One cold Winter morning, I stood waiting for the bus. The Sun was low in the sky, having only just risen a half hour ago, and would set only a few hours from now. Stripes of clouds drifted in the air, stretching but never losing their shape. I was bundled up, but still felt the cold slip under the cuffs of my pants around my ankles and the chill on my back.

The bus was coming, but I had missed the previous one, and now would have to wait for 10 minutes. For almost an hour, there’s a near endless supply of buses at this stop, to take the morning commute into work. After that window passes, the stream slows to a trickle, and in the slowest moments, a bus would only come a few times an hour. I had missed the window, but I was still headed into work.

There are so many activities we do every day that are so integrated into our daily lives to the point of automation. We don’t often think about how often we sit down, we drink a glass of water, open a door, or tie our shoes. We perform these actions as if unconsciously.

Of course, there is a good reason for this, mostly. If you had to be aware of every time you blinked, or took a breath, you’d go crazy. The brain isn’t prepared to handle those sorts of interactions all the time, so it’s relegated to our unthinking process.

From the top of any crane in the city, you can see another. Practically from every base, too, but certainly from every top. They have to be; the tech works best with line-of-sight.

As I looped back, I stopped at a grocery store, and bought a piece of salmon to make for dinner. By this point, I had been walking for over an hour. I put the fish in my bag, and went back outside. By now, night had fallen. I walked up the row of stopped cars, waiting for the light to change. High above me, the Moon is light gold as if reflecting the streetlights, diffused through the thin layer of clouds.

I’ve found my progress to be best generated by notation (taking notes), and application, by doing. There’s one more component to learning anything that I have found to be important. And beyond learning, it’s a great rule for life. That is repetition.

There’s more resources now than ever before when embarking on any journey of learning and personal discovery. Information is so widely available that the bigger issue is not where to get it, but what’s worth your time. A lot of this information is geared for the absolute beginner. While this is great, it can be a burden of its own making.

I have written plenty about the benefits of meditation. Since starting my own meditative practice a few years ago, I have felt more at ease, more clear-headed, and more productive, in almost ever aspect of my life. I find myself calmer and better prepared. I think meditation is something everyone should look into, as it could have a positive effect for basically everyone.

The evergreens here were taller than those back home, she thought. They stretched up towards the sky, becoming long & spindly by the tree tops, swaying only gently in the breeze. She wondered how they managed to stay so strong, being as slight as they were. The fog spilled around them like molasses poured onto a plate. It swirled around her, & she drew her hand through it as if testing the water. She brought her hand up to her face the the fog dripped off of it, spiraling down as it tumbled back into the stream. 

I remember the first night I spent at my apartment, where I still live (and am writing this now). My parents and sister helped me move my boxes of things into the space, and transport the boxes of unbuilt furniture up to my floor. With a pile of boxes in the middle, the Sun began to set, a view I would see many many times since from my westward windows. They hugged me goodbye, saying to let them know if I needed anything, and got back into their car. I remember the elevator ride up, the walk down the hall, as quiet and empty as ever, before walking onto my carpet.

Lately I’ve been writing a lot about productivity and practice. What does it mean to put in the effort and get the reps on something? What separates the middle 50% from the top 5%? And the top 5% from the top 1%? How effective are the teachings of someone like Tim Ferriss, or “rules” like 80/20? I’ve been looking for something to test my philosophy of learning on, and I think I’ve found the perfect thing. Ready for it

If you focus all your attentive hours into only a small subset of your interests, you’ll see your abilities in other areas diminish. I’m certainly no proponent of the “10,000 hours” plan, but I think a concentrated regular practice is important for most progress in a given discipline. After all, they’re not referred to as disciplines because you can be lazy about them.

I’ve written a few times about tracking your time, but it’s difficult to know where to start. There’s nothing easier than putting it off, waiting for the “right moment” to start. Or after taking a day or two off, trying to find the right time to jump back in. I can’t tell you how often I’ve skipped two days in running, journaling, or any of my goals for the start of a new week, or for some arbitrary “sign”. It doesn’t get easier. Just start now. 

It started innocuously enough, as most of my projects did. A friend of mine crashed their drone into the lake, presumed dead. Just a small consumer model, all stock. Once we fished it out, water had run to the motherboard, shorted everything. He said it was done, and that I could have it.

It’s easy to get caught up in the flow of modern life. There’s such pressure to never linger, to move seamlessly from one moment to the next, that we rarely stop to consider what we’re doing. This isn’t to say that we always have a plan; far from it. Often, I’ve noticed myself wandering from task to task, sometimes skipping between them without any sense of completion.

"There's a certain physicality I think I've always liked - I grew up on LEGO and building dumpy things out of wood, or drawing 'plans' for hover bikes in school notebook margins, so perhaps it was inevitable. That's my formal schooling, mechanical design, and I went a little more consumer-centric with it into industrial and product design in the years since." — Brennan Letkeman

Karl One Knausgård is a polarizing writer. While successful and known in Scandinavia after his first few releases, he received international acclaim upon the release and translations of his six-volume semi-autobiographical masterpiece, ‘My Struggle’. I can confirm that you will get weird stares reading this on the subway.

I first saw it in a dream. At least, I thought it was a dream. I’m not sure how I would’ve gotten on a boat otherwise. The quivering lights, on the horizon, drifting and shifting, a mirage on the bay, towards the harbor. A flying fish leapt from the salty spray to watch me before returning to sleep in the deep.

I had a ton of fun with the last interview of Rutherford, which you can check out here. And from the responses I got, you guys did too. 

Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of becoming friends and meeting a lot of people through the internet, especially on Twitter. For all the vitriol and aggression you see online, I truly believe that it's a tool to be utilized to connect people with information and each other.