Everything I want to say has already been said

I want to blog more, but whenever I think of something to write I do a web search and find someone else has already written it. For example, this article addresses the same point. Is anyone reading the 937th review of that movie? Nope. But the...
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Working with your hands

I recently moved into a house that was under construction for over a year. Visiting the site every day and watching it change from dirt to home gave me great respect for people who build (and fix!) things with their hands. Typing emails doesn’t...
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Truth

Truth is a quarry never cornered, but one that rewards its...
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I’m speaking at Room2Think

Room2Think is Bellingham's creative meeting space. It has all the technology, toys, flip-charts and graffiti glass you could need for an offsite or brainstorming session, complete with a kitchenette and comfy furniture. I love the space and the...
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Who still invests in mastering their tools?

Khoi Vinh writes about his reluctance to invest the time required to master a powerful new software product. "I no longer find the kind of satisfaction that I used to in laying the groundwork for better productivity, in acquiring complex tools and...
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Many paths to happiness?

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." First line of Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy I first read this years ago. Since then I've observed its simple truth many times. In a world where morality is relative,...
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How Buildings Learn documentary online

I read Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Since then, I've used anecdotes from it to illustrate business concepts, to argue points of software architecture, and to entertain (I hope!) family and friends. I had...
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I love it when people agree with me…

Playwright David Mamet has experienced a change of mind. Rebuffing Anne Frank and his own liberal dogma, Mamet notes that "the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary,...
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What is hard work today?

Wow... what a great post by Seth Godin. Sure, you're working long, but "long" and "hard" are now two different things. In the old days, we could measure how much grain someone harvested or how many pieces of steel he made. Hard work meant more work....
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“It’s a small town, after all…”

Yesterday I read Thomas Friedman’s column “The Whole World is Watching.” “Three years ago, I was catching a plane at Boston's Logan airport and went to buy some magazines for the flight. As I approached the cash register, a woman coming from...
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