"A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, He has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished." — G.K. Chesterton: "Christmas."
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Progress?

I now see this underlying idea that there’s an absolutely obvious progressive path humanity must take, and we are either on or off it.  But where are we supposed to be going?  Who decides? Truth […]

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CrossFit!

Today I started the OnRamp program to get me started with CrossFit.  If you’re not familiar with it, CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.  It’s hard to describe, and there […]

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You Make Your Money When You Buy

I have heard variations of this quote from Robert Kiyosaki, Dave Ramsey, and a few others. The gist of it is this:

When investing in something, you make your money when you buy the something, not when you sell the something.

For example, when buying real estate, the deal is not in selling for more than you paid, but for buying for less than it’s worth.  This takes a lot of work and patience up front, and the passing up on many opportunities that are less than ideal.

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I’m Not Moving to San Francisco :)

Since I posted that I’m now working for Automattic, many have asked me if I’m moving to San Francisco, where Automattic’s main office is.

I’m not.

Automattic works with a 100% distributed team, which means I’ll be working from home. The same goes for other Automatticians who live in Hawaii, Japan, Iceland, South Africa, Bangladesh, etc.

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Overwhelm

Priorities this weekThe problem with project managers like myself is that we become overly confident on the amount of stuff we can handle.

We know how to manage projects and are confident we can deliver.  The result is that sometimes we just take on too many projects.

I’m certainly at that stage today.  Waaay too much to do, not enough time.

One of the ways I have deal with this problem is to have a prioritization meeting with myself.

The process is simple.

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Às Vezes O Bom É O Inimigo Do Melhor

Uma pequena revolução de vez em quando e’ uma ótima coisa. – Thomas Jefferson

Estou vendo, a distancia, as manifestações no Brasil. Tendo morado muitos anos fora, da minha varanda estrangeira eu sempre tive uma vista interessante da cultura brasileira, talvez às vezes um pouco mais lúcida do que quando eu morava lá.  Como se diz por aqui, às vezes a gente não consegue ver a floresta por causa das árvores na nossa frente.

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Why and How I use Buffer

We all want to engage our friends, our audience, our clients, our tribes.

Much like a cocktail party, we want to talk to people, make new friends, network, share useful information so interaction with you is seen as beneficial and people will come back for more.

Twitter is a great tool for achieving this engagement.  It is everywhere, millions of people are on it, including a lot of the people you want to interact with.  Besides being a tool for carrying conversations, I find it is a great way to provide information I come across during the day.  I get email messages that are worth sharing, I have insights that I want to convey to other people, and I subscribe to a myriad of RSS feeds that provide me with lots of information worth sharing.  Twitter provides a great way to easily share all of this with my relationships.

I find, however, that it is a bit hard to take full advantage of Twitter based on my daily workflow and schedule.  That’s where today’s tip, Buffer, comes in handy.

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Goodbye my kitty.

I was never a cat person.

Cats seemed distant, arrogant, egocentric, aloof.  They get sick on your carpet, eat your unattended food, and protest when their bathrooms are not cleaned on a regular basis. Differently than bratty human guests, we can’t ask cats to help with the chores, pay rent, pay for damages, or kick them out. Cats were all demand and no delivery. I always thought I’d never bring such a jerk into my house.

Life had other plans for me, however.  When I married Amy, I inherited Casey, her 9-year-old tabby.  Being slightly allergic to cats and slightly annoyed for having to attend to one, I immediately proceeded to impose new rules for him in my household. There would be no Casey in my bedroom, no Casey on the couch.  Casey would not eat from the dinner table, and behaviours such as pawing on doors, scratching the furniture, and howling outside my door at 4 in the morning were to be strongly discouraged.