Jeremy Bernier

Jeremy Bernier

Written by Jeremy Bernier who left the NYC rat race to travel the world, work remotely, and make the world a better place.

New website at jbernier.com

20 August, 2019

This website has now been replaced with jbernier.com. Go check that website out, it’s basically the same but nicer.

It's Been a While...

02 July, 2019

Wow it’s been a while since I posted here.Why’d I stop posting on this blog?Embarassingly little traffic (+ focusing on other projects). I…

Places I've Been

02 July, 2019

Here is a list of the cities and countries I’ve been to. The purpose here isn’t to brag or anything like that, this is literally just for me…

Andrew Yang

24 February, 2019

Andrew Yang is hands-down the most impressive presidential candidate I’ve ever seen, and probably the only political candidate I’ve ever…

Long Neck Village Impressions

04 December, 2018

Today I visited one of the villages habitated by the Karen Tribe, famous for the neck rings that the women wear. Originally from Burma, many…

The Objectives Society Should Strive For - Freedom and Technological Advancement

03 December, 2018

The media fixates on GDP and unemployment rate. When GDP is high and unemployment is low, the economy is considered to be doing well.Of…

Simple Living (Stop Feeding the Beast)

02 December, 2018

Here are the material possessions that I need to live a life that I’m content with:ShelterFoodLaptop with internet connectionCell phone with…

Capitalism Naturally Trends Towards Increasing Wealth Concentration

01 December, 2018

The natural trend of capitalism is towards ever-increasing wealth concentration and oligopoly/monopoly. This is an inherent characteristic…

Does Society Owe You Anything?

30 October, 2018

“Society doesn’t owe you anything.” This phrase is often said by people on the right-wing, usually to argue against redistribution of wealth…

What is Living?

30 October, 2018

Today I swam in a waterfall, drove through the countryside, and climbed up this mountain to just chill. Yesterday I went to a canyon and…

How I Made This Website

02 October, 2018

I made this website with Gatsby.js, a static website generator framework based on React.js. The website is hosted for free via GitHub Pages…

How to work an office job without destroying your eyes, wrists, and back

02 October, 2018

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that sitting down all day and staring at a bright LED screen a couple feet away from your…

Social Skills as a Software Engineer

01 October, 2018

I was grabbing lunch with a stockbroker friend of mine from the hostel the other day, and for fun we decided to shoot some street interviews…

Why I Sold My Macbook Pro for a Dell XPS 15

28 September, 2018

After 3 years exclusively using the Macbook Pro, I’ve ditched it for the Dell XPS 15.As a web developer, the one thing that’d kept me on the…

Completing things is addicting

27 September, 2018

I wasn’t planning to write so much today. I would just force myself to start writing one article, and then seeing the unfinished article…

Reactive Dopamine-Addicted State

27 September, 2018

Reactive State: The dopamine-addicted state of living in pure reaction.The Reactive State is what I call that dopamine-addicted zombie-like…

Stop Demanding Perfection From Yourself

27 September, 2018

Perfectionism is one of the greatest sources of procrastination. Our fear of things not being perfect prevents us from completing anything…

You are a product of your habits

27 September, 2018

You are a product of your habits.Our brains are naturally lazy and seek what’s easy, the past of least resistance - the comfort zone.It’s…

Communal Living

27 September, 2018

I think that communal living is the ideal way to live for anyone not in a serious committed relationship.I’ve spent the last 8 months living…

Ideal Work Schedule

27 September, 2018

We all have our own conception of the ideal work schedule. Some like to work out first thing in the morning, others like to meditate and do…

Foreigner's Impression of NYC

27 September, 2018

I was just speaking to a South African in the hostel common area who’d spent 8 years living in London. When I told him I’d been living in…

Cold Weather

26 September, 2018

It’s cold outside here in Kiev (13° high, 7° low). As someone who hates cold weather, this would normally be my cue to leave - after all…

Why I'm still in Kiev

26 September, 2018

I arrived in Kiev on 8/17, and as I write this (9/26) I’m still here. Why did I stay in Kiev for over a month?After 4 months of travel in…

Hostels are Amazing (1 week of hostel life in Kiev)

26 September, 2018

Kiev, UkraineAfter spending a couple weeks in AirBnBs, I was bored and struggling to get work done, so I booked a dorm in a hostel for a…

My Story (short version)

25 September, 2018

I worked as a Full-Stack Web Engineer for 3 years in NYC - working my way up to Lead Engineer at an ecommerce company (resume) - before…

Credit Cards I Use and Recommend

05 July, 2018

Credit cards with cash back policies and no annual fees are essentially free money (assuming you treat it like a debit card and don’t spend…

International Mobile Plans

05 July, 2018

It’s important to set up your mobile plan/strategy before leaving the country, especially if you’re currently with an overpriced provider…

Neofeudalism and the Parasite Economy (summarizing Michael Hudson)

11 June, 2018

There are two types of income: earned and unearned, aka economic rent.Economic Rent = Price — Instrinsic Cost ValueEconomic rent is the…

Our Economy is like a Big Game of Monopoly

10 June, 2018

Our economy is like a big game of Monopoly, except all the properties are already owned by other people (unless you’re lucky enough to…

How it feels to be back in the U.S. after 4 months in South America

05 June, 2018

I almost titled this “Back in America after 4 months in South America”, but after going to South America I’ve realized how arrogant it is to…

Why I Left NYC

15 February, 2018

When I first interned in NYC my junior summer I fell in love with the city and vowed to move there after college.After graduation I went…

Mexico City Impressions

15 February, 2018

Mexico City was the first stop on my world tour, and these are my impressions after 1 week.I’ll be completely honest - I originally had no…

Why we need a Basic Income

30 January, 2018

“The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed” -William Gibson“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people…

We Need Liquid Democracy

31 December, 2017

It’s time to modernize our political system and bring it into the 21st century, because what we have now clearly isn’t working. Most people…

How Japan and Korea Design Cities for People instead of Cars [Video]

31 December, 2017

I think we can learn a lot from Japan and Korea on how to design livable, walkable cities that don’t require you to drive a vehicle to go…

South Korea's Dystopian Nightmare

02 August, 2017

South Korea is one of the most technologically advanced and culturally influential countries in the world, but behind the curtain is an…

Peter Thiel - Competition is for Losers (Summary)

23 March, 2017

This is my quick summary of Peter Thiel’s video: Competition is for Losers with Peter Thiel (How to Start a Startup 2014: 5). Here is the…

The Arms Race to the Bottom

19 March, 2017

The biggest tragedy of our times is that most of us have to spend the majority of our lives doing things we don’t want to do, with…

Z-Indexes in CSS Explained

17 March, 2017

Z-Index is one of the most confusing and unintuitive properties in CSS, but it’s actually pretty simple once you understand it.Your first…

Upgrading to Webpack 2, and Tree-Shaking Results

15 March, 2017

Recently made the upgrade to Webpack 2 because I wanted the tree shaking functionality. Took about a day. Here are some tips, along with the…

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

11 November, 2016

https://hbr.org/2016/09/excess-management-is-costing-the-us-3-trillion-per-yearBackground DataThere were 23.8 million managers, first-line…

How to set up a basic dev environment for web development (mac OSX / Linux)

19 July, 2016

This is a tutorial for beginners on how to set up a dev environment on a Mac/OSX (applicable to Linux as well).Text Editor - Sublime TextYou…

Shortest Flexbox Tutorial

14 July, 2016

Making a CSS block grid is super easy with Flexbox. Check out this basic example I made.All you need to do is add the following lines of CSS…

I Made a React Redux Node Boilerplate

13 April, 2016

Redux is currently the hottest framework in React world. The official Redux examples are very lackluster, so I wrote a simple blog app that…

Adam Grant - Originals (summary)

04 April, 2016

Recently listened to an interesting interview of Adam Grant (via James Altucher’s podcast) where he talked about his research in his book…

How to work efficiently and stop wasting your time

04 April, 2016

Productivity, or the rate at which you get stuff done, is highly variable. When I’m “in the zone”, I’d estimate conservatively that I’m 4x…

Employment by Industry Sector in the U.S. (Visualization)

13 March, 2016

Here’s a data visualization I made of nonfarm employment in the U.S. by industry sector. You can click on any box to zoom in. The data was…

Employment by Industry Sector in the U.S. (Visualization)

13 March, 2016

Here’s a data visualization I made of nonfarm employment in the U.S. by industry sector. You can click on any box to zoom in. The data was…

9-5 Office jobs are inefficient. Employees would be more productive if granted more freedom

10 March, 2016

Forcing employees to be in an office from 9-5 is incredibly inefficient for both employees and employers, and results in an extraordinary…

How I went from a 3.0 student to a 4.0 student

27 January, 2016

Most people who struggle in school despite working hard simply aren’t making the effort to fully understand the material on an intuitive…

Javascript Absurdities

08 December, 2015

Javascript is a funky language. Here are some obvious design flaws:1. Regex method is inconsistent when global flag is setToday at work I…

Tips for developing a 2D HTML5 Canvas Javascript game

01 October, 2015

I recently had the pleasure of creating a 2D HTML5 Canvas game from scratch. Here are some tips and takeaways that might save you some time…

A Weekend in Seoul and Tokyo

31 August, 2015

I recently spent 2.5 days in Seoul and 1.5 days in Tokyo on an impromptu vacation. Had the time of my life, and was blown away by how much…

Merging Geometries in Three.js

29 June, 2015

Merging multiple small geometries into one single geometry is generally more performant. Rendering 150,000 cubes would be excruciatingly…

Making a 3D Game

27 June, 2015

I’ve decided I’m going to make a video game.It’s going to be 3D and use WebGL and Three.js so that it can load in the browser without any…

2 Weeks in Europe

17 June, 2015

I recently spent 16 days traveling solo around Europe. I visited Stockholm, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Copenhagen.I…

One Language To Rule Them All (no, not Javascript)

14 June, 2015

In the web world, frameworks and languages come and go so quickly that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. Backbone was the hot thing one…

School is a Crime Against Humanity

26 March, 2015

If you agree with me that school is a giant waste of time, then it follows that school is one of the biggest crimes against humanity if you…

Student loans are a 10–50% tax on children of the lower/middle class

26 March, 2015

We don’t complain about primary or secondary education being free, yet somehow the topic of whether higher education should be made…

Lectures Suck

10 February, 2015

Today at work the whole office had to sit down in an auditorium and listen to an outside consultant lecture us on the “Agile methodology…

Hacking Twitter (how I got 1,000 followers in one week)

07 December, 2014

Last night I was bored and looking for a side project to work on to help improve my Javascript skills for my new job (just finished week…

Why Remote Work is the Future

04 November, 2014

Dilbert ComicRemote work is becoming more and more mainstream as companies are realizing that chaining their employees to a desk in front of…

Reflections after getting a Master’s in Operations Research from Columbia University

26 March, 2014

I just finished the Master’s program in operations research from the School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University…