“Controlling” Time

Now, and when I was a kid, whenever someone would ask me “if I could have one superpower what would it be?” I would answer the power to stop time.

This thought pops up quite a bit – in college when I’d procrastinated and was pulling an all-nighter and wishing I could hit pause and sleep, and now on “weekends” when I get the “Sunday dreads”  (My work schedule changes so I use these terms to describe days off, which usually fall on weekdays).… Read More

Artists and FI

The best class I took in college was called Advanced Art Criticism.  Unfortunately you could only take it in your final year, usually in the second semester – far too late.

After a few years of studying the history, processes, interpretations, and roles of art and the lives of artists you have a pretty good idea about what kind of work you want to make, how to talk about it, and where it fits in in the grand scheme of things.  … Read More

Pay Down Debt vs. Invest? I’m Split!


The general assumption in investing is that the stock market returns around 7% a year on average.  Some years are better, some worse, with some variance due to fees and investment choices.  And so it goes that if you have debts with interest rates anywhere between say 3-6% (typically a mortgage or student loans), you have a difficult choice to make.… Read More

The Desire to Run Away

My all time favorite photography work is Broken Manual, by Alec Soth.  Manual was created from 2006-2010 and explores the desire of people to escape their lives and their means of doing so.  Soth has noted that the book is “not about people who run away, but about the dream of running away.”  Contrasts are made between the childhood fantasy of escape and the realities of those who actually did.  … Read More