wrote this on Aug 29, 2018
I read quite a bit. There’s never a time when I don’t have a book that I’m reading. My list of books to read is so long it might as well be infinite. I will probably never get to all of them. There’s always new books being published. New ideas being developed. The goal is not to read every book ever published. That will never happen. Just as we won’t ever watch every show ever created.
wrote this on Aug 22, 2018
I was in a conversation about how parents influence their children through parenting. Stories were shared. I realized during this conversation that my parents had critical roles in shaping my life. It seems obvious to say it. Of course our parents shape who we are! But I never took the time to think about it.
wrote this on Aug 15, 2018
There used to be mail order book clubs. They probably don’t exist anymore given the rise of Amazon and digital e-readers. I loved books so deciding to join a mail order book club was easy. One of the books I got was _Crucial Conversations_. I only read it once because I lent it to a friend and never got it back. But the ideas in the book resonated and core ideas stuck with me.
wrote this on Aug 8, 2018
If you don’t want the life everyone else has then don’t do what everyone else is doing. I read or heard that somewhere. A long time ago. And it has stuck with me because of its obvious simplicity. If you do what everyone else is doing then odds are you will get the same results. The only way to get a different result is to do something different. And usually that is not the path of least resistance.
wrote this on Aug 1, 2018
There has never been a time where I wished I had not learned more about a skill or topic. Yet, I often feel I’m wasting time or not being productive when I take the time to learn instead of producing obvious and visible outcomes. I’m starting work on a new project. I can get it done quite quickly with the same tools and systems I’ve used before. But there’s also new ideas and tools out there now. Ones that I don’t know much about and don't immediately understand on first glance. Learning something new is hard. I know this and know that persisting through is the right thing to do.
wrote this on Jul 25, 2018
I started 2018 with a few new goals and habits. One goal was to do a single-arm pull-up. The year is half over and I can perhaps do a quarter single-arm pull-up. We’ll see where I end up at the end of the year. One habit was to donate money each month. I selected a bunch of charities that I believed in and rotated who gets a donation each month. Usually it is just the suggested donation amount on each charity’s website. It isn’t a lot but it is a lot more than I normally give in any given year.
wrote this on Jul 18, 2018
I voted for Gary Johnson in 2016. I did the same in 2012. I would do it again if he ran again but, for his sake, I hope he doesn’t. He is just too good of a human being and politics is a dirty brawl. I have self-identified as a libertarian ever since I came across Ron Paul in 2008. Party affiliation never mattered to me. It is about the ideas.
wrote this on Jul 11, 2018
I started making bread a couple of years ago. The inspiration came from the Netflix documentary Cooked. Making bread is relatively simple. You only need 4 ingredients: water, flour, salt, and some starter culture. But, of course, I didn’t think baking bread was simple until I learned how to do it. Seems easy now that I've done it for a few years. Which leads one to wonder: how truly out of reach are certain seemingly difficult and complex things?
wrote this on Jul 4, 2018
America feels more politicized than ever. Although that's probably not the case in reality. Heated and vitriolic attacks on political opponents is nothing new. It just happened in different mediums. In letters and newspaper instead of cable news and Twitter. But this politicization have made some people crazy and deranged.
wrote this on Jun 27, 2018
Pull-ups: a seemingly simple physical maneuver that befuddles many. Perhaps the modern world has made life too easy. We don’t have much reason to pull ourselves up and over anything. We invented ramps. Stairs. Elevators. Escalators. So pull-ups are now just a measure of strength, physical fitness, and health. But what can we learn about ourselves when we commit to doing 100 pull-ups a day for 30 days?