Know the Basis of Your Technology

Jurassic Park is a wonderful movie, but you’re cheating yourself of some fine philosophy if you don’t read the book. In the original Michael Crichton novel, the mathematician and Jurassic Park skeptic Ian Malcom delivers a fantastic speech on the […]

Every Man His Own Dominion

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, […]

The State’s Monopoly on Adventure

The ability to do (morally aligned) violence independently is kind of essential to adventure. Fighting pirates, beating up bullies, dueling your mortal enemy, even shooting dangerous animals – you get the picture. It’s violent and dangerous stuff. And these used […]

I Haven’t Seen It Yet

Sometimes I think about which adventure goals would be worthwhile. To prepare for an adventure is a wonderful motivator and clarifier and compass for all work and learning. But it can be discouraging to realize how much has already been […]

Bonding With Basic Spanish

It’s amazing how close you can feel to someone when you finally learn to speak even a little of their language. Language differences create huge barriers of understanding between two people, and they’re often compounded by the fact that one […]

Stop Productizing Adventure

It used to be that adventure was something you had – not something you could purchase with a credit card. Now there’s an “adventure industry.” A lot of things seem to be going this way. Now you can buy the […]

Create Your Own Hard Times

““Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And weak men create hard times.” I was born a son and a grandson “hard men.” They farmed, led businesses, shaped land, and raised families through good times and bad, and if their stories […]

You Create the Voices In Your Head

“That’s not good enough.” “You’re unfocused.” “You’re not working hard enough.” “You’re not bold enough.” Like all sorts of people, I struggle with internal voices and internal self-talk like this. It can be limiting at times, keeping me from taking […]