Eating Chocolate with Friends

New reads. New tunes. Same Sunday delivery. Here’s the first newsletter of 2015. The State of Social Networks There’s been a lot of talk this week about the value of social networks. A 19-year-old tech head writes that Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, and YikYak are the most popular networks amongst teens. He deduces Facebook to an […]


The Power of Pause

There are three ways to reflect: Ask a question Experience life Learn something new Ask a question Asking a question is the most basic act of reflection, but it may also be the more potent because questions emerge from curiosity. There’s no such thing as a dumb question as long as the intention is to […]

How Coffee Fueled the Civil War

Coffee did not win the war – Union material resources and manpower played a much, much bigger role than the quality of its Java – but it might say something about the victors. From one perspective, coffee was emblematic of the new Northern order of fast-paced wage labor, a hurried, business-minded, industrializing nation of strivers. […]

7 articles to read this weekend

Every week I like to share 7 articles that get me thinking differently about culture, technology, and work. Let’s get to it… 1. Across State Lines Geography is arbitrary and based on relationships, understanding, and power. Just look at the way Russia annexed Crimea a couple months ago. Paul Ford examines what geography and place […]

An interview with Manuel Zavaleta (aka StyleEngineers)

Manuel Zavaleta is a multi-talented artist based out of Queens, New York. He’s also an incredible colleague and good friend. We recently grabbed some lunch at a burger joint near his studio. Take it away Manny… Who are you and what do you do? My name is Manuel Zavaleta. I’m a former graffiti artist and […]

From Peace to Prosperity

Too many people, too many ideas, too much attention. That’s the big city. Few people, few ideas, few distractions. That’s the woods. We’re all living in a big city mentality today. We fear falling behind on the latest celebrity gossip, breaking news, and TV show banter on Facebook and Twitter. The noise can be so […]

Follow My Logic? A Connective Word Takes the Lead –

The ascendancy of using “so” instead of “well, “um” or “I don’t know” in the age of Google. The rise of “so,” he said via e-mail, is “another symptom that our communication and conversational lives are chopped up and discontinuous in actual fact, but that we try in several ways to sew them together — […]

7 articles to read this weekend

I wrote earlier this week about the paradox of hoarding information so it’s only natural I share my reading list with you like I do every weekend. 1. Facebook Self-Unbundles The Great Facebook Unbundling Facebook has failed to invent any new behaviors or even innovate on the behaviors that were commonplace on the service. For […]

7 articles to read this weekend

Each week I share 7 articles that inspire me to think differently about art, creativity, productivity, social media, and life. Giving less advice. Jason Fried explains why advice can be misleading. What worked for you in the past offers no clear solution for how things work today. Instead, ask someone who just went through it. […]

Hello, World

Introductions require a greeting, your name, and if you’re at work maybe a little bit about what you do. But really all you need is the greeting. As soon as you pronounce your name and your title people start judging you. Sometimes you’re better off giving the world a simple ‘hello’ and leaving everything else […]

Seth Godin: “Best” is rarely the same as “popular.”

“Best” is rarely the same as “popular.” – Seth Godin Your best work is not what gets the most likes, shares, comments, i.e. combined interactions.  How you define your best work is more likely related to the amount of time you spent on producing that piece of work. While I have Google Analytics installed on […]

Body Moving

You are what you own. You are what you wear. You are where you work. You are what you say and tweet. Is your lifestyle a clear indication of who you are and what you really desire? Most of the time we can’t get what we want, so our actions are pragmatically confined to what […]

Celebrity status

Being one is fun. But really the only difference between celebrities and the rest of us are impressions and power. TV already edits their flaws, while they portray the perfect life to their millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter. Celebrities also carry with them huge clout – they can dictate their fans and drive […]