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Dancing the Pauses

Please pause this moment and we can dance between the seconds on the clock. – Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Greggson As I’ve been examining the various places in my life where I don’t have slack, I keep coming back to time. Namely, I have a tendency to over-schedule – either putting things too […]

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Wow. When I decided, a few weeks ago, that I needed to know more about the general concept of scarcity, I didn’t know where to start. But Scarcity: Why Having So Little Can Mean So Much seemed like a pretty good place. Written by Ivy-League researchers, it promised a broad scope: Drawing on cutting-edge research […]

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One of the bloggers that I faithfully read is Mark Manson. While he might use a little too much profanity for some tastes, I really enjoy (and, let’s be honest, emulate) his style of writing and I almost always take away something useful (or at least insightful) from his posts. When his newsletter announced that […]

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The Many Flavors of FOMO

I occasionally feel that I might be using too much jargon here on the blog; it’s too easy to pick out the meme-of-the-day and write a post that is nothing but another in a long series of banal rehashings of each other’s content and Power Quotes. But FOMO – the Fear of Missing Out – […]

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While I was at that retreat last weekend I had a conversation with the man who organizes it (we’ll call him Craig, for privacy’s sake). Craig has been doing this for a while – decades, perhaps – and so he knows a thing or two about organizing events. I was lucky to have a brief […]

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I am not a tremendously logical man. I wish I was; it's probably part of why statistics thrill me so much. It's taken me a while, but there was always something about the whole If you follow your passion, you're very unlikely to be happy or successful because you'll be financially insecure argument. With the […]

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The Real Game

craft (noun) • skill in carrying out one’s work. synonyms:skill, skillfulness, ability, capability, competence, art, talent, flair, artistry, dexterity, craftsmanship, expertise, proficiency, adroitness, adeptness, deftness, virtuosity “a player with plenty of craft“ Ever play the game of Life? I confess, I haven’t in a very long while. As I look back on it now, it seems like a particular kind of cultural conditioning – moving across the board, acquiring the various […]

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The Poverty of Time

In his groundbreaking work on the psychological implications of poverty, Sendhil Mullainathan found evidence that many lawmakers and social critics were mixing up cause and effect. Namely, it wasn’t necessarily that people were poor because of bad decisions or a lack of intelligence. No, instead he showed that even the idea of poverty could lower a person’s ability […]

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This morning I went out to my bicycle with a small set of tools because I had some adjustments to make. I turned the high screw on the front derailleur a turn and a half to the right. I lifted the seat about 3/4 of an inch higher. I checked the tension on the rear […]

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A while back I announced an attempt at changing around my schedule. Specifically I was hoping to take advantage of the idea of “Maker Time”, a focused block of time without breaks when I would work on a single project. Towards that end I blocked out four hours five days a week, with the following […]

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