Blindness

A Chess Puzzle I recently encountered a chess puzzle that revolved around capturing my opponents material due to a forced mate in one threat. While exploring various permutations of moves, I struggled to choose the right piece (between the bishop and the knight) to simultaneously block my opponent’s mate in one threat while allowing me to freely capture a few of his minor pieces. After a brief though I played Knight C3 -> D5, blocking my opponents mate threat on g2 and adding an additional attacker to the black knight on F6.
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Redlining

For some people, not red lining all the time is a skill in and of itself. Why wait until you have an injury or a mental health crisis to take a breath? Reflection I was brushing my teeth recently, paused, turned to my girlfriend and proclaimed that I wasted all four years of college on two degrees that were not challenging. I said that I should’ve majored in something “more difficult” like Engineering, Math or Computer Science because “I could have” and people wouldn’t “default to questioning my abilities”.
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On Stress

Stress I’ve been meaning to jot down my thoughts on this for a while, but I keep running into things that tweak my mental model about stress. Recently, I watched some old home videos. Twenty years ago, my parents moved us into the home we still live in today. Around this time, my dad filmed a video of my brother and I walking the quarter mile from our house to a canal that runs through metropolitan Phoenix.
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Business Intelligence Engineer

Two months as a BIE Promoted to BIE on the same team I have been on since September. Worked hard during my first four months on the team, put together a doc with my boss and got approved starting about two months ago. Since Septmeber I’ve done a lot of stuff: A little Background - Built out reporting on how well we are placing inventory to fulfill demand - Built out reporting on inventory health and suggesting removal actions for overstock - Built out reporting on inventory repositioning efforts - Built out a daily executive summary for each warehouse sent to hundreds of folks - Automated End To End process of inventory repositioning - Automated End to End process of establishing inventory positions at new warehouses A little more Background!
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4 Months as an Analyst

Four Months as an Analyst at Amazon My perspective switching to the Supply Chain BI team. A little Background The first four months have been interesting. Last week, Amazon laid off 18,000 people. Fortunately, nobody on my team or, I think, my whole org got the axe. This really hit home the fact that jobs come and go, and that I should be prioritizing employment that allows me to work on what I’m interested in and gain meaningful skills.
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