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Clemens is "that guy who writes lists of 30" and generally a perpetually curious, lover of learning.

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...

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...

30 Year End Activities

Random Observation/Comment #637: I feel the last two weeks are the most productive of the year. Productive towards enjoying life. There’s so much personal reflection and peace. Why this List? I didn’t realize that I have a lot of odd habits when it gets close to the end of the year. Some of these are backwards-looking. Some of these are...

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 1 Million Devs

Random Observation/Comment #635: Tis the season to be coding! Reaching 1 Million Devs Reaching 1 million developers for any platform requires two steps: (1) clear motivations and understanding of the new economics for virality and (2) low friction for getting started to gain platform stickiness. The first layer of growing attention may be pushed forward by incentive multipliers (e.g. recommendations)...

30 Potty Training Tips

Random Observation/Comment #634: It’s a crappy job, but someone’s gotta do it. Why this list? Potty training is a developmental milestone and not a war. This is not a measurement of your parenting, but a normal phase in your toddler’s development. It helps when your daycare does some of this on a regular basis and shows other toddlers using the...

30 Things from 2010s

Random Observation/Comment #633: Writing this blogpost made me feel old. I don’t know if I’ll be nostalgic of the 2010’s like I was of the 90’s. Why this list? Thinking of life in decades is really strange when so many little things that happen get enveloped by the larger span and gradient of trends and fads. I had a lot...

30 Global Worries

Random Observation/Comment #632: Don’t Worry. Be Happy. Why this List? I’ve been doing this grown-up thing where I read the news and try to make decisions about my family’s well-being based on observations on trends, correlations, and emergent patterns. I blame listening to NPR’s “The Indicator” podcast and spending some free time reading about global economics. It was so much...

30 Parent-Child Halloween Costume Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #631: She’s the TARDIS to my Dr Who. Why this list? One of the many joys of parenting comes from dressing up your baby/infant/toddler. They’re just so darn cute and likely an awesome Halloween costume accessory. Here are some random ideas I had for Daddy-daughter costumes. It started with movie/TV-show based ideas and then got more creative. 1....

30 Principles for Writing Lists of 30

Random Observation/Comment #630: I’m okay being called “that guy that writes lists of 30” all the time. Why this list? I’m obsessed with writing lists of 30. It all started from my Epic 30 Day Challenge in 2012 and the subsequent 30 Lists of 30 Challenge. From there I wrote a memoir of my 20s in My Life in Lists...

30 Ideas that Defined Sibos 2019

Random Observation/Comment #629: There are times I miss wearing suits and ties. By day 4 of sibos, it’s so much easier to fall into the crypto t-shirt and jeans with AllBirds. Why this list? Sibos is always impressive and insightful. If you didn’t pay the expensive ticket price, you can watch most of the main sessions and panels on the Sibos YouTube channel....

30 ConsenSys 1-Year Retro Items

Random Observation/Comment #628: Time flies when you’re having fun. Why this list? In Sept 2018, ConsenSys had a Solutions off-site in Dublin with 200+ professionals greeting each other with open ears, arms, and hearts. I wrote a 30 lessons learned for that offsite. One year later, I find it fitting to do retro of these ideas in practice. ConsenSys is...

[Travel Advice] Denver

Random Observation/Comment #627: Every city has its own hidden charm. I see what you did there, Denver. Things Colorado Does Well Hiking and Scenery – Colorado is easily one of the most beautiful places. Walking out of the airport you can clearly see the Rocky Mountains in the horizon. Amazing hiking is a short drive away. There’s enough trails and...

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...

How to be a Good Meshian

Random Observation/Comment #623: Do no harm. Do good. Be good. Seek excellence. I’m coming up on my one year anniversary at ConsenSys and I’ve certainly learned, changed, and grown quite a bit. Not only have I embraced the remote first lifestyle, but I’ve also become an advocate for self-organizing habitats driven by passion. They may not be the most profit-seeking strategies...

30 Blockchain Questions with Libra Answers

Random Observation/Comment #622: Approach any investment or new technology with skepticism. Also, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Why this List? After the announcement of Facebook’s Libra project, I did a lot of reading and digging to see what this was all about. I didn’t realize that in the back of my head, I was checking off this list...

30 Dad Jokes

Random Observation/Comment #621: When is an obvious joke a dad joke? When it becomes apparent… Why this List? When I watched Magic School Bus (MSB) back in the day, I thought Carlos was hilarious with his punny jokes. It took a long time to realize that those were channeling the best dad jokes. I personally love how there’s a clear...

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 Smart Cities Buzzwords

Random Observation/Comment #619: Every industry has its business buzzwords. Speak the language of your peers. Why this list? The past 3 days, I attended the Smart Cities New York conference, and quietly listened and took notes throughout fascinating panels and talks. Much like coming up with my list of 30 blockchain buzzwords, it didn’t take long to hear some common...