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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 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...

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 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...

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 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...

30 Fundamental Development Areas

Random Observation/Comment #608: “I can show you the world. Shining shimmering splendid.” ~Me singing in the shower Why this list? I’m not trying to rewrite education (even though I think it’s broken the way it exists today in the US with unbalanced debt-to-job expectations). Instead, I’d like to think about the fundamental lessons and personal development that naturally occurs outside...

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 Signs of Parenting Addiction

Random Observation/Comment #603: Conversations between parents are like therapy sessions. Conversations with a new parent and expecting parent are like coaching pep talks. We love parenting. It’s really difficult and sometimes boring, but also unexpectedly exciting. We find ourselves obsessed with the learning patterns and impressed with not-so-impressive things. She’s taught us a lot about ourselves and given us a...

30 Conversation Topics with Babies

Random Observation/Comment #602: I’m pretty sure she said “Daa Daa” to me first. I’m pretty sure this is a game I don’t want to win. Why this List It’s never too early to start talking with your baby. This helps with voice recognition and pattern recognition for inflections and intonations. I’ve been talking with Evie since she was still in...

30 Things I Love About Evie

Random Observation/Comment #592: Sleep is that old friend you took for granted, but now realize is all you really need. I love you, sleep. Why this list? Being a new father is amazing. I swell with pride and interest with every monthly milestone met, even though I know it’s all going far too quickly. In line with reflecting on my...

30 Tips for Nesting

Random Observation/Comment #585: Nesting is as much about routines as it is about physical items. Why this list? So you’ve decided to stay in your one bedroom because it’s economical and babies usually just eat, poop, and sleep for the first 6 months. Even if you’re living minimally, babies do require a lot of stuff that take up space like...

[Baby Advice] 30 Blogposts

Random Observation/Comment #582: As an expecting parent: I’m not looking at your baby, I’m just checking out what stroller you rockin’ Why this List? I was going to call this “baby crazy”, but we all know the “c-word” is not good to put in writing for your wife to read. I’ve always written very deliberately, and as I was doing research for...

30 Drinking Tips for 30-year-olds

Random Observation/Comment #577: NYC is filled with functional alcoholics. I am certainly one of them. Why this list? There are a lot of reasons why drinking changes for your 30s. It’s no longer about getting drunk and pulling off shenanigans – it’s more about being social and catching up with people in your limited time juggling multiple “grown up” responsibilities. The...

30 Organizing Meet up Tips

Random Observation/Comment #576: There was a time when I lurked meetups around NYC to meet new interesting people and pick up women. The picking up of women didn’t work very well. Why This List? If you’re organizing meetups for your company around software or specific industry trends, it’s always a good idea to follow the lessons learned from some very experienced...

30 Conference Go-er Tips

Random Observation/Comment #575: Conferences on the similar topics often have the same attendees. New location, same content, and same people. Why this list? I attend 1-2 conferences every 2 months (they’re usually free if you offer to be on a panel). I’ve been told I do a pretty decent job covering these conferences by keeping up-to-date with business connections and taking...

30 Podcasts

Random Observation/Comment #563: This has been a year of listening to podcasts. I think I’m an official podhead. Why this List? Podcasts are a part of my daily commute. I’m submerged in this audio world of commentary, interviews, and careful dictation. From inspirational thoughts on how to improve my productivity to 3 brothers and a father playing D&D together, it’s...

30 things learned from Clemens

Random Observation/Comment #557: Do we want to be famous or just heard? Why this list? The highest level of compliment I have ever received came from my coworker, Harrison, who wrote a list of 30 things I taught him. He is a gentleman and a scholar, and I’ve never been more flattered. List of 30 Template What it means to...

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