‘The Better Bet’   

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mr. Housel calls this “the seduction of pessimism in a world where optimism is the most reasonable stance.” People are naturally attracted to stories about doom. This is not new, and it’s especially true when it comes to money. The irony is that optimism is regarded as naive although it has consistently been the better bet.

If there is any cognitive bias that I have seen destroy a person’s potential more than any other, it’s this one. A belief in the future negative.

‘Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy’   

Friday, 22 June 2018

“This decision will provide users with the confidence that the sensitive location data they share with innovative digital devices and services will only be disclosed to law enforcement with a warrant based on probable cause,” he said.

This is huge. And precedent setting.

(It’s hard to believe that it’s 2018 when the first Supreme Court issues the first verdict of its kind on smart phone data.)

‘Two Fail-Safe Principles for Retaining Great Team Members’   

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

At the end of my remarks I emphasized the human component of these axioms by sharing two fail-safe principles for retaining great team members:

Team members stay when they believe in the trajectory of the company/product/team, and when that trajectory goes off course or stagnates they feel empowered to course-correct.

Team members stay when they’re operating at or near their full potential sustainably, and they feel recognized and compensated for doing so.

Moll has been one of my favorite writers for a long time. Here’s another example why.


‘Free Trials from Apple’s Perspective’   

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

And what about people who absent-mindedly download by clicking the button. They may well miss the free trial information, and think they already paid. A month later, they are going to get angry, because they “already bought it!”. Or they realize it is a free trial, but quickly forget that, because they never formally opted-in to a free trial, later to find their data is being held for ransom unless they pay up. (Such a confusion could arise from overloading the purpose of the “Get” button, to mean download and get a free trial.)

As a consumer, I find the structure of free trials to be paid with by stress, confusion, and hassle.

Sign up for Hulu! But first provide your credit card, get billed a week earlier than they stated, waste time on the phone with customer support, and waste 5 hours of time you will never see again. No thank you.

Apple is likely working to make that process simpler, more straightforward, and not full of regret. Yes, please!

Everything that you currently are, you once ate   

Friday, 8 June 2018

Everything your body has ever done comes from one source: food you’ve put in it. That Five Guys burger was broken down in your colon, became lung cells, which were then compressed to exhale the carbon dioxide currently leaving your body as you read this sentence.

Food is, quite literally, the stuff of life. How wonderful! Every molecule of your beautiful body was once food. Then you ate it. And it became, well, you.

That spicy noodle soup you’re slurping will become skin cells on your forearm. The protein bar you grabbed for breakfast will become brain processes and hormone secretions. Everything that you currently are, you once ate.

It sounds nuts. We don’t usually think of food this way.

But when we do, meals become moments of serene gratitude and joy. Food, the human body, life: these are miracles.

And that’s why at meals, we give thanks.

Garlic bread to (actually) die for   

Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Sourdough bread, sautéed in a cast iron pan with enough butter to make Paula Deen blush. Tossed crushed garlic and fresh basil into the pan to coat the bread. After the bread began to brown, I leaned the bread against the edges of the pan, and slipped it into the oven at 400 degrees. This allowed the butter to dry out, and make the bread crispy. I mean crispy. Finished off with a little more fresh basil, and a sprinkling of pink sea salt.

Ain’t no shame in saying it: this is the best garlic bread I’ve ever had, restaurant or otherwise! Yum. 🥖 🍞

Pan fried eggs   

Friday, 20 April 2018

The pan fried egg. A perfect food.

Frying eggs with olive oil is perfectly okay, for a perfectly okay egg. Frying with butter, however, is perfect. The texture is unbeatable, and let’s not mince words: salt and pepper with butter will ALWAYS beat salt and pepper with olive oil.

Butter + a minced fresh herb (basil!) + sea salt + pepper = my favorite pan fried egg.

Spicy peanut tempeh with slaw, sugar snap peas, and broccoli   

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Tempeh marinated in a spicy peanut sauce overnight, then roasted at 375. Served next to a sweet & sour red cabbage slaw, fresh sugar snap peas, and roasted broccoli. Delicious!

Cooking healthy food while working 60 hour weeks is hard. Very hard. But it is not impossible!

Raspberry chia seed jam   

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Chia seed jam: I’m still on this kick! All it takes is the fruit of your choice + chia seeds + a dash of both lemon juice and honey.

Since discovering that it’s possible to make jam this way, I haven’t touched store bought jam. I’m fairly certain I never will either!

It takes about 15 minutes to whip up a big batch that lasts all week.

Spicy Thai shrimp salad   

Monday, 16 April 2018

Shrimp marinated overnight in sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, lemon, lime, sriracha, and honey. I make these marinades in huge batches, enough to last for a week.

Hungry? Toss it in a wok. 5 minutes to insanely tasty food.

And the best part: anytime you have use a marinade like this, it can double as the salad dressing. Pour it all straight from the wok, onto the greens.

So quick. So tasty.