I’ve watched Making A Murderer the whole way…


I’ve watched Making A Murderer the whole way through and am blown away by the whole debacle. Leave it to some Redditor and a little It’s Always Sunny to express my feelings so well.

I think the allure of the show is in just how *easy* it was for Steven Avery to get thrown in jail not once, but twice. And one of those convictions was overturned, and the other is highly questionable! At the end of the day, the real key here is that a jury of his peers convicted him for a heinous murder. Those twelve people had the real power, regardless of whether or not the prosecutor, police, detectives, and judge were in any way impartial or complicit. If the conspiracy is real, it is only possible thanks to the apathy and/or ineffectiveness of that jury.

New Year’s Resolution


I made one resolution this year. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might know that my goal last year was to run 100 miles. I managed to accomplish that by July of ’15, way ahead of schedule, so my plan is to run twice as many miles this year.

I track all of my runs on Runkeeper and so far I’ve knocked out just over 11 miles.


I don’t know if I can keep this pace up, but I can sure as hell try. I didn’t run much at all from August through December of last year so I’m slowly working my way back up to the 5K distances I was running last summer. I’ve found that when I leave work there is just enough daylight left for me to hit the trail for 20-30 minutes before I pick our little stinker (I say that out of love) up from daycare.

I like to read Seth Godin’s blog and…


I like to read Seth Godin’s blog and today his message seemed…off.

It’s all a mistake

…until it works.

That’s what innovation is. Mistakes, experiments, mis-steps.

Until it works.

The process isn’t to avoid the things that don’t work. Because that means avoiding the things that might not work…

Instead, our job is to eagerly embrace the mistakes on the road to the impact that we seek.

The project manager in me got all rankled up at this statement. As a project manager, I’ve got a pretty damn good idea about what’s *not* going to work and I’m going to steer the ship away from those icebergs.

But the more I thought about Seth’s statement, the more sense it made. He’s not advocating for a “shoot-from-the-hip”, chaotic way of getting work done. He’s saying that even the best plans are going to require some slack and some room for adjustment. You’re going to need that time for observation and reflection when you’ve finished one scrum (to use a phrase from agile methodology) before you start the next. You’re going to find mistakes and you’re going to test hypothesis, but in the end you’re still working in an organized fashion to propel your team toward a goal. A vision for the future.

Balance in all things.

Doug Belshaw’s Things We Learned This Week newsletter…


Doug Belshaw’s Things We Learned This Week newsletter is a great resource for inspiration, news & views, and random facts of interest. In his most recent newsletter he mentioned the idea of “ikigai” – this is the intersection of:

1. What you love
2. What you’re good at
3. What you can be paid for
4. What the world needs

In other words, it’s your reason for getting up in the morning. The search for one’s ikigai is the journey to a greater degree of satisfaction and meaning in life.

It’s one of those things that I’ve been painstakingly searching for, but never knew what to call it. Sometimes a big step in the journey is just figuring out what to call the thing that you’re searching for.


My search has in many ways been documented on this site, and through my social media posts – there is something cathartic about making that journey as transparent and open as possible. You’ll often find other wanderers on their own journeys and there is a great deal of common ground to be shared.

A goal of mine for this week is to answer the four questions for myself – what do I love? What am I good at? What can I be paid for? What does the world need? I’ve tried to answer those questions before, but maybe it’s time to try again. See what kind of connections I can find. The trouble for me, as a Generalist and a Multipotentialite is having so many passions, and so many things I consider myself good at (pardon the humblebrag), and an ever-changing worldview such that my beliefs and stances on local and global issues are always changing. So as soon as I’ve chosen one path to run down, I’m growing tired of it and starting to look for another path. Sometimes I feel very much blown about like a leaf in the wind. As a child and a young adult, and even into my mid-20’s I had a set of values and principles that I had learned during my religious studies that was my foundation, but in recent years I’ve shied away from organized religion and my foundation has shifted quite a bit. Perhaps finding my ikigai will entail the discovery of a new foundation.


Wikipedia – Ikigai
How to Live to be 100