2016-2019 Blog Archive
From 2016 to 2019 I wrote a weekly-ish blog on a little bit of everything. The most common topics were mental health, personal improvement and finance. There was also a bit of whaaaaaaat mixed in. These are all the articles.
Some folks have asked why I haven't written anything in a while. Good question! But a false one: I've written plenty of stuff, I just haven't posted any of it. Here's some thinking behind that.
With the release of the mobile versions, the app is err’where. Whatever your device, you can do your daily mental health check-in with Grapefruit!
This is not really about Christmas. It’s about caring too much about what other people think and how that trait of mine is slowing eroding away.
I avoid the sun, I’ve never been in a tanning booth, I try to keep my skin Casper-white (the ghost, not the mattress) and yet I ended up with skin cancer in my 30s. Here’s what it’s been like both procedurally and mentally. Spoiler alert for those who wanna wait until their 70s.
You know those things that are broken a little bit but you continue to live with without fixing? Like a door that sticks in winter but still closes with a little hip-check. Or a car that makes a loud noise when you reverse slowly but otherwise drives just fine? Or a toothbrush that should be replaced according to the blue “wear indicator” stripe but you know is just fine for another month? I’m kinda that.
There are a lot of guidelines about how often or how much we should do or have of a certain thing. Those are handy, but let’s add some realism to the mix and lower the bar so we can stumble over it.
If a startup starts in the forest but no one is around to be a user, does it really exist?
An update on the newly-named Grapefruit. It has a name and is in the final testing phase!
A long time ago in a village or something somewhat far away.
I’m rebuilding Illuum, the life tracking app. A little bit of why and a look at the new prototype!
Work-life balance is a good thing, right? Something worth talking about and fighting for? If so, then why does the mention of it make the skeptical hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention? There’s something wrong here.
As I keep trying to push my life further, I keep coming up against the same brick wall: my introversion. It’s a wall I didn’t want to accept existed but embracing it has too many benefits to ignore.
Writing without thinking is better when you're drinking. Too bad I wrote this sober because it goes straight to nowhere.
After 100 posts I offer up some stats, some thoughts and a poop emoji or two.
The big surprise result from tracking my sleep for the past year is how much time I spend awake during seemingly restful nights.
That may sound like a confusing title but it’s only because it’s the goddamn key to everything in your entire universe in four words. You have to want the right things.
Staying busy is a quality tool to keep the mind running smooth. It works even if the things you keep busy with are completely pointless.
I wanted to write a short bio for this site. But trying to describe yourself in a paragraph is like eating watermelon on a trampoline. It feels stupid and even if you succeed it makes you take a long, hard look at yourself.
This one doesn't count.
In some areas, the difference between resetting and restarting can be fundamental. A look at two of those areas, including a look at my area.
Sometimes I have to pause whatever I'm doing for a moment and deal with the question of why I'm me.
Technology is not great at being helpful. I want technology that is useful, not helpful, and that’s a big distinction.
At the end of Grand Theft Auto V, you get a report from the in-game shrink outlining your personality traits. Mine was scary close to reality.
Subscriptions have always been difficult to cancel, but I had a couple services take it to a new level recently. Put on your tin foil hats, it's conspiracy time!
15 years ago I got my first Mac and it was rather useless. Today I'm reliving that experience after picking up a Windows laptop.
How much do we pay for entertainment? How much should we pay? Should we compare those things to movie ticket prices? Find out more here!
It's a new year and here's a small thing to make you a little happier: stop browsing unlimited content feeds. Become a seeker instead.
Merry Christmas, I got you a bunch of stuff.
Every year I take all of my bookmarks and put them in an archive folder. It’s kinda like The Purge but with sites you won’t visit.
Here are some recipes that have stayed in my regular rotation, either because they are easy and/or give a good yield of leftovers and/or are straight-up yum y'all.
As do I. As does everyone. No matter what you do, the end result is that things start in one place at the beginning of the day, and they end up somewhere else at the end of the day.
The greatest trick the marketing devils ever pulled is convincing you that you shouldn’t reply. About those foolish noreply email addresses.
The unstoppable force of very gradual progress comes to this site’s newsletter. Finding a simple new-post newsletter setup without paying too much wasn’t as easy as I expected.
There should be a cheaper option for apps you don’t use very often.
It’s oh, so … shhhh.
There’s only one compelling reason that I keep using my Android.
Putting new clothes on corpses.
Thanksgiving weekend, mountain biking, and leaves. So many leaves!
Every little thing has to be magic
I would always try to come up with creative names. Here's why I've stopped doing that.
Take an entire year off, use that time to learn about investing, and you can end up with the same amount or more money in the end.
If every site cost you something, what would you pay for?
Comparing the price of a digital product to that of a cup of coffee always makes my eyebrows move in a skeptical manner.
After three months away from publishing here, it’s time to turn on the ol’ word machine again.
If TV can take the summer off, so can I.
I'm trying some dietary changes using feelings, not rules.
Before I accept that a day is a write-off, I have a checklist to go through. If I do them all and I still don't feet energized, then I know it's okay to wait until tomorrow.
There's great motivation to be found in doing something regularly without interruption. But is that a good thing?
After three-quarters of a year, my Beetle is even harder to understand than before.
I pushed myself to the limit and then came to an abrupt halt. And then the world went dark and I sat in a pile of ants. Story of a bike ride gone bad.
A recurring monthly charge of $10 takes a shocking amount of time off of your retirement.
What should one do after selling a company? Besides growing out your Al Gore beard, of course.
A look back on the company, the myth, the legend. And what it feels like to sell your (figurative) baby.
Why does adding the suffix -bag make something worse? Bags are great!
Seven years ago I created an app to track moods. It's still being used today. Time for a status update.
Everything is better when you break out of the standard life structure.
Why it's a bad idea to line your budget up with your income.
Our company went to Florida for our annual company retreat. I'm still not sure how I feel about them.
Is Kickstarter a good service? Here's everything I've backed there and the outcome.
Large retail stores are winning not just because they have better prices but because they make the worst part of shopping easier: the return.
Tired of eating cereal at home? Kellogg's has a solution in their To Go Cup. Here's a full review.
Have you ever thought about how you'd act if there was a war going on around you?
RRSPs are a great mechanism for retirement savings but if you contribute the maximum allowed each year for your entire working life, will you have enough to retire?
Sometimes I'd rather put my index finger in a rotting potato than write another post. But I god damn do it anyway.
The hardware included with your phone is probably not the fastest way to charge it.
Checklists were sent from the heavens to ease our suffering. They are no less than Gods themselves.
Always feel like you don't have enough time in the week? Well, guess whose fault that is: your old pal Math.
I designed a new look for this site. Here's a breakdown of the process.
During 2016, I generated a long list of article ideas. But I'm gonna leave them in 2016. Here are the best and dumbest ones that won't get written.
This is a test of the emergency blogcast system. Please do not be alarmed.
Every day isn't created equal. This is about one of the bad ones and how it relates to rally racing, my favourite motor sport.
I've only owned a car while living in a small town. So I was apprehensive about owning one in a big(-ish) city. Here're some things that make me happy and sad about it.
One year ago I gave up drinking, but picked up a different vice: working from home. You’d be surprised how similar they are.
Think SEO is douche-y? Or a dark art? Witchcraft? It's not. It's simple, it's logical and it's a topic everyone who works on the web should understand.
The 2016 MacBook Pros are disappointing but is that the thing we should be caring about?
I bought a funny domain name for this site and also I don't like Halloween. Somehow I connect those two things into one post.
This is the story of a shopping binge. In four hours I spent more than I ever have on a month's rent.
I switched to Android. It was really hard to figure out which phone to buy though. Here's a look at the top contenders and what I actually went with.
Herein lies the golden rule of managing a team of actual human people.
Sometimes life knocks you down. Here's how a bug gave me the strength to get back up.
Newfoundland had always been "home" until I left. Can you truly ever find another home though? Some thoughts.
What amount of comfort should you strive to have in your life? What about control?
Wireless devices are always troublesome. I prefer to avoid the trouble and just use wires.
Bank fees make me angry and sad. I try to avoid them where I can but, sometimes, you've gotta buy a car.
Should we care what other people think about our choices? Let's use cars as an example.
The results of impostor syndrome, cognitive biases and lots of other odd mind mechanisms mean we often feel the opposite of the way we should.
Cash is a great way to "feel" the actual amount of an expense. But sometimes hiding behind plastic is a good thing.
Trying to make a choice makes us miserable and less happy with the result. Do yourself a favour and fall in love with your next car by not choosing it.
A rally call to do something. Anything. Just get 'er done.
I don't enjoy travel like I used to. So I took a trip to PEI to think about why.
Phones and computers are so boring. I want something a little more wild with wings for those heavy days and ribs for her pleasure.
For a week I tweeted a ton more than I normally do to see what would happen. Here are the results.
If you bought mutual funds from your bank, you're probably paying more in fees that you realize. And you don't need to.
I'm not writing much this week; I'm out enjoying summer.
I (finally) got a new bike. Here's how I busted past the decision paralysis and chose which bike to get.
Every year or so I try to make Duolingo a habit. Here's 2016's attempt.
A conversation with my imaginary editor after not having a good topic to write about.
I spent two hours per week working on this site. What can you do in that about of time?
I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to dress well. I'm starting to relax both my attitude and the fit of my clothes.
The launch for a new project got me feeling all the feelings.
Maybe there's a reason I go through all of the shit that I go through.
A review of the Apple Watch. It's like wearing a normal watch, but different.
Let's all take the pressure off and remember that all you do is just a normal part of life and it's okay. You can relax.
Emotions are more useful than I ever knew. Can't deal with the other humans without them.
One night a had a realistic dream where I died. Freaked me right the hell out.
It's okay to want a nicer home now and then. It's not okay to always want a nicer home.
Writing, though a solitary activity, has actual brought people closer to me by opening up new areas of discussion.
Don't be afraid to schedule time with the people most important to you. Your calendar is not just for work.
As I turned 33, I look forward and backward 5 years and try to find patterns.
A new master race could evolve through the physical limitations of space travel.
In which I decide to turn this blog into a weekly writing habit.
Ambition or contentment? Which is the "right" path to strive towards for you?
This blog could be the best thing I've ever done. (Update: It's okay.)
You've gotta believe in yourself if you don't believe in a higher power.
How to have more energy than you'll know what to do with and also make it seem like Christmas comes every 10 days
Giving up sugar and snacks increased my energy by an insane degree.
A new beginning. Welcome to the new site.