The Problem With Superman’s Powers

Superman is my favorite superhero. Always has been. But lately—especially after seeing Man of Steel—I’ve had a major problem with the overall concept. In a word, the problem is radiation.

Backstage with Tool

My girl took me to see Tool for our 20th anniversary of being together. Despite Tool being my favorite band since…well, since I had a favorite band, it was my first time seeing them live. And she didn’t just get us tickets—she got the VIP package. I wasn’t overly enthused about the VIP thing, actually. […]

Lifelogging

I’m getting back into the idea of lifelogging. It marries two of my favorite things: productivity and metrics. For those not familiar, it’s basically a combination of metrics about your life. Here are some examples: Exercise Happiness Air quality Weight Diet This stuff can be captured manually, but part of the culture is finding the […]

The Duality of Truth and Happiness

I just saw the Lego Movie, and it was quite good. [ SPOILERS: Stop here if you’re worried about plot issues. ] So, like most modern “kid” films, there was an adult thread woven throughout the movie. This one was fairly simple, but powerful: Everyone is special—even when they’re not. All they have to do […]

Slaying It in 2014

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I don’t know what it is about 2014, but I’ve been killing it already this year. I’ve never been more organized at work, and the projects I have lined up for my team are super exciting. I’m making massive progress with my apartment (organization, getting a housekeeper, putting up art, etc.) I’ve produced more (and […]

Books I Read in 2013

I failed to read enough in 2013, and I intend to do better in 2014. I did, however, get to read a few great books, which I’ve listed below. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace The Elements of Style (New Edition) Learning Node The entire GoT series Practical Vim Candide The Phoenix Project (Re-read) […]

Ricky Gervais’ Gift

Ricky Gervais has a gift. I’ve known about it for years, but until just now I could not articulate it. My introduction to him was with The Office. It remains my all-time favorite show, despite being followed by offerings like Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc. The Office taught me more about human […]

From Evernote to Apple Notes

I’ve moved from Evernote to Apple Notes (and Reminders) for 2014. Here’s how I saw the notes landscape: Evernote Pros: Cross-platform, collaborative notes Cons: Complexity, paid, non-integrated Apple Notes / Reminders Pros: Integration, simplicity Cons: No collaboration, not cross-platform Anyway, I decided to go ahead with the switch after a conversation with @tbwolfe about it. […]

Merlin Mann on Life Planning

My narrative is that I’ve never known what’s coming next—I still don’t. I fell down the right set of stairs and have been surrounded by people who have picked me up and said, ‘Let’s try this again.’ It’s been one anxious block of uncertainty after another. ~ Merlin Mann This is a strong quote from […]

Wisdom in Peanuts

I was in a store with my childhood friend Andrew tonight, and I was looking through the glass at various beverages. I said, “I just don’t know which to get.” His reply was worth capture. Get yourself some salty peanuts and that’ll help you decide. On its surface, that’s a simple enough comment: salty peanuts […]

Creating Real Apps From Web Apps Using Fluid

Fluid is a great concept. You take your favorite web applications and turn them into actual Mac applications. This means you can do things like minimize them, fullscreen them, put them in the dock, launch them from your favorite launcher app, etc. The two apps I did it on are Feedly and Chartbeat. Consuming these […]

A Dream Timepiece

I have a Submariner. It’s always been my favorite watch. It was for 10 years before I owned one, and it remains so today. But there’s another watch that catches my eye whenever I see it: the Patek Philippe Calatrava Réf. 5227. Just flawless.

My Bucket List

I think it’s important to have a list of things you’re working towards, or things you’d like to accomplish. Some take this in an unhealthy direction, i.e. by saying they hope to do these amazing things before they die. I see it quite differently, instead saying these are things I’m going to do, and I […]

American Happiness

image from fineartamerica.com I wonder if anyone in America is truly happy. Well, that’s too strong: I wonder how many in America are truly happy. I feel much of what passes for happiness is actually a smiling veneer over a reluctance to think about the question–most likely because thinking about it causes depression. So I […]

Getting a Full Bodied Cup of Coffee From a Pour Over

I’ve been pretty into coffee for the last few years, and I’ve been experimenting with multiple ways of preparing a good cup. For the last couple of years I’ve been focused on the French Press, which is a fine method. Here you’re soaking the coffee in the hot water for approximately four (4) minutes, which […]

Replace To-do Lists With Calendar Placeholders

image from innovativelyorganized.com The alternative to the feckless to-do list is what I call “living in your calendar.” That means taking your tasks off the to-do list, estimating how much time each of them will consume, and transferring them to your calendar. (Don’t forget to leave time to process your email. And leave some empty […]

Your Relationship With Failure Determines Your Potential

Image by Claire May Few things are more defining in life than one’s relationship with failure, and up until a few years ago I had it all wrong. Being somewhat obsessed with perfect execution, failure has always acted like a poison that seeped into the food and air supply where I failed. Failure revealed to […]

Time, Memory, and Learning

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When, as an adult, you look back at your childhood experiences, they appear to unfold in slow motion probably because the sheer number of them gives you the impression that they must have taken forever to acquire. So when you recall the summer vacation when you first learned to swim or row a boat, it […]

Books Everyone Should Read

There are many of these types of lists, but for some reason this visual is quite compelling in its conveyance of both title and importance simultaneously. Great chart from the Information is Beautiful folks. Link here.

Vitamin Supplements Seem to Be Junk Science

Whatever the reason, the data are clear: high doses of vitamins and supplements increase the risk of heart disease and cancer; for this reason, not a single national or international organization responsible for the public’s health recommends them.via The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements – Paul Offit – The Atlantic. This stings […]

Performance at Various Ages

I’ve long thought about how one’s performance, both mental and physical, changes with age. The common narrative is that it simply deteriorates, but I think that’s a bit simplistic. We all know, or at least know of, people in their 60s who run mental and physical circles around people in their 20s. A simple map […]

The Freedom to Suffer

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I think a lot about human suffering and how best to reduce it. I particularly enjoy mixing this effort with various political philosophies, such as progressivism, or “libertarianism”, or “communitarianism”. More on those later. For now I want to simply ask a few questions that have appeared to me after reading The Fall of the […]

How Exercise Calms Anxiety

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So they gathered adult mice, injected them with a substance that marks newborn cells in the brain, and for six weeks, allowed half of them to run at will on little wheels, while the others sat quietly in their cages.Afterward, the scientists determined each group’s baseline nervousness. Given access to cages with open, well-lighted areas, […]

The Art of Lacing Shoes

For those who are interested in style, dress, wardrobe, etc., this is the site for learning to lace and tie your shoes properly. My favorites are: The Over-under Lacing Method, which I use for all my shoes now Ian’s Secure Knot, which I use for all shoes as well Jason Powell told me about this […]