Dirtbag v. Citydweller

When I was 18 or 19 I made the choice to live a city life. This was partially informed, but not totally, by experience. I had dipped my toe into the full-time climbing car-camping dirtbag lifestyle, and it interested me, but the city had a certain appeal that was hard to look away from. So…

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Confidence and Resistance: Episode 2

Watch Episode 2 on Youtube Meaningful, Episode 2, from the mini-series about freedom of thinking and autodidactism: in this episode: Self-Confidence and Internal Resistance! Welcome! مرحبا! It takes true self-trust to walk the path less trodden, and embarking on a serious self-directed learning project is such a path. It is very normal to encounter friends…

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New Mini Series Episode 1

View Episode 1 on Youtube Hi and welcome to this first episode of a new series! مرحبا و اهلا! This piece is about Freedom of Thought and Autodidactism. We tend to believe our thoughts and thinking patterns are freely created and arise from inner perception of the truth. Sometimes this is true. Often it is…

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The Algorithm Cage

In the early days we believed the internet would increase transparency. We thought it would highlight TRUTH. It’s clear now that nobody can separate the signal from the noise. We all exist in our algorithm bubbles, fed to us by do-no-evil organizations that are serving their advertising customers. How do you escape the being a subject of…

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The Importance of Creative Focus

Election cycles are tough. The hate, lies, and uncompassion spread by both “sides” towards one another becomes like an atmospheric poison soup. Any sane person looks forward to it being over soon. But, it is an opportunity to vividly experience how literally and intensely our own attention choices and thought choices affect our well-being. Instead…

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The Moral Compass

I’ve had this theory for several years now about an individual’s ability to change. Now, to be honest, it’s a bit of a depressing theory.  I’d be happy to be wrong. Daniel actually thinks I’m wrong, which is a sliver of hope. My theory goes like this: People are not able to change their moral…

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Books on Creativity

There are a few good books I’ve read about creativity. The first, which I read at a young and impressionable age, is called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I was fifteen or sixteen when I read it, old enough to understand what it was hinting at, but young enough to not have struggled with…

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Write Nice Things Online

Some years ago I decided to no longer write anything negative online. The idea presented as a sort of vow or promise: I would not participate in writing that would lead to more separation. Political speech, whether intended to be or not, is almost always divisive, and is premised on us-vs-them thinking. People from all parts of the political spectrum and all…

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Romance + Psychological Safety

Sign up to receive an email every time a new blog post or video is published. One of the main ideas of relationship is to help your partner become their best self- and for them to help you with that same project.  By definition, it’s a project that will involve some level of psychological risk.…

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Busy Work

When I write my monthly report, one of the items I note is busywork.   Busywork, in my definition, are tasks which are repetitive, boring, and could/or/should be something I hire out.  Mostly though, it’s work I don’t enjoy doing: bookkeeping, production pattern making (which is different from design), making markers, reading legal documents, building online…

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