Archive 2020 November 3 Notecards and ideas for the next 5 posts (or next 2 posts) November 2 Simplification (when aiming to write every day) November 1 The phrases of habits October 31 How not to save $40 October 30 Writing, starting from a spreadsheet (sort of) October 29 Actually getting up when waking up (and the steps I took to prep for it) October 29 Posting just to post October 12 The numbers just don’t matter to people who are going by a “You can just feel it” metric. October 8 Advice to Steve Kerr: Bring a lot of stuff (Reading Log: “The Victory Machine”) October 3 Reading log: The hot hand vs. The gambler September 2 Podcast Note | Sahil Lavingia: Minimize surface area to maximize polish September 1 Podcasting Log: Aaaand we’re back September 1 73: “Magic: the Gathering” life lessons August 29 Podcasting Log: Zero to 18m audio (in 90 minutes) July 27 Podcast Note | The Ready State Podcast: “S1EP7: John Berardi” July 21 Podcast Note | Shea Serrano: Grit and central points July 20 5 tips for writing daily (and mayyybe publishing) July 18 Ramblings (on a timer) July 12 You know something that’s worth teaching (so share your knowledge) June 21 3 ways I use Shortcuts for writing with my iPad (and iPhone) June 19 Why does Ronnie Coleman still Lift? (Joe Rogan Experience) June 18 Why is acting so easy? (Jimmy O. Yang) June 17 How do you lose a whole bunch of weight? (Kevin Smith) June 16 Why is television a good thing? (Rob McElhenny) June 15 The Notepod #3 – “Chasing Excellence” June 13 How all these pieces might work together June 7 Reading Log: 9 takeaways from Mark Hunt’s “Born to Fight” June 7 The Listener #8 (by the Notepod (by Active Recall (by Francis (typing at his computer(but sometimes talking to it so a robot can turn it into text))))) June 6 Village Global’s Venture Stories: Unbundling Journalism with Chris Best of Substack June 1 Notes: “Hyperfocus” The College Info Geek Podcast May 31 Notes on Quentin Tarantino 2014 Interview with Robert Rodriguez pt 2 May 31 Notes on Quentin Tarantino 2014 Interview with Robert Rodriguez May 31 iPad Writing Apps: My favorites for different use cases (and why I use Shortcuts for pretty much everything) May 30 Kevin Hart (Ozark motivation) x Brian Koppelman (Stoke the flame) May 30 The Notepod #2 – “Rebel Without a Crew” May 29 untools May 26 Joe Rogan: Doing the thing May 25 The Notepod #1 – “The Fighter’s Mind” May 17 Reading Log: The Fighter’s Mind May 16 Free writing an outline for a solo episode May 16 71: “Work Clean” May 16 Spider mines and more May 13 Ramblings: Fighters, new archive page, and random links May 10 Writing down a schedule (Steps toward fixing my focus) May 9 What’s on my desk (setting a 25 minute timer in Figma) May 9 Ideas that changed your life (but from Starcraft) May 9 Against the Rules Presents: Michael Lewis in Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg April 27 Tobi Lütke: Building lings, hydras, mutalisks (and Shopify) | Podcast Notes April 26 Book Notes: “That Will Never Work” by Marc Randolph April 25 Outline for a video about the iPad Magic Keyboard April 25 Ramblings: Magic Keyboard first impressions April 21 Bill Simmons on developing your voice as a writer | Podcast Note April 21 What to do if you can’t type an apostrophe April 20 BJ Fogg: Build tiny habits with positivity | Podcast Note April 18 A 1-hour tinkering goal April 17 Small motion test April 15 Workout Log (04/15/2020) — Molting April 14 One issue with writing right in the editor April 11 iPad Journal (March/April 2020) April 9 Workout Log (04/09/2020) — Warzone April 8 Workout Log (4/8/2020) — Black belts for presenters, selling Cobra Kai at a basketball court, and mac ad slots in high school April 7 Workout Log (4/7/2020) — Tiny Habits and Cobra Kai April 6 Workout Log: 2020-04-06 April 5 Workout Log (4/2/2020) — The joy of movement (even when stuck indoors) April 5 Procreate and the cutting room floor April 3 Note to Self: Goals April 2020 March 31 This setup worked super well March 29 Note to Self: Places I’ve used the iPad in the first week March 29 Note to Self: Posts to Update March 29 Thing #1 that I did with my iPad Pro: Drew short animations for this blog (March iPad Journal) March 29 Short retro on my unfinished iPad Journal video March 29 Notes to self: Trimming silence in Logic Pro X March 28 Notes on “EP 364: How to Build a $113 “Minimalist” Home Gym” (The Pat Flynn Show) March 28 Just picked up The Great Mental Models 2 March 28 Notes on “Jimmy Kimmel in Quarantine, Shaq and Kobe, and TV’s Future” March 22 Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell (2016) March 10 Reading log: “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” March 1 Conan O’Brien: Note to self, tomorrow you’ll eat nothing (Podcast note) February 27 iPad Journal: thoughts for the next video February 26 Read, Listen, Watch: Rebel Without a Crew, Hatching Twitter, The Joy of Movement February 21 Like yesterday, but on an iPad February 20 Writing about finishing (again) (again) February 16 Jason Calcanis: Read the last two chapters first (Podcast Note) February 15 Walter and Francis, talking about returns, talking about books February 15 Book Log: “Next” by Michael Lewis February 3 How I use my iPad Pro (January 2020) — Getting back to it January 28 Jocko Willink: Detach January 22 Warming up the gear (and top 10 books of 2019) January 2 Write jokes the way a photographer shoots 2019 December 17 Reading Log: Pocket Full of Do December 16 Reading Log: Work Clean December 15 Lean toward learning and meaningful relationships (Adam Grant on the Tim Ferriss Show) November 28 Do the simple thing first (whiteboards don’t scale and that’s okay) November 26 An example disagreement (between very smart people) November 24 Leash yourself (to turn values into actions) November 24 Find the medium that you’ll be most consistent in October 12 Plan right in the editor (how an editorial calendar is helping me be more consistent) October 10 Create before you consume (and maybe stop consuming some things altogether) October 10 October Book Stack Progress October 9 Journaling toward stillness September 12 Mission: take this turkey to the editor as fast as possible September 9 Book Notes: “Indistractable” by Nir Eyal September 5 Removing friction August 20 Improving my solo episodes August 18 Podcast Notes – “My First Million”: Don’t make lists August 18 Video: Book note – Adam Savage’s “Every Tool’s a Hammer” August 2 Back to basics (and writing in the editor) July 7 67 – “Finish” — PAO: Mr. Perfect cutting food in a kitchen with an invisible cloak on July 2 Podcast Notes: Start winning, become passionate (Ramit Sethi) June 30 66: “Quitter” May 17 Analog conversations and digital detoxes (Cal Newport on “Hurry Slowly”) May 4 Podcast Notes: Thomas Frank on building up College Info Geek April 9 The 5 Ms, explained with quotes from ‘Rounders’ April 4 Podcast Notes: John Skipper and the early days of ESPN.com April 2 F04: Walk, Listen, Talk — “Digital Minimalism” March 22 Podcast Notes: Jim Collins on rating your days (Tim Ferriss Show) March 21 Podcast Notes: Hasan Minhaj (The Dave Chang Show) March 15 Chris Paul: Team dinners (JJ Redick Podcast) March 9 John Wooden walked a lot February 20 Book Notes – “Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality” by Anthony de Mello February 4 How to change the voice in your head: Seth Godin January 31 Seth Godin: Write in public, change your brain January 28 Be a demanding reader (and listener) January 24 Joe Rogan: Podcasting as an art form January 21 You don’t have a choice (Yes you do!) January 18 Atomic Habits, Chrono Trigger, and making time your ally or enemy January 16 63: “Atomic Habits” January 8 How to follow-through on projects (re-frame, remove reasons, and start moving) 2018 December 17 Trace, freehand, and then draw from memory December 15 Play pick-up basketball, sell your company to Amazon for $13 billion December 13 Jason Fried: No one should listen to me about how to start a business December 12 David Goggins: Things I don’t want to do December 9 Weekly Deck — Issue 001 December 3 Working undercover or just tracking books: Keep it simple December 2 Podcast note: How to beat writer’s block November 29 Podcast note: How to tell better stories November 28 Book Note: The Bullet Journal Method November 24 Coffee, espresso, and bullets (The Bullet Journal Method x Hasan Minhaj) November 22 Thrashing November 22 How to End a Bad Habit (Book note for “Atomic Habits”) November 18 Book Notes: “This is Marketing” by Seth Godin October 18 Use nature’s eyes (or the Hubble telescope) to remember your insignificance October 17 Atomic Habits: Initial Impressions October 15 Podcast Notes: Chase Jarvis and Tim Ferriss October 14 Newsletter 00X: Books finished, books in progress October 13 Newsletter 000: If I had a newsletter October 13 Weaving my finisher hat October 11 Focus on two minutes (Podcast Notes: James Clear) October 8 Write in the editor Vol. ? October 6 Oh give me a hell yeah (a calm yeah works also) September 18 Practice directing your attention September 17 Kobe Bryant: Every day math September 16 Read more books (until you need to read fewer books) September 16 JJ Redick, Hasan Minhaj: Negative Motivation September 8 Elon Musk on Joe Rogan’s podcast September 5 What’s your hiding place? (Book notes for Jon Acuff’s Finish) August 28 Book Note from “Creativity, Inc.” August 21 Trying out a bullet point routine August 14 Prioritize information with these 3 questions (Book note for “Visual Intelligence”) August 5 Notes from “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly” July 28 Look at your summer after high school (and work those things back in) July 22 IGTV C4D: Make something daily (and share it!) July 6 iPad apps for presentations (and videos) June 25 51: Grit revisited June 6 Find Your Flow (Day 5): Pose-able figure June 5 Find Your Flow (Day 4): Draw a Box pt. 2 June 4 Find Your Flow (Day 3): Draw a Box June 3 Find Your Flow (Day 2): Omega Red pt. 2 (of 2) June 2 Find Your Flow (Day 1): Omega Red pt. 1 (of I think 2) June 2 Finding my flow (in 30 minutes each day) May 26 Notes on “The Power of Starting Something Stupid” May 26 A case against flow May 21 Life Lessons from Watching Videos of Jim Lee Drawing May 18 You’ve got 2 seconds, what advice would you give to a new graduate? May 16 Write right in the editor (in this case it’s Evernote) May 14 Describe Your Restaurant in a Single Sentence (Dave Chang and “Perennial Seller”) May 14 Handle Your Distractions (Especially if the distraction is Mr. Fuji) May 12 The best backpack for the gym (Spoiler: it’s the GORUCK GR1) May 9 Be like LeBron (and take a walk) May 8 It’s okay to be bored (and even worth practicing) May 7 Get to the bottom of it (and then work up to your life’s purpose) May 6 A non-master class on writing (based on Steph Curry’s MasterClass course on basketball) May 6 It’s not them. It’s you. (Even if it’s actually them.) May 6 Will you remember this a week from now? (How about a year from now?) May 5 Prune your garden (even if you don’t have an actual garden) May 2 Decide what you aren’t (even if you haven’t decided what you are) April 29 Write right (in the editor) April 28 Have a vision (even if it isn’t to save humanity) April 27 Focus on What Won’t Change April 25 Wear a uniform (But don’t tell anyone) April 24 We are a nation obsessed (Chuck Klosterman IV) April 23 34: How to build good habits and end bad habits April 23 33: How to deal with setbacks (according to Mario and Ryu Hayabusa) April 23 How do you build anything? One chunk at a time April 23 35: And we are back February 24 What’s inside those money bags? February 15 The illusions of feelings January 29 Covers for upcoming videos January 17 32: How to practice (according to games) January 16 Pivot to video (Newsletter issue 3) January 16 31: Musashi and How to Stop Worrying January 9 Day-tight Compartments January 7 Resolutions (Newsletter issue 2) January 5 How to find the best way to practice January 4 30: Resolutions, Subtle Art, Arcade Games January 4 Learning about generalism January 3 Some kettlebell notes January 3 Review your beliefs (your future self will thank you!) January 2 Kicking Things Off (Newsletter issue 1) January 1 Posting some training notes 2017 December 30 Know who you are December 29 Tell good stories (even for nonfiction!) December 28 Plug-ins, greasing the groove, and keeping it simple December 27 Some lessons from buying a bunch of infoproducts December 26 Pause the Cassette Now December 22 29: P-Rex and a return to The Magic Window December 22 28: Tribe of Mentors December 22 Book Notes: Four Seconds December 22 Stories we believe in December 19 Book Notes: Basketball and Other Things December 18 Utility of fiction December 10 Notes after making a video about two Mr. Harts December 9 Book Notes: The Creative Habit December 9 27: The Magic Window December 9 I started reading “City of Thieves” by David Benioff December 8 Talent vs. Hard Work (An animoji fox’s perspective) December 8 Why you shouldn’t say you don’t care what other people think (Notes on things by Chuck Klosterman) December 2 How to succeed as a writer (What I’ve learned by reading Bill Simmons) November 27 26: Someday we will vlog like bosses November 24 How to tell your friend they probably shouldn’t pursue their dream anymore (Podcast Notes for Stone Cold and Brendan Schaub) November 20 25: Podcast recommendations, don’t leave your shopping cart in the parking lot November 13 24: Edit Better November 13 Book Notes: This Book Will Teach You How To Write Better November 7 23: The Power of Moments October 25 My Year of Running Safely October 22 Brain bruises and the power of words October 21 Sympathetic links between ideas October 19 Whoa! October 14 Are you picking the right goals? (And my quick foray into competitive Counter-Strike) October 11 Outline: Creativity creates creativity October 11 22: We Can’t Make This Up October 10 None of these look like Kevin Hart October 9 The power of the first day on the job October 8 SHAKE IT UP October 1 21: Not Caring What Other People Think is a Superpower October 1 20: Barking up the Wrong THREE October 1 19: Barking up the Wrong Tree, Again! October 1 Daily creativity: First, through writing September 24 Cardio Sucks book note: A little bit at a time September 18 I just finished reading Ed Latimore’s book September 17 Book reaction: The Forever War September 17 Some questions for myself September 12 How to post more (by writing less!) September 10 18: Primal Branding September 2 17: Better Than Before August 26 16: Made to Stick August 20 15: Talent is Overrated August 14 14: Shoe Dog August 10 13: The First 20 Hours August 10 12: The One Thing July 23 Journal: The first 8 weeks of Active Recall July 21 11: Designing your life July 18 The Ugly First Draft July 17 10: Wired to Eat July 12 09: Looking back, looking forward July 5 Podcast notes: The power of gratitude with The 5-Minute Journal July 5 Picking activities July 5 08: More podcast recs for your head top July 3 Creative Pages: Morning Creativity Routine version 2.0 July 3 How to live as an artist: 1000 fans, 10000 readers, but it all starts with ten June 29 07: When did you realize wrestling is fake? June 28 Video: Book notes for “Barking up the Wrong Tree” by Eric Barker June 28 Sketchbook: Working on a publishing schedule June 22 Sketchbook: Planning different time scales and appropriate books June 20 Sketchbook: Will Ferrell* June 20 06: Creative Confidence June 19 Morning creativity routine: The Great Courses June 18 Sketchbook: my favorite apps June 18 Sketchbook: morning routine June 18 My morning creativity routine June 18 AirPod first impressions June 17 iPad Journal: A Notability time lapse June 17 iPad Journal: An intro June 17 Starting this site a little too early June 14 Steal like an artist, show your work, Bruce Wayne, and Batman: Austin Kleon & Chase Jarvis — Sketchnotes Video June 10 05: The Obstacle is the Way June 10 Make it easy, sustainable, and consistent: Tim Ferriss and Chase Jarvis — Active Recall Sketched June 6 Pull-ups for your brain, studying effectively, and skill before passion: Cal Newport and Pat Flynn — Active Recall Sketched June 2 Have fun, help others, and meditate: Lessons from Drama and Lewis Howes — Active Recall Sketched June 1 04: The Slight Edge May 29 03: Barking Up the Wrong Tree May 20 02: Grit May 13 01: Flow April 23 Activities — Do you enjoy it? Does it go toward your goals?