Cool Things

A mash up of cool pieces of tech, gear, and other fun things.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • How much money my YouTube channel made in one year
    I have earned more money than I ever thought I would earn from YouTube in the past year. When I began YouTube one year ago, I thought, “ok, I will probably be earning dollars per video, and only when my videos start averaging at around 1,000 views. So, maybe, if […]
  • How to get out of a rut fast
    The couch is escapable. I promise. In this post, I will show you not only how to extricate yourself from the couch but to do more of the things that make you happy and less of the things that make you unhappy. The rut is beatable. Let’s beat it. Step […]
  • I Tried Running for 30 Days and My Life Will Never Be The Same
    Two months into quarantine my fitness was at an all-time low. I wasn’t going to the gym. I wasn’t doing yoga. I wasn’t exercising. On a walk with my parents, I was out of breath. My parents are both around 60 and were completely fine. Nope. That was not going […]
  • How to do a Yearly Review (Instead of New Year’s Resolutions)
    “Next year will be better… next year I will get in shape… next year I will start my business… next year I will x.” Sound familiar? It does to me. Most New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick, they are too vague and unactionable. How about, instead, we take the time to […]
  • The Best iPhone Apps for Students to Maximize Productivity
    The iPhone is amazing, almost too amazing… I often get distracted and spend too much time on the wrong applications. There are certain applications that help me study more efficiently and lead a generally more productive life. These iPhone apps can help you focus, eliminate distractions, and become more efficient […]
  • $800 vs. $8,000 YouTube Setup – Is There a Difference?
    I recently made a YouTube Video (link coming Friday) where you can check out the side-by-side comparison. Is an $8,000 YouTube Setup 10x better than an $800 YouTube Setup? I decided to run an experiment and find out. Recently, I bought the a7S III. However, is it that much better […]
  • What Tibetan Monks, Olympic Runners, and Navy Seals Have in Common | The Importance of Self-Observation
    This was one of my weekly newsletters, but people enjoyed it so much I decided to post it here as well! A navy seal, a Tibetan monk, and an Olympic athlete walk into a bar, what do they all have in common? They all are observers of themselves. Let’s start […]
  • iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Impressions – is it Useful?
    A $300 “magic” keyboard? Is it worth it? In short – yes. The iPad Pro is amazing. I use it for practice testing, active recall, and my daily Anki cards. I also use it to take notes, watch Netflix, and (as a test) I am actually writing this post from […]
  • My Medical School Essentials | 11 Things You Will Actually Need in Your First Year
    There were 11 things that I actually used on a regular basis in my first year of medical school that I would say are essential. I always have every one of these items in my backpack at all times (other than business clothes). Here are a list and links to […]
  • How I Take Notes in Medical School with the iPad Pro and Notability (Legacy Post)
    Update: For the first two months of medical school, I took copious notes. In college, I took copious notes. I don’t take notes in Medical school anymore, and I outline why here. I wrote the post below over a year ago when I figured out the best way to take […]