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Background

On September 13th 2020 I posted a question about updating my rule on not watching superhero fare. In the original proposal from 2017 I had included a clause that allowed me to watch any movie that won an Oscar. With HBO’s Watchmen getting a slew of Emmy nominations I wanted to update the rule to include Emmy wins.

I posted four options about updating my policy and the “wildcard option” was the clear winner:

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So how to implement this updated rule?

A Television Control Experiment

Mike Crittenden wrote a short post called Stop changing, start experimenting that really stuck with me:

I bet right now, if you thought about it, you could come up with some change that would be great for your team or your project. And I bet you’ve been subconsciously dismissing it because “it’ll never fly” or “management won’t go for it” or “people will think it’s crazy.” And they probably will think it’s crazy, if you just suggest it as a “change”.


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I’ve been a publicly traded person since 2008, and I’ve always called myself the “first” because I hoped more would come after. Today, 12 years later, the prophecy has been fulfilled! Alex Masmej has used cryptocurrency to become the second publicly traded person. I first spoke with Alex when we were both on a panel about personal tokens but thought it was worth following up.

Mike: Let’s start with the basics, who are you? Where do live? What do you do? Give me a little sense of who you are…

Alex: Hi Mike, thanks! I’m Alex Masmej, 23, and I currently live in Paris. I’ve been an entrepreneur in the crypto(currency) space, doing projects on Ethereum (the second biggest blockchain after Bitcoin) for the past year. …


I’m going to find three examples of something that delight me each week. That’s the challenge. Things I would feel comfortable sharing with my mom, even if she might find them a little confusing. I’ll also send them to you if you want.

  1. Flirty Dancing

2. 💿@cd_masterizzato on Instagram (just keep scrolling down…)

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3. Lazy Susan by Terri Timely

That’s it. Send me anything you find and I’ll share it next week.


This is a chapter 6 of a crowd-sourced ghostwritten fan-fiction.
Previously:
Chapter 5: The Eyes

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One does not spend much time imagining what it might sound like if the rubber sole of their sensible, mid-tier in terms of both fashion and performance — which is to say dull, but good for walking and weak ankles — sneaker pressed down upon a mutilated human face. …


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There’s a wise old saying that “All good things must come to an end.” So it’s with a potent mixture of emotions — gratitude, sadness, regret, highs, lows, some middles, joy, grief, incandescent rage, the love that a mother feels towards her newborn child, that feeling of accomplishment you get when you take out the recycling late at night, and, finally, excitement for the future — that I’ll be ending my time with Sandwich Video.

I’ve had an indelible and incomparable two years at Sandwich Video. I’d like to thank everyone who has been part of this incredible journey. While I will no longer be a part of the team at Sandwich Video I fully endorse their abilities as they are the preeminent video production agency for any tech company looking for the perfect modern explainer. …


This is a chapter 5 of a new kind of storytelling. It is penned by ghostwriters, the characters were created based on a crowd-funding campaign, and the plot is guided by a handful of supporters who paid to vote on what happens next. You can read more in this Playboy article.

Previously: Chapter 4: Leaving Los Angeles.

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The state bird of New Mexico is the Great Roadrunner, but they crossed the border close to midnight and did not see a one.

The group stumbled out of the van into a gas station with an attached shopping plaza offering, at its blue and white checked tile center, three different types of fast food, a gift shop slash convenience store of the variety that only exists off the freeway, and a one room museum — one corner of a larger room wherein a divider had been erected to create the illusion of a room, and which could be entered in exchange for two dollars or, if you moved quietly enough not to rustle the stoned teenage boy working the entrance, for free — about New Mexican alien encounters. …


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This is a draft of chapter 4 of a new kind of writing. It is penned by ghostwriters, the characters were created based on a crowd-funding campaign, and the plot is guided by a handful of supporters who paid to vote on what happens next. You can read more in this Playboy article.

Previously: Chapter 3: Making Choices Together.

The snare drum stream of wet smacks that flooded through the walls and made the air muggy for breathing refused to be ignored, though this didn’t stop Max from trying. …


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It’s been two years since I’ve seen a superhero movie. The shareholders passed the “No Tights” policy because the Hollywood machine started churning out Marvel and DC properties at a much higher rate, and left unchecked I would have devoured them all up. The policy works. I watch better films.

When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out, people freaked. …


I took a five day break from caffeine and it didn’t change anything and I’ll never do it again.

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I took a break from coffee. I did it because I wanted to see if I could de-acclimate myself enough so that when I started again I could get high, the way I used to feel when I first started drinking coffee. It was also the end of the year which obviously is a time when we lie to ourselves and pretend we can flush things out of our system and “start fresh.” So I put it to a vote for my shareholders.

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Resolution passed with 78.3% approval.

I’ve never been especially sensitive to caffeine but have been reading this book, Why We Sleep, and the two biggest antagonists to sleep are caffeine and alcohol. And I love to sleep! I was curious to see if after five days of no coffee, there would be a difference. …


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This is a draft of chapter 3 of a new kind of writing. It is penned by ghostwriters, the characters were created based on a crowd-funding campaign, and the plot is guided by a handful of supporters who paid to vote on what happens next. You can read more in this Playboy article.

Previously: Chapter 2: The Ride Back to Hollywood.

There was rain in the morning, which in and of itself felt promising. Rain in southern California means people driving like they’ve only just that day been given a very first, extremely cursory explanation of what a car is — let alone how to operate one — and as such while that water from the sky should mean life and a chance here amongst the ash it sort of also implies death. At any rate, LA rain smells nice. Max was up and out early. He ordered a ride back to the house to pick up his abandoned car. He didn’t survey the ruins or wonder about whether or not it would make any impact on anything that now the last burned up bits were getting wet. He did not take this moment to return the two missed calls from his Daniel, the representative from his insurance company with the voice of a cartoon mouse. He just got in the car and drove east until things started to look sufficiently suburban enough to anesthetize his psyche, at which point he parked and went inside of a Starbucks to sit staring at his phone while an iced coffee melted on the same table a toddler in head to toe light-wash denim was pounding with two sticky fists. …

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Mr. Mike Merrill

Publicly traded person and lover of capitalism.

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