“I don’t use laundry detergent” and 8 Other Things I Do Differently Than You

A few weeks back I submitted my website to a user experience app; it helps you understand what an unknown visitor is thinking by providing quick video reviews. The reviewer looked at my site, muttered “pretty typical content” and then went back to her weekend. For Julie H. in North Carolina that was just another Saturday, but for me it was mildly scarring. I refuse to publish ANYTHING that is typical, and today’s post is another example of me sharing focussed nonsense that you won’t read anywhere else. In today’s post I’m sharing 9 things I do differently than you; at best this may inspire you to reconsider your defaults, but more likely you will realize I’m a total weirdo. Here’s the list…Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Humanity

Millions of years ago, your guppy ancestors crawled out of the mud, looked around and said “this will do.” A bold, but understandable decision. Prehistoric Earth was f***ing dope.

Fast forward and you’ve built everything. You have Michael Bolton, Google, Dorito factories, and baseball.

And yet so much of what you’ve built hasn’t been for humanity at all, but at it’s expense. You continuously degrade the only planet you’ve got, you are level zero at delaying gratification, and you treat each other like shit. As far as you know, you are the only advanced civilization in the universe – is this really the best you can do?

Here’s what I think…
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I Ripped Off Groupon’s Business Model And Made $8200

My first project that made any money was a website called SaveRally.

In early July, 2010 I built a business site for a custom home builder and he paid me $2000 for it.

I was determined to take that $2000, re-invest it in a website I could “flip” for a quick profit, and then take that money and build something bigger.

SaveRally was that intermediary flip.

Spoiler: I eventually sold SaveRally for $2600 and then quickly built a similar site and sold it for $5600. I had another $50,000+ in sales lined up, but they all fell through because I’m bad at sales.

Here’s the full story…
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10 Things I Want to Be Better At, In No Particular Order

#1: Acknowledging the Tension

Sometimes you talk to people and it’s butterflies and petunias, and sometimes it’s riddled with tension. Tension happens! And there is a spectrum of ways to deal with it, most of them less healthy than optimal. Maybe you get mad and fire back with more tension. Maybe you are like me circa 2011 and just go “tell me more”, “tell me more”, “okay, tell me more”, which is useful but obnoxious. Maybe you are the passive stone letting the river of tension wash over you, unwavering in your resolve.
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Team Cruise 2016

Seven friends and I did a Caribbean Cruise focussed on growth & productivity. Team Cruise 2016 included:

  • self-facilitated workshops on hacking psychology, aikido, functional relationships, overcoming chronic pain, unhinging creativity, life principles and “how to read Chinese good enough that you wouldn’t die if you got lost in China”;
  • a hostile takeover of karaoke night;
  • pre-meal base layers, aka we ate a shit tonne of spinach;
  • coconut harvesting in Grand Cayman and Mexico;
  • put put, ping pong and sauna talks;
  • curious artifacts: the Tripod of Stability, Harmonica of Silence, Medal of Awesomeness & Bandanas of Solidarity;
  • soooooo many level red icebreakers.

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nickgray.net Redesign

Nick Gray wanted to redesign his personal site, nickgray.net. The priorities were:

  • make the blog content more prominent;
  • let people sign up for his newsletter and social feeds;
  • give the site more of a thought leader vibe.

This post is a quick recap of the redesign including before and after shots.
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I Google-Stalked My Name Twins & Wrote This Creepy Post

My first online search was, “magic cards.”

The second search was my name.

The results for both? 90% porn. Pre-Google searches were pretty useless…

But today, you can easily find most of what you are looking for. Exception: the occupation of lottery winners. Over the years I’ve tried the name search again, and found some of the more interesting folks that I share a name with.

This post is an homage to name twins, and features several of mine in the order I’ve discovered them.

Let’s get to it…

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3 Rules of the Internet

Twenty years ago I found eBay and sold some stuff on it.

At the time you could sign up to eBay without a credit card, which meant you could easily create multiple accounts and submit fake bids to increase the final sale amount.

If I could email my 12 year old self I’d say, “that’s clever, but you should really optimize for integrity and not $10 gains.”

What a fool…

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I’ve written articles, hosted podcasts, built websites, freelanced, met girlfriends, met platonic-friends, invested in stuff, and sent about 800,000 emails.

I’m an internet expert!

And you are too, so let’s bond over three rules of the internet; observations I’ve found to be mostly true across the web.

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