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Feb
19

Thinking Gray

Thinking Gray Since this year started, I’ve completed 496 tasks. At least, that’s what OmniFocus – the software that I use for task management – tells me. I dove into the deep-end of the productivity pool after Alberto Rademaker‘s Second Brain presentation during my trip to Chile for Exosphere. I’ve adopted the “second brain” metaphor quite literally – blindly following the...
Dec
18

A New City and a New Approach to Education with Exosphere

A New City and a New Approach to Education with Exosphere At the end of October, I took a week off to lead a programming workshop in Santiago, Chile. In typical form, I had been up for roughly 26 hours before I hopped in a cab to begin my 21-hour trip. I can’t remember what I was thinking, but I expect sleeping on the plane was part of the plan. I can never sleep on planes, I always deprive myself of sleep beforehand, and I always arrive a complete mess. After...
Dec
15

A Whirlwind 2013 in San Diego

A Whirlwind 2013 in San Diego 3 blocks to the closest surf spot When I decided to come back to the States, and being the person I am, I immediately began work on a giant spreadsheet to help me choose where I wanted to go next. Warm weather and proximity to a good surfing beach were obviously the first two entries. But I also had a few more personal things like how long it would take me to visit friends and family and $$ invested in...
Jan
3

2012 – Discovery by Elimination

2012 – Discovery by Elimination 2012 was a year of restlessness and unhealthy work habits. It was also a year of self-discovery (or self-annihilation, depending on your view of self!) and a redefinition of priorities. 2011 was brought to a close in Maui after a month-long trip around SEAsia. What followed was a year of 80-hour workweeks and, to be honest, I can’t even remember where I was, who I was with, or what I did for New...
Nov
15

Goodbye Koh Tao – Hello Chiang Mai!

Goodbye Koh Tao – Hello Chiang Mai! I decided to not go through with my Divemaster on just about the day it was supposed to start. The question over whether I really wanted to pursue it or not niggled into my mind somewhere in Kuala Lumpur – probably while I was staring at the ceiling fan of my 6ft x 12ft cell. Did I really want to spend the next 2 months in a town with 2 roads and a dozen restaurants? Also there’s no surf. And...
Oct
5

Cappuccino in Koh Tao

Cappuccino in Koh Tao Life on Koh Tao is a lot slower and a big part of my day – when I’m not seasick on a boat or 75 feet below the ocean’s surface – is spent eating, talking, and thinking. My favorite place is a French café right off the main street in Mae Haad called Cappuccino. Like almost everywhere on the island, it has an open-air patio and is way too big for the number of customers it ever has at any point in...
Oct
3

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur – Public Transit

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur – Public Transit I landed in Kuala Lumpur with a backpack and little more than a vague idea about where I was going. My first time traveling without a real “plan” was on my previous visit to Thailand two years ago. Arriving in a new place with a guidebook and a booked room has just the right combination of safety and spontaneity to get your adrenaline pumping while still knowing everything is going to turn out...
Oct
1

It’s Hard to Leave Bangkok

It’s Hard to Leave Bangkok I had a decision to make: buy a last-minute ticket to Manila or take my chances on making the cross-city bus ride to the international terminal in time to catch my flight to Kuala Lumpur. With a little under 90 minutes till my flight and an estimated bus ride time of 15 minutes it wasn’t an easy call to make – but I decided to make a mad dash for the international terminal, Don Mueang. Worst-case...
Sep
24

This is Not What I Thought I’d Be Doing

This is Not What I Thought I’d Be Doing This is not at all what I expected I would be doing when I left 3 weeks ago. I try to stay away from using cliches as much as possible – but this quote by Lennon is too good to pass up. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I think this is the first time that I really get that quote. I had planned on traveling around Thailand for a month before my...
Sep
13

The Islands of Thailand – My Experiences on Koh Tao

The Islands of Thailand – My Experiences on Koh Tao “Okay now please put on ze bikini,” she said. “My bikini?” “Yes. You have it on, no?” “Uh, yeah, sure.” I turn around in my brown swimming trunks. “Does my bikini look alright?” “Fine. Good. Yes.” She says, half-smiling over her shoulder. I see now what people say about the French not caring much for learning English. Joelle would be...

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