Music as Programming

I used to treat music as a consumption good. (Unless I was making it, then it was an act of creation, maybe with a dash of consumption thrown in). I chose music based on the mood I was in. I consumed as a reflection of my state of mind. I let my feelings dictate and the music followed. In the…


The Delicate Art of Listening but not Listening

"If I asked people what they wanted, the would've said a faster horse." -- Maybe Henry Ford Changing the world means showing people something they couldn't tell you that they needed. Nevermind. They can and do tell you what they need. Just in the wrong language. People will tell you what…


What Intelligence and Insanity Have in Common

The brain's ability to make connections. There are many forms of intelligence. But all of them I can think of have a lot to do with making connections. Mechanical intelligence sees the connections between parts of a machine. Social intelligence sees connections between people. Physical…


Proof of Work in Career Launch

This is a sort of nerdy way to frame the career launch process, but now that I've heard other people using the terminology, I'm excited to be able to do it too with less fear of being too hard to understand! The career launch game is not what you think it is. It's not a numbers game. It's not a…


The Danger Lies in the Gimmes

The Golden State Warriors are one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA. They just gave up an NBA record 31 point second half lead at home in the first round of the playoffs to the eighth seeded Clippers. Losing a game to an inferior opponent is not a surprise. Golden State's kind of…


What If You Killed the What-Ifs?

I was talking to a friend this morning who was in a bad place. He'd forgotten to do some work over the weekend, and he wondered how to handle the inevitable let down when his supervisor found out. He asked what he should do. I asked what his options were. He said there were two. He could try…


Vacations

I've never been a big fan of vacations. I enjoy seeing new places and having fun experiences outside the daily routine, but I've never much enjoyed the whole not working part. I'd rather bring my laptop and do some work while experiencing new things. But I've started to enjoy the vacation…


A Few Old Bars

Just found this in a Dropbox folder from a few years ago. I gave myself a challenge to write a song every day for 30 days. Day one I tried to get things warmed up and shake the rust. I ended up referencing a bunch of intellectual influences in verse. Definitely needs some work, but it was a fun…


Love Your Company and Others Will Too

I read a lot of job postings. Most of them suck. No wonder talented young people don't fall over themselves to apply. I'm endlessly fascinated by just about every business I encounter. The model, the strategy, the supply chain, the customer acquisition process, etc. I have a hard time…


If You Want Clear Thinking, Get Money Involved

I talk to so many young people who cannot think clearly about life decisions. Most of the time, it's because they have too little money involved. I don't really want to go to college, but maybe I have to? I'm not sure if I should take this job because it might not be my passion? Do I…