• Oct 23 / 2017
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My “Brain Hacks and Upgrades” Presentation

Last summer I was super excited to give a talk at QCon New York, a fantastic international software conference. At QCon they give some great in-depth talks about everything tech related, ranging from web development to programming architecture, scaling, management and so on.

Last summer they were trying out something new, a presentation track on “optimization;” that is, personal improvement.

It was a huge success; an exit survey of participants showed it as the most popular track at the conference. Awesome!

I was proud to have given this talk, in which I discuss a number things about the brain including:

  • The difference between “real” and “perceived” ADHD;
  • The difference between a brain “hack” (compensation strategy) and an “upgrade” (way to change the brain). I’ve also talked about this distinction in this article.
  • The different types of distraction (visual, auditory, social, internal) and how to combat them
  • Actual brain improvement methodologies I’ve tried, including Integrated Listening Systems to Neurofeedback to Vipassana meditation and more (in the last 10 minutes of the talk – I was running behind!).

Overall it was a great experience. I hope you check out the video and slides below, and give me your feedback. Enjoy!


  • Jan 25 / 2017
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Why I Got My IQ Tested (And You Should Too)

My first experience getting diagnosed with a “brain thing” was similar to what most people experience. I went to a psychiatrist and told him I was having trouble focusing. He said, “You have ADHD,” and gave me some drugs.

Problem solved! Not really.

Medication can be a great initial solution to problems focusing and other brain-related challenges. It’s the most accessible solution for most. It can have significant, fast results. I recommend everyone try it first. But I also recommend starting to learn more about your own brain right away and looking for other long-term solutions. Get your brain tested, and I guarantee you it will be the first step of a very interesting journey.
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  • May 23 / 2016
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Alternatives to Medication, Strategies

Presenting at QCon New York, This June 2016!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at QCon New York, a pretty kickass software conference this June.

The title of the talk I’ll be giving is ADHD & Technology: Brain Hacks and Upgrades. It will share some content from a blog post I wrote recently with a similar name, and a whole lot more. I’ll talk about some brain development methods I’ve tried, including some I haven’t written about yet. And I’ll mention some phenomenal results I’ve had with them lately.

Below is a snippet of what I’ll be talking about. Check out the event page as well (make sure you scroll down). Continue Reading

  • Dec 14 / 2015
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Alternatives to Medication, Strategies

Changing Your Brain is Tough (But Possible)

If you just got diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities or something similar, it’s a bit of a heavy cross to bear at first. You know you’re different; but you feel like you’re “less” than other people, which is not only bad but it’s completely false.

For me getting my first diagnosis was actually a weight off my chest initially. I had thought I was stupid for most of my life. When I found out I had a real condition, I felt smarter and more confident immediately. I had struggled and made my way pretty far in life with a serious handicap others didn’t have. I was beating the odds. Hell yeah! Continue Reading

  • Oct 30 / 2015
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Apps, Strategies

10 Productivity Tips for Programmers with ADHD

I’ve met a fair amount of ADHD computer programmers over the years. A lot of them were fairly successful in their chosen career, but they all had some combination of the same issues all people with attention deficits face – distractibility, trouble focusing, disorganization and so on.

The successful ones I’ve met have had good ways of working around their challenges. Strategies, specific apps, and systems that make up for these problems and allow them to get their job done better. Below I’ve put together a bunch that have helped me a TON over the years. Check’em out. Continue Reading

  • Jan 12 / 2015
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How to be successful in spite of your ADHD / learning disability

Despite having ADHD, a learning disability, and a sleep disorder, I’ve maintained a healthy 15-year-long career as a professional web developer. Knock on wood.

In fact, I didn’t even know that I had ADHD or the learning disability until the age of 30. I sensed that something was different about me, and that I struggled in a way people didn’t. And I developed a lot of strategies for dealing with my differences – long before I knew what they were.

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