Be like caffeine

Caffeine doesn’t actually hit the gas as much as it keeps our brains from putting on the brakes. When enough adenosine builds up in our brain and spinal cord, we start to wear out. Caffeine gets in the way of that process because adenosine receptors think caffeine molecules are super cute — they bond and […]

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Confused makeup

Most women are more beautiful than they realize — it seems they attach “no makeup”  to “no shower / dirty clothes / overtired” simply because that’s the only time their social world accepts “no makeup” as a safe choice. Bummer.

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The last ten percent

I drove back into the valley at just the right time last night. The sunset was amazing, and I decided it was worth a few minutes to grab a picture. I parked behind a guy standing next to his open door with his phone. A woman across the street was aiming her camera through her […]

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Knowing that you know

In our culture, the phrase “knowing that you know” holds some romantic sway. It’s viewed as a useful goal–something we should all aspire to. If I were the man creating the message, standing at the pulpit, I’d turn the phrase on its head. Knowing that we don’t know might not keep the butts in the […]

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Moderation. It’s the answer.

Here’s a sure recipe for abandoning your fitness plans this year: Put everything you have into your first leg workout. A little leg work is a very good thing. A lot of leg work (especially when your toilet is the only thing that’s ever seen you squatting) is going to hurt. More than a lot. […]

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Goals are for losers

It’s the first day of a new year—maybe a good time to share some ideas I picked up from a book by Scott Adams, the guy who created the Dilbert comic strip. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams (kindle or real book) One of his central ideas is that our personal […]

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Why vulnerability is hard in practice

Obstacles you’ll bump into once you’ve decided openness and vulnerability matter: Once you’ve established “who you are” in the world, the world expects you to act like that person. This applies to hair style, the color and cut of your shirt, the way you interact with others, even the way you think, feel, and write. […]

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A creation story (maybe humans were first)

Eons ago, the entity we consider God stumbled upon an unexpected success: He created us. He wasn’t aiming for humanity, for some species with our ability to reason, change, and create, but we were the result of some experiment, like the sticky/unsticky glue on the back of Post-It Notes, only we had the capacity for […]

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Maybe you should grow a beard

When my wife was still my girlfriend, I decided to grow a goatee to see how it looked. She liked it quite a bit, and I liked it well enough, and for sixteen years I’ve been sharing my face with just a little bit of hair. ¹ I guess that’s fine. But I know this […]

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The end of something mediocre

One year ago, I started writing about something new every day. Three hundred and sixty-six posts later, I’m calling it a wrap. There were three reasons I began the experiment: I want to improve as a writer, which won’t happen unless I write. I want to challenge myself to learn something worth writing every day. […]

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