The world is complex

It always strikes me as strange on Twitter, when I see people jumping in to comment on a current news story, especially if it’s a criminal investigation going through the courts. What surprises me (and you I’m sure) is they feel that within a minute or two of reading the article, they’re informed enough to comment on the merits of the case and what the actual verdict should be...

Morpheus Meditation

I’ve been using the Calm meditation app for a few years now – I find it helpful.

One of the things I like is that in each session Tamara ends with a simple, relevant quote.

Usually these are quotes from wise teachers, leaders and guides.

This morning she ended with a quote from Morpheus and I wasn’t quite sure what to think.

Wisdom can be found everywhere.

The Power of Pushups

Motivating article on The Atlantic about the benefits of pushups. But before we get to pushups… The speed at which you walk, for example, can be eerily predictive of health status. In a study of nearly 35,000 people aged 65 years or older in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those who walked at about 2.6 feet per second over a short distance—which would amount to a mile in...

So it goes

I love Stratechery for a whole bunch of reasons related to tech, insight and the larger picture. And also for the occasional tidbits like last Tuesday’s note that alerted me to the origins of the phrase ‘so it goes’. It’s from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 book Slaughterhouse-Five. From the New Yorker earlier this year: “I had not remembered, until I reread...

I think I’m a fearful person…

We all have fears. About lots of things. I’ve been thinking about how to be more courageous. Perhaps aiming to be fearless? First thing I thought I’d do is list out a bunch of the things I’m fearful about. Here’s just a few – I’m fearful of: harmdiscomfortpainchangespeaking at eventsmeeting peoplestriking up conversations doing hard worknot having a missionill...

20 years

Today is Michele and my 20th Wedding anniversary. Time flies.
We won’t be doing anything ‘traditionally’ special to mark the occasion. Instead we’ll just do what we love doing.
For example, here’s what we did for our 10th anniversary. Yes, really.
I’m a lucky guy.

Medium launching subscription plan this quarter

Good news. I think. Via TechCrunch:
Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter.
Ev called the product “an upgrade to your Medium experience”
I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be subscribing.
I love Medium and spend time in there every single day.

Just say Thank You

Useful reminder from James Clear with 7 times you should just say Thank You. #1 on his list is where I usually stuff up – responding to compliments. As James notes: We often ruin compliments by devaluing the statement or acting overly humble. Internally, you might think this prevents you from appearing arrogant or smug. The problem is that by deflecting the praise of a genuine compliment...

Where do birds go when they die?

I’ve often wondered why I don’t often see dead birds – and especially now that we’ve moved and our apartments is surrounded by lovely birds all the time. Turns out the answer is sad, and beautiful, thanks to Marie Hulett’s post from 2014. In summary, from Marie’s post: Generally, animals sense when they are not doing well, and seek out well-concealed, off-the...