18 January 2019

Friday Night Review - 01.18.2019

Another week down in 2019. Here are some words I recently read (and wrote).

Reading - Online

Never, ever, underestimate the number of problems that are produced by solutions to other problems. Problem-solvers can also be problem-creators.

— Michael Wade, Problems and Solutions

You don’t have to click on the link… because that is the post in its entirety. As usual, Michael Wade drops a truth perfectly summed up in as few words as possible.

I work in the digital printing technology field. It is very rare for my prospective clients to comprehend Wade’s maxim and listen to his advice. And it’s certainly not restricted to my industry. But when I do find a prospective client who comprehends Wade’s words… that is when the magic begins.

There are no perfect systems. Endless incremental tweaking delivers no significant return on effort. Embracing both of those statements will lead to increased productivity and happiness.

I don’t want to contribute any more of me to Facebook’s relentless data marketing machine. The company has not proven themselves worthy as the steward of what I treasure most: my relationships.

— Jean MacDonald, Goodbye Facebook”

I’ve really struggled with how to exit Facebook. Jean MacDonald (@macgenie on micro.blog… who doesn’t get enough credit for the work she is doing) offers her strategy. The post referenced above is written with such a beautiful balance of force and grace that it caused me to gasp… no small feat considering my curmudgeonly cynicism.

Everyone struggling with this decision would do well to read Jean’s post and devote time to focused reflection on it.


… this incident leads to so many larger questions. At some point, the pendulum will swing back. It has done so throughout the history of this nation. Hopefully, it rests somewhere near the center. Let us remember that George Orwell was equally suspicious of both the left and the right.

— Me, Radioactive”

Something happened with a former colleague. I’ve thought about the incident and the larger impacts every single day for a month. When something bothers me at this level, I’ve learned to pay attention. And I still have no answers.

Reading - In Print

Still working on Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire by Kurt Andersen. I’m about 140 pages from the end. I’m now at the point in the timeline where I remember the incidents that Andersen references. He does a fine job of linking those to the past. I need to read this in the mornings as opposed to bedtime since the prose is dense and requires my mental sharpness (such as it is).

Started The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joe Friel. I’ve been struggling with my cycling training lately. The owner of Victory Bike Studio in Memphis, the astute and eloquent Clark Butcher, recommended it to me. We’ll see if it helps.

Continuing to read, annotate and process The Tao of Seneca as offered on Tim Ferriss’s website. This is part of a year-long project on Stoicism which I’ll post on this site when completed.

Your Week

I hope it went well for you and that you’re finding some time to stop, reflect and think through whatever challenges you’re facing. There are no easy answers to much of what we face. But I’m confident we’re all intelligent enough to figure it out…

… if we are willing.

Have a great week.


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