Learning things is hard. And things only seem to get harder as I age. And it’s not just that learning a new thing is hard, it’s that as a healthy, evolving human, I need to always learn new things. Always try to grow in any way I can.
This absolutely means always failing, always fucking up, and always allowing life to slap me around for trying to leave my lane. It’s easy to feel down and bruised by looking back only to see a string of failures.
It hurts more when I realize I’ve made the same mistake twice or…
We can stop the ‘enlightened country’ act. Canada has serious skeletons in her closet that we gotta clear out.
Compared to most, Canada is still a very well-run country. And as a country mostly composed of immigrants, Canada is uniquely positioned to up its game in a world growing increasingly authoritarian and divided. We have our own rich history of identity politics always close at hand, giving us a bit of tolerance.
Our national identity may not be clearly defined yet, but it is becoming more so. …
Tradition is just peer pressure from the dead. And the tradition of keeping money in a savings account, even a high interest one, needs to stop.
There are 2 main reasons why savings accounts are a bad idea.
The first reason savings accounts are a bad place to store your money is because banks will use your money for their own investments and keep the profits for themselves.
Banks provide some very essential services, like keeping your money safe and lending money to ensure great ideas grow. But they also provide other important services, such as mortgage lending, guided investing…
A new virus is quickly spreading around the world, hospitals everywhere are overrun with sick people, doctors and nurses can’t keep up. The stock markets have tanked 30%, millions of newly unemployed people need help, governments are borrowing trillions of dollars to help ease the burden. Everyone is self-isolating and wearing masks and gloves when they go out. Most retail shops in my neighborhood won’t survive Covid-19, I don’t know how secure my own job is. And according to the news, the weather for tomorrow is now always fire and brimstone.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. So said Dwight D. Eisenhower. And just like having plans, having goals is similar in that you might not ever reach all your goals, but just having them is indispensable.
The reason is because goals give you a purpose. My goals are the reasons I get up in the morning, they are the forces that drive me. They are my own creations that give me all the purpose I need.
The internet has completely changed the world of marketing. before Google, companies would pay billions of dollars a year to TV, radio, and print advertisers.
Back then, there was no sure way to know who saw your ads, or how effective they were. Often times, the best you can do is spend a lot of money on ads, and hope that you earn more money than usual during an ad campaign. There was no easy way to see who your most important customers are.
The story of the internet can be told as a chapter within the story of marketing…
If it’s true that you need to spend 10 000 hours before you can become an expert at something, I am a legitimate video game expert.
It’s easy to say that I’ve wasted 10 000 hours of my life because I have nothing to show for all that time. But when the average American watches 4–5 hours of TV a day, it’s hard for a nation full of TV experts to be too critical of video games.
There is wisdom to be found playing video games. When you consider each game as a specific pattern to figure out and apply…
Discovering the secret to happiness was kind of underwhelming. It was in 2006, I just finished programming my first full-fledged side-scrolling action shooter video game, Calypso.
I was so proud of myself. It took almost a year to make the game. I was working 12 hours a day on average. On a couple occasions I pulled a 20 hour programming bender without realizing it. I felt like a computer programmer version of Richard Simmons.
It’s funny how the strangest things set off huge ripples that shake up our lives.
I experienced this recently with a bi-annual trip to a local discount store to replenish my sorry-looking supply of socks and underwear. I never used to put much thought into my socks or underwear. Especially as a married man, my interest in looking good in my underwear was a low priority, and I had all but given up on finding comfortable underwear that fit me well.
I tried expensive underwear from various brands, but they were always disappointing. …
After watching Tidying Up on Netflix, I was excited about a new angle on why it’s important to keep your belongings to only what you need and like. It presented a whole new set of reasons to keep my life decluttered, and a fresh perspective from “the things you own will end up owning you” Fight Club mantra that has driven my quasi-minimalist lifestyle for the last 20 years.
A few weeks ago, after doing a photo shoot for work, I was in the process of uploading photos from multiple cameras onto my main cloud storage when I unintentionally fell…
Funny shaped bag of water.