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Articles on Jobs, Technology, and the Future

17 March 2014: Evernote has given me a great way to archive my favorite articles. Looking back over 2013, I find a few themes in the articles I felt were worth saving. These themes surround the changing state of job ...

Experiences Running A Small Kickstarter

31 January 2014: 30 Second Summary All of the following advice is a single datapoint in a large sea of experiences. Treat it as such. Get as much of your project done before you even begin the Kickstarter. Money isn' ...

Mike Shea's 2013 Annual Report

1 January 2014: A Year In Review by Looking at Data The following is an analysis of various sources of data matched up with my four daily life goals: Create, Relax, Love, and Health. The data sources include blogs, T ...

Widgets and Generators

27 December 2013: While we seem to be fascinated by the idea that physical robots are stealing our jobs, software will increase the gap between corporate profits and individuals trying to earn a living . We built educa ...

Harry Potter and the Goddamn Chamber of Secrets

5 December 2013: I love Harry Potter. I love our yearly tradition of watching all seven (eight?) of the Harry Potter movies on glorious Blu-ray every Christmas. I love the whimsy. I love the wide-eyed wonder. I love t ...

A Gamers Manifesto

21 October 2013: Why? Sometimes it helps to have a motto, a flag, or a set of principles upon which a group can agree. This document is an attempt to define one's core principals for being a gamer. They are a set of i ...

Nexus 7 FHD Review

6 August 2013: 30 Second Summary The Nexus 7 full high definition (FHD) tablet is the best high-DPI tablet I've used and I wish Apple had an iPad Mini this good. These days the tablet we choose has less to do with t ...

Visiting Ireland

13 July 2013: Top Tips for Visiting Ireland Follow Rick Steves' Guide to Ireland. Pack light. Join a bus tour or get someone else to drive. Hop from town to town instead of traveling from a single central location ...

I Was Wrong About PC Gaming

16 June 2013: 30 Second Summary I believed that dedicated gaming platforms were superior to gaming PCs. I was wrong. While previous consoles wallow in eight-year-old computing hardware and new consoles threaten to ...

Your Personal Digital Archive

7 June 2013: 30 Second Summary If you can't hold a complete copy of your data in your hand, you don't own it. If your data isn't in an open format you can open in multiple applications, you don't own it. Big comme ...

Technology Predictions for 2023

19 May 2013: On my 40th birthday I had some fun looking back at blog posts from ten years to see what was on my mind and what I thought of the future. Apparently I was into Matrix Reloaded in a big way; boy was th ...

Why I Don't Have Comments

7 May 2013: 30 Second Summary Fifteen years ago it was important to include a comment system in a website or blog if you wanted to build a community. These days, websites are no longer the hub of your community, ...

2012 Personal Year In Review

15 April 2013: "I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time. I'll give it right back to ya one of these days." - Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child Reading someone else's personal 2012 year-in-review is about as interest ...

Repeatable Success

1 April 2013: "If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." - Carl Sagan My good friend Dave the Game wrote an excellent article entitled Get Bit and the Tabletop Effect descri ...

Taming the Monkey Mind

16 March 2013: "Monkey Mind: A Buddhist term meaning 'unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable'." - Wikipedia: Monkey Mind "Had he been a Manni holy man ...

On the Attention Economy

2 March 2013: In the article Attention Shoppers!, Michael H. Goldhaber describes the future currency of a world of unlimited supply: attention. Attention is a limited resource and, just like money, we have to consi ...

Tweet Threshold

27 January 2013: 30 Second Summary News, blogs, and social networks demand more and more of our time to process an ever-growing torrent of noise and separate it from the stuff we really care about. Tweet Threshold is ...

Ignoring Inboxes

24 January 2013: 30 Second Summary For the sake of this discussion, consider an "inbox" any place new commitments, whether they be messages, packages, or any other source of "stuff". There are three ways to deal with ...

The Schedules of Benjamin Franklin and Hunter S. Thompson

12 January 2013: Benjamin Franklin Hunter S. Thompson 5:00 AM Rinse, wash, and address Powerful Goodness! Contrive a day's business, and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study, and breakfast. ...

E-Book Publishing Tips

22 December 2012: If you find this essay useful, you can give back by picking up the Amazon Kindle version. Contents About This Essay Why e-Publishing? Publishing an E-book in Ten Minutes A More Detailed Process Writ ...

Packing Light

22 September 2012: Last updated 4 July 2013. Over the past three years I've become obsessed with packing light when travelling. I've tried a whole bunch of different clothes, accessories, and techniques for travelling l ...

PC vs. Console Gaming 2012

19 September 2012: Note on 17 June 2013: My opinions on this topic have changed drastically since I originally wrote this. Take a look at the article I Was Wrong About PC Gaming to see how I feel about it in June 2013. ...

Computer Generated Creativity

3 September 2012: A friend of mine recently asked me what I thought about sending machines to Mars instead of human beings. I replied that the conservative in me is fine sending machines because its so much cheaper. Th ...

A Better Twitter Workflow

8 July 2012: 15 second summary According to trend analysis, if you want your tweets to be read, post them at 2pm EST. Use tools like HootSuite, Bufferapp, Tweriod, Tweet4Me, and Tweetbot to build a workflow that l ...

My Moleskine GTD System

9 May 2012: Note: This article has been updated from the original version written on 1 October 2009. For many years, Getting Things Done has helped me manage the chaos of everyday life. GTD has made me happier, m ...

Where are my VR Goggles?

7 May 2012: 30 second summary Though cyberpunk books like Ready Player One show us a world in which we all live in virtual reality, current trends suggest that physical immersion isn't important to us. Instead o ...

The Creative War Against Getting Things Done

26 April 2012: 30 second summary Across the web, creative types have described Getting Things Done as too tweaky for the creative process and too regimented for simple peace of mind. Creative people spend too much t ...

Why I Quit Playing Draw Something

16 April 2012: Three weeks ago I began playing Draw Something. Two weeks ago I quit. I quit for two reasons: First, I have enough inboxes. I don't need another app with a little red number in the corner demanding my ...

Sennheiser PX 100 II iPhone Headphones

16 March 2012: 30 second summary It's really hard to find a good set of iPhone-compatible headphones. After much searching and testing, I found that the Sennheiser PX 100-II on-ear iPhone headset had the best mix of ...

Five Tips to Thrive in Corporate America

12 March 2012: Tips from a 15 year vet Last Saturday, on 10 March, I hit my 15 year anniversary with my company. A co-worker, who probably didn't know what he was getting into, was kind enough to ask me for my "old ...

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