I’ve been working with large companies in regards to Design Thinking, Experince Design, Agile, Scrum, growth mindsets, and embracing failure, and SAFe for a long while. These are scaled up for the size of the company. All this time, I’ve been thinking how can all this scale down to small teams and indies. I’ve … got … an … idea.

hi. this is a test. I hope you are well

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

I’m having trouble understanding where and how to channel my outrage into something helpful at the moment.

Me: (explaining the tv show Legion to my son who hasn’t watched it yet): the lady on the right is a sort of ninja warrior. And the guy on the left is a scientist. And they’re like the same person? Sort of.

My son: Bruh…

Me: and the lady in the middle can switch bodies with the person she touches.

My son: Bruh…

Me: and none of this is the really weird part

4 👏 day 👏 week 👏 end 😳🙄😷🤷🏻‍♂️

Book Recommendation Challenge, day four: Survivor. 📚

By the author of Fight Club. It’s got cults, strange characters, and all the usual unsettling stuff you might find in Palahniuk’s work. I enjoyed the mechanics of the plot, although it might be gimmicky to some.

Book Recommendation Challenge, day three: The Fifth Season. 📚

An award winning fantasy novel about catastrophic climate change, systematic racism, and families. This was a hard read but an important one, for me. It is not “fun” but very engaging.

I’m teaching my daughter how to drive. Naturally, she likes to put on “her music” when she drives. Last night, I told her a lot of her music these days has inspiration from the 1980’s. Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, etc all have sounds that remind me of the music when I was about her age. Things come and go, in a circular fashion; they say. I told her I’d put together a playlist of the songs that her music reminds me of.

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Book Recommendation Challenge, day two: The Contortionists Handbook. 📚

File this near Chuck Palahniuk in your mind palace. I recall this being a tough read. I need to re-read it myself as it’s been years since I read it but remember enjoying it a lot.

Sorry about your face, Kiss Guy

I absolutely love hearing stories of musicians inviting fans onstage to perform with them.

For the performers, it must be a risk/reward calculation when you see a fan holding up a sign asking to play onstage with you. I assume you’re concerned with putting your energy out there to make connections so that people can be as one with music as the main thread. You want to make sure that everyone connects.

Do you suck? Don’t fucking say ‘kinda’, cause I wont invite you up here.

Here’s Foo Fighters bringing onstage a fan to play one of their songs. Dave Grohl, the singer asks the kid this. He’s making connections with the kid, “Kiss Guy” and ensuring that everyone can connect.

Almost twenty years ago, my wife and I were babysitting our friends baby. She was about 6 months old, I guess. Our friends went to a Green Day concert.

They came home with a similar story. As they tell it, the band solicited the crowd to find fans who could play one of their songs. They took some time and found people who could play bass, guitar, drums, and sing. They turned over all their instruments to these people, kids, probably who could play the respective instruments, and knew the song, but didn’t know each other.

My friends said it was the best concert experience they ever saw.

You may not like Foo Fighters, rock and roll, etc but Grohl’s laugh at 3:24 into that video is amazing. He forgets the lyrics to a song he’s written, and performed many times. What fun. I miss live performance so much. Here’s Grohl on The Day the Live Concert Returns. “Sonic Cathedral” indeed. I hope to see you all there.

Book Recommendation challenge, day one: Einstein’s Dreams 📚

Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics.

PS - get the smaller, square form factor if you can. The paper is very nice.

The first issue of Where Light Gathers just went out. My new personal newsletter! I talk a bit about a project I’ve recently written. It’s about setting up websites and/or blogs with good, cost-effective tools. No code required. Join us?

Only one thing left on my todo list today.

Had a great chat with some friends tonight about “time travel”. No not cool sci-fi, but looking back at the past, and worrying about the future. We reminded ourselves to be mindful of now, as it’s the only thing we can control.

Most interesting distraction while working from home to date… My 13 year old son dismantling an old play set in our yard by “_Yeeting_” it with an axe.

Micro Challenge Photos: Color-A-Day Challenge, Day 3, Yellow.

I forgot to take a picture when I was outside earlier. This will have to do. Stay weird, everyone.

My newsletter

I’m starting a newsletter. The first issue goes out on Sunday.

Where Light Gathers intends to be a campfire. A place where creative people can sit and share their hopes, fears, and experiences on making things. And why making those things is important to them. I’ll write about the things I’m creating, the ideas growing in the garden, and what I’m finding when I dip my toes into the digital streams.

I hope you’ll join us at the campfire.

Micro Challenge Photos: Color-A-Day Challenge, Day 2, Orange (the best color).

Micro Challenge Photos: Color-A-Day Challenge, Day 1, Red

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Happy Mother’s Day.

To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends I want to offer my love and respect till the end.

  • MCA (RIP)

Micro Challenge Quotations 💬

What’s the funniest thing you saw or read recently?

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt

Micro Challenge Quotations 💬

We are not inheriting this planet from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children.

  • Unknown

Micro Challenge Quotations 💬

Happy Birthday Maggie.

It was strange, how readily authority could be conjured with nothing but a bit of strutting jackassery.

  • Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora. 📚

This entire series is fantastic. If you’re looking for a new fun adventure, give it a go.

Micro Challenge Quotations 💬