Gravity Problems

In the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, they discuss something called “Gravity Problems”. We find them all the time – they are the facts of life or rules of the universe that can’t really be changed. We can push against them all we want, but it’s sort of pointless. Try to identify the gravity problems in your work and life, …

Bias Defined

We are born with our eyes at the front of our head, and our ears to the side. That means everything we know about the world is defined by this bias. What would the world look like if our eyes were located where our ears are? For starters we wouldn’t enjoy trying to walk in a straight line ahead of us. And all the rules …

You Can’t Buy Motivation

You have a problem, so you buy a product to fix that problem. This is the case for me, and my inability to wake up in the morning. I am tempted to buy a ‘sunrise alarm clock’, which will slowly beam a ton of light into the bedroom for me. Sure it would help, but it doesn’t address the issue that I can’t pull myself …

The Problem with Coworking

Just to prove that my mind is not automatically in a positive space, today I will tell you that the typical coworking space tends to annoy me. My main issue with the standard coworking space is as follows: it takes many of the bad practices from the office world, and turns them into a business. The first one of these bad habits is noise. A …

Thanking the Unexpected

One way of thinking about gratitude is to thank all the obvious forces and people in your life. But that doesn’t really offer any real shift in thinking. Try to be thankful for the little things that edge into the space of ridiculous. For example, can you be grateful to YouTube, for hosting your videos so that you don’t have to worry about server space? …

Stars Fall

What if could write music that explains all the mysteries of the universe? Can we make art that taps in the depths of human potential?

I sometimes believe it is no mistake that we invented synthesizers, for this could very well be their hidden purpose.

Take an Alternate Route

Consider taking an alternate route to work. One that might add an insane amount of time to your travels. It will help shake up your routine a bit. This morning I took an alternate route. It involved getting on a different bus. Combined with the fact that the bus was already going out of my way, the driver told me we would be wasting about …

One in a Billion

What a miracle your life really is when you stop to think about it. Every second of every day, billions of creatures are formed from the substance that creates them. What were the chances that you ended up as a human? An organism that is not only able to think, but to understand where it is in the universe? Additionally, what are the chances that …

Hang up the Phone

I’ve been watching the Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, and I heard a quote from Alan Watts on the psychedelic experience: “When you get the message, hang up the phone”. It makes me think about how many times we check our email throughout the day, for little to no benefit. So next time you get the message, hang up the phone afterwards by logging …

Why I Enjoy Film Photography

It was a chance encounter: My first film camera. I had seen them lying around the basement of my house, but it wasn’t until I was visiting a friend’s mother who was in the process of decluttering that I pursued the hobby. The camera which I am referencing above is the famous Nikon FE-2 SLR device, and i’m about to get back a Canon Canonete …