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30 Reasons Why I Love Lists of 30

Random Observation/Comment #668: Lists of 30 viewed in Mindmaps might just take off. Why this List? If you know me, you know I love writing lists (and specifically lists of 30) on fairly random topics. I’ve written a principles guide on how I write these lists, but never thought about why I love them so much. Why does one love...

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,...

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 Toddler Toys

Random Observation/Comment #663: It’s been long enough that “now” is the new normal and “then” was the “good ole days.” Why this List? We’re trying not to just plop our 2-year-old in front of a TV (see 30 Non-TV Toddler Activities). We also tried to keep a manageable-size toy chest by leveraging everyday stuff as toys (see 30 Random Toys...

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 Marketing Activities

Random Observation/Comment #657: Sometimes marketing is as important as the software. Why this List? I’ve been studying product marketing recently to better understand the lingo from my colleagues. There’s a different set of measurable outcomes from a marketing, sales, consultancy/advisory, and software view of a client journey. It’s always nice when you have a full team and huge budget that...

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 Favorite Animes

Random Observation/Comment #655: Anime has taught me that you can switch the mood of the scene by putting on a cute chibi face. Why this list? I know I don’t typically write standard “favorite” lists, but I feel like anime is obscure/amazing enough to have people watch it if you need something to binge. I ordered this pretty much by...

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 Blockchain Platform Technical Factors

Random Observation/Comment #650: Looking to raise more money by “sprinkling some blockchain on it” is so 2017. Why this List? If the blockchain platform choice has less to do with the business factors (see 30 Blockchain Platform Business Factors), then you’re perhaps looking at some of the technical aspects for your use case. This list of 30 was pretty easy...

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 Blockchain Platform Business Factors

Random Observation/Comment #648: Pick a solution to solve your problem. When you treat blockchain like a hammer, then everything looks like a nail (because everything involves data storage, consensus, and retrieval). Why this List? When picking a blockchain platform that’s “ledger-appropriate” to your business use case, you likely want to do some due diligence and create a rubric that justifies...

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 Ways to Get Cryptocurrency Exposure

Random Observation/Comment #646: Fake internet money is pretty amazing. Much wow. Such awesomeness. Why this List? Whether it’s “number go up” or because you’re scared that the coronavirus outbreak will lead to a series of delayed supply chain impacts on global trade and consumption, you probably want to diversify your portfolio to include some type of cryptocurrency (shameless plug for...

30 Random Toys for Evie

Random Observation/Comment #645: The best toy is the parent’s attention. Be here. Be now. Why this List? There are a lot of fancy toys out there, but why spend money on them when your kid will likely just play with random things in the house? You can also just go to a dollar store and get some of these (but...

30 days being Sober Curious Reflections

Random Observation/Comment #644: “It wasn’t a drinking problem, it was a drinking solution.” <Narrator’s Voice>: Nope, it was a drinking problem. The Challenge Realistically reduce your alcohol consumption. This was attached to dry January, but started on an arbitrary date. Why this Challenge? It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and putting off because of intermittent excuses. How did you...

30 Things SAs Do

Random Observation/Comment #643: I never thought I’d find my ideal role, but I’m clearly a Solutions Architect at heart. Why this list? Sometimes people ask me “what do you do?” and it’s not always that easy to pin point. As a Solutions Architect (SA), I do a blend of sales and solutions engineering. Sometimes I’m out selling and other times...

30 Enterprise Blockchain Barriers

Random Observation/Comment #642: Going to production in enterprise environments is not easy. Why this list? I’m a huge blockchain proponent and love the technology mixed with economics. I love it so much I wrote a list of 30 Blockchain buzzwords back in 2016 and it’s still surprisingly relevant. There are benefits and new business models opened by connecting multiple traditionally...

30 Political Issues

Random Observation/Comment #641: Understanding incentives helps with seeing how and why certain issues are pushed forward. Why this list? I very rarely write about politics because it’s such a touchy subject. Anything I try to avoid at a holiday dinner table is taboo for me to write about. However, I think it makes sense to think about these choices in...

30 Random Insightful Notes

Random Observation/Comment #640: Taking notes is one of the most valuable things I’ve learned from school. Why this List? I write a lot of random things in my Keep Notes when I’m listening to podcasts, reading articles, or from some random conversation. While I was clearing my plate in 2019, these were some really interesting random out of context notes....

30 Ways to Cut Down on Drinking

Random Observation/Comment #639: As a big city dweller and a parent of a toddler, I’m a highly functional social alcoholic. Why this List? I’m sober curious. I wonder how it’d feel to skip a few nights, a few weeks, or a few months. Would I be more productive? Would I still have fun? Would I lose weight? Would I save...