Cheat Sheets For Learning

In my first semester of college, I took a Statistics course which required us to make a cheat sheet for each exam. My fraternity brother (who took the course the previous year) told me that the process of creating the cheat sheets is a good way to ingrain the knowledge into my head.

I liked the idea. So I applied that to all of my courses.

Cheat sheets allow me to search for specific topics in case I forgot. It’s a great way to measure your progress of how much you’ve learned if it’s cumulative. In terms of academia, they provide me an easy way for me to try to remember material before an exam (instead of reading and shuffling through 100s of pages of the textbook). I reminisce drinking 5 hour energy and reading my cheat sheets dozens of times over the night before each exam.

Throughout college, I tried selling my cheat sheets to my peers that were going to take the same classes as I have taken, but they didn’t want them! Instead, I sold oreos. That was successful.

Making cheat sheets especially applies to programming languages. In my past job, I created a SAS cheat sheet, which helped me impress my boss enough to think I was a reincarnation of Hermes. I copied and pasted code anytime I would learn something new, and then after the code I would give an explanation.

I thank my former self for making cheat sheets every day. Present Brad is proud of Past Brad.


Signaling Value Through Your Own Personal Website

I don’t understand why people don’t create their own personal websites. So you might think that I’m a hypocrite, because in my last blog post, I highlighted the many struggles I had in building mine. However, $12 and 3.5 days later, I should appear to be more employable than without a website.

Websites are a project themselves. There are struggles along the way which require creativity and motivation, but as long as the finished product looks completed and professional, it can’t possibly do anything but help you. If I were hiring someone, I would want to see additional proof besides their resume that they have the skills and ability to help the company I’m in. And I’m not the only one who thinks this:

“According to Workfolio, a newly launched company that develops applications for professional visibility, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.”
Source: Forbes

Another key proponent of making a personal website is that you can track your visitors using Google Analytics (which is free). Half the companies that asked me for an interview for a summer internship went to my website. A secret, is that you can look at the Network Provider, and about half the time will show the company name. If no one is viewing your website, then perhaps your resume needs to be worked on (since no one is bothered to go to your website from the link you’d create on your resume). Don’t forget to filter out for bots too, so you know they are legitimate views.

Even though I don’t enjoy being active on social media, it is a requirement to build your own personal brand so that other people/companies can respect you even more.


Creating My Website… Again

With the 2 year mark almost coming up with my Wix website, I decided to save the $120/year price for Google Domains at $12/year. I thought the following process:

Buy Google Domain –> Create Google Site –> Connect Google Domain to Google Site –> Find Template That Looks Most Similar To Wix Site –> Copy Everything From Wix

… would take a few hours, max.

Instead, I first had problems linking my Google site to my Google domain. I had to do the following:

  1. Subdomain forward under Synethetic records of –> with temporary redirect, and do not forward path.
  2. @ TXT 1h “google-site-verification=XJ4b6u2YyCZ3nG_R57R0q_RHIYafjmXzxtnE7-e-4_U”
    www CNAME 1h

Confusing? Yah I’m pretty confused. Thank goodness for Google Tech Support.

Next, I realized I needed to make Google slides for every time there was a photo gallery on my website under Wix. A lot of time was spent making them look good. Not to mention, Google sites does not allow me to place objects wherever I want, I have to put them inside tables (and remove borders via html) and create columns in order to get spacing correctly. I also realized there was no way to fix the huge gap between the navigation bar and content area. So, I needed to change it to the “Iceberg” theme whether I liked it or not. I’d then modify my images using Photoshop in order to darken or lighten or merge certain images or do whatever I want.

Last, the most time consuming part. Figuring out if the design looks right, which is nearly impossible to subjectively know. I asked ten people, and they didn’t make it easy. It seemed like they would all have something different to say:

  1. Websites tend to be in one page now. They are usually hosted on Squarespace (which is the same price as Wix)
  2. Many were in disagreement of background color. I went with my Architecture friend’s suggestion, since she is the most knowledgeable out of all ten people
  3. Websites also tend to be much wider, while mine is narrow

While I’m not completely done with the content side of it, it has taken me 3.5 days to just get the design up to shape. And I’m still unsure if it looks good!

People That Hate Police

I will never understand why certain people (i.e. Black Lives Matter activists, SJWs, progressives) hate anything that the police do. They aren’t the right group to direct anger at, it’s the smiling, conniving, manipulative politicians that make the laws which cause these groups to act the way they do in the first place.

If police are being brutal to someone who intended violent harm to someone else, I don’t have nearly as much of a problem with that. Usually the Black Lives Matter supporters are protesting police brutality for dumb nutcases like Michael Brown, who robbed a store and intended harm towards a cashier.

Imagine how difficult it would be to be a policeman? If you make one wrong judgment you’re screwed. Act too soft, a criminal can take advantage of you and kill you. Act too hard, and you might be filmed by anyone in the public and lose your job.

Let’s get rid of non-violent laws (hint: drug war) so that we can have a better relationship between citizens and policemen in their communities.