The Superstitious Birthday

I'm 34 today.  I always looked at 34 as a milestone, since my dad got in a car accident at 33, and of course Jesus was crucified at 33.  Making it to 34 feels like reaching some kind of safe zone.  I'm invincible!


Office Hours Episode One | Trapped in College, Breaking Boredom, and "What Do You Do?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTQ5DDewRw The first episode of Office Hours is out! Every Tuesday on Office Hours, TK Coleman and I give actionable advice on listener questions about life and career. Got a job your trying to get? A work-related issue you're trying to resolve? An obstacle that's…


The Interestingness of Intelligence

Read an excellent essay from Venkatesh Rao this morning about two ways to defining intelligence. The common definition is purely functional.  Intelligence exists to accomplish tasks.  The sooner they are done, the sooner you no longer need to engage your brain in thinking.  This is a kind of…


Lions Haiku

Ugliest offense Except when game's on the line Try that every down?


Smellories

I've always been fascinated and baffled by the relationship between smell and memory. All senses can remind me of past events, but a fleeting scent has the power to take me back farther, faster, and clearer than other sensory phenomena. Today we were walking past beach houses and one was being…


Almost Everyone Misunderstands Rational Choice Theory

Pete Leeson's wonderful new book, "WTF?!" (review coming soon) is cathartic reading.  Especially after reading some papers and comments by behavioral economists and their ilk recently.  Everyone loves to throw around examples of humans being "irrational" to prove that the economic method, or…


Faith in Your Former Reason

I've always liked the description of faith not as believing something despite all evidence to the contrary, or believing something that conflicts with logic.  That's just stupidity. To me, faith is continuing to act on a belief you formed using your full logical powers in a moment when emotion…


Bitcoin: Should the Functions of Money be Separate, or All-in-One?

Money is a lot of things.  Predominantly a unit of account, a store of value, and a medium of exchange.  We're quite used to these functions being split up and handled by different tools. Dollars are a medium of exchange in some countries.  They are a unit of account in some countries.  Sometimes…


Will Coding Die?

I had to have a dramatic title if I'm going to muse about a dramatically titled piece in The Atlantic! The Coming Software Apocolypse It's a long but interesting article if you like discussions on software, or if like me you love the series Breaking Smart. A few scattered thoughts as I read it:…


129 - Everyday Accounting for Life and Business with Levi Morehouse

On this episode, I’m joined by my brother Levi Morehouse, the CEO of Ceterus. Levi is fantastic at cutting down to the crucial aspects of accounting and in this episode, we dive into the most important numbers and accounting concepts you need to know as an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small…