Hi! I'm Christian Genco. I'm the founder of
Fileinbox, author of the
Microconf Recap, and creator of
several smaller projects.
I'm into minimalism and keep a
list of everything I own. I
and write and take book notes to
work on being a better human.
What I'm excited about right now (updated 2020-11-07)
More regularly publishing monthly review videos and posts, making Fileinbox serverless which will let me squash about two dozen bugs at once, publishing more episodes of the weekly makers.dev podcast with Chris Achard to keep me on track with Fileinbox goals, getting my wisdom teeth taken out, the new Apple Silicon MacBooks coming out on the 10th, reevaluating diet and exercise, taking Ali Abdaal's Part Time YouTuber course, and refreshing this website.
VR, makers.dev, social responsibility, active listening, and channeling surgery anxiety
Improving Surgery Discharge Instructions:
My doctor gave me terrible and confusing instructions that I didn't understand, so I rewrote them.
Updates on adventures, projects, productivity, making friends and dating, and my goals for next month.
Augustish update: Genco.School, Clips.Marketing, Magic, Flying, Harry Potter, and Dating
My 2019 year in review
My 2018 year in review
Big Five Aspects Personality Scale:
My results from a really interesting personality test that doesn’t pretend to sort people into n-categories.
World Domination Summit 2018 Notes:
I was really disappointed with the 2018 World Domination Summit speakers.
My 2017 year in review
Goal tracking for 2018
If you had a magic pill that would let you live the life of your dreams, what would your life look like?
Track how well you do email
How much money is enough?
Introducing Timecard App:
a rewrite of my oldest useful program
Microconf 2016 Notes:
my notes from the 2016 microconf
MCT oil vs. Coconut Oil for Ketogenic Diets:
Notes on which fats are better for the ketogenic diet
$100 3D Printed Engagement Ring:
How to make a beautiful custom wedding ring for barely more than the cost of the metal.
MacBook Developer Setup:
My old software productivity setup
Go to college for free:
How to get a fantastic college education for exactly 0 dollars.
The Remote Control Person:
A design for a remote control you can use on people
The Walkie Sockie:
An Arduino project for a walkie talkie you use with your feet
The Conversation Monitor:
College project to measure how much each person In a group speaks
Redesign the Wallet:
My personal design process that led to a novel wallet prototype
You Should Learn to Program:
Why? It makes you smarter, computers are improving faster than you are, and - if you're like me - you want to maximize your laziness.
A useless talent made possible by the MaKey MaKey.
Human Centered Design at SMU:
A review of my favorite class at SMU
Virtual Shadow Dance:
A Microsoft Kinect project to manipulate your shadow
TI Innovation Competition:
A winning hackathon idea for a nightstand projector
Walk on the Grass:
A piece I wrote for my undergraduate newspaper
If you like the stuff on my blog, you'll probably like the stuff on these
other blogs too. In no particular order:
Patrick Collison: thoughts, advice, and recommendations from the co-founder of Stripe.
I especially like his
questions. This dude knows how to think.
Paul Graham's Essays: founder of Y Combinator and Hacker News.
Better Explained: intuitive
explanations of math concepts that schools sucks at teaching.
Mr. Money Mustache: learn how
to earn enough money to retire within 10 years without winning the
More To That: don't be fooled by
the entertaining colorful illustrations—this shit gets deep.
Patio11's blog: founder of Bingo Card Creator and a superstar in the Microconf
community. Patrick is the reason I'm currently running my own company.
He taught me how to make money on the internet, and teaches people every
day to Charge More™️.
Wait But Why: mathy big-picture
cartoons about life and technology. He has a great series on Elon Musk.
I especially love
Your Life in Weeks.
xkcd: hilarious and clever comics about
science, math, and life. Chances are there's a relevant xkcd for your
Gwern: I imagine this blog is what
it would look like to pry open a rigorous scientist's brain and see how
they've optimized their life. I love his approach to
optimizing sleep. He calculates
the freakin' p-values for how correlated taking melatonin is to his
sleep quality and randomly A/B tested two different mattresses. Who does
Derek Sivers: founder of CDBaby.com
and one of the few humans I feel like has life figured out. His articles
are short and sweet. I especially like
Hell Yeah or no.
Guzey: Another Gwern-like blog. I like
article on productivity.