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  • August 12, 2015

What have you done today that made your life better? I started reading a book by an author I’m not familiar with. I’m not going to credit him by name. Some of his ideas are cool and I’m going to talk about them here. But he’s also selling expensive products of dubious usefulness. Some of his associates…

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  • August 5, 2015

I got fed up with my coworkers’ whining and indecisiveness and did something unusual. I took action. Everyone had been saying that they wanted to get together to play board games. They all had games they liked. There were games that some people hadn’t tried, and other people insisted they just had to try them,…

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  • July 28, 2015

I used to think I didn’t want to die alone. Now I think I’ll be okay as long as I don’t die bored. Humanity has a boredom problem. It’s easy to think that it’s a recent problem that only exists because of cellphones and the internet. But it’s more complicated than that. Boredom has been…

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  • June 20, 2015

I went for a walk tonight. I was looking for something but I didn’t know what. I saw a lot of things. I saw a man fishing. I saw a woman drawing. I saw a woman taking pictures. I saw a man in a white tank top that had been written on with a marker….

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  • June 9, 2015

The natural thing for an apple tree to do is make apples. A seed takes root, it grows, and eventually apples come out of nowhere. Like a magic trick. We have perspective, and we know the apples didn’t come out of nowhere. The tree had to grow and take in nutrients and water and work…

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  • June 2, 2015

Have you ever felt like the universe was on your side? Have you ever had a day where everything you touched turned to gold and nothing could stop you? Have you ever felt the opposite, and had a day where the universe was actively working against you? I just had one yesterday. For eight hours,…

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  • May 27, 2015

I had heart palpitations the night I started my blog. I bought the domain, set up the server, and wrote the first post. I was ready to go. Then I spent an hour pacing around my apartment trying to convince myself to abandon the idea before I’d even really started. I was embarrassed. I had…

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  • May 19, 2015

I was depressed for about three years. After a while it stopped hurting so badly, but only because I learned how to go numb. Soon I couldn’t feel anything, even when I wanted to. Eventually I realized I wasn’t living any kind of life worth having. Finally, in desperation, I went to a friend of…

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  • May 12, 2015

I have the same flaws as all other engineers when it comes to doing physical work. I’m super slow. Constantly distracted by my own thoughts. I worked construction for a summer. When I had to hammer in three dozen joist hangers, instead of pounding nails and getting in the flow, I thought “There has got…

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  • May 5, 2015

I’ve always wanted to learn to negotiate, but I don’t think I have it in me. I hate confrontation. I always assume other people are telling the truth and doing their best. When you negotiate with someone, you have to assume that they have more to give than what they offer you first. But if…