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  • Margin Gives You Breathing Room

    Good short post from Shawn on breathing room. To be blunt, without margin, you are suffocating your ability to walk out your values. The margin I’ve created in my business lets me take Monday’s off for adventures in the mountains or to hang out with my kids just because they asked me to play with […]

  • Driving Is the Price of 1St Class Citizenship

    Interesting piece about driving: My neighbor’s passing was shocking and heartbreaking. But at the time, it felt like a basically unavoidable tragedy. In our small city in Michigan—like almost everywhere in America—driving is the price of first-class citizenship. We never stopped to ask whether a different bargain was possible. Since her passing, approximately 1 million…

  • Get Your Kids on a Project Management System?

    This sounds crazy to me: When Tonya Parker, a mom in Illinois, wanted to better organize her family life a little over a year ago, the first thing she did was set her kids up on Trello, a web-based project-management tool. Parker’s four children, ages 9 to 18, now use Trello, which is more typically…

  • Why Is There So Much Personal Data to Protect

    In this good article on privacy this made me laugh out loud The question we need to ask is not whether our data is safe, but why there is suddenly so much of it that needs protecting. The problem with the dragon, after all, is not its stockpile stewardship, but its appetite. Basically if Google…

  • The Success of the Tortoise and the Hare in Law and the LSAT

    My notes from Revisionist History: The Tortoise and the Hare 4:40 the best former clerk Jeff Sutton would never have been hired, and he’s a tortoise 7:40 the LSAT favours people who can process difficult problems quickly. Processing without understanding is the key thing that the LSAT tests for. 10:50 reading for The Supreme Court…

  • Are We Asking Too Much of Marriage?

    Interesting article about the usefulness of marriage. The part that gets me thinking most about my marriage is below. In his book The All-or-Nothing Marriage, the psychologist Eli Finkel examines how, over the past 200 years, American expectations of marriage have slowly climbed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Just a few generations ago, the ideal marriage…

  • 3 Innovation Tokens

    In a treatise for choosing boring technology I very much liked this quote: Let’s say every company gets about three innovation tokens. You can spend these however you want, but the supply is fixed for a long while. You might get a few more after you achieve a certain level of stability and maturity, but…

  • Now I Want Notecards

    Reading this piece by Ryan Holiday makes me want to start keeping notecards instead of putting everything in DEVONthink. I wish I had some satisfying explanation about why notecards are so powerful, but I don’t. I don’t know why they are so integral (and yet used in such diverse ways) to so many fascinating people.…

  • Advice From Tarzan

    From Derek Sivers. Remember how Tarzan swings through the jungle? He doesn’t let go of the previous vine until the next vine is supporting his weight. Good advice to keep in mind at any point in your working career.

  • One Month Without a Smartphone

    I’ve been thinking about doing exactly what Isaac has done, trade in my iPhone for a basic phone like I had in 2001. This is the big reason. What surprised me was the lingering residue of mental clutter that carrying a smartphone for six plus years had left. I bet there is more clutter than…