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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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Remember when I was talking about how we all are part of our own narrative? About how we can write our own stories, and live our lives with a perspective of our own choosing – being the hero, the victim, the villain, even the comic relief if we want? There’s a reason that trick works: […]

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Lifehacking a Path

…every man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client – The Flowers of Wit by Henry Kett, 1814 Over the past month I’ve been practicing what I preach – namely, getting help. While I have been called upon to coach and counsel many people and organizations both professionally and personally, when […]

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Tired is OK The last week has been a busy one – two open-space conferences facilitated in two different cities, two interviews for podcasts I produce and one where I was the person being interviewed, all the regular client work plus some emotional situations in personal relationships. At the end, though, everything ended up in […]

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“I didn’t make my life possible!” – Amanda Palmer, in an interview with Tim Ferriss That quote came shortly after Tim suggested to Amanda that she was living a life that most would think impossible. It’s true, in a way – her story, going from street performer to million-dollar KickStarter, bestselling author and icon of […]

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There’s a very interesting article over on Riskology where Mr. Tervooren talks about a little bit of the history of the Vietnam War. Apparently there was a lot of concern, back in the day, about the number of troops addicted to heroin who were coming back to the states. Nixon had a plan, though, with methadone […]

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Practical tools to make hard times happier. That's the goal of this blog, and this is one of those rare moments where I feel I can offer some hard evidence for ways to improve the happiness of your life. (That is, as far as the social/psychological studies can be considered to be “hard” evidence of […]

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Yesterday while doing some studying with Middle Daughter I was trying to adjust some electronics into what I had hoped would be my Road Warrior Writer’s kit. It consisted of an Anker portable battery which was charging my iPhone 6+ (in a very low-tech stand hack) via the Nomad ChargeCard while I typed using Daedalus […]

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It’s easy to dismiss the idea of “lifestyle design” as a recent fad, the unholy godchild of the “get rich quick” schemes and self-help. “How to Dress Like a Man” “How to Brew Coffee Like a Real Woman” “How to Program with your Inner Child” – there seems to be a positively schizophrenic aspect to […]

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