Sara Acquire step-family (Masha, Emily, Michael)
2008
Brentwood, CA
2009
2010 AZEY Design
Santa Monica, CA
Mountain View, CA CDNetworks
2011
2012
Delphi
2013 CDNetworks
Twitter
San Francisco, CA
2014
2015
Daly City, CA
Autodesk
2016 Sam
2017
Amazon:
Alexa Core Services
2018 Adam
San Francisco, CA
2019
Amazon:
Alexa Tech Docs
2020