Review of blogging every day for November

  Now that it's a good bit into the new year, seems like a perfect time to finally give a review of using NaNoWriMo during the month of November as an excuse to blog more. I recognize one of the aspects of my life which could use improvement are my communication skills, and I figured … Continue reading Review of blogging every day for November


Giving up on my dreams

Last week, a friend found a link about NASA developing chainmaile tires for their rovers, commented with my name to draw my attention to it, leading me to also find a 20 second video of it in action. This is so cool! Since I’ve been making chainmaile for the past 21 years, it definitely piqued … Continue reading Giving up on my dreams

That $20 movie ticket is worth $120 to me

There are a few times when I say something like the title of this post, and my wife responds with, “You talk funny sometimes,” meaning I probably could have made my point more clear before coming to the punchline. This happened yesterday at work when I brought up a way we could automate a certain … Continue reading That $20 movie ticket is worth $120 to me

Pareto, Parkinson, and Pomidoro

Since the family has been laid low the past three days with the Daycare Plague, I figured I’d roll three tools I love to use to boost productivity into one post: the Pareto Principle, Parkinson’s Law, and the Pomidoro Technique. Named after the Italian Vilfredo Pareto, the Pareto Principle is also known as the 80/20 … Continue reading Pareto, Parkinson, and Pomidoro

The only thing which determines success

Robert Waldinger, fourth director of the longitudinal Harvard Study of Adult Development, asked in his TEDx Talk, “If you are going to invest in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy?” His answer is simple: relationships. “The only thing which determined success is the quality of one's friendships.” There … Continue reading The only thing which determines success