My Kid Learned More from Mario Maker than I Did from a Marketing Major

Image courtesy my iPhone. Weird mustache courtesy Nintendo. I'm not kidding.  I just watched my kid grasp basic marketing truths that took me years in the professional world to get. (I might be a bit daft, but that's another story). I didn't end up graduating with a major in marketing, but it was…


78 - Doublethink Jointasode with Jeff Till

Entrepreneur, podcaster, free thinker and good friend Jeff Till joins me to expand on a Facebook post about “doublespeak” or “doublethink” where a policy idea is mistaken for (or purposefully replaced by) a more genuine objective or desire. Here we talk myths about school, the law, the military,…


The More You Risk the More You Learn?

Here's a relationship I'm exploring right now: The amount you learn is proportionate to the amount you risk. I'm not sure if it's universally valid.  There are probably exceptions.  Still, the more I think about it the more I like it. It's important to note that "risk" is subjective.  An increase…


77 - Slayback to the Future: Technology, Progress, Culture, and Universal Basic Indignity

Praxis colleague, aviation buff, and all around interesting guy Zak Slayback comes back to the show to talk about the future, technology, progress, work, universal basic income, and much more. We discuss whether there is a "digital divide" between urban and rural populations, whether that has…


The Ever Moving Goalposts of Arguments for College

  You have to go to college to get a good job and make money Actually, college grads have an average of $35,000 in debt and 60% of them have no job or jobs that don't require degrees.  Those silly earnings statistics have the causation backwards.   But you still need to learn skills for…


Whether People are Good or Bad...

I posted a quote by C.S. Lewis to Facebook about decentralized power being valuable not because everyone is so good they should have some, but because humans are imperfect and no one should have a lot. An interesting discussion ensued in the comments.  It's easy to misunderstand what I take to be…


76 - FwTK: Politics Sucks, Flexible Schedules are Hard, Fringe Theories are Great

Today we discuss why you have to be free before you expect the world to, not the other way around.  We talk about why politics is disempowering, why it's so hard to not let your job get in the way of your work, and why fringe theories are great for society. Recommended in the episode: But What if…


It Took Me Ten Years to Launch...and I Don't Regret It

My brother and I started a business when I was 19, but is was never the business or anything I was really passionately committed to.  After that failed, I worked for other people for the next decade before Praxis, which had been a rough idea I had since age 17, was actually…


If You Hate This Post You Hate Truth

Just about every argument for school is actually an argument for the value of education that proves nothing about the value of school. Just about every argument for law is actually an argument for the value of order that proves nothing about the value of law. Just about every argument for welfare…


Football is Not a Physical Game

If I asked you to describe the essential features of football, I bet you'd say something about the physical, sometimes violent nature of the game.  I think you'd be wrong. I'm (slowly) reading Chuck Klosterman's book, "But What If We're Wrong?" and thoroughly enjoying it.  There is much to say…