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September 19, 2014

my office


I posted this picture of my studio on Instagram the other day, and people immediately began asking me about my “clipboard system,”assuming that I actually have a clipboard system.


I wish I had some cool clipboard system. The truth is, when we were converting my garage, my wife saw a Pinterest board with clipboards used as picture frames and thought it’d be a neat look for the new studio. I said, sure, cool, go for it. (I even have a picture of her installing them.) For a long time, I just use...

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August 31, 2014

notes to self


notes to self


Came home from a walk with my wife and wrote down this list. It’s going on the wall in my studio.




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August 30, 2014

in any day there is some poetry


When my dad brought home girlfriends, my grandpa,rather obnoxiously, would quiz them from his arm chair. I’m told the first question was usually, “So, what’s your philosophy of life?” (I’m not sure what my mother answered.)


I was thinking of my grandpa last week when I was asked a similarly baffling and broad question during an interview: “What is your definition of success?”


I hemmed and hawed a bit, until I finally said, “I suppose success is your days looking the way you want them to look.”


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August 29, 2014

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August 19, 2014

words i won't say


I recently talked to Brad Listi for over an hour about creativity, my books, and all sorts of stuff.




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August 13, 2014

sorry we're tired


My inbox is full of more questions than I could possibly answer and still get any work done, so once a month, I try to schedule a set period of time to hold “office hours” over on my tumblr, where people can ask me anything they can’t google.


Oftentimes, the answers are just remixed thoughts from my books (how much more is there to say?), but sometimes I hit on something interesting. Below are a few answers from yesterday’s hours minus the questions…


i feel like i have a book in me



stop calling yourself a creative


on the uselessness of do what you love


build skills


look to poets


all the result of mistakes




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August 11, 2014

lyt-3


Last Friday I played designer Kelli Andersonin a match of Layer Tennis, moderated by Jason Kottke. You can see the whole match unfold here.


It was definitely one of the most intense afternoons I’ve had in a while. I used to hateplaying in competitive sports. The only sports I ever enjoyed taking part in were pretty solitary: golf and long distance running. Practicing bothof those sports, mostly you’re just trying to beat your own score or time. (Honestly, I hated them, too.Just not a sports du...

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Published on August 11, 2014 10:06 • 16 views

August 5, 2014

four epitaphs


Don’t be deceived by life’s outcomes. Life’s outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them.
Michael Lewis




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July 30, 2014

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July 22, 2014

Read a book instead wallpaper


Reading books makes me happy. Being on my phone makes me miserable. So, I made a wallpaper for my iPhone’s lock screen to remind me that I have a choice. You can download a copy for yourself right here.


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