10 Things I Learned from my First Book
Seventy-nine percent of American adults are moderately or highly literate, per NCES, yet it takes time for a book to get there. I’ve heard many bestselling authors say that they freeze up when they compare their published books to their new book
The Dying Wisdom of Roland Griffiths
This post is not an endorsement for the recreational use of magic mushrooms.
What I Learned Losing Money
Banking in the game Monopoly is not like banking in real life.
Is Your Career Too Safe?
The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates and a monthly salary. - Nassim Taleb
The Silent Graveyard
It's safe to assume that your favorite musician—say, Aly or AJ, or some lesser third choice— makes more money than your dentist does.
Why You Can't Stick to Habits
Regardless of your approach, you typically end up back where you started. Even a foolproof strategy like not donating to Marjorie Taylor Greene eventually breaks down.
Flipping Coins and is the NFL Rigged?
It’s summer 2015, and you reach into your pocket/purse and find a quarter. (Even non-weirdos have change in 2015.) A stranger walks by and bets you a dollar that it will be heads.
Two Freedoms Worth Chasing
a person making $25,000 today is materially richer than John D. Rockefeller was in 1910
Anger and Reality
"It’s a superpower in modern times to be able to get off the ride of anger"
Taking Responsibility for our Minds
When I was a 20-year-old college student, procrastinating each research paper to the point of inflicting self-harm, I imagined myself at 27 being a mature adult who calmly accomplished the tasks I laid out before me.
Steve's Jobs (Part III): Why Apple became a Trillion-Dollar Company
This is how Jobs wanted it. It’s the idea of tight integration, or, to put it another way, Jobs’ obsession with control that endures long after his lifetime.
Steve's Jobs II
To Jobs, pleasure was more pleasurable when contrasted with extreme restraint.
The Scanning Age: Automation and America
We need politicians who recognize that this is a different era of humanity, and we need to revisit our pre-digital laws and norms.
Steve's Jobs (Part I)
Recently, as part of the “other” quadrant of my life (football, other, work, sleep), I read Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography.
A better way to job search (the post that inspired the book!)
“I don’t know what I want to do, what I would possibly be interested in, or even what I like. Come to think of it, I don’t really like anything.”
Quarantine, Morass, and Stress
You know those days where you eat poorly, don’t exercise, and waste a few hours online to avoid getting up to drink water?
How to Avoid Sloth: Four Secrets
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
McDoubles for our Minds
Flipping between Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and (god forbid) Tik Tok may temporarily save us from the terror of being alone with our thoughts, but it’s training us to chop our focus into 500 little pieces until our attention span atrophies completely.
Scarcity: A (Fitting) New Year's Resolution
I then spend my Saturdays reenacting the binge-eating orgies of the Ancient Romans by pre-gaming pizza and Cookout milkshakes with Five Guys’ bacon cheeseburger.
Guest Post: Are our Lives Really Getting Better?
For those of us fortunate enough to reside in a Western democratic country, we have the freedom to do anything we want at any time.
Two Diagrams: America's Past and Present
It’s impossible to know the future, so the secret of “visionaries” and “geniuses” is not foresight, but rather insight into what is currently possible.
Addiction in the 2020s
YouTube and I have a love-hate relationship. I do not spend time on social media outside of a few Twitter binges, so YouTube has long been my vice, my kryptonite, yet my domain.
Too Much One Way and Not Enough the Other
we all live in our own heads, and we have no concept of another person’s perception of reality. Waking up to our own biases through the process of an honest assessment is extremely difficult and is never-ending.
Instant Gratification: Bezos & You & Me
Smoking dangers are as widely known as any statistic in America, yet every teenager magically forgot them and started smoking the Juul because it was shaped like a USB and not a cigarette.
Tennessee DMV: the 322nd Circle of Hell
If there is a woebegone place of eternal fire, Hitler and Osama are currently sitting there and waiting to hear their confusing alphanumeric combinations called at the Tennessee DMV.
Teaching Myself Economics
You wouldn’t describe yourself using a single adjective, so why would we describe something much bigger than our personalities by using a single explanation?
Lessons from my year in Mexico
I therefore spent 16 to 18 hours per workday in my room or in the kitchen. Considering I only slept about 8 hours per night, this left me with 8-10 hours per day existing inside of my 14 by 14-foot box.
But please tell me how letting a student make $50 by selling autographs at the mall in order to have some spending money will ruin amateur athletics.
Why We're Wrong: Factory Farming
It’s truly amazing how infrequently many of us stop to think about where much of our food comes from.
We Are Not the End of History
I want to zoom out on the whole debate of modern morality and acknowledge that this debate is entirely based on the 2019 time bubble we live in.
A Week Without Internet
The next generation is going to have to learn how to conquer a greater set of addictions. All the problems of olden times were scarcity. Now they’re all abundance
10 for 10: Louisville’s all-Decade Team
To avoid letting a college sports team affect my actual life, I became numb to it all, shrouding myself from sports misery, but shrouding myself from unadulterated sports joy—the best part of being a fan—in the process.
The 0.4-hour Workweek
Summers and vacations are so great because they are either the reward for a school year completed without becoming a truant or a well-earned break from work. When I feel like I should be working harder than I am, vacation becomes significantly less joyous.
AMLO: Gas Pain
Mexican women live 5.7 years longer than men, per a CIA 2017 estimate. I mainly attribute this gap to men thinking “if I step out of the car, cross my arms, and show that I’m fed up with this long line, the line will move much faster.
Sports, 2018: a Walk to Remember
If you are a sports fan, read along and appreciate these few moments of sport that some of us sacrificed depressing amounts of our lives to enjoy.
True Life: Prison and Pyro
Some places are better described with pictures than words, so here’s a video of a 6’7, 260 pound dude doing pirouettes in the dance circle. A man of his size stands out here, but the pirouettes helped him blend right back in.
Ode to the Combi
A great thing about Combis is that the passengers represent a cross-section of society. I see men and women in sharp business suits, my stupid reflection in the window, smiling children, and my personal favorite, fights about who is the rat.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Not every young lover is a student, so the grassy knolls on campus are not universally available to serve as The Love Boat. Thus, PDA is totally normal on sidewalks, park benches, and crowded subways.
Offsides: A (Mexican) College Football Season
Set a one-minute timer, look in the mirror, and clap continuously while remaining expressionless. I am sure that we were honoring someone or something very important, but for someone not privy to this information, it is a very long minute.
On Paxton: A Blog of Thoughts and Mexican Tales
Imagine an offspring of a BuzzFeed article and an annual shareholders’ report from Microsoft, where the Microsoft report knows that a late-night YouTube rabbit hole secretly sired her child (my post)