An Invitation To Think

Fixing My MagSafe Charger

As anybody who has owned Apple products knows their peripherals (cables, chargers, headphones, etc.) are objectively the worst. I had AppleCare for three years so I got my charger replaced three times “for free.” On that last one I reinforced the stress points with Sugru and hoped it would last longer. (My computer is from… Continue Reading

On Being A Foreigner (Podcast #8)

Effin’ With Karol Gajda Episode 8. Listen above, or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, or Neil Bennion‘s back and we talk about what it’s like living in Poland as a foreigner. Do Polish people speak English well? What’s it like finding a flat and generally getting around? Is it easy to date and meet people?… Continue Reading

The Two Questions

When trying to solve a societal problem (X) I like to ask myself two questions. How can I solve X in a way that will help me? How can I solve X in a way that will also help everybody else? If we’re being intellectually honest we must admit that we look out for ourselves… Continue Reading

How To Make Ice Gel Packs The Polish Way

A small break from all the seriousness around here. I’ve been wanting to shoot (and learn to edit) more video, but all I have is a Nexus 5 I bought in 2013 along with a tiny tripod. I usually use that as an excuse. The biggest issue isn’t actually the camera — because it takes… Continue Reading

We Don’t Have To Agree

I wasn’t sure how the last e-mail and essay I wrote would go over. As you can probably imagine, when you’re writing about a dogma — specifically, religion — it can go over poorly. But, although the unsubscribe rate to the e-mail list was double the norm, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Including from people… Continue Reading

The E-mail I Chickened Out On Sending For Christmas Day

I saw “war on Christmas” type things one too many times last month and it prompted me to write the following e-mail. I scheduled it to be sent on Christmas Day, but backed out and deleted it from my e-mail software a few minutes before it was to be sent. I sent myself a copy… Continue Reading

Best, Better, Bestest — My Favorites of 2015

I’m 35 years old and I’m still making lists like this? Yes, yes I am. The reason why is simple: I like reading about other people’s favorites — books, travel destinations, movies, music, apps, whatever — and these types of posts generally have high interest and engagement. Although I’m breaking the mold. No photos. Just text (3,000+… Continue Reading