Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Mitch Hedberg on the art and science of appliance naming: I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy, you know? Refrigerator, toaster, blender - you just say what the thing does, then you add “-er.” Kitchen Appliance Naming Institute: “What’s this thing do?” “It keeps (expletive) fresh.” “Well, that’s a 'fresher.' … Continue reading Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

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Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

Podcast Of The Week: John Cleese On Creativity

Ok, so it’s not a podcast, but you don’t need the video if you want to just listen to it - so get over yourself, will you? (Which is essentially what I’m telling myself as I’m breaking form here and not giving you a literal podcast. Ok. I forgive me, I hope you can too. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: John Cleese On Creativity

Podcast Of The Week: May I Elaborate With JB Smoove

Sometimes you just need a laugh. Sometimes the dumbest thing, like an inspirational quote-a-day calendar, needs to be so savagely misinterpreted that it can bring you to tears and leave the rest of humanity wilting in the dust. JB Smoove’s guest spots on Conan O’Brien’s podcast have been some of my favorites, but now JB … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: May I Elaborate With JB Smoove

Podcast Of The Week: Jerry Seinfeld On Process, Practice, And What It Means To Be A Professional

Tim Ferriss lined up some killer guests last year. Now, some of these may have sat in my queue for a little longer than normal, but like Jim Collins last week, this Jerry Seinfeld episode is worth making time for. A few highlights that might turn into posts next week: Why discovering a talent is … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Jerry Seinfeld On Process, Practice, And What It Means To Be A Professional

Podcast Of The Week: Matthew Ball On The Future Of Media

Patrick O’Shaughnessy has done it again. His Invest Like The Best interview with Matthew Ball covers all things media, content, and distribution. The range of questions he’s asked in this interview and the sheer depth and clarity of his responses show his craft. Ball’s ideas have widened the way I understand how companies like Disney … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Matthew Ball On The Future Of Media

Bill Waterson On The Inportance Of Inventing Meaning

James Clear shared the following excerpt from a Bill Watterson commencement speech. Its been banging around in my head for a while now. It’s easy to measure ourselves with the rulers provided by others. It’s much more rewarding to invent our own rulers and measurements based on whatever matters most to us. It can change … Continue reading Bill Waterson On The Inportance Of Inventing Meaning

They’re The Heroes, We Just Write The Story

Superheroes aren’t interesting because of their superpowers, they’re interesting in how they relate to everyone else despite being so radically different. Relationships and perceived relatability are simultaneously as basic and complicated as it gets. These are useful templates we can use for managing our own professional relationships. From Amazon’s adaptation of The Boys, where the … Continue reading They’re The Heroes, We Just Write The Story