7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

November 9, 2015

Interesting food for thought.

In order:

  1. Stop working overtime and increase your productivity
  2. Don’t say “yes” too often
  3. Stop doing everything yourself and start letting people help you
  4. Stop being a perfectionist
  5. Stop doing repetitive tasks and start automating it.
  6. Stop guessing and start backing up your decisions with data
  7. Stop working, and have do-nothing time

Surface Book Reaction From Microsoft Fanboy

October 14, 2015

Best quote ever:

“Yo, come check this OUT. You’ll cry yourself to sleep!”

Surface Book Reaction From Microsoft Fanboy, Apple Fanboy Not Happy

Apple Fanboy in Crisis over Microsoft Surface Book

October 13, 2015

The video clip below is hilarious.  And what makes it hilarious is that I’ve actually met no fewer than a half-dozen hardcore Mac-o-philes that have actually communicated the same sentiment to me in some form.

In fact, I actually had someone tell me:

“Damn, the Surface Book looks utterly BALLER.  Straight up sick.


“Screw you and your tasty Surface Book, dude.”


“Now if you guys come out with a Surface Phone, I’m gonna punch someone.”


“Then I’m gonna throw money at you, dammit.”

Apple Fanboy in Crisis over Microsoft Surface Book

Matsumoto Shave Ice Grand Reopening

October 8, 2015


My cousins own a shave ice store in Hawaii – you may have heard of it.  It’s called Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa and they recently had a grand reopening. 

If you’ve ever been to the store, you know that this is dramatically different from it’s old appearance.

Matsumoto Shave Ice Grand Reopening

It’s pretty much a must-see destination in Hawaii if you’re travelling Oahu.  It’s been showcased in dozens of TV shows & movies, and visited by celebrities around the world.  (The photos to prove it are on the wall of the store): 

Some of my favorite Audiobooks

October 1, 2015

Recently I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Audiobook via Audible while driving.  I look forward to my drive time because it’s usually the only time I’ll listen to them.  (I hate taking conference calls or making phone calls on the road so this is a great way to pass the time.)

If you like intelligent science fiction, documentaries/memoirs, or dogs… I think you’ll find yourself aligned with a lot of my preferences as well.  Check out some of these great audiobooks.


You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A MemoirFelicia Day, Joss Whedon – foreword
In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.


So That Happened: A MemoirJon Cryer
If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. Now he’s opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.


Armada: A Novel – Written by: Ernest Cline, Narrated by: Wil Wheaton

It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom – if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.


The EggWritten by: Andy Weir
You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me.” A short story about the universe.


The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon? – Written by: Robert Cringely
IBM is in serious trouble. Big Blue, as the company is known, tends to rely for its success on magical thinking but that magic ran out a long time ago. The company got in trouble back in the 1990s and had to hire for the first time an outside CEO, Lou Gerstner, to save the day. Gerstner pushed IBM into services with spectacular results but this hurt the company, too. As services have became commoditized IBM could only compete by offshoring the work and quality suffered.


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – Written by: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword) Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.


The Martian – Written by: Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive – and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.


Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football – Written by: Josh Luchs, James Dale

For 15 years, sports agent Josh Luchs made illegal deals with numerous college athletes, from top-tier, nationally recognized phenoms to late-round draft picks. Then, in October 2010, Luchs wrote a confessional article in Sports Illustrated, telling the truth about what he did and didn’t do. Since then, he has taken on a new role: whistle-blowing, truth-telling reformer. In telling his own story, Luchs here pulls back the curtain on the real economy – and the broken system – of college football.


The Art of Racing in the Rain – Written by: Garth Stein
Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog – or even patted a dog – this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings…and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.


Ready Player OneWritten by: Ernest Cline Narrated by: Wil Wheaton

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.


Home Game: An Accidental Guide to FatherhoodWritten by: Michael Lewis
When he became a father, Michael Lewis found himself expected to feel things that he didn’t feel, and to do things that he couldn’t see the point of doing. At first, this made him feel guilty, until he realized that all around him fathers were pretending to do one thing, to feel one way, when in fact they felt and did all sorts of things, then engaged in what amounted to an extended cover-up.


American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely PatriotWritten by: Craig Ferguson
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark – as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.


The War for Late NightWritten by: Bill Carter
When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O’Brien to host the Tonight show – a job he had been promised five years earlier – skeptics anticipated a train wreck for the ages. It took, in fact, only a few months for the dire predictions to come true. Leno’s show, panned by critics, dragged down the ratings – and the profits – of NBC’s affiliates, while ratings for Conan’s new Tonight show plummeted to the lowest levels in history.


August 24, 2015

Um.  Seriously.  Got Windows 10?  Wow.


“No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong”

July 24, 2015

imageThis is gospel.  I have heard this uttered by so many of our fresh-out-of-college hires, it’s headshaking.  It’s like it became en vogue for self-important, arrogant MBA-types to pull this “It’s my opinion…” line out when they can’t defend their opinion with fact: Only “the way they feel”.

Hey kids:  Facts matter.  Misaligned conjecture doesn’t.

I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, “This is my opinion” does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose. And it really scares me that some of those students think education that challenges their ideas is equivalent to an attack on their beliefs.

-Mick Cullen

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