Welcome to my personal site. Here you will find articles about topics that I find interesting and that I want to understand better.
This site has 3 sections:
Blog: posts that I don’t update once I publish them. Main topics: travel, life and D&D adventures.
Notes: regularly updated and heavily interconnected notes on various topics. I write them for my future self so they might look incomplete or incomprehensible to you. Some people call this a personal wiki, a digital garden or a second brain.
Forecasts: predictions about systems that I want to understand better, which right now is mainly the stock market. The tool I use is nodeled on ideas from Superforecastering by Philip Tetlock.
I was born in the 80s in Spain.
As a teenager I didn’t find alcohol, loud music and “hanging out” interesting. Instead I felt attracted to roleplaying games, video games, programmin, comics, esotericism, yoga and meditation.
After high school instead of entering university I decided instead to start working because “I knew enough” and I didn’t want to waste time learning what I thought were useless ideas that wouldn’t help me create things. I joined a consulting company that went bankrupt when someone stole millions and ran away to the Cayman Islands. I then co-founded a tiny website-generator-for-small-businesses type of startup and worked there for a year or two but eventually left due to disagreements with the other co-founder. At that point I saw more clearly the limits of my circle of competence and the limited number of options I had, and I decide to go to university because I wanted to get better at building software.
During that time I started blogging here, I created a gaming community called gamersmafia.com, and I also built a science and technology news site with my girlfriend at the time called laflecha.net. I’m grateful for these experiences because I met other people like me and I was able to channel my energy in a creative and very fulfilling way that brought me immense amounts of flow and meaning.
During my university years I spent a year in Japan which opened my eyes to a very different culture and way of living, a summer internship at CERN and a year studying in a hardcore US university. Those experiences highlighted the edge of my circle of competence and also made me aware of more ways to give meaning to life.
After university I joined Google and spent a decade living in Ireland, the US, Switzerland and Andorra and working on various software projects related to machine learning, spam and abuse fighting and data visualization. Thanks to Google I have been able to travel to many countries, I’ve met incredibly skilled and inspiring people with very different value systems, work and communication styles. I have also struggled with stress, anxiety, meaning, and I have been granted the opportunity to make many mistakes. I feel deeply grateful to have been granted this experience, opportunities to grow and freedom.
In the mid 2010s I also started investing in public companies to free up more time, understand the world a bit better, and improve my critical thinking, equanimity and deliberate practice skills. This is now one of my main interests.