Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur

Hello! Thanks for visiting my online home.

I structure my life around a simple goal: be happy and healthy in the year 2100. (Yes, really.)

My website is a collection of articles and notes about anything that gets me closer to that goal. Happiness, ethical living, financial independence, career satisfaction, entrepreneurship, health, relationships, goal setting, sleep, nutrition — all of these topics are fair game. I also write about projects I’m working on, tools I’ve built and technology I’m interested in.

Check out my /now page to find out what I’m doing now. If you’re interested, drop me an email and say hi.


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Recent posts

Jan 7, 2020
Goals and affirmations for a new decade A discussion of my goals and affirmations for 2020 and the decade beyond. I reflect on the existential terror of a new decade, my goal setting strategy for the last ten years, and my affirmations for the year ahead.
Aug 10, 2019
Living to be happy and healthy as a centenarian Maybe I'm nuts, but I genuinely believe I can live to see my one hundredth birthday with a smile on my face, a spring my step and many more years of joy ahead of me. And you know what else I believe? It's the perfect goal around which to structure your life.
May 1, 2013
Hacking the Hacker Lifecycle In my article on the Hacker Lifecylce, I identified a pattern that many of us can relate to. I also learned that there are a lot of people out there who want to change their current cycle to get as much benefit out of their efforts as possible. But what good is all the self-reflection unless we know how to hack the hacker lifecycle?
Apr 17, 2013
Sundial: now on Github and open source Sundial is an international telephone number to timezone converter. Give it any telephone number qualified with the relevant international country code, or give it an unqualified US telephone number, and it will tell you the local time and timezone at the other end.
Apr 12, 2013
Continuing Education In general I'm a very motivated person. But during my free time, my motivation is cyclical -- it waxes and wanes over the course of 9-12 months. I've started to think of this as "the hacker lifecycle".
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