Tamar Nachmany

Artist, writer, software engineer

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Eating Flexitarian


Over the past year or so I became more vegetarian than I’ve ever been. It was a choice I made based on the importance of plant-based diets for mitigating and preventing global warming. I’ve been incredible happy with my choice and now think of myself as a “flexitarian”. I default to eating vegetarian, and when I eat non-vegetarian foods I mainly eat fish. But there are exceptions: one of my very favorite things to eat is the lamb dumplings from Xi'an Famous Foods. I’m drooling a little just thinking about them.

I think a lot about global warming and how it can be prevented through mass action and policy and writing and art. This fall I participated in the Artists and Climate Change Incubator, a week-long intensive for artists whose work engages with climate change and global warming. While individual lifestyle changes (like becoming flexitarian or vegetarian) are meaningless by...

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Traveling Meaningfully


I visited Mexico City for two weeks this August. I spent the first half of my trip running workshops for 23 Design, a Mexico City design studio. I was brought to 23 to teach the design team frameworks and tools for working with software engineers. We talked about the different aspects of an interface that can introduce engineering complexity, the importance of approaching internal processes with the empathy, curiosity, and attention to detail of a designer, and even built a tiny app together.

,I spent the second half of my trip exploring the city, visiting museums, going to wild performances, and drinking an invigorating amount of mezcal.

When I was little, and I traveled with my parents, I thought travel was the magic of encountering a world of spontaneously beautiful and fascinating things. As I got a little bit older, I noticed how much time my parents would spend researching...

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The Networking With Awesome Strangers Checklist

I wrote this back in January 2016 and I’m finding that people are still reading it and finding it helpful. Thought I would republish it here on my new blog.

Since graduating from college, I’ve sent a lot of cold emails and drank a lot of hot coffees with people who I wanted to learn from in different fields. This was incredibly valuable and led me to wonderful jobs, wonderful people, and great, timeless advice.

I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned. I hope these tips will help you make connections with people who inspire you and help you forge your path.

Quick note: I sort of hate the word networking but I’m using it here for clarity. When I say networking I basically just mean making connections and with cool people whose work you admire.

Context: People love giving advice

When you are trying to get better at what you currently do professionally or developing next steps...

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How To Spend the 30 Minutes Before a Talk

I recently gave a talk at the inaugural Playgrounds Conference in Melbourne, Australia. In the days leading to my talk I was feeling nervous. I’ve taught classes and spoken at Meetups before but this was my first conference talk. At small events, it’s easier to express what you’re teaching in a very unique way to a specific space and moment in time. It’s harder to vibe with the audience at a large conference talk.


I really wanted my talk to feel authentic and spontaneous while also teaching particular concepts in a clear and elegant way. To do that, I took a few interesting steps to mentally prepare. I thought it would be cool to share them here:

Fill your heart with love for your audience

When I want to give a talk that is passionate and genuine, I need to prepare emotionally. For the talk I gave recently, on using unit testing to teach mobile app designers about software...

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Review: Private Citizens


[Contains spoilers]

I brought Private Citizens out with me today, on a Saturday afternoon of writing, coffee, and salad, to write a review. But sitting here, reflecting on the first novel of Tony Tulathimutte, which I mostly read in Australian airspace, I can’t tell whether to write a review or put it next to my keyboard and try and copy its moments of perfection.

There are chapters in Private Citizens which are perfect. Perfect. They are capsules of fiction which softly share moments or epics from the lives of the novel’s main characters. Reading them was dazzling. 

The main characters of Private Citizens are four friends who live in an almost biblical San Francisco that serves equally biblical punishments: Linda, a gorgeous, nihilistic 20-something year old, Cory, a die-hard liberal navigating the roundabout of American activism, Henrik, a silent, self-educated stud, and Will...

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Memorial for a worm


While camping this weekend I found a sweet little worm. My friend and I memorialized it using local flowers and sun-sensitive paper.

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