Specificity and Success

On the value of being specific, or, as it is more popularly known, the specialization of skillsets. My personal tendencies- perhaps because I’m from an art background which relishes the elaborate, interconnected, and unclear, and cringes at the obvious-  well, my personal tendencies are always to lean away from the specific, and avoid stating the obvious.…

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New Year 2017

We will be up north, and hopefully it will snow. There will be a fireplace, a sauna, and nice walks down to the harbor.  Maybe we’ll run into the Captain who married us, who probably still thinks it was a last-minute elopement. We’ll let him know we’re still married. I’ve been reflecting on the post I…

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Real Tools

I’ve always delayed buying real tools for creative projects.  This comes out a general disinclination towards consumerism. Nobody likes the feeling of buying something and not using it enough to justify the purchase. I’ve always preferred to have not-too-much stuff and love the things I have. But there is a down-side to this. For example,…

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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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Digital Cleanup in Three Hours (or Less)

We consistently do a spring-cleaning house purge, but it has been years since I did a concerted digital cleanup. I was inspired to do this as part of the rebooting and resetting of all channels for creative output. As I’ve mentioned before, I do creative processing on paper with a pen, but sharing and publishing, as it…

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Getting up and going

Ever feel like your subconscious has put a little bit of an embargo on your creative output? That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of months. There’s the normal contributing factors (busyness, the creativity crushing effect of an election cycle, not enough sunlight.)  But the situation gets compounded because not producing creative output has a self-perpetuating effect.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

What’s on our list: handmade by Daniel cavatelli with pomodoro sauce and grated parmesan smashers (small potatoes parboiled, coated with olive oil + fresh cracked pepper + large flake sea salt, put into cast iron pan, smashed with bottom of pint glass, and then broiled in the oven.) salad: frisee endive mix with dried cranberries…

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The Beginning Stages of Learning a Language

This is a repost from arabiclanguage.me…for more dual language pieces check out the work Kifah and I have been doing over there… The Beginning Stages of Learning A Language This is my philosophy about language learning: You should race through the beginner stages as fast as you can in order to get to the good…

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