Instead, I generally tend to write about whatever has been on my mind or piqued my curiosity lately. Be that as it may, I’ve organized my articles into a few general sections so that you can ignore the stuff you don’t like.

1. Language and culture
2. Writing written about writing
3. Technology/programming
4. General Rambling/Family
5. Philosophy
6. Zen and the art of avoiding productivity

Or just scroll down for the most recent goods.

You won’t find something like this on your newsfeed

Writer’s rendering of a table

I painted my desk.

Most of the ‘Instagrammable’ desks I see all look the same. They all have the same commercial boring IKEA desk with something or other desk mat and whatever. Slap on ‘minimalist’ design sense and that’s 90% of the media.

My desk is messy. Not just this desk, any desk that is mine. I’ve got cups (yes plural) of stuff that I haven’t brought back to the kitchen, wires hanging around, toys and crumbs from food that 60% of the time isn’t mine, receipts that won’t be thrown away until they hit critical mass, a painting that…

I’m not going to change anything about that

Morro do Pai Inacio, Bahia, Brazil, from our family pictures

I live in Brazil.

Not in Rio, or Sao Paulo, I live in North East Bumblefuck, chickens on the street get eaten by cats on the street and shit in my front yard and there’s no amount of complaining that will make them stop Brazil.

Where I live there is a selection of 3 stores to get each type of thing that you may want and they just sold out, you’ll have to wait another who knows how long to get whatever you want.

The place where 60% of minimum wage in New York is enough to make 5–6 times…

And I’m going to use the rest of my day to do whatever I want

冨嶽三十六景 甲州犬目峠 — The Inume Pass in Kai Province (Kōshū Inume tōge), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei) — from the Wikimedia Commons, CC0 1.0

Today, I’ve done all I need to do.

The thing that gives folks who have OCD their symptoms is a difference in how the brain communicates internally. There are two little bits, the frontal cortex and the ventral striatum which send signals that help determine that a task is complete.

I don’t have OCD, and today’s article isn’t strictly about it. But it is about that last part — knowing that things are done.

The darn newsfeeds flood us with how we can do the latest hack to get more work done so that we can get more money and…

A complete game-changer for Firefox users

Screenshot of the writer’s stats, I swear they’ve been better — but the rest of the screenshots will all be from my personal stats page

If you write on Medium and you use Firefox —try Medium Next Generation Stats — this beast beats out any of the competition I’ve used on Chrome. None of this is sponsored, I randomly found this bad boy, and it only has two users, which to me sounds unacceptable.

First of all — you can set the range of your stats chart, you can see stats for a month, two months, four, or about a year. …

Doesn’t bringing them up defeat the purpose?

Every so often, in the two hours I waste just prior to sleeping scrolling through my phone in bed I’ll see a video where there’s a rant or some altercation to feed the itch I need to have drama in my life but not be involved in it a trigger warning will come up.

I understand, though admittedly not very deeply (and thankfully so) that traumatic events can be so overwhelmingly difficult that going into a related issue can bring back a lot of the feelings of that event. But every time I see a trigger warning I always think…

The clean setup is the envy of every co-worker

White House (Pete Souza) / Maison Blanche (Pete Souza), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

I love watching those desk showcase videos on youtube. People just going around their desks showing how cool and minimalist their desks are. Wall-mounted 500 inch monitors with clackity-clack mechanical keyboards and MX-mouses that are way out of our budget, but somehow we still have to make room for them. That’s not at all what makes someone productive or successful, yet I’ve fooled myself into thinking it is.

After all, if I’m not making thousands on my latest medium post, it must be because I’m not writing in on the latest mechanical keyboard, or because my setup isn’t clean enough…

The best thing that has come from writing for medium

The Yacht Henrietta, modeled by Mr. Wm. Booker, N.Y. Built by Mr. Henry Steers, Greenpoint, L.I. by Charles Parsons. Original from Library of Congress. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel. In the Public Domain

I spent a few months last year trying to make this writing thing work — spoilers it hasn’t, and I don’t think it will. Money isn’t the only thing that stands to be gained by writing here though.

For every dollar that I haven’t earned, there is a habit I picked up that makes me grateful for having given this a go.

Becoming a better reader

I was a shit reader before I started writing. I’d read a few things here and there, and I enjoyed books in general, but I was never the type to pick up a book.

Reading was something that…

Creating a dark mode version of MDN

Mozilla’s not Firefox, but if it were I’d put it on dark mode too. — American Black or Silver Fox (Vulpes fulvus) from the viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1845) illustrated by John Woodhouse Audubon (1812–1862). Original from The New York Public Library. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

I love dark mode websites. I have everything I use set to dark mode if it’s available. But that’s not always the case.

MDN decided that it’s not really their priority to have a dark mode for their website, and it doesn’t look like anyone has made an extension for this yet. The universal dark-mode plugins I’ve used have all been horrendous, so I set out to make my own chrome extension.

But I didn’t know exactly where to start. So here’s what I did to change that.

My first step was to try to see if I could find…

The truth about why your French lessons aren’t paying off

Cliffs at Pourville (1882) by Claude Monet. Original from the National Gallery of Art. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel. In the public domain — CC0

It’s cool to be the guy that can strike up a conversation with the strangers having a conversation in a foreign tongue — in their own language. That was one of the biggest motivating factors for me to learn Japanese. That and watching One Piece without subtitles.

The first day you spend studying everything is new. We’re in the novel world where we can talk about French baguettes and Italian spaghetti or Japanese apologies — staples to a language, things are exciting.

We learn the meaning of the cool words — expressions in popular culture, how to greet new friends…

Leo Teixeira

Newly-wed with a baby. Writing about Culture, Language, and Travel. Occasionally I publish pieces of advice to myself about writing or put my degree to work

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