The Joy Protocol

“Optimize for joy” was the advice my friend gave me when I decided to leave the job that […]

Personal OKRS

I am crazy about OKRS (Objectives and Key Results). I have been evangelizing this system of staying on […]

My Year of Living

As I’ve written before, instead of resolutions I usually pick a subject and spend the year studying it. […]

Give Up Your Resolutions

For the last five-some years, I’ve given up making New Year’s Resolutions. Instead I have what I call the New Year’s Project. Each year I pick a large topic, and spend my time on and off throughout the year teaching myself about it. One year it was futurism (an obvious topic, consider how many New Year’s predictions articles always get run). I read up on who were the leading futurists, joined a futurist group and went to their meetings, and worked on making predictions myself. I learned useful concepts like cone of uncertainty, and how to take the long view, and how to do scenario planning. But most importantly I learned we cannot know the future, and as we try to plan we must be always ready to shift. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying to plan; it just means maintaining a yogi-level flexibility.

This last year I decided beauty would be my project. Not art and architecture, which I have always appreciated, but traditional feminine beauty. I have always had an uneasy relationship with the ideals of feminine beauty– having been raised a feminist I suspected makeup and infrastructure garments were a tool of patriarchy to hobble us by taking away two hours of our life every morning. But hey, why not question my assumptions?

a makeover for eleganthack

My blog gets varying levels of love. Sometimes I’m posting all the time, sometimes a month or two […]

travels with amelie

IMG_2302, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. Now it Italy, but had a brief stop for a birthday […]

First day of preschool!

First day of preschool!, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. And at the end of her first week, […]

One thing after another

My daughter was born a week after my grandfather’s second wife died. He said to me on the […]


IMG_1792, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. Sometimes your heart isn’ t big enough to hold that much […]

Plurk’s motivation

Plurk’s motivation, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. I’m playing with Plurk, and while I find the UI […]

Amelie Vaudevillian

MVI_0965 Originally uploaded by Box and Arrow We celebrate flickr’s new video feature with Amelie’s debut as a […]

That’s motivating

That’s motivating, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. No, that is not me. This definitely motivates me to […]

Amelie: faith healer

Hospital helper, originally uploaded by Box and Arrow. She climbs in my bed, demands getting under covers, steals […]


My sister-in-law just got cast in Play, by Samuel Beckett and sent me this fascinating short video of […]

keeping busy

IMG_4483, originally uploaded by philippesar. We’ve got her doing tech support.


The Path to Entrepreneurship – Sramana Mitra on Strategy What about working for a big company, they asked. […]

flickring ideas

, originally uploaded by Mike Monteiro. a brilliant series by Mike Monteiro….

Yes, it’s true.

LinkedIn made me an offer I couldn’t resist, and Jim and I are both camping out here for […]