• Incessant Clicking and Scrolling

    Not too long ago I copied down these words by author and associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, Cal Newport:

  • Going Decaf

    Looking ahead to the year to come, last year I wrote down, amongst other notes, “Find out why I’m tired all the time.”

  • The Planning Fallacy

    I’m approximately three-quarters of the way through Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, and one of the insights that has stuck out to me the most so far is that of the planning fallacy.

  • Log Cabin in a Forest

    Earlier today I was pointed toward this video by Canadian outdoorsman, photographer, and self-described self-reliance educator Shawn James. The video is a five-minute time-lapse of James building a log cabin from scratch in the Canadian wilderness.

  • Fig Trees

    In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius prompts us:

  • Our Choices

    In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, upon confessing to Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, that the Sorting Hat (a hat new students put on their head to determine which house they will be placed) only placed him in Gryffindor because he explicably asked not to be put in Slytherin, Harry was greeted by this reply from Dumbledore:

  • Your Days

    I was recently reminded of a post by Austin Kleon in which he offered up these words:

  • Don’t Waste Time on Nonsense

    Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 AD up until his death in 180, implores us (or rather, himself) in his Meditations “Not to waste time on nonsense.”

  • Reviewing Pains

    One of the hardest parts of reviewing books (both privately, and in a public forum) is in justifying one rating against another. In my own rating system, a colour-coded spreadsheet which my wife rightly points out is somewhat over the top, I allow for half-ratings (I readily admit this is something of a cop-out, as it allows me to pile on the 4.5 ratings while preserving five star ratings for the best of the best. Should I start allowing for quarter stars, or is that going too far?), which helps but doesn’t solve this problem.

  • Putting Ourselves Together Every Day

    Every morning we go through a very personal routine to put ourselves together. We have perfected this routine throughout our lives. We know each part of the routine intimately.

  • Quake Books

    I’ve been thinking about quake books recently. The concept of ‘quake’ reading came to me through Ryan Holiday, who in an almost decade-old blog post discussed an email exchange he had with the economist Tyler Cowen. In the exchange, Cowen noted that as he gets older he’s running out of books to read that can profoundly change his views or open up his mind to something new (or at least that’s how I interpreted his thoughts).

  • Hello (Again), World

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a blog. I wrote extensively between 2009-2013 before falling out of the habit. At this point I was working on My Morning Routine (which had launched the previous year) and client commissions, leading my blog to falter.