This site is - much like it’s author - under active development. Not sure what it will be or where it will go just yet. I have a number of interests, thoughts and ideas so expect anything. Or nothing, life might be better if you don’t have any expectations. Thanks for stopping by my personal fragment of the Internet.

10 Texts of Money Advice

My 18-year old son asks open-ended, life advice questions via text message. These frequently do not have short answers. He recently asked if he should invest his entire life savings in the stock market. I advised against that and said we’d talk later because it’s better not to do long financial discussions via text. After further deliberation, I decided that maybe that wasn’t the case and set myself the challenge of composing ten pieces of money advice that would each fit in less than 140 characters. Read more...

On Active Inaction

We all have plans. Goals we want to accomplish. Things we need to do. There are times when our energy and motivation are low. In our heads we know what it is that needs doing, and yet that task, that work, seems too daunting. This is normal. Do something to make forward progress. Too tired for that full workout? Get up and get moving anyway. Have less time than necessary? Read more...

On Regret

I’ve heard it said that you should live your life with no regrets. This is bullshit. We’re going to have regrets. We’re going to get things wrong and wish we could have done it differently. We’re going to wish we had said something. Not said something. Said it differently. Held out a hand instead of walking away. Walked away instead of following. Said a kind word. Put away the anger and the ego. Read more...

Starter Projects

Building software is ultimately about three high-level goals. The first, and arguably most important, solve problems. Second, manage complexity. Third, enable change. If the work you are doing isn’t getting to the heart of one of these pillars, it’s possible you are focused on the wrong thing. Sometimes, we churn unnecessarily on the nonessential. At points like this, we need to take a step back and evaluate. Is this really the best use of our time? Read more...

Some Thoughts on a New Year

Another year has arrived. Are you thrilled about it? Pessimistic? Just happy to see the previous one gone? Well, here we are at a new milestone, arbitrary as it might be in the scheme of things 1. All that potential seems magical. All those untapped days and hours ahead of us across yet another expanse of time. We look ahead with optimism and imagine what we can do this time around. Read more...

Those We Do Not See

Stop for a moment and consider that no one will ever know you. There is only knowing their perception of you. The self-concept we carry around is based on an understanding, however flawed, of our own rich, inner landscape. Our thoughts and aspirations, our personal struggles, the generous advocate and scathing critic. That is who we know ourselves to be. Others do not see that. They have their own mental model (also flawed and incomplete) of who you are based on a limited set of interactions where the only available signals are your words and actions. Read more...

Spectrums

Psychology and neuroscience are interesting topics for me. I’m by no means enmeshed in these fields, but I’ve always been fascinated by the complexity and capability of the human mind. We are Paleolithic hunter-gatherer primates that managed to create a global civilization far beyond our simple beginnings. All because of the capacity and flexibility of our minds. Of course, it’s not all white magic and high art that we play with. Read more...

Out of Phase

It starts simple enough. Maybe you lie in bed a few minutes after the 5:00 a.m. alarm goes off. Sleep last night was hard to find. Couldn’t get there, couldn’t stay there. At least you’re up. You find that you missed a step in last night’s routine that throws you off a bit this morning. Have to correct that. So you get to the gym already off your game. Workout has to be done. Read more...

Free Solo and Human Achievement

This past weekend, my son and I saw the documentary ‘Free Solo’ at a theater in Knoxville. I’ve been looking forward to this film since I saw the preview months back. The fact that it was actually showing at a theater within thirty miles of me was surprising enough to make me consider that possibility that stars aligned. If you’re not into climbing, the term free solo means to climb alone and with no protective equipment. Read more...

What Do You Need From Me?

There are a number of personality tests in the world. I’m not talking about the nonsense ones. All those Facebook quizzes that will tell you which Hogwart’s house you’d be in, which Sex in the City character you are, or which member of the Nazi high command you’re most like. Those are nonsense. I’m referring to the ones that have some measure of scientific basis. The Five Factor test, Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram and a number of others. Read more...