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30 Car Buying Lessons

Random Observation/Comment #670: The car buying process is broken and all dealership are finding ways to make profits. I’d personally use an “Amazon for buying cars” to reduce the stress of being upsold during the close. Why This List? I have driven quite a bit as a city dweller with zipcars and rentals during travel, but now I’ve entered into...

Cross Country Move Guide

Random Observation/Comment #669: New adventures are meant to be scary and exciting. We’ve got plenty of time to change. This isn’t my first time moving. I know this because I already have a full blogpost of lessons learned around packing. What’s new to me is a cross country move in the middle of a pandemic. There were a lot of...

30 Diversity and Inclusion Company Actions

Random Observation/Comment #667: I understand that I will never understand. I stand with you. Why this list? ConsenSys has recommended all employees participate in a firm-wide holiday for Juneteenth to reflect, educate, and take action to combat racism and racial injustice. I’ve spent the day reading, listening, writing, and drawing. I learned today that you can unknowingly support racist policies,...

Quarantine Birthday Video

Random Observation/Comment #666: Just because we’re physically distancing, doesn’t mean we have to socially distance. Just because you’re quarantined, doesn’t mean you can’t have a really fun birthday. I’d write a list of 30, but I don’t have that many ideas. Feel free to follow this guide. How did you Celebrate? 1. Took care of Evie for the morning to...

30 Ways to Support Black Lives Matter

Random Observation/Comment #665: The work happens when topics aren’t trending. Why this List? The systemic divide in racism and poverty has been surfaced more clearly through the lens of this pandemic. One’s preexisting economic condition has correlation to susceptibility of contracting and dying from COVID-19. Being poor is expensive. This movement does stand for so much more, but the problem...

30 Names for this Era

Random Observation/Comment #660: We’re fighting a war in sweatpants. Why this List? We’re living through some crazy times. What are we going to call this era in the history books? Is this a war? Era? Period? Reign? Age? Revolution? There will be different references for each country, socio, political, tech, crisis, and other time periods. Some of these names might...

30 Non-TV Toddler Activities

Random Observation/Comment #658: I grew up watching TV to distract me while my parents had better things to do. Look at me; I turned out just fine. Why this List? We’re blessed that the major role we play in this pandemic is to (1) not get sick and (2) not spread sickness. At home, we’re mainly just parenting and trying...

30 Coronavirus Priorities

Random Observation/Comment #656: Homeschooling must be exhausting. Why this List? Unprecedented times. We hope everyone is safe and healthy. Personally, we’ve been reshuffling our priorities and activities because the world is now a little different now. Hunkering down. Trying to stay positive. Global Health Stay at home. Practice social distancing. Don’t spread/support misinformation or mass panic – see 30 Ways...

30 Day Coronavirus Cooking Challenge

Random Observation/Comment #654: Cooking is my stress relief. Probably gaining some weight in quarantine. Why this Challenge? If you’re stuck in quarantine, why not cook your food and freeze it? I had experience with this when my wife was nearing her delivery date and we wanted to reduce the amount of cooking during the first month with a newborn. If...

30 Post Coronavirus Questions

Random Observation/Comment #653: At least there’s a good reason to drink “the good stuff.” Why this list? I started worrying about coronavirus in the last week of Feb 2020 (see Coronavirus Precautions and Impacts). The paranoia has paid off and the family is safe slightly farther away from NYC. We have the essentials and we’re actively social distancing. I’ve gone...

30 Joint WFH Tips

Random Observation/Comment #652: There’s no place like working from home. Why this list? I already wrote a set of 30 Remote Working Tips, which I thought were pretty comprehensive, but I forgot to take into account one major Coronavirus impact – my wife is also working from home. We’re in a NYC apartment. Normal routines disrupted. Tight space. Productivity decline....

30 Coronavirus Precautions

Random Observation/Comment #651: Welp. Gg. Why This List? It’s hard not to think about the Coronavirus impacts from a financial and economics standpoint when you manage your family’s portfolio and like to study emerging patterns. (Plus, it’s everywhere in the media and probably a topic that has come up in conversation.) My conclusion: It’s definitely a pandemic and we’re likely...

30 Coronavirus Impacts

Random Observation/Comment #649: Time to accelerate my learning of 30 Survival Skills… Why this List? The impact of any wide-spreading disease like the coronavirus often takes a few months to settle. Different factors recently contributed from either media sensationalism or fake news has led to a fairly major panic within the global economy and stock market. We were all expecting...

30 Ways to Evaluate News

Random Observation/Comment #647: I wish there was a news service that just highlighted good news. I want more wholesome representations of random acts of kindness. Why this list? I often read the news to extrapolate the facts and take the rest of opinion with as a skeptic. Maybe that’s why I’m always on snopes. I want to make sure that...

30 Recurring Bills

Random Observation/Comment #638: It was so much easier when all I spent money on was Friday pizza slices for high school lunch. Why this List? I go through my finances every quarter and try to figure out what I’m spending money on that seems to be consistently recurring. Every outstanding subscription adds up and sometimes it’s good to consolidate them...

Reflecting on 2019

Random Observation/Comment #636: Be present. There’s no time like now to listen and enjoy the little things. In 2019, I fell in love with the monotony of living a simple life. Traveled to: Philly, Utah, San Francisco, Toronto, Twice to Colorado, Minnesota, London for SIBOs, Virginia, London for Cordacon, Boston, Rhode Island Triumphantly: Finished a 30 day challenge drawing Evie,...

30 Ways to Disconnect

Random Observation/Comment #626: Digital retreats are so hot right now. Airbnb with no wifi is a feature. Why this List? You know you’re addicted. It’s made to be addictive and easily accessible. You love being connected. You need to share. You seek validation. You yearn to be admired from afar. Dependency. All you do is share. All you want is...

30 Requirements for a Home

Random Observation/Comment #625: “Home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest” ~Captain Hammer Why this list? In this phase of our life, we get a chance to re-evaluate our settled habits and preferences as a couple and a family. What parts of how we were raised do we want to keep for Evie? Which parts...

30 Survival Skills

Random Observation/Comment #624: I am poorly prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Why this list? Most of what I do in my professional career depends on computers and creating resilient systems that have Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans. These practices need to carryover to my real life. What if electricity failed? What skills do I need to learn to survive...

30 Favorite Toddler Meals

Random Observation/Comment #620: I can’t find a purer way to show my love than through cooking and sharing food. Why this List? As soon as Evie could eat solids, I claimed head chef of the household. It started off with creating purees of everything using our Beaba and making sure we had as many colors as possible throughout the day…...

30 Things I Suck At

Random Observation/Comment #618: You can’t be good at everything. Why this list? Own up to what you suck at and be your own worst critic. I was inspired to write this list from a coworker who embraces constructive criticism and learns from what she didn’t even know was a weakness. Some of these were easy to write, and many of...

Reflecting on 2018

Random Observation/Comment #610: There’s always more things to do. In 2018, I embraced fatherhood: Traveled to: Boston, Toronto, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey and Upstate weekend trips, DC, Pittsburgh, Philly, Dublin, Sydney, and Singapore (all for work) Triumphantly: embraced fatherhood through swim class and little gym weekends, wrote Blockchain4Babies and ABCs of Blockchains, became an accredited investor, helped with Corda Enterprise...

Goodbye, my friend

Random Observation/Comment #609: I guess we’re no longer cat owners. It’s all rain clouds. I’ve never really had a cat or dog growing up because of my parents’ allergies, and probably also to save me from the eventual pain and void of a loss companion. Man, it sucks. It sucked that it was so fast. It sucked we selfishly just...

30 New Little Things

Random Observation/Comment #607: She’s the missing TARDIS to my Doctor Who. Why this list? I lived for a lot of little things and even wrote a whole list about it: http://seelemonslive.com/2015/08/07/list-of-30-the-little-things/ Since writing this list, there have been a lot of new little things that have been making me beam with pride and joy. Happiness still comes in little doses....

30 Lessons Learned from Solutions Offsite

Random Observation/Comment #606: Meshians are pretty damn cool. Why this list? Jam packed information workshops, 100 new faces-names-roles-locations mappings, and sleep deprivation leads to a rollercoaster week of immersion. When we have time to distill the overwhelming amount of collaboration and mesh love, maybe we’ll remember a great week and come to similar conclusions. Mesh culture’s DNA is based on...