Everyone has a “mind,” but how do we define what the mind is and what it does? Maybe we think of it as the voice in our head, the narration of effort and intention as we concentrate on a task, the thoughts and memories we have while we wait to fall asleep, maybe it’s our […]Read more "Build a Cabin with the River."
Not everyone has the luxury of typing a blog post during the corona virus outbreak. Thousands of people will breathe their last breath as a result of a hostile takeover of their respiratory systems — a result of cells that once served to maintain life, enslaved by a new viral master. Millions more will have […]Read more "Don Your Iron Pajamas: This is Why We Train Our Minds."
According to a January 2015 report from McKinsey & Company, companies with the most racial and ethnic diversity earn 35% greater financial returns than industry averages; organizations with higher gender diversity garner 15% more profit than their competitors. What we have then, is a finding that suggests a correlational benefit to organizations that have a […]Read more "A neuroscience guide to assembling inclusivity"
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 […]Read more "Wilderness Details"
“Oh my god, did you see that?!?” I had spotted a dumpster full of discarded construction trash in the center median of the busy street. We circled the block to look more closely. The dumpster walls rose four feet from the concrete, and contained within them was a treasure trove of construction detritus from a nearby home remodeling. […]Read more "Humiliation as a precedent for opportunity."
The doors to the truck are a mess. The vinyl on the door panels is torn. The window guide-felts are fully disintegrated so the window bangs around in the door when it is rolled down. The springs in the door handles are worn out so you have to manually return the handle to its neutral […]Read more "The Chevy Tree: Do it right…twice"
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 […]Read more "Can a business be grateful? Insights from the science of gratitude"
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 […]Read more "Make Nice Things! Part Two."
Part one: Screw the process. This project began with the famous phrase, “Well that Crate and Barrel table is way too expensive, I’ll be damned if I spend 1500 dollars for some old splintery barn wood mounted to a metal base.” And lo it was begun. The design phase began with my wife and I […]Read more "Screw the process: Make Nice Things! Part One"
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 […]Read more "A meditation on impermanence"