This is the website of Alberto Sadde. I write about self-improvement and technology. I also publish notes and summaries from books I’ve read. Below you can jump right into my latest articles and essays. For more information about me check the me page. For information about how this site is built, check the about page.

Incremental Growth

In “The Art Of Learning”, Josh Waitzkin talks a lot about "incremental growth" as a core part of his learning philosophy. The key, says Josh—who has used this technique to become a chess grandmaster and a Tai Chi Chuan world champion—is to focus on the fundamentals, practicing them over and over and add to them slowly, piece by piece. There's nothing new here. Josh is simply putting ancient wisdom to practice....

How To Deploy A Docusaurus Website To K8s

First, let me give you a bit of background. At my company we’re looking for a way to create and share internal documentation with a git and Markdown-based documentation service. The reasons behind these choices are that (1) Markdown is simple to use and all the developers know how to use it; and (2) a git-based service will help us track documentation changes and agree on improvements by using pull requests and “doc reviews” before merging any changes....

The 15 Laws Of Training

Experienced runner or novice these 15 "laws" coined by Tim Noakes—who took inspiration from Arthur Newton—are useful to follow in your training. 1. Train frequently, all year round 2. Start gradually and train gently 3. Train for distance, only later for speed* 4. Don't set your daily training schedule in stone* 5. Alternate hard and easy training 6. At first, try to achieve as much as possible on a minimum of training...

Normalize Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Increasingly it's been accepted that glucose and insulin are at the core of a variety of dangerous diseases and health conditions: from Alzheimer's (now called type 3 Diabetes by some), to fatty liver syndrome, and type 2 diabetes, we're just now starting to understand how dangereous high blood glucose levels and insulin can be. Diabetes (T1) runs in my family. So concepts like insulin, gluconeogenesis (the process by which the liver creates new glucose), glycation are not new to me....

Do You Need A VPN? Probably Not

When it comes to protecting your online privacy, you'll come across Virtual Private Networks (or VPN in short) services at some point. While VPNs offer privacy protection, secure connections, and even anonymity in some cases, they're not a silver bullet. What's more, if they’re not used appropriately, VPNs can end up backfiring, exposing more of your data, and slowing your online browsing to a crawl. In this post, I'll guide you through what VPNs are and how they work....

How To Protect Your Privacy Online: 3 Easy Steps

Online privacy is a complicated topic. Even as an experienced programmer and self-proclaimed privacy nerd, protecting your online data is a brutal war to fight. While I believe that unless you go live in the woods without Internet connectivity, it is impossible to protect 100% of your digital life, we can take some steps to limit what personal information companies can collect and track. What follows is a short starter guide I compiled drawing from years of learning about privacy and tinkering with different apps and services....

Is Recycling A Waste Of Time?

Recycling is touted as the best way households have to reduce pollution, fight climate change, and keep our cities clean. We believe that we’re doing the right thing for our planet by throwing stuff in the right bin. Then, why is it that every time I finish a peanut butter jar, my wife and I argue over where I should toss it? Supposedly if the jar has remnants in it, it won’t get recycled....

6 Lessons From a Year of Running

One year ago this week I started running. Initially it was just a challenge. After spending most of my life swimming or playing underwater rugby I wanted to try something different and learn how to go on long runs. Here are 6 lessons I learned along the way: Start small. It's OK to wanting to run a marathon or even an ultra, but when you're taking your first steps it is best to keep it simple....

How To Craft Your Identity

Last time, I talked about the importance of identity and self-image when creating new habits. Asking the big question "Who do I want to become?" is fundamental. How we see ourselves in the future will make it easy in the present to work on those new habits. But just thinking about it is not enough. Crafting an identity takes work. Many times we don't know where to start. So here are a few exercises that have helped me....

Think About Your Identity First

As James Clears describes it in his book Atomic Habits when approaching new habits we normally go through a three-step process of results, processes and identity. Most of us go through these steps in a top-down approach. We first think of the results we want, like wanting to lose some weight. Then we think about our processes to achieve the desired results like choosing what diet to follow or what gym routine to try....