Books as Furniture

Getting ready to move next week.  Boxing up my books is a delightful task. I'm a minimalist and throw away almost everything.  Except books.  I have a rule for them.  If it's a book I'll read, or if I've read it, good enough to read a second time, I keep it.  If it's a one and done, I toss it.…


Wake Up to the Fact of Your Own Agency

"My goal is to obtain a job in the marketing department for a tech startup.  I really hate college and it costs so much, but I've gotta finish my major to get the job." No you don't.  Here's that exact job right here.  It already pays more than average college grads make and you can start…


Stats Most Useful When Least Interesting

Whether you're running a business, producing a podcast, selling a book, or writing for a blog, here's a weird paradox: Audience stats are more helpful when they're more boring. If something you do takes off and "goes viral", that's when you're most tempted to watch the numbers like a hawk.  It's…


Book Review: WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird, by Peter Leeson

Peter Leeson is no stranger to explorations and explanations of bizarre behavior, nor to making the power of rational choice theory and economic thinking accessible to laypeople.  His academic papers on odd rituals and his books like "The Invisible Hook" do a bang-up job of both. But WTF?!: An…


New Office Hours Episode: How to Find Friends, Be Creative, and Work Selfishly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6OiUq3TIxE Whether its a church, a workplace, or a college campus, the status you have in any small setting is different than your status in a larger context. It is easy to forget that though and get stressed about your lack of status in a specific environment. This…


130 - Roger Ver on Bitcoin

Roger Ver is the CEO of Bitcoin.com and an early investor in bitcoin and many Bitcoin startups. His passion for free-market economics led him to bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency and he has been a passionate advocate and investor ever since. In this conversation, we start with the…


Fantasy Football Haiku

I always have the 'Best' lineup even though I Don't score the most points


Why Are You Surprised by Authoritarianism?

Most kids are conditioned almost from day one to obey arbitrary authority.  No one attempts to explain or justify the source of the parent or teacher's authority; no consent is sought, and no choice is offered. Schools demand complete conformity to schedules and activities, controlling everything…


Playfulness in Writing

I'm reading The Creature from Jekyll Island and, WTF right now, and both are delightful.  Not just the content, but the writing.  It's playful.  It's fun, goes by fast, and makes me smile. Playfulness is an underrated aspect of writing.  If it's not an enjoyable aesthetic experience to read, that's…


Centralization is not Inherently Bad

I'm thrilled by the massive decentralization of everything going on right now due to software.  The internet got the ball rolling, and everything from music, movies, publishing, travel, apparel, and financial industries are breaking into smaller units and tapping into open source, peer to peer, and…