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32 places to put stuff

September 11, 2016 Featured

I have a lot of places in which I put things I care about. I use Reminders to store…well, reminders of things I need to do. Basic lists. I have a wish list of stuff I want to buy on Amazon, but then I have another list of other non-Amazon stuff to buy in Reminders. I also have a few lists and notes for things in Apple Notes. I keep my passwords securely in 1Password. I use Trello to manageRead More

The wonderful future, or my phone is slowly becoming my wallet

August 31, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Since Alicia and I moved back into Boston proper, I've started to hold cash on me much less frequently. Back in NYC or up in Salem, most of the establishments we frequent only accepted certain credit cards; many were cash-only. Now, I can use Apple Pay or order online from pretty much anywhere I frequent – cabs & Uber, groceries from Trader Joe's, Starbucks and most other local chains – for everything else, I'm only really using one of twoRead More

On Prince’s “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”

May 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Prince died a week ago. I’m really bummed about it. I’ve had some really good friends rave about how life-changing his shows are, and I kept convincing myself that I’d actually go to one. That can’t happen anymore, and it reminds me to take advantage of what exists in the now as much as I can. What I have now is his entire discography, pulled together from various sources since I started listening to Prince regularly in my adult life.[^1]Read More

Peak live music, or no more surprises

February 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

What do you do when you stop caring about something you used to love? I moved to Salem, MA and basically stopped actively seeking live music. I still see live music – say, when my girlfriend and I go out to brunch and a jazz band happens to be performing there, or when a once-in-a-lifetime performance in the city happens – but for years I would spend hundreds of dollars almost every month trying to see as many bands asRead More

You Won’t Be Successful, Unless This Post Is

January 8, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen a ton of #content appearing on your various social media feeds lately offering inspirational stories, Life Hacks and general tips that might make you a better person. It might not, but at least it’s yet another new thing to try at some point in your miserable life-in-need-of-constant-stimulation-and-improvement. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. You clicked on this post because I wrote a highly-targeted, urgent, actionable title that caught your eye. I got you withRead More

On “pop writing”

January 5, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

I’m gonna repeat the chorus, and I’m gonna sing it ’til I’m blue in the face This is a note in response to various posts written on Medium in the last few weeks: one of which was effectively a ripoff another, one of which brought up the fairly obvious point that top content producers (by means of likes & shares, not quality, which is subjective) might simply rip each other off, and a final one which brought to light theRead More

In Defense of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

December 6, 2015 Featured, Uncategorized

Music that challenged me in 2015, part one I haven’t written a “favorite albums” list in a few years, mostly because I realized that mine were virtually identical to most of those my friends would write up. That’s one of the unfortunate downsides of having friends in the music industry: if a band gets enough hype to be in a Top 10 list, everyone’s talking about that band. 2015 was one of the first years in a while, though, inRead More

It’s not obsessive-compulsive

October 11, 2015 Featured, Uncategorized

Every day when I get home from work, I walk in the door, kiss my girlfriend Alicia and start organizing things. If it’s Monday, I take the trash and recycling out to the street and line up all our bins neatly in a row. Otherwise I put my keys on the hook, my wallet & sunglasses in a tray next to said hook, pick up the small pile of bags, jackets and/or shoes that Alicia leaves by the door andRead More