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Songs for My Father

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:12:39 +0000

One of the things that surprised me most about when my Dad was sick last year was that while he was in the hospital over about 5 weeks he lost any interest in music, TV, movies, anything on a screen. Music was particularly surprising given that he had music on at his desk pretty much … Continue reading Songs for My Father

New Top 50 Restaurants

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:44:09 +0000

There’s a new “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list out! I follow the list and try to check out restaurants on it when I’m in the area, and as of last month had made it to 28 out of 50 of last year’s list. It’s a goal but in a rolling, gentle fashion: as the list … Continue reading New Top 50 Restaurants

On the James Altucher Show

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:29:13 +0000

I joined in for the James Altucher podcast in an episode that covered a lot of ground. One clarification was the point of the story about my Dad not making much at his old job was that companies should be thoughtful about compensation especially for the people who stay with them the longest, not that … Continue reading On the James Altucher Show

Review: From Plato to Post-modernism

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:48:00 +0000

One thing I’m going to try this year is to write a review of every book I get a chance to read. It’s March already so I’m a bit behind and the next few will be out of order, but this seems like as good a place to start as any. One new thing I’ve … Continue reading Review: From Plato to Post-modernism

WordPress Collaborative Editing

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:12:25 +0000

I’m really excited about the new Google Docs integration that just launched — basically it builds a beautiful bridge between what is probably the best collaborative document editor on the planet right now, Google’s, and let’s you one-click bring a document there into a WordPress draft with all the formatting, links, and everything brought over. … Continue reading WordPress Collaborative Editing

The Job Interview

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:46:15 +0000

Inc. writes The Job Interview Will Soon Be Dead. Here’s What the Top Companies Are Replacing It With, and looks at how our brains mislead us in interviews and how Menlo Innovations and Automattic approach it.

Henry Crown Fellowship

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:27:48 +0000

I’m very excited to have been selected to join the Henry Crown Fellowship Class of 2017. Many, many folks I admire including Reed Hastings, Kim Polese, Cory Booker, Aileen Lee, Stephen DeBerry, Deven Parekh, Chris Sacca, Tim Ferriss, Reid Hoffman, Scott Heiferman, Troy Carter, Bre Pettis, Lupe Fiasco, and Alexa von Tobel have been through the program … Continue reading Henry Crown Fellowship

Doors in Barcelona

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:56:20 +0000

As I walked around Barcelona after everything was closed, I was really taken with the graffiti on the roll-down doors. Here’s a gallery of a few snaps.


Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:59:25 +0000

I’m taking it easy this week, nothing too crazy — just sharing good meals and wine with friends. Which is probably a good example of my goals for the year: putting family and loved ones first, slowing down (to go further), and deliciousness. (Single Thread Farms blew me away.) 2016 was a year of incredible … Continue reading Thirty-Three

Rebirth and Yellow Arrows

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:48:45 +0000

My friend Kamal Ravikant has a new book out, Rebirth, which I highly recommend. I had the good fortune to read it a few months ago and the story of the Camino de Santiago touched and inspired me. Because of the impact of the book, I ended up adopting a few New Year’s intentions long … Continue reading Rebirth and Yellow Arrows

Christmas Music: Leslie Odom Jr.

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 18:18:35 +0000

I love Christmas music, and most years I like to recommend a Christmas music album that is a bit more jazz or has something interesting about it. This year I want to point you to Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, who is a gifted vocalist. Hat tip: Rose Kuo. … Continue reading Christmas Music: Leslie Odom Jr.

New .org Homepage

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:10:03 +0000

For the first time in… many years, has a new home page. What’s on the page today actually isn’t that important, even though it’s better in many ways, the key is that it’s changing again, the stone has been unstuck and can now keep rolling.

A Poetition

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:11:10 +0000

Joseph O’Neill has an amazing and funny poetry-related short story Pardon Edward Snowden in the New Yorker which pokes fun at itself quite a bit.

Another Dongle

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:06:00 +0000

One of my favorite new .blogs is The Dongle blog, at I think it’s mostly meant to be funny, but I really agree with this post pointing out you really need something that lets you plug in your lightning headphones to your laptop. I’ve been trying out the Audeze EL-8 and they only have … Continue reading Another Dongle

State of the Word, 2016

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:10:21 +0000

The full video and Q&A from 2016’s State of the Word last week in Philadelphia is now online. This year was especially exciting because it wasnt’ just a look back at the previous year, but sets out a new direction for where WordPress will be in 2017 and beyond. If you want just the slides, … Continue reading State of the Word, 2016

WordCamp Live Stream

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:54:15 +0000

Later today (3:45pm ET) I’ll deliver my annual State of the Word speech, which I’m very excited about. If you’d like to watch remotely, this year live stream tickets are free and you can tune in here.

WP Growth Council

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:51 +0000

In the WordPress world, when we look back an 2016 I think we’ll remember it as the year that we awoke to the importance of marketing. WordPress has always grown organically through word of mouth and its passionate community, but the hundreds of millions being spent advertising against WP has started to have an impact, … Continue reading WP Growth Council

Flying Lotus, Never Catch Me

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:49:52 +0000

Music videos are themselves an art form, and it’s always interesting to me how an artist chooses to transform the interpretation of their song with the video. I’ve listened to this song since it came out but haven’t seen the video until now, and it will definitely make me listen to it differently. Featuring Kendrick … Continue reading Flying Lotus, Never Catch Me

Apples TV’s Struggles

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:45:03 +0000

Joseph Rosensteel has an outsider but savvy perspective on the updates and technology around Apple TV. Definitely a worthwhile read. I’ve experienced a lot of this frustration myself — I have a large library of things bought through iTunes, I like the interface of the Apple TV (though I liked the old one a little … Continue reading Apples TV’s Struggles

The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:45:18 +0000

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to try new things — phones, gadgets, apps. Last week I downloaded the new Wix (closed, proprietary, non-open-sourced, non-GPL) mobile app. I’m always interested to see how others tackle the challenge of building and editing websites from a mobile device. I started playing around with the editor, … Continue reading The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint

Kanye McDonald’s Poem

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:30:29 +0000

You might need a reason to smile today. If so, Kanye’s poem for Frank Ocean’s Boys Don’t Cry zine, illustrated by Dami Lee at the Verge, might be that reason.

Common at Tiny Desk

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:28:04 +0000

This Tiny Desk concert at the White House with Common and some of my favorite musicians Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, and Bilal was incredible.

Taking Sides

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:32:35 +0000

From Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Price acceptance speech in 1986: And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the … Continue reading Taking Sides

Defrauding an Election

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:12:50 +0000

Wired has a fun and informative look at How to Rig a Presidential Election in 1000 Easy Steps. Basically it’s impossible — I hadn’t really thought of this before, but every precinct has its own officials from both parties that certify everything, there are just a ton of people involved at every step of the … Continue reading Defrauding an Election

Back on Tim’s Podcast

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:01:23 +0000

I went back for a Round 2 answering follow-up questions from Tim’s readers on the Tim Ferriss podcast. About an hour long and covered a wide range of topics. One of these days I need to start podcasting more directly. In the meantime, please give it a listen! Already some great tweets and responses have … Continue reading Back on Tim’s Podcast