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past.fm

Over time our listening history changes with the different stages of life.  Past.fm is an audio device that creates a timeline that allows you to revisit your favorite music over the years.  Drop your unique token into the dock and your music profile is loaded in from Last.fm, Spotify, Rdio and iTunes.

Read more about the process and project on Razan Sadeq’s site.

You Just Have To Do Something

Throughout life we are impacted with moments that are rich with meaning and significance. Regardless of the joy or sorrow that these moments create, it is our job to listen and respond. This summer I was given the gift of one of those profound moments.


On a warm August afternoon, my wife and I invited some close friends over for lunch to spend the day swimming in our pool. We were in the water playing with our kids, watching them one-up each other jumping in, and playing all the usual games.

One of the times my daughter climbed out to jump back in, she cried out in pain after stepping on a bee. As soon as I pulled out the stinger left behind in her foot, one by one more bees began to swarm. Thinking that the dead bee was attracting others, I picked it up and went inside to throw it away.

The moment I opened the trash in the kitchen I heard my wife scream outside. It wasn’t an ordinary scream. I look outside right at the moment she was diving into the water. Racing outside I was certain that she was being attacked by the aggressive bees.

I made it to the edge of the water right when she was coming up. My heart sank. In her arms was our little boy, blue and lifeless.

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Workaholism


From 37signals’ book REWORK, illustration by Mike Rohde

Our culture celebrates the idea of the workaholic. We hear about people burning the midnight oil. They pull all-nighters and sleep at the office. It’s considered a badge of honor to kill yourself over a project. No amount of work is too much work.

Not only is this workaholism unnecessary, it’s stupid. Working more doesn’t mean you care more or get more done. It just means you work more.

Workaholics make the people who don’t stay late feel inadequate for “merely” working reasonable hours. That leads to guilt and poor morale all around. Plus, it leads to an ass-in-seat mentality—people stay late out of obligation, even if they aren’t really being productive.

- Excerpt from 37signals’ REWORK released today, download PDF excerpt

There has been several times in my career where I fell into this cycle working countless nights and weekends.  Looking back a lot of what drives workaholism is insecurity in your work and approval from your peers.  When you fall into the cycle of workaholism it always takes far longer to make creative decisions, think critically and produce exceptional work.  In my personal experience, after putting in the long hours any ground I gained was usually lost the following day or week as I struggled with not having enough downtime for my mind to be fresh.

There is a distinct difference from being a workaholic and pulling the very rare all-nighter in an effort to sprint towards a deadline.  One will leave you constantly trying to make up for lost productivity with endless hours and the other gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment in launching a project.

Over the last few years I have actively worked at shifting mindset from working around the clock to working with intense focus and productivity.  As a result I have been able to accomplish more that I am proud of, and more importantly I have been able to spend far more time with family enjoying life.

Jackson Cole Moore
Last Monday at 9:03am my wife and I welcomed our new little boy into our family, Jackson Cole Moore.  Although he surprised us by showing up two weeks early he was incredibly healthy and a big guy at 7 lbs, 13 oz and 19.5 inches long.  I posted on Flickr a photoset with more images of the experience.
It was great to spend all of last week with family completely disconnected from work and the computer, but this week I’ll be shifting back into a work schedule and regular posts. High-res

Jackson Cole Moore

Last Monday at 9:03am my wife and I welcomed our new little boy into our family, Jackson Cole Moore. Although he surprised us by showing up two weeks early he was incredibly healthy and a big guy at 7 lbs, 13 oz and 19.5 inches long. I posted on Flickr a photoset with more images of the experience.

It was great to spend all of last week with family completely disconnected from work and the computer, but this week I’ll be shifting back into a work schedule and regular posts.

"It’s amazing how we as people act, see, perceive, listen, & respond. We have the ability to make or break someone’s day, week, month, or life. We have the choice whether or not others actions towards us will effect our day, week, month, or life. We can speak life or death, speak hope or hurt, speak destiny, or destruction. To which persuasion do you lean?"
via Carey Robinson High-res

"It’s amazing how we as people act, see, perceive, listen, & respond. We have the ability to make or break someone’s day, week, month, or life. We have the choice whether or not others actions towards us will effect our day, week, month, or life. We can speak life or death, speak hope or hurt, speak destiny, or destruction. To which persuasion do you lean?"

via Carey Robinson