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Deep Okayness

Deep Okayness

Like so many others, I've found that writing that could be categorized as self-help, spiritual, or new-age can make one numb with it's blandness.  While this type of writing can be powerful for people who are down in the dumps or otherwise looking for motivation, 90% of the the category strikes an inarticulate chord with me. As an engineer, words like "energy flow" and "cosmic" become a turn-off Read the article >>
Fabulous Yellow Roman Candles

Fabulous Yellow Roman Candles

I've always loved this quote from Jack Kerouac's "On the Road": The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight Read the article >>
Where is the fire around this fire?

Where is the fire around this fire?

A few years ago, I was at a small bluegrass music festival in the mountains of Colorado.  Nestled in a ridge next to a winding river, you could see a square mile of tents during the day, and you could see the milky way after the sun went down.  Late at night, after the music had ended, the festival attendees would circle around campfires near their tents for warmth. Our camp was visible on a stretch Read the article >>
Why start a Kanban board for your personal projects?

Why start a Kanban board for your personal projects?

One of my struggles over the last several years has been an appetite to do too many projects but having the constraint of a finite amount of time to do them.  Between living in beautiful Colorado, switching jobs, purchasing a house, planning a wedding, learning photography, it is hard to figure out where I should spend an open block of several hours. I've written before how to manage my time Read the article >>
Leaving Simple Energy

Leaving Simple Energy

I’ve handed in my notice at Simple Energy and will be exploring new professional opportunities (and let’s get real, I just got a new mountain bike — outdoor opportunities too) in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

Reputation and Credibility are Sacrosanct

Reputation and Credibility are Sacrosanct

Late 2011, coming off the thrill of a fresh round of funding for our startup, we had made an offer to an engineer.   After months enduring the drudgeries of searching, interviewing, reference checking reputation after reputation, making an offer, and finally negotiating with the right candidate, we were finally finished.  We had an offer letter signed -- we finally found the the one.   The day Read the article >>
Good and Bad Form in Business

Good and Bad Form in Business

I screwed up during my job hunt in 2015. I backed out of a job offer I'd already accepted days earlier.  The timeline played out as follows: I rescinded the offer before I officially started, but the other party had already bought me a laptop, told his team about me, and told his board about me.  Maybe not such a big deal if you join a BigCo, but at a 6 person startup, I definitely left the Read the article >>
Optimizing for Minimal Deathbed Regret

Optimizing for Minimal Deathbed Regret

I announced  yesterday that I'm leaving StepOut. Have you ever spent several years working towards something larger than yourself?  This was my first time doing that. In college, you have projects that last for a few weeks.  Maybe a semester.   This one lasted me 5 years.  You know the difference between a 5-week project and a 5-year project? If you're lucky, if you really care, and if Read the article >>
The Art of Non-Reaction

The Art of Non-Reaction

Tweet.  Text.  E-Mail. Instant Message. Ring.  Buzz.  Growl.  Chime. By the time you are done reading this post, you've likely received multiple requests for your attention.  Perhaps they came in the form of notifications on a shiny new Apple device.  Or maybe they were interruptions from your office environment around you.   If you are not in your office on your Apple device, perhaps Read the article >>
My Favorite Travel Hacks

My Favorite Travel Hacks

Hi there from Mumbai.  I've been jetsetting quite a bit the last few months.    Here are some miscellaneous hacks from my trips: Nothing helps pass a long flight or bus ride like sleep masks or ear plugs.  Add them to your packing list. Take melatonin supplements to (a) induce sleep on a plane or (b) get over jetlag. For less agony in your flight search, try Hipmunk.com. Get a rewards Read the article >>