Magellan

Reasons why you need to visit Hoi An

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Month 6 in Vietnam came and passed by in a flash. 4 weeks in Vietnam is definitely NOT enough time, and I wish I could have stayed for at least a few months. Vietnam is easily one of my favorite - if not my top favorite - country on our itinerary so far. Hanoi is a vibrant and busy city with delicious food, active friendly...
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Contentment Is Simply An Absence Of Regret

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"It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about."- Shauna Niequist During my investment career, I was tasked with pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Achieving this designation involved passing three sequential exams, the last two of...
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10-minute session: **scoff**

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Do you carefully weigh your words as they dance around your tongue? Are you carelessly spitting your shards out at any unexpecting soul? I think it’s time we had a talk. Let’s weigh each letter as it becomes as syllable then a word, then a sentence. Before you construct your next weapon to cut down the next unsuspecting fool or manipulate the one who never...
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Bitcoin breaks $10,000 — but why?

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Bitcoin breaks $10,000 — but why?Last month, I was on the hunt for a new VPN service and came across a service that accepted Bitcoin. I’ve been aware of Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies for a while now, but I’ve never actually tried to buy something with them.As an experiment, I did my research on Bitcoin wallets and exchanges. I picked a few providers that were recommended to me...
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Technology: The Final Frontier

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Photo by SpaceX on UnsplashTechnology (and especially software) is constantly changing. Just because one database, framework or programming language is popular now doesn’t mean it will be in 5 years, or even 6 months. A career in technology is a career is constant learning.So how do you keep up with the latest? Here are a few pointers from my own experience:Follow Hacker News (news.ycombinator.com)I’m not saying...
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The weight of freedom

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As I step off the jetway and turn toward the terminal, I have complete freedom.  That light-as-a-feather feeling of an empty calendar; no one waiting for me, or expecting anything of me.  Hell, only a few people know I’m back in Colorado.  Whatever I decide to do next is my choice, and my choice alone.  I’ve been living nomadically for the last year — no lease,...
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Life after 300+ days on the road

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It’s been about 6 weeks since my Magellan journey ended. I took a quick decompress week in Dallas with my best friend, Flo and another good friend, Eve. I’ve been back to Minnesota (if you don’t count two ‘side trips’ to Kansas in the last month!) at the beginning of June.    Our version of signing yearbooks  Since most people tend to ask me the...
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Reflections on a Year Away (And Why I Love Suffolk)

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Since I’ve got back I’ve had several people ask about, or pass comment on, the fact that I must really be missing Remote Year and the exciting life I had been living over the past year. The honest truth is that at the moment I’m really glad to be home, back in the Suffolk countryside, which in my opinion is one of the nicest places...
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With New Eyes

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Returning to the UK has given me the chance to reflect on the last year and to look at what I have learnt.  On the world stage, the last year has been momentous: from Brexit, to the US election to the failed Turkish coup. But what has made this year different is the people I have travelled with.  Watching the US election results unfold or...
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I love using Slack, and my favorite part about it is the integrations it offers, allowing me to…

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I love using Slack, and my favorite part about it is the integrations it offers, allowing me to (partially) use other tools functionality within Slack. I find it interesting though, that the “next” platform is messaging. One of my co-workers made an astute observation: after all this time of human evolution, we have reverted to using symbols, pictures, and short sentences for our communication. It...
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