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We’re spending an unplugged week at the beach.

06.28.2014

Right now I’m on a ferry heading to Ocracoke Island, NC. If you don’t know Ocracoke, you should. It’s a… Look, just Google it. This isn’t Trip Advisor. It’s been a stressful few months, and when I said I wanted to come here, Jean made it happen. She knows how much I needed it. But […]

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I’m learning to be more productive by watching videos of people who are learning to be more productive.

06.21.2014

I’m getting interested in new productivity tools and looking at GTD, mind mapping and Chronodex. So far I’ve learned that YouTube videos posted by other people are not the best way to learn. I just watched a “how to mind map” video in which the presenter created a map that apparently helps her remember she […]

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I need to work more with my hands.

06.08.2014

When I was setting up my home office, I bought a big butcher block slab from IKEA and turned it into a desk. I bought pre-made table legs and applied several layers of urethane, sanding between coats to make it smooth. I did it with the garage door open on a warm day, and it […]

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The Number One Way To Not Get a Quote from Me for Your Social Media Article

05.29.2014

I just got an email from a freelancer who said she was writing a piece for a major national publication for men who really, really want nice abs. We want to include advice from people who have made a lot of money, or know about people who have made money from social media. Obviously, you […]

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My conversation with Bill Murray in an elevator yesterday

01.18.2013

“Good morning.” “Hey, how are you?” “Good. How are you?” “Oh, you know. From the womb untimely ripped.” “Sleepy?” “I feel like I could sleep for weeks.” “I know the feeling. You heading anywhere interesting?” “South Carolina.” “Why?” “Because it’s there.” “Well yeah, but they’ve already discovered it.” “That’s right. And climbed it, too.” “I […]

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You might unfriend me after you read this.

09.06.2010

I’m taking a risk here, but it’s necessary. I realize I am crossing a line. I try to keep my social media presence friendly, informative and funny when I can. In the last few weeks, you’ve seen a lot of posts from me that have been more serious and not at all funny. If you’ve […]

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Simplify your life. Starting with your sock drawer.

07.30.2010

I by no means live an uncomplicated life, but there is one practice I hit on a few years ago that is as simple as it is effective. Throw away all your socks, and replace them with 10 identical white pairs and 10 identical black pairs. You never have to sort or match socks, and […]

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Helicopters and bad news

07.12.2010

I’m working at home today, having returned to meet the HVAC guy and finding out we need a new air conditioner. I was upstairs (since the upstairs AC unit is still okay, touch wood) and kept hearing what sounded like helicopters overhead. I went outside to look but didn’t see any. After a while I […]

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Helpful information on a #Carrboro phone pole

05.02.2010

Posted via email from David B. Thomas

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Domestic translations

04.26.2010

Around our house if we say, “Shall we freeze the rest of that?” what we usually mean is, “Huh. That wasn’t very good, but there’s nothing so notably bad about it that we can just throw it away, so let’s put it in the freezer, and barring a global economic collapse or food shortage, throw […]

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