Jerry's Weekly Newsletter

By Jerry Zhang

I'm Jerry, a software engineer, YouTuber, and blogger. Every weekend I write about some thoughts, life lessons, and interesting things I came by for the week. I'd love for you to join.

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Birthday! And Upcoming Changes...

Birthdays were so much more fun to celebrate as a kid because of all the festivities, presents, and unlocked restrictions that come with increased age. But as an adult, they're less fun because it's one year closer to death.This past week, I turned 28. The ha…


Productivity Experiment: Behavior During Unplanned Time

For all the amount of time I spent obsessing over becoming as efficient as possible with my time, every minute would have been wasted if I chose not to execute.I’m a planner—I like to obsessively plan how I spend every half-hour. I like to fill up my day to t…


Will The USA Stop Meddling With Afghanistan?

I wanted to talk about something else instead, but this was in the news day after day, and I felt it worthwhile to address why the USA keeps making no progress despite its global military presence.Here's a timeline of US-Afghanistan events if you're intereste…


How Can You Be Bored?

Boredom — the state of feeling disinterested in one's surroundings, having nothing to do, or feeling that life is dull.Ever felt bored? If not, then I applaud you and you can stop reading.But if you have felt bored before, just know that it’s illogical to fee…


Truth & Lie: Equality is a Lie

Good day to you! Today, I'm gonna rant about random things. Get ready. Truth: we all love to feel good about ourselves.Lie: all humans are equal.Truth: truth hurts.Lie: all humans deserve equal treatment.Truth: most people don't want to work hard.Lie: equalit…


Extreme Cases of Unfairness in the World

Hello friends,I'll take this week to state the obvious: the world isn't fair. Not by a long shot.Nor will it ever become fair, no matter how hard we try.We can thank randomness and entropy for the current state of the world's extreme unfairness. The fact that…


Living in the Middle of Nowhere for a Weekend

Dear friends,I spent this week in the middle of nowhere: Bakersfield, California. One of my friends moved out there earlier this year, so I decided to pay him a visit. One thing I learned about being out in the middle of nowhere: it's all about the home!For t…


Potlucks are the Secret Ingredient to Keeping In Touch

Dear readers,Last week I did a long-overdue “spring cleaning”. This week, I hosted a potluck for a few friends. I’ve never felt so much joy since the pre-pandemic days. It’s been so long since I’ve felt “normal”.I’m going to share with you why I believe potlu…


The Long Overdue "Spring" Cleaning

Hi friends,Happy July! We are over the halfway mark of 2021. I cannot believe time is passing by so fast. Time waits for no one.


Cross-Country Road Trip Fun

Hello friends,Currently I’ve been on a road trip from the east coast to the west coast. My friend in DC got a job in San Jose so I along with another bud are going to accompany his drive and have some fun while we’re at it.


Taking Time Off To Travel

Dear readers,Apologies for delay on this week’s newsletter, and for not sending one out last week.Last week, I went on a mini roadtrip up to Monterey Bay. This past weekend, I arrived in DC and am embarking on a east-to-west roadtrip while helping my friend m…


I'm Fully Vaccinated! & Forgot To Socialize...

Hi friends,As of this week, I'm fully vaccinated! I do have to admit part of me still feels uneasy about having non-FDA fluids in my body, but I guess it's better than the risk of contracting COVID-19. The second shot took me out for a good few days.


An Update On My Information Consumption Pattern

Dear friends,Remember how I said I would be paying for news a few weeks back? Well, now that I've got two weeks of experimentation in, I'm sharing my learnings as well as how I'm tweaking my information consumption pattern.


Tradeoffs With Laws & Legislation

Dear friends,For the first time in forever, I actually feel like an informed citizen. As I mentioned last week, I started paying for quality journalism and have been reaping the benefits of consuming it.It's a bit overwhelming so I'm still trying to figure ou…


I Started Paying For News. Why and Which Ones.

Hi friends,I'm happy to report that I got my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine on Saturday! Not too many side effects yet, other than my left arm being a little sore. However, today I did feel completely useless and unmotivated to do anything at all, so I gues…


Glimpses of Post-Pandemic Life

Hi friends,The COVID-19 global pandemic has undoubtedly taken the world by storm and forced many of us to change our lifestyles. Many have suffered hardship, and many lives will never go back to being the same. That being said, there is a glimmer of hope.


Understanding the Role of Commodities in the Economy

Hi friends,This week I decided to take a peek into commodities. I've been reading about how lumber prices are nearly double, how oil prices are increasing, but I never really understood what that meant in the grand scheme of the world economy overall. After t…


Taxes, Taxes, and Data

Hi friends!Spring is here! If you live in the US, then you probably also experienced daylight savings and lost an hour. Fear not. You'll get it back in the fall.


Solar, Battery, and Bitcoin?

Hi friends,Hope you're feeling pretty energetic about this issue because I'll be talking about energy. Haha, get it? Even if you thought that was lame, I hope I raised your energy levels with that joke. Okay fine, I'm done. Moving on.


Is the Overall Optimism Justified? And Market Predictions.

Dear readers,This newsletter marks issue #10. I know it hasn't been long since I've started this newsletter, but nonetheless, I'm grateful for your continued patronage. To be honest, I'm not even sure if I plan on focusing on any specific topics. But I can pr…