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30 Years

I’ve tried to write, in a number of ways, a blog post about turning 30. It’s been difficult to find my audience for this piece. I worry that anyone on either side of this milestone will find my writing a weird combination of self-indulgent, naive, and dramatic. But, as it stands, I feel compelled to […]

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Viva Las Vegas

For 4 days I went to Las Vegas to spend time with my Dad and Uncle at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES). The show and the city itself left me with conflicting thoughts and feelings and I wanted to unpack these to see what’s really going on. CES is an overwhelming experience. There are […]

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Books Read in 2016

Another year, another corpus finished. Well, not technically a corpus, because they’re not thematically related or by a single author, but we’ll go with it. My goal last year was to read almost a book a week. I managed to get to 50 books read for the year, which I’m quite proud of. This included […]

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Lighthouse Update

Over a year ago I made a post about how I don’t know what I’m doing professionally. That I didn’t have a lighthouse to guide me during times that were difficult or when my path was uncertain. This post is an update to that fact. Spoiler alert: I might’ve found my lighthouse. When I was a […]

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Books Read in 2015

I’d thought about doing a long post where I listed every book I read this year and my thoughts on each of them. Then I realized how long that would actually take and the ROI on that activity was poor. A better way to accomplish my goal of sharing what I read with you was to […]

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Lighthouse

I don’t know what I’m doing with my life professionally. You probably don’t either. Well, maybe you do. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who came out of the gate knowing precisely the direction they wanted to head. You know those people, the ones who had a clear vision of where they wanted to […]

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The Caprice of Life

I watched a dog die recently. It was in the back of Lindsay’s jeep, lying on it’s right side, head towards the front of the vehicle. I had put it there after finding it on the street crying in pain. She was all black, head to toe. Her pelvis and femur were crushed, I was […]

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The Intentionally Accidental Life

This is the text of the speech I recently gave at my Toastmasters meeting, which is why I say that you’re listening to something you’re clearly reading on a screen. “We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions.” A year ago I was going to become a blogger who traveled the […]

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Stuff on My Desk

I have a fair amount of stuff on my desk. Far more than my coworkers at least. For someone who at one point claimed to be a minimalist, it would seem I’ve denounced my former beliefs and become drunk on consumerism. Currently, I have a Burnie Burns bobblehead, a poster from Rooster Teeth, a small print […]

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Demanding your Attention

Recently, I was made painfully aware of the need to be conscious about who is demanding your attention. In the span of 16 hours of wakefulness, I had a slew of emails, 3 phone calls, a solicitor on my porch, numerous coworker requests, and random texts from friends. None of these events are remarkable on […]

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