Category: Experiments

July Experiment: Low Information Diet

I have an addiction: I’m interested in about a million topics, and I could spend all day just reading about new technology, philosophical ideas, business, even history. New ideas are like crack to me. It’s a sickness. When the kids are in bed and the wife flips on the TV, I...

May Experiment Recap (Ping Friends)

Just a quickie to get back into the swing of writing publicly again… sometimes you just need to break the silence even if it’s dumb, and then you can have a real conversation. Know what I mean? The May experiment this year was to reach out to a friend or...

May Experiment: Reach out and Touch Someone

First of all, can I just say holy crap did we really blow through 1/3 of the year already? I hope you got your time’s worth. Not sure I did… hmm. Anyhow, back to our regularly scheduled frivolity. For the month of May I’m undertaking something that will sound trivial to many of...

Experiment Wrap-up: Water-only April

For all three of you keeping score at home, my April experiment was to drink nothing* but water — with a couple of cheat allowances built in. Was it a success? Hells yes. Does that mean I didn’t sneak in a couple of extra cheats over the course of the month? Actually yes I did...

April Experiment: Water

Not “mind like water“; this month I’m re-discovering how good plain old water can be. First, though, a quick rundown of the March anti-experiment since I didn’t actually write about it at all yet… which was caused by: The February That Kicked my Ass Between the broken hand, Maddie’s issues,...

Feb Experiment: Be Still

I’m behind in writing about this, but my February experiment was more or less thrust upon me when I broke my hand. I had just put in my notice at trinket the day before to spend more time helping Maddie. We needed to double down on her therapies to try...

Jan ’14 Monthly Experiment Check-in

By my math it’s exactly half-way through January — perfect time to check in on this month’s Experiment of writing every day. Looking back, I’ve written about 10 days out of the 18 that have ticked away. Not great, but since this is a Monthly Experiment and not a “New...

Preview: Monthly Experiments

I documented this briefly on my old blog, but I want to bring the conversation here… I’m a huge fan of Monthly Experiments. Try on a habit for one month, like you are taking a new outfit for a thorough test-wear… try it on, live with it for long enough...