No one ever is. There is no “good at writing” gene. Crawling out the womb with tendencies towards certain behaviors? Yes. That’s called personality. Everyone has that. But what about heredity? Both of my brothers jump into burning buildings for a living. I decided to…do whatever the hell this is. Yeah, I could have become […]Read more "Born Good"
We often think that if we do something, than something must happen as a result. “I do A action, and B result happens as a consequence of doing A.” But the trap is that we presuppose the result. And when the result reappears, we keep presupposing. This kind of thinking sets us up for disappointment. […]Read more "Causes and Effects and Tiramisu"
To write well, the writer must pick between good ideas and bad ideas. Given a buffet of ideas to experiment with, the writer must ask: what do I choose? what do I say no to? In this way, every writer participates in discrimination. This is what I mean by discrimination. Every writer must be a […]Read more "If I’m Told to Find My Authentic Voice One More Time I’m Going to Explode"
Too often, we approach books prescriptively. Rather than taking a leap, we take out a notepad. We scribble down key takeaways in the marginalia. And we scribble quickly because we don’t want to fall behind. We speed read and speed notes and optimize. It’s like we’ve forgotten that humans are made out of DNA, not […]Read more "Eating Wisdom for Breakfast"
3 TIPS FOR HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM Admit that you suck Practice Repeat step 2 forever I don’t feel good about my writing because I don’t consider myself a good writer. I start way too many sentences with ‘but.’ I cycle through the same 4 subjects. I add conditionals like probably and way, way too often. Does […]Read more "I Don’t Want Your Damn High Self-Esteem"
Good conversationalists lead people with whom they’re speaking to towards vistas. Vistas are sprawling, psychic valleys of old memories behind and new ideas ahead. Valleys as wide as the mind can remember and imagine. These valleys are for exploration, play, and curiosity. Conversationalists incept vistas into people’s imaginations with explorative questions. Composed of only a […]Read more "Cages and Vistas: How to Be an Attractive Conversationalist"
Just as the “so-called left” (or the “online left” as Anna Khachiyan calls it), uses “bigot/sexist/transphobe/racist, etc.” to dismiss the right, the right uses words and acronyms like woke, PC, SJW, and D.I.E (now called D.E.I) to dismiss the left. Make whatever arguments you want against and for either side. Both use certain words as […]Read more "Dismissive words"
Because ‘education’ implies teaching, and teaching implies presence. Passiveness and presence aren’t like yin and yang. They’re more like gravity and a hot dog, two things that couldn’t be more unlike. The electricity of the online education movement is threatened by the hustlers. It takes a sharp focus and the will to move mountains to […]Read more "Online education is not a path to passive income."
Made, because it’s a collection of some of my best blog posts (according to me) from last year. It’s a compilation, a curation, a selection of deep cuts. There’s just two pages of original writing. The book has pictures you can look at and words you can read. You can buy the book with money […]Read more "I made a book"
When I was 14, I made the best decision I’ve ever made. I decided to start a blog. It was a blog about World of Warcraft’s toughest competitor. No, not RuneScape. Not Adventurequest, either. It was a little game called Club Penguin. I played Club Penguin a lot. I blogged about it a lot more. […]Read more "2007 is Over and Club Penguin is Dead. But I’m still Blogging."