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What we can learn about multitasking from machines

Best Of / Productivity

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about focus and dealing with many projects at once. I’ve heard many people say that it is difficult, if not impossible, to be 100% committed to more than one endeavor at any time. Furthermore, the more stuff you have on your plate, the more everything simultaneously suffers. In an opportunity dense world, not everything has equal value. Indeed, I can relate to having spent too much time on value-poor […]


Best Of / Fiction

I have this fantasy. Over the course of a few months I would slowly tie off loose ends, get my affairs in order, and stockpile required supplies. I would cancel all my credit cards, telephone accounts, or any other electronic means for finding me… Except for, I’d pay the server company upfront for 10 years of service. Then, one day… maybe early springtime… maybe summer… I would take down the blog and replace it […]

80 mph is fast

Best Of / Journal

I earned an important perspective on life yesterday.I picked up my car from Pep Boys and decided I would go looking for the hub cap (which I distinctly remember seeing roll off to the side of the road through my rear view mirror when my tire blew). I drove by the spot and sure enough, it was in the “emergency lane” on the far left… right by the fast lane. I figured I would pull […]

Car Tire

Best Of / Journal

Front right tire blew out on Highway 183 yesterday on the way to deliver some printed brochures to be folded and stuffed for mailing.I pulled over to the side of the road, but I only had about a foot of space to try to squeeze in a tire change. To make matters worse, I was on an elevated part of the freeway (going North 183 over Lamar for you Austinites), so if I peered over […]

Scorpions Part Deux

Best Of / Essays

So. It turns out that if you shovel up a bunch of dirt right in front of a forest and plop down a brand new house with delicious wood and dark nooks and crannies, you are begging to encounter at least one or two scorpion families.Much to my chagrin, Dad told me, in the same tone he would use to inform me I had a message on the answering machine, that he saw a scorpion […]

Telephone Tip for the Day

Best Of / Essays

When calling for customer service, Never, NEVER “press 1 for English.” In fact, don’t press any numbers at all. Just sit patiently and wait. You’ll jump to the top of the queue and will get an immediate answer from a human being. Trust me. It works… Just try it next time.You see, if an old person or someone without fingers calls and doesn’t know how, can’t comprehend, or simply isn’t able to press numbers, then […]