Compounding Is The Secret of Everything

I came into the living room and saw the glass panel lying on the carpet. It had fallen from the TV cabinet I had custom-made for me a few years ago. Seems the double-sided tape holding it to the front of an equipment drawer had given way. I brought the matter up with Mike, who had built the cabinet. He sagely opined, “Gravity is a patient foe.” The solution Mike had devised was adequate to resist gravity for a while. »

Heinleins 5th Law

As you may realize, I’m a fan of Robert A Heinlein who was an SF writer of the last century. He left the planet when I was a young man. One of his legacies was five rules of writing that he set forth in an essay, On The Writing of Speculative Fiction. You must write You must finish what you start You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order You must put your story on the market You must keep it on the market until it is sold This list was brought to mind when I encountered a passage in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. »

The Life Changing Power of Catfood Retirement

I think it started with Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or maybe it was The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. Someone who groks SEO figured that headlines containing the words “Life Changing” got more clicks. And now I’m seeing lots of blog posts with that phrase. Perhaps that drew you here. Urk. Now I’d better say something profound. OK here goes. Your life may not need changing. »

Eating for Awesome

A couple years ago I was obese. Then I began exercising like a madman and I lost a lot of weight. When you lose a lot of weight, you go through distinct phases. In the first phase your body raises twofold objections: hey, dude, I’m out of shape hey, dude, I’m burdened with all this extra fat (I don’t know why my body talks like a surf bum.) »

Exercising Like a Madman

I have a friend who’s a Freudian psychiatrist and I once asked him for a layman’s definition of crazy. He hemmed and hawed a bit then settled on “sane” being what the majority of others do. If everyone around you engages in bungie jumping, you’re not crazy if you do, too. For the last while I’ve been exercising like a madman. Let’s start by establishing a baseline for normal so we can gauge the extent of madness. »