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Mike Turitzin's essays and articles

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Classes: Gradually Coalescing into One Interconnected Blob

Sun, 10 Jul 2011 17:34:26 +0000

Classes. I’ve been taking a bunch of ‘em recently. I think I’m going through a phase where I want to try out as many things as possible and see what I like and what I don’t. Why classes? They’re a great way of jumping into something and immediately getting a taste for it. They’re also […]

A Guide to Buying Humanely-Produced Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Products

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 18:46:18 +0000

The food-animal industry in the United States is a mess. Most food animals are raised in confined animal feeding operations — “factory farms,” colloquially — where they’re crammed together into warehouses or small cages, forced to stand in their own urine and feces, and subjected to painful mutilations. They’re given hormones to make them grow faster […]

My Week of Helping People: An Experiment in Immersion

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:45:40 +0000

A week and a half ago, I issued a new challenge to myself. I blocked out a week of my life. The plan: to help other people out, full-time — eight to ten hours per day, for seven days straight. Everything I’d do beyond sleeping, showering, eating, and a bit of relaxing would be devoted […]

Eating Healthily for $3 a Day

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:50:51 +0000

A few weeks ago I challenged myself to go from microwaving corndogs and boiling pasta to cooking a fancy meal in a weekend. Sixteen hours of work later, I emerged successful. Are my food problems all solved? Not yet. Though being able to cook fancy is great for special occasions, it’s not something I can do […]

Man vs. Food: How I Went from Microwaving Corndogs to Top Chef in a Weekend

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:28:48 +0000

It’s Saturday morning, and I have no idea what I’m going to cook. All I know is that by Sunday evening I need to complete four dishes — a full meal. The dishes need to be fancy. It remains to be seen whether they’ll be edible. I’m starting my cooking challenge. The rules: one man, […]

Awesome Stuff You Should Check Out

Tue, 06 Oct 2009 18:48:59 +0000

I thought I’d take a break from the usual essays I post here to cover a few things I’ve been loving recently. The rules: I’m listing only stuff that’s current and that you may not have heard of before. You don’t need to know that I like to watch Teletubbies or eat at Chili’s (and […]

How to Write Rock Music Like a Rockstar

Mon, 21 Sep 2009 19:27:28 +0000

Are you sick of hearing “rockstar” applied to everything? I am. Everyone is a rockstar: Internet companies search for “rockstar” Python programmers. Corporate websites advise you on how to be a “rockstar” recruiter. You can even drink high fructose corn syrup and caffeine and be a rockstar. There’s a reason guys like Jimmy Page and Kurt Cobain aren’t […]

Ambition: Do You Have It?

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 21:49:47 +0000

Some people just aren’t ambitious. Take Michael Skrzypek. The San Francisco resident was covered in the Chronicle last year. For five years, Skrzypek worked 10 weeks per year, earning enough money to finance the remaining 42. How’d he swing that? Basically, he got lucky. He fell into the arrangement–working with legal trial presentation software–mostly due to […]

Marketing: Not So Sucky After All

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:25:51 +0000

I was watching the late comedian Bill Hicks with a friend recently. Hicks has strong opinions, and his audiences love him for them. In the video we were watching he has a bit on marketing. He begins: By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing … kill yourself. The audience laughs. He continues: Just […]

Zen and the Art of Personality Types

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 20:34:12 +0000

I’ve been making my way through Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The book’s good. I love its mix between philosophical discussions and narrative, and it’s very well written. Pirsig himself is an interesting guy. He was a precocious child with a high IQ score (170) at age 9. He started college […]