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Education Life Media

Canonize: Creating a Personal Canon Template

I love the idea of the “personal canon”: an encapsulation, in list form, of those things that have most shaped you. A sort of annotated bibliography of influences. Over the past few years I’ve come across several excellent examples of people using a corner of their personal websites to provide such a snapshot. These range […]

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Life Reading

My Many Libraries

One of the best books I’ve read in the past few years is Alberto Manguel’s “The Library at Night”. Manguel writes about the idea of a library from many different angles, arcing from historical to personal and back again: the library as myth, order, space, power, shadow, shape, chance, workshop, mind, island, survival, oblivion, imagination, […]

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Life

10 Favorite Things

I recently made a list of ten of my favorite things, to share with the awesome Uncommon in Common community. This was fun, so I figured, why not share with the rest of the world while I’m at it? General somewhat-arbitrary self-imposed constraints: these ten things don’t include specific versions of anything (places, people, items, […]

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Business Creativity Life

Jiro, Mastery, and Limitations: Philosophies on Work and Learning

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an intimate portrait of mastery, an exploration of the practiced art and craft of one of the world’s best sushi chefs, through the lens of his daily routine and philosophy of training and practice. In many ways, it’s about asymptotically approaching perfection, and the process of constant learning. Jiro’s approach towards training […]

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Business Life

The Future of Work is Exciting as Hell But I Still Don’t Want to Be Your Wage Slave

Let’s not forget to humanize the new economy. This recent Medium article describes the changing nature of work — the rise of the on-demand economy, fragmented freelance work and emerging marketplaces for labor. It gives a reasonably accurate description of trends in the labor market, at least along one vector. On another level, it’s a propaganda piece […]

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Creativity Life Media Technology

A Personal Niche, An Internet Cathedral, A Networked Empire

Some people — and no, not the .gif virtuosi that walk among us — really are winning the Internet, sitting several cuts above the rest with really outstanding, intriguing, thought-provoking online presences. Oh, how I aspire to their ranks! It isn’t just that they blog well, or post great links on social media, though both […]

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Life

Visions of My Flawed Left Eye

I haven’t published anything here in a while, and one of my biggest goals for 2014 is to change that. I’ve been writing every day for 3 months straight, and have a lot of drafts and partial posts I’m sitting on — I simply haven’t dedicated adequate time to the processes of organization and editing […]

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Creativity Life

Mysteries of Small Systems

I’ve been on a bit of a complexity kick lately—been getting really into books dealing with information theory, emergence and self-organization, networks, and the like. As I’ve been digesting these topics in the substrate of my mind (usually while in the shower) there’s one topic that’s come to mind several times and that I find […]

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Creativity Life

32 Values

I’m a great fan of powers of 2. This hasn’t a mote of bearing on why the following list—my most recent, now passably comprehensive list of personal mandates, guiding principles, and constant reminders, culled from past lists and overwrought attempts at writing about myself—ended up with 32 items. But I appreciate it as a sign […]

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Mission Statement

Hear ye, hear ye! On this day, a blog is born. But first, a preamble—to briefly address an implicit set of questions you may be asking, namely, what’s this all about, why did I decide to start writing, and what are my hopes and expectations for the site moving forward: I created this site (the […]