Articles

I have a ranging array of interests, so I wanted to have a space to be able to write about them and share it. If you ever notice any typos, please email me (hi@reesdraminski.com) so that I can get them fixed, and I also am always open to having a conversation about any of my articles.

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Statistics

Number of Articles

63

Number of Tags

19

Total Words Written

85,332

Average Number of Words Per Article

1,354

Longest Article

3,524

Shortest Article

532

Statistics section inspired by Luke Harris.

Article Tags

Click tag links to navigate to its corresponding section on this page.

Articles by Date

The dates are not fully to be trusted as sometimes I will date something to be when I first started drafting it, instead of the actual publication date. However I think that the dating gives good insight into the sporadic bursts at which I typically write these posts and update my site.

2024-02-22

Romantic abolitionism

Tagged: Love/Romance

2024-01-26

Building Yourself In Public

Tagged: Social Media

2024-01-12

What Do I Do As A Data Engineer?

Tagged: Software Engineering/Career

2024-01-06

Creating a Flexible Permalinking System in Jekyll

Tagged: Jekyll

2024-01-05

Finding My Groove in 2024

Tagged: Living Better

2024-01-04

How do I decide my favorite breweries?

Tagged: Beer

2024-01-02

My 2023 Wrapped

Tagged: Living Better

2023-12-29

Using jekyll-feed + XSLT with GitHub Pages

Tagged: Jekyll

2023-12-19

Listening to a New Album a Day

Tagged: Music/Vinyl

2023-12-18

2023: My Year of Intention

Tagged: Living Better

2023-12-17

I Drank 1,000 Beers!

Tagged: Beer

2023-11-28

What Makes A Great Brewery Experience?

Tagged: Beer

2023-11-28

Reflecting on 50 Posts

Tagged: IndieWeb/Meta-blogging

2023-11-27

Developing A Non-Hierarchical View of Friendships

Tagged: Loving Better

2023-11-13

Post and Author Age Without Plugins

Tagged: Jekyll

2023-11-10

What Are Hobbies and Interests?

Tagged: Living Better

2023-11-05

How to Try More Beer

Tagged: Beer

2023-10-30

BYO Vinyl Night/Potluck

Tagged: Hosting Ideas

2023-10-30

Stock the Bar Party

Tagged: Hosting Ideas

2023-10-24

Why Get Into Beer?

Tagged: Beer

2023-10-24

Should You Buy Vinyl?

Tagged: Music/Vinyl

2023-10-18

The Walkability of Arlington, VA

Tagged: Urban Planning/Public Transportation

2023-10-18

Human Consciousness is not Uniform

Tagged: Cognitive Science

2023-10-16

Do I Use My Degrees?

Tagged: College

2023-10-11

On Regifting

Tagged: Loving Better

2023-10-06

How To Buy Beer Like A Nerd

Tagged: Beer

2023-09-22

Living Seasonally

Tagged: Living Better

2023-09-18

An Ode to Short Sleeve Button Down Shirts

Tagged: Personal Style

2023-09-13

Room Lighting Design

Tagged: Interior Design

2023-08-30

Choosing Seating For My One Bedroom Apartment

Tagged: Interior Design

2023-08-28

Word Count Statistics Without Plugins

Tagged: Jekyll

2023-08-28

Numeric Value Humanization Without Plugins

Tagged: Jekyll

2023-08-28

Getting Posts by Tag

Tagged: Jekyll

2023-08-26

How to Augment Your Memory With A Calendar

Tagged: Maintaining a Second Brain Calendars

2023-08-25

Own Your Tools

Tagged: Maintaining a Second Brain

2023-08-24

Programming "Patterns"

Tagged: Computer Science Education

2023-08-24

A Mental Model of Programming as Data Manipulation

Tagged: Computer Science Education

2023-08-23

How to Get Into Beer

Tagged: Beer

2023-08-22

Using a Cork Board as an Art Display

Tagged: Interior Design

2023-08-19

Finding a Good Budget-Friendly Media Display Shelf

Tagged: Interior Design

2023-08-18

Using a Baker's Rack as a Beverage Bar

Tagged: Interior Design

2023-08-14

Pick Two and A Side

Tagged: College

2023-08-14

College Goal Setting

Tagged: College

2023-07-21

Love Languages Are Fake. So What?

Tagged: Loving Better Love/Romance

2023-07-20

Things I Do (Almost) Everyday

Tagged: Living Better

2023-07-13

Choosing a Delivery Mechanism for New Blog Posts

Tagged: IndieWeb/Meta-blogging

2023-06-27

5 Lessons I Learned About Living Alone

Tagged: Living Better

2023-05-22

You Won't Get Left Behind

Tagged: Artificial Intelligence

2023-05-22

Could a Machine Like a Burrito?

Tagged: Artificial Intelligence

2023-05-10

Why I Log Every Beer That I Drink

Tagged: Beer

2023-05-09

Libraries and Starting My Own?

Tagged: Reading

2023-03-06

My Reading Journey

Tagged: Reading

2023-02-26

Living Slower and More Intentionally

Tagged: Living Better

2022-12-25

My 2022 Wrapped

Tagged: Living Better

2022-05-06

My Philosophy Degree in a Nutshell

Tagged: College

2022-05-05

My CS Degree in a Nutshell

Tagged: College

2022-05-04

My Advice for Incoming College Students

Tagged: College

2021-12-15

Theoretical Virtues of Major Theories of Time

Tagged: Philosophy

2021-05-07

Uprooting the Flame

Tagged: Philosophy

2021-03-20

Why I Think IAP Spoofing is Stealing

Tagged: Philosophy

2020-11-30

Holes (Pretty Good Movie/Pretty Tough Ontological Question)

Tagged: Philosophy

2020-11-21

Evaluating Anti-Platonist Approaches to Mathematics

Tagged: Philosophy

2020-03-16

Incongruity Theory in the Philosophy of Humor

Tagged: Philosophy

Articles by Tag

Interior Design

  1. Room Lighting Design (Published on 9/13/2023)

    How to light your rooms to make them feel warm.

  2. Choosing Seating For My One Bedroom Apartment (Published on 8/30/2023)

    My thought process and solutions found for seating in my one-bedroom apartment.

  3. Using a Cork Board as an Art Display (Published on 8/22/2023)

    Tips about how to use and style a cork board as a way to display art instead of a gallery wall.

  4. Finding a Good Budget-Friendly Media Display Shelf (Published on 8/19/2023)

    My quest to find a cheap, aesthetic record and magazine display shelf.

  5. Using a Baker's Rack as a Beverage Bar (Published on 8/18/2023)

    Using a Baker's Rack, create the beverage bar of your dreams: serve up coffee or cocktails from a stylish work surface/storage solution.

Living Better

  1. Finding My Groove in 2024 (Published on 1/5/2024)

    Setting my new word of year for 2024: Groove.

  2. My 2023 Wrapped (Published on 1/2/2024)

    My second ever year wrapped where I analyze my data in a Spotify Wrapped-esque manner.

  3. 2023: My Year of Intention (Published on 12/18/2023)

    A reflection of my 2023 Word of the Year: Intention.

  4. What Are Hobbies and Interests? (Published on 11/10/2023)

    An examination of the essences of hobbies and interests and why that's helpful to you/how to put it into practice.

  5. Living Seasonally (Published on 9/22/2023)

    A guide of how to live in tune with the seasons.

  6. Things I Do (Almost) Everyday (Published on 7/20/2023)

    The results from reflecting about the things that I do (almost) everyday.

  7. 5 Lessons I Learned About Living Alone (Published on 6/27/2023)

    In summer of 2023, I moved into an apartment by myself and started living alone for the first time in my life. These are my reflections and lessons learned from the first month of living alone about the pros and cons of living alone.

  8. Living Slower and More Intentionally (Published on 2/26/2023)

    A reflection on how in 2023, I want to live more intentionally.

  9. My 2022 Wrapped (Published on 12/25/2022)

    A Spotify Wrapped-esque analysis of my Google Calendar data.

Loving Better

  1. Developing A Non-Hierarchical View of Friendships (Published on 11/27/2023)

    Friendships are one of the most important things in our life, and I think that we could all benefit from re-evaluating how we think about them.

  2. On Regifting (Published on 10/11/2023)

    An examination of the reasons for moral unease around regifting and how to do properly in order to be more sustainable and anti-consumerist.

  3. Love Languages Are Fake. So What? (Published on 7/21/2023)

    Love Languages were created by a somewhat problematic marriage counselor and are not evidence-based/supported by science. Does this mean that Love Languages should be scrapped entirely? I think that with some rehabilitation, the concept of Love Languages can still provide a lot of utility to people.

Hosting Ideas

  1. BYO Vinyl Night/Potluck (Published on 10/30/2023)

    An event to listen to music & eat food in good company.

  2. Stock the Bar Party (Published on 10/30/2023)

    Bring a bottle to enjoy together with friends.

Jekyll

Jekyll is a static site generator that can used on GitHub Pages, which is what I use for this website.

  1. Creating a Flexible Permalinking System in Jekyll (Published on 1/6/2024)

    How to create and maintain a flexible permalinking system in Jekyll for your posts.

  2. Using jekyll-feed + XSLT with GitHub Pages (Published on 12/29/2023)

    A guide on how to set up and use the jekyll-feed plugin on GitHub Pages to create a stylized feed.xml for RSS feeds.

  3. Post and Author Age Without Plugins (Published on 11/13/2023)

    How to display post and author age in Jekyll via JavaScript.

  4. Word Count Statistics Without Plugins (Published on 8/28/2023)

    Word Count Statistics Without Plugins

  5. Numeric Value Humanization Without Plugins (Published on 8/28/2023)

    Numeric Value Humanization Without Plugins

  6. Getting Posts by Tag (Published on 8/28/2023)

    How I improved my Liquid code in Jekyll to display posts by tag.

IndieWeb/Meta-blogging

  1. Reflecting on 50 Posts (Published on 11/28/2023)

    A look at how my blog and I have changed over 50 posts to my blog.

  2. Choosing a Delivery Mechanism for New Blog Posts (Published on 7/13/2023)

    How can you distribute post notifications for a static site with no server-side code?

College

  1. Do I Use My Degrees? (Published on 10/16/2023)

    A reflection on whether or not my fields of study were "useful" and if I regret them.

  2. Pick Two and A Side (Published on 8/14/2023)

    A framework for planning extracurricular involvement in order to achieve balance in your college life.

  3. College Goal Setting (Published on 8/14/2023)

    A holistic framework for setting goals for the various aspects of your life during college.

  4. My Philosophy Degree in a Nutshell (Published on 5/6/2022)

    A retrospective at all the courses I took at UMBC for my Philosophy B.A.

  5. My CS Degree in a Nutshell (Published on 5/5/2022)

    A retrospective at all the courses I took at UMBC for my Computer Science B.S.

  6. My Advice for Incoming College Students (Published on 5/4/2022)

    A collection of my advice for incoming college students that I wrote and compiled right before I graduated.

Software Engineering/Career

  1. What Do I Do As A Data Engineer? (Published on 1/12/2024)

    An examination of what a Data Engineer is and the kind the projects I work on as one.

Computer Science Education

  1. Programming "Patterns" (Published on 8/24/2023)

    A practical model for algorithmic decomposition.

  2. A Mental Model of Programming as Data Manipulation (Published on 8/24/2023)

    A model for understanding computation that is good for beginners or people who are looking to learn program without too much Computer Science theory.

Reading

  1. My Favorite Books (Published on 5/16/2023)

    A list of my favorite books and book series.

  2. Libraries and Starting My Own? (Published on 5/9/2023)

    A look at how libraries and librarians have shaped my life, and how I want to stay connected with them.

  3. My Reading Journey (Published on 3/6/2023)

    An exploration of how my attitudes and habits toward reading have changed over time.

Beer

  1. How do I decide my favorite breweries? (Published on 1/4/2024)

    An exploration of what it means to have a favorite brewery in the face of imperfection and changing tastes.

  2. I Drank 1,000 Beers! (Published on 12/17/2023)

    Analyzing my Untappd data after trying 1,000 unique beers.

  3. What Makes A Great Brewery Experience? (Published on 11/28/2023)

    There are a lot of good breweries, but what makes one great?

  4. How to Try More Beer (Published on 11/5/2023)

    Various ways to try more craft beer and fill out that Untappd profile.

  5. Why Get Into Beer? (Published on 10/24/2023)

    Reasons why you should give beer a chance.

  6. My Favorite Breweries (Published on 10/17/2023)

    A list of my favorite breweries grouped by personal enjoyment and quality of beer.

  7. How To Buy Beer Like A Nerd (Published on 10/6/2023)

    My methodology of buying craft beer in a way that diversifies risk and maximizes enjoyment.

  8. How to Get Into Beer (Published on 8/23/2023)

    A guide on how to get into craft beer.

  9. Why I Log Every Beer That I Drink (Published on 5/10/2023)

    How and why I rate all the beers that I drink.

Music/Vinyl

  1. Listening to a New Album a Day (Published on 12/19/2023)

    I tried listening to at least a new album a day for two weeks in order to find new music.

  2. Should You Buy Vinyl? (Published on 10/24/2023)

    Reflections on whether playing music via vinyl and buying/collecting vinyl is a worthwhile endeavor.

  3. My Favorite Albums (Published on 5/16/2023)

    A list of my favorite albums (LPs + EPs).

Social Media

  1. Building Yourself In Public (Published on 1/26/2024)

    Outlining a model of social media usage that maximizes social interaction and engagement from close friends.

  2. Social media habit, not addiction (Published on 12/16/2023)

    Technology usage and social media critics have co-opted the language of addiction.

  3. Social Media Literacy Topics (Published on 11/30/2023)

    An overview of emerging social media literacy topics.

  4. Online dating is weird (Published on 7/31/2023)

    A look into a few reasons of why online dating is weird and that you're right to think so.

  5. Identity and Culture in the Digital Age Panel (Published on 5/12/2023)

    A panel discussion with trailblazing AANHPI DMV-based content creators as they reflect on how identity and culture influence their digital content creation and messaging to a global network of followers.

Cognitive Science

  1. Human Consciousness is not Uniform (Published on 10/18/2023)

    A reflection about how and why human consciousness is not uniform.

Urban Planning/Public Transportation

  1. The Walkability of Arlington, VA (Published on 10/18/2023)

    My personal experience and opinions on Arlington, VA and its urban planning.

Personal Style

  1. An Ode to Short Sleeve Button Down Shirts (Published on 9/18/2023)

    I am the number one short sleeve button down shirt apologist.

Maintaining a Second Brain

A second brain is a digital collection of your ideas, memories, notes, and resources that you wish to store and make searchable and accessible.

  1. How can we store thought digitally? (Published on 2/5/2024)

    Not in a Neuralink kind of way, but how to capture memory, thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a digital environment

  2. How to Augment Your Memory With A Calendar (Published on 8/26/2023)

    A way to use your calendar to store temporal information for easy lookup and analysis later.

  3. Own Your Tools (Published on 8/25/2023)

    You should own your tools, and why I don't (yet).

Artificial Intelligence

As a person interested in thinking about both Philosophy and Computer Science, AI is at the intersection of that, which means that I do tend to think about it a lot. I am not interested in AI from a technical standpoint, but more from a philosophical lens.

  1. AI Art and the Intention of Differentiation (Published on 6/23/2023)

    Introspecting on the difference between AI and human art, specifically in taking input and producing output.

  2. You Won't Get Left Behind (Published on 5/22/2023)

    On AI hype and why you can just watch it ride out for now.

  3. What is left when we automate everything? (Published on 5/22/2023)

    If we take full automation to be a guarantee, it allows us to start to imagine what society would be like without people working.

  4. Could a Machine Like a Burrito? (Published on 5/22/2023)

    On the separation of consciousness and human-like qualities.

Philosophy

I am by no means a professional philosopher, but I try my best to formalize my arguments and present them in an easily digestible way. I hope at the very least my writing makes you think a little bit more about the topic.

  1. Theoretical Virtues of Major Theories of Time (Published on 12/15/2021)

    In this paper, I have two main goals. The first of which is to develop an account of why people believe or choose to believe certain scientific and/or metaphysical theories, with an focus on theories of time. In particular, I will argue that people choose to believe intuition-preserving theories of time (intuition-preservation as a theoretical virtue). Additionally, I consider if this is a good thing or not, and whether people should evaluate theories on the basis of intuition-preservation. The second goal is to use the developed account to examine the theoretical virtues of some of the most popular competing metaphysical theories of time, namely: Presentism, Growing Block Theory, and Eternalism.

  2. Uprooting the Flame (Published on 5/7/2021)

    In this paper, I will argue that, following the advice of the Buddhists and Stoics, we should extirpate anger from ourselves for the betterment of ourselves, and to a greater extent, our society. First, I will describe the Aristeolian “containment” view of anger. Then I will present an argument that anger is a categorically negative emotion. Next, I will consider a common objection, of which I think is the strongest pro-anger argument, that anger is actually good because it is a necessary moral emotion, especially in responding to instances of injustice. Finally, I will show why this is not a satisfactory explanation by arguing for grief, rather than anger, as a way to motivate against injustice.

  3. Why I Think IAP Spoofing is Stealing (Published on 3/20/2021)

    A philosophical argument as to why I think in-app purchase spoofing is theft.

  4. Holes (Pretty Good Movie/Pretty Tough Ontological Question) (Published on 11/30/2020)

    In this essay I argue that holes cannot exist.

  5. Evaluating Anti-Platonist Approaches to Mathematics (Published on 11/21/2020)

    In this paper, I will first explain Platonism and its relation to mathematics and reconstruct arguments against it to show how mathematical objects ultimately cannot exist. I will then explore logicism and formalism in order to critically evaluate how they create truth for mathematical propositions and the problems that they have that could or should prevent mainstream philosophical adoption. Finally, I will explain Benacerraf’s structuralism and why I think it is the best Anti-Platonist explanation for the philosophical foundation of mathematics.

  6. Incongruity Theory in the Philosophy of Humor (Published on 3/16/2020)

    In this paper, I will first explain Platonism and its relation to mathematics and reconstruct arguments against it to show how mathematical objects ultimately cannot exist. I will then explore logicism and formalism in order to critically evaluate how they create truth for mathematical propositions and the problems that they have that could or should prevent mainstream philosophical adoption. Finally, I will explain Benacerraf’s structuralism and why I think it is the best Anti-Platonist explanation for the philosophical foundation of mathematics.