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About Me

I’m a devoted husband and father to an awesome family. For work, I’m a currently an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase focusing on Product Tooling. I’m a Product Manager who looks at the goals of the business and uses technology to deliver those business and customer goals. In the past, I’ve driven transformational change at Citi, AIG, and Amazon Web Services. For more information about what I do at work, please visit my LinkedIn profile.

My Writing

If you’re new here, check out my blog highlights. Also, take a look at my library.

My Blog

I collect stories. There are so many amazing things happening every day. I need to spend some time writing them down before they slip away. Some of these ideas are so powerful that they hit me like a bolt of lightning. It’s my job to capture that lighting and put it in a bottle to share it with you. I want to capture that feeling that Archimedes had when he had an insight sitting in the bathtub screamed “Eureka!” and ran naked down the street. I know that I’ll rarely if ever make it there, but that won’t keep me from trying!

Here’s some of my latest posts:

And here are some of my posts about AI and ChatGPT:

My Virtual Library

I wanted a place to put all the stuff I think is awesome. Growing up, I always wanted to have a great library in my house. I remembered the excitement when I learned that I could buy the entire collection of The New Yorker in bound volumes and put them in my house. I’d imagined that I would collect great encyclopedias from the past to peruse whenever I pleased. They would live in mahogany bookcases that looked like they’d belonged to JP Morgan. Then I realized that a New York City apartment doesn’t have the space for a physical library. So I did the next best thing. I’ve created a virtual library that includes lots of the things I enjoy, like my favorite books, words, and humor. You can check it out on the menu at the top of the page.

Blog Highlights

Some Posts about Amazon

Human Behavior

Things I’ve Built

My Adventures and Explorations

  • Taking the Red Pill of Art. Here’s my love letter to art. It’s a story about the red pill and the blue pill, opening your eyes, and what art means to me.
  • The Joy of the Hunt. While I haven’t been outside on any new adventures in the last few months, I wrote about some of my favorite adventures, from finding a hidden castle on top of a library to discovering an old historical text from one of Yale’s secret societies.
  • What a Wonderful Word. A story of untranslatable words from around the world.
  • Carpe Diem! How to Live Like an Emperor. I realized that no matter where I am or where I go, I can live like an Emperor by seizing every moment.
  • Capture Better Memories Without a Camera. How technology is preventing me from building great memories and some techniques I’ve come up with some ways to use my brain to capture special moments instead of my phone.

Life Lessons

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Being a CEO of a product wasn’t what I thought it would be

I published this in Mind the Product.

I was excited to manage my first product. It was over a decade ago. At the time, we didn’t have all of these product management resources and best practices that spelt out what a product manager did. All I knew was that I was going to be the CEO of a product. 

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Adventures

My Night in (Netflix’s) Paris

Visiting a great old movie house is a magical thing. You get to truly experience the grandeur of older times. There are not many of these theaters left, but I got to visit one of them today. I saw Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F at the Netflix owned Paris Theater in New York. The charm of the Paris Theater lies in its vintage ambiance, from the classic marquee to the ornate interior design, offering a nostalgic journey that you simply can’t replicate at home.

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Life Lessons

Exploiting Addiction for Profit

The Times magazine had a great piece on New York’s marijuana problem. The piece centers around the problem of how the industry should be regulated. On the one hand, having too much regulation allows illegal shops to pop up. However, the author points out that regulation is important when talking about addictive and harmful products.

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Human Behavior

Looking at Fast and Slow Thinking on Facebook

I saw the following question on Facebook:

“I’m getting married, and my husband and I are looking at what our married name should be. My last name is Lipsky. It was changed by my ancestors from the original ‘Lipszyc’ when they immigrated to the US in the early 1900s. I’m starting to really connect with my heritage. Should I keep the current name or switch back to the previous name?”

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Design Technology

When More is Less: David Pogue on the Pitfalls of Feature Creep

I really love David Pogue. He is a brilliant Renaissance man who talks about technology but from a very cultivated point of view. I don’t just say that because he went to Yale. I always enjoy the way he makes technology accessible and engaging, offering insights that resonate with both tech enthusiasts and everyday users.

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ChatGPT Fun Stuff Humor

ChatGPT Memes That Show AI’s Quirky Side

I found some funny ChatGPT memes on Bored Panda that I wanted to share. All of the text and commentary are generated by ChatGPT based on the uploaded images. It’s pretty amazing that it can read and interpret the images as well as provide sensible commentary. The only prompt I gave was “I want to write a blog post about these images.”

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How a Small Fly Became a Big Deal in Bathroom Hygiene

Have you noticed the fly that lives in the urinal? In many urinals, a fly has been etched or printed near the drain as a target. This clever addition is a simple image of a fly that serves an important purpose. The idea is to provide a target to aim at, reducing spillage and keeping restrooms cleaner.

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“I Wanna Be Sedated” as an ADHD Anthem

The punk rock “I Wanna Be Sedated” was written about the chaotic, high-energy lifestyle of a touring band. But it’s also a good representation of living with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), where that overwhelming energy comes from the inside.

The constant refrain of “I Wanna Be Sedated,” resonates deeply with those who suffer from ADHD. It reflects the internal chaos and relentless drive that are hallmarks of ADHD:

20, 20, 24 hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do, nowhere to go-oh
I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane
Hurry, hurry, hurry before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh, no, oh-oh, oh-oh

Punk rock, characterized by its rapid tempos and unfiltered energy, mirrors the ADHD experience perfectly. The boundless energy and disregard for societal norms reflect the feelings of being out of sync with a structured, orderly world.

Moreover, the do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic of punk rock encourages personal expression and creativity, providing a sense of empowerment and validation for those who feel marginalized by conventional standards. This raw authenticity allows for a cathartic release of pent-up energy and emotions, offering a sense of community and understanding for listeners.

What’s fascinating about “I Wanna Be Sedated” is that it’s a punk anthem pleading for calm. Paradoxically, to calm the mind of someone with ADHD, you don’t use sedatives but stimulants. Individuals with ADHD often have lower levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure, and attention. Stimulant medications increase dopamine levels in the brain, which helps improve focus and reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity. Essentially, these medications help normalize brain activity, allowing for better control over attention and behavior.

So a high-energy punk anthem about being overwhelmed and seeking sedation. Yup. Sounds like ADHD.

Note: Over the years, the original version of “I Wanna Be Sedated” has begun to feel somewhat slow and outdated to modern ears, especially when compared to the high-energy performances typical of today’s punk rock scene. However, contemporary covers by bands like The Offspring and New Found Glory have injected new life into the song.

Note 2: I wrote this in about a half hour with the help of ChatGPT. ChatGPT wrote most of it and I just had the ideas and edited it. I wrote it while listening to punk covers of pop songs by the band New Found Glory.

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Hacking AI: Hands-On AI Security with Gandalf

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Gandalf is one of the most interesting demos I’ve seen. Developed by Lakera, a Swiss AI security firm, Gandalf is designed to teach users about vulnerabilities in large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT. The demo gamifies AI security by challenging users to extract passwords from a virtual wizard named Gandalf. This project illustrates how easily prompt injection attacks can manipulate AI systems into revealing sensitive information or performing unintended actions. It’s a great way to explore the potential risks associated with AI and help people think about AI safety and security.

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Yale Architecture: Disney Collegiate?

When I visit Yale, I’m immediately inspired by the architecture. As an undergraduate, I couldn’t believe that this was my home. The intricate details of the Gothic and Georgian buildings, with their soaring arches and ornate facades, made me feel like I was traveling through history. Walking through the courtyards and along the pathways, I am constantly reminded of the generations of scholars who have walked these same paths before me.