Noah: movie review (Spoiler Free)

in General, movies

I’m fascinated by religious history and love movies, so it’s no surprise I’ve seen many films with religious themes. Even when I’m familiar with the texts they refer to, I often go back to reread and compare how the filmmakers handled the many challenges of trying to make a narrative movie about texts written for […]

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Book Review: Smarter Than You Think

in Book reviews, General

It’s wise to read books with points of view you don’t share. It’s the only way you get exposed to ideas with the power to change your mind. For a long time I’ve been a techno-neutralist. I’m not convinced technology is good or bad, it depends. I know from history how many unintended consequences our inventions […]

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Speaking In Portland next week (Thurs/Fri)

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Hi folks. Just a quick post about some speaking dates next week in wonderful Portland, Oregon. Thursday, 2/27 6pm at 10up - I’ll be talking about The Year Without Pants and then out for drinks/snacks with attendees. RSVP. Friday, 2/28 at IntegratED – As part of this conference on education and technology, I’ll be speaking twice, […]

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Buy The Year Without Pants 50% off (Ebook / DRM Free)

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[Sorry: this post was scheduled for last week but never posted. The book is still available DRM free, but not at a discount] For Valentines day O’Reilly Media is doing a special promotion for The Year Without Pants (published by Wiley). You can buy the digital version of the book for 50% off – and […]

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Why Speed Reading Is For Fools

in Books, General, Pop Culture

‘There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” - Bertrand Russell Life is not a race. Speed is good for things you want to get past, not for important things you enjoy. “It was an efficient meal.” “I had a quick life.” If you are […]

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How To Change A Company

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I spoke about The Year Without Pants last week at Seattle Town Hall. I talked about some of the fascinating things that go on at work at WordPress.com. One of the questions was “this all sounds great, but how do you change an old, bureaucratic  company to switch to new or better ideas?” The best […]

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Pantless at 7000 feet

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My friend Shawn Murphy read some of The Year Without Pants on a recent hike to the top of White Mountain, a 7k foot peak here in Washington State. He was thoughtful enough to take a photo. I love it when folks take interesting, funny or unusual photos with my books in them. If you […]

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List of Year Without Pants reviews & mentions

in General, Year Without Pants

Thanks to everyone who has tweeted, Facebooked and blogged so far in support of The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work, now an Amazon.com best book of 2013.  There have been more than 50 reviews in the media and 139 Amazon reviews so far. We’re off to a good start. If I missed one, […]

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Inside Buckminster Fuller’s house (w/ photos)

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Today is when noted inventor Buckminster Fuller was born in 1895. He’s one of those inventors who had brilliant ideas and inspiring philosophies, but few successful commercial projects or widely adopted inventions. His influence is undeniable as his failures were more inspiring in some ways than the conventional successes of others. He’s most famous for […]

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Help Wanted: Marketing / research assistant

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I’m hiring a marketing assistant to help with the upcoming launch of The Year Without Pants. I’m hoping one of you smart readers who has skills in marketing and research would dig the chance to work directly with me on a few tasks. Perhaps you’re a college student, or need a part time job, or […]

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Why schedules help even when they’re wrong

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In an HBR article called The Dirty Secret of Project Management, the author claims the secret is no one believes in their schedules. I don’t agree that it’s a secret, but that’s not the point. Forget whether a schedule is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Even if a project ends up months behind it probably did several […]

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How do you hire for culture?

in General, Management

Bob Sutton wrote bravely about the No Asshole Rule, and how talent should never excuse destructive behavior. It’s a rule many companies are afraid to follow and they pay later. By the time leaders realize there’s something broken in the culture, it’s hard to fix. Avoiding assholes is certainly progress for some companies, but but that’s […]

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Advice for speakers bored with their own material

in General, Public Speaking

A basic rule offered in Confessions of a Public Speaker is to pick material you care deeply about, since you can’t blame an audience for being bored if you are. But what I didn’t cover is what to do when you have to present the same material 300 times: how do you stay excited about […]

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Research assistant wanted

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[Update: This position is closed. Do not apply. Thanks] I’m hiring a research assistant to help with my current book about working for WordPress.com, a company where everyone works from anywhere around the world. This is an experiment at finding a win/win for working on a book: lets see if it works. The goal of […]

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You are not what you measure

in General, Philosophy

When you die what will your friends and family know of who you were? At work they may try to measure you with numbers, but to your spouse, daughter and friend those measurements are meaningless. They know you from how you have helped them and hurt them. How you loved them or rejected them. What is […]

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How to write a good bio

in General, Speaking, Writing Well

Many good people write bad bios for themselves. Anyone asking you for a bio, or reading it, wants you to sound awesome, but what they need and what your ego wants to say are often different things. With these five simple rules you can write a good bio for yourself in less time, with less […]

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Your Notebook Fundamentalism Is a Shame

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In a recent on HBR article titled Alexandra Samuel explains how she can tell instantly that someone is wasting her time: I knew right away, when you walked in here with a paper notebook — a paper notebook! — I realized that this meeting was not going to be a good use of our time. You’d […]

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