How I think about salary

Nobody gets rich from a salary. Aggressive statement; it warrants some definitions. A salary, broadly speaking, is compensation for your labor — for your input into the machination of a company. The same is true for a hourly wage, except the relationship is more obvious there. People join companies to magnify their efforts — to... Continue Reading →

Personal Lessons from Taking Over SXSW

I just got back from taking over SXSW with Trustwork. It was an exhausting eight-day marathon, complete with an air mattress in the office, questionable food, and hundreds of rejections a day. I wouldn't want to do it again. Despite all that, it was a fantastic experience, and I'm really glad it happened. For reference... Continue Reading →

Stuff

I've moved 8 times in the last 6 years. Every time, I somehow manage to package my life into a few boxes, bags, and loose bundles of stuff. Every time, it seems simple at first — looking around, I have a cup on the counter, some spices, tea, and chocolate in the cabinet, a few... Continue Reading →

Mind-mapping

For many years, I dogmatically resisted using mind maps to take notes or organize my thoughts. I was always afraid I'd get "stuck" if I used pen and paper — that my map would end up too cramped (or too sparse, which seemed wasteful), and the software always seemed too expensive and a bit clunky.... Continue Reading →

ROI: In-Unit Laundry

I walked past a fancy laundromat + café place today. As a business, I think it's a great idea (although somewhat indulgent as well), but it got me thinking (as one does) about the economics of laundry, especially in apartments that have laundry on-site. My current apartment has a washer and dryer in every unit.... Continue Reading →

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