Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur

Hello! Thanks for visiting my online home.

I structure my life around a simple goal: be happy and healthy in the year 2100. (Yes, really.)

Along the way I aspire to:

I’m building a collection of articles and notes about anything that gets me closer to my goal. Happiness, ethical living, financial independence, career satisfaction, entrepreneurship, health, relationships, goal setting, sleep, nutrition… these topics are all fair game.

I’ll also write about projects I’m working on, tools I’ve built, and technology I’m interested in.

Check out my /now page to find out what I’m doing now. Or follow me on Twitter!

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Recent posts

Mar 11, 2021
SQL is hardIf you’re like most devs, you don’t write SQL. Instead you write less efficient and less maintainable data processing code in JavaScript, Python, etc. You miss out on the real power of your database. Why? Because SQL is mysterious, and you don't know what it can do for you.
Jan 4, 2021
It's not as easy as just going to bedYou think to yourself “I should go to bed”, but you don’t actually move. You continue coding, writing, gaming, binge-watching, or doom-scrolling. You find yourself idly opening and closing the same set of apps on your phone over and over again. Sound familiar?
Dec 24, 2020
Cognitive dissonance is a gift, not a curseWhen we feel stressed or guilty because we know we should be acting differently, most of us ignore it and try to turn our minds elsewhere. Instead, we should focus on the dissonance and use it to change our behaviour for the better.
Dec 18, 2020
Skip breakfast, live longer.Skipping breaking is a simple, easy, cost-effective, evidence-based way to reduce fat, reduce risk of disease, feel healthier, get smarter, and live longer. So why don't more of us do it?
Dec 17, 2020
Support your loved onesAnyone who ever lost weight, gained muscle, got fit, or improved their diet has faced questions and objections from even the most supportive friends and family members. It can really undermine confidence and progress. Let's try to change how we react.
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