Especially at times when I’m feeling…

… really stuck, unsure about what to do next, and struggling with a lot of self-doubt and confusion.

… I’ll find myself reading these words from Jonathan Harris. I’ll avoid putting my own context to each quote. Highlighting it for later retrieval works for me.

  • I’ll identify something I want to change about myself, and then I’ll design a project to help me do it.
  • My work with interactive storytelling coincided with society’s increasing obsession with “storytelling” in all of its forms.
  • Storytelling had gone mainstream and become one of those words — like “sustainability” and “innovation”– that’s so ubiquitous as to be basically meaningless.
  • … the most powerful things are often the simplest, as long as they’re made honestly and with a lot of heart.
  • By the time Cowbird finally launched, it joined a crowded field of storytelling apps (Instagram, Path, Facebook, Vimeo, Tumblr) with more to follow (Medium, Vine, Wander, Days, Storybird, Maptia, etc.). All these apps were basically the same — ways for humans to share photos, videos, and text — and this process began to bore me.
  • When I think about my own future, my dream is always the same. I’m living in a small beautiful farmhouse in a small beautiful town among a small community that values me. I’m living with a wife and kids I love deeply, and I spend each day making art and watching nature. My mind is clear and calm, I’m in control of my time, and I’m kind.
  • All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days?
  • We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.



A little over 4 months ago, I decided I was going to learn to code.

Ignoring the fact that I had no prior coding experience and had never taken any “technical” classes in school, I decided to build 180 websites in 180 days with no days off.

Today is Day 115.





Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

Ah… I thought this slide from The Daniels from The Vimeo Festival reminded me of something. Rediscovered this TED Talk from TED Radio Hour on “Where Ideas Come From.”

Totally like whatever, you know? (by n0m3rcy)

… speak with conviction… it is not enough these days to simply question authority, you gotta speak with it, too.

Thanks to my wife, Laura, for pointing me to this brilliant poet, Taylor Mali, “a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom.”

Check out this other fantastic on-stage performance: What Teachers Make: