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Aug
06
A slow but reliable system for making friends

A slow but reliable system for making friends

This system works because friendship is a process that happens a little bit at a time, and then all at once. Friends are, on some level, two people who have grown used to one another.
6 min read
Jul
30
Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Everything is made up, and the points don't matter
9 min read
Jul
23
The camera had a power I hadn't expected

The camera had a power I hadn't expected

I was rewarded for being interested in things. I was rewarded for being interested in everything.
5 min read
Jul
16
Work wants to own your soul

Work wants to own your soul

Work wants to own your need to grow, and your need to build, and your need to love.
4 min read
Jul
09
How to get more business ideas than you know what to do with

How to get more business ideas than you know what to do with

Stop thinking about generating business or product ideas. Focus on finding people who would be good customers, and talk to them regularly about their problems.
7 min read
Jul
02
Motivate people by repeating their words right back to them

Motivate people by repeating their words right back to them

Does it help me to use words that confuse people? Does it help me to spend time telling people what words they should be using instead, time I could be spending listening to them instead?
3 min read
Jun
25
Quiet your productivity demons with knitting, today!

Quiet your productivity demons with knitting, today!

It is very, very hard for my particular demon to call an activity that produces a physical object, that I can hold in my hands, and that will ultimately keep me or a friend warm, "not productive."
5 min read
Jun
18
Tracking Conversion Rates on the Ghost platform with Amplitude

Tracking Conversion Rates on the Ghost platform with Amplitude

How good can I get at "selling" subscriptions? Out of the things I enjoy writing about, which are the most interesting to people? What metrics can I collect that are interesting and actionable?
4 min read
Jun
11
Burnout recovery, and the self-care trap

Burnout recovery, and the self-care trap

Most of the advice I've gotten about burnout has been useless-to-actively-harmful. "Have you tried yoga and meditation?" "Take more time
4 min read
Jun
04
Using RSpec Feature Tests to Actually Test What You Think You're Testing

Using RSpec Feature Tests to Actually Test What You Think You're Testing

Given the brittleness of RSpec's have_tag matcher and the presence of new Webrat and Capybara matchers that do a better job, have_tag was not included in rspec-rails-2.
4 min read