Wilderness Details

About a year ago, my friend Nolan invited me to Yosemite to do some camping and rock climbing.  Reticent about rehashing a forgotten part of my youth–and newly wary of the risks involved, I decided to join him for what he told me was a short, easy climb.  The climb itself did turn out to […]

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Can a business be grateful? Insights from the science of gratitude

A colleague of mine runs a consulting business, called Behaviorly, where she applies findings from behavioral economics to help improve how other businesses are run.  For instance, how bonuses are paid out can change how responsive employees are to the incentive.  We have been exchanging emails and I began wondering if I can apply the science […]

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Make Nice Things! Part Two.

A table is a mechanism for preventing your stuff from hitting the ground when you drop it.  Gravity is the earth’s own organizational force for keeping your stuff from floating away; tables take advantage of this force by keeping your stuff the right amount of distance away from the ground. A table thus needs to achieve […]

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A meditation on impermanence

I think we had gone to the thrift store to drop off some furniture, but we decided to go in and dig around.  My favorite part of any thrift store is the “smalls” section, where they put all the random stuff that doesn’t really seem to fit into any particular category.  I like digging  through […]

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Make things, even crappy things.

Rid yourself of the standards of creating an objet d’art.  Instead, make an “object day-art.” I would like to persuade you to make stuff.  Persuading you to make stuff begins with thinking about object day-art in the context of stuff in general.  We love stuff.  We seek it, we cherish it, we love it (Carlin, 1986). […]

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