On Puzzles


“You start out thinking, ‘You know the nice thing about paper is I can do whatever with it,’ but the irony becomes, ‘Yeah, but I don’t want to screw up this pretty notebook that I kind of don’t deserve.’” (source)Merlin Mann Starting a new project (in this case, I’m specifically talking about a piece of writing) is awful. You have … Read More

Do You Want to Quit? Follow This Flowchart First.

(click to enlarge) Before you make a final decision, figure out why you feel that way. Described as “an array of interesting things from someone very down to earth and ‘normal,’” my bi-monthly essays cover such topics as: creativity, politics, introspective polemics and more. Exciting ? Please share this essay with your friends…or enemies. I’m not picky.

We Change Every Six Months. So How Can I Help This Creative Cycle?

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via Ivars Krutainis via Ivars Krutainis Listen, in my opinion, if we’re doing this whole human being thing correctly, then we’re going to be changing all the time. Every six months I feel like I’m a new version of myself with slightly (or not so slightly) different wants and needs and desires and dreams. Described as “an array of interesting … Read More

Your Old Writing is an Embarrassment


And both of those sentiments, coming in such rapid succession, remind me of yet other expressions of the same idea from Alain de Botton, a British-Swiss author, via Austin Kleon’s 2014 Show Your Work. “Whenever your feel like you’ve learned whatever there is to learn from what you’re doing, it’s time to change course and find something new to learn … Read More

Quitters Never Win. But That Sure as Hell Hasn’t Stopped Me.


“Trying to decide on a list is instructive, and not only because it may help you identify the books you would most like to read and reread. That, in fact, is probably of minor importance, compared with what you can learn about yourself when you imagine what life would be like if you were cut off from all sources of … Read More

Why Do You Want More

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“This may seem more like super-stupidity than super-intelligence. For humans, it would indeed be stupidity, as it would constitute failure to fulfill many of our important terminal values, such as life, love, and variety. The [Paperclip Maximizer] won’t revise or otherwise change its goals, since changing its goals would result in fewer paperclips being made in the future, and that … Read More

How to Get an F in Podcasting

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KING OF WANDS Honesty & Warmth Today, watch Bob Ross and message someone you miss. #cardoftheday #goldenuniversal @loscarabeo A post shared by Amateur Tarot (@amateurtarot) on Apr 27, 2017 at 6:02am PDT Brian and I were both interested in tarot but had no real way (or reason) to practice. When we started, we didn’t know a single card meaning off … Read More

What Public Health Can Teach Us About Cyber-Security

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Often political (what isn’t these days?), sometimes educational, and always interesting, my newsletter has been described as “an array of interesting things from someone very down to earth and ‘normal’.” Ya hear that Mom? Normal! If you enjoyed this essay, please share it with your friends.