Archive for the 'Work & Career' Category

  • 6.2.08 "Is Perspective Possible in this Insanely Digital World?" is posted in Rant, Reflections, Work & Career
    • I’m working on a trip that may turn into a month of foreign travel.  As much as I’m excited to explore, perhaps it’s more that I just feel stale here.  My life is in front of a computer screen and I need to see things that aren’t measured in pixels.  There are people at the other end of the data, but something gets lost in the binary translation.  That something may be my perspective.

      I listened to an NPR piece the other day discussing how 20% of Americans don’t use the internet at all.  I’d gamble that fewer than half of those who do sign on are regular readers of blogs.  Right now the common wisdom online is that it’s fewer than 1% of a site’s visitors who participate in the conversation.  Well, that fewer than 1% has become my friends of late–and let me just tell you, that’s not the real world.

      It’s actually the fake world.  (more…)

  • 1.1.08 "Highlights and Hopes" is posted in Reflections, Work & Career
    • Every year I look back and say, “wow, so much happened…but now I’m poised for this big thing.” Well that’s once again the case (this time it’s AwayFind). 2007 was a fun and busy year both with friends and work, and 2008 will be even more packed with trips and new people.  But to look forward, it’s often best to look back…and that’s what I’m writing about here with some highlights and hopes.  Do you have any interesting resolutions for the new year?


      In no particular order, these are the things that a few years from now when I look back I’ll want to remember.  All of them were things that in some way shaped who I was this year.  If one of these relates to you, thank you for being a part of that memory.

      • AwayFind – building a web application
      • Book Clubs – learning so much, even more from the people
      • Crested Butte – Galt’s Gulch, and the start of a tradition for me
      • DC Tech Community – like-minded geeks and entrepreneurs
      • Dinner Parties – company from my different circles, at the house
      • Dover MA – a good place to be from
      • Four Hour Workweek – I should shut up about it, but this book changed me
      • Surrogate Girlfriend – Having a best friend and good company


      Every year my hope is some cross between balance and ambition–running more, entertaining more, saving, developing a more routine schedule, etc.  But over the course of the year reasons that I can’t predict tend to change my focus.  Still, as of now here are some things I hope for:

      For my sanity and social life: (more…)

  • 7.29.07 "Seeking Fulfillment" is posted in Reflections, Work & Career
    • A while back I read Gregg Easterbrook’s The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, and he talked a lot about “choice anxiety”–which he defined as “the transition from people being so constrained by social forces that they [feel] trapped, to the current situation of having so many options that choice itself becomes a source of anguish.” I feel like I have so many options in front of me and that it’s as daunting as it is liberating. I need to make some decisions.

      The first half of this summer was filled to the gills with activities and general merriment. It was light but fun. The second half has been about big decisions, planning ahead, and a slight ennui from the ephemeral. That is, busyness is no path to fulfillment. And I’m itching to grow or grow something. (more…)

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