The Quadrant of Happiness To-Do List Matrix

It's a new year. New resolutions. New plans. New ways to get everything done. I've tried every to-do list, prioritization plan, productivity model, and 4-hour workweek on the planet. And whiel some work better than others, I'm still searching for the perfect method. To do lists are a personalized phenomenon - what works best for a Sagittarius wi…

The Conspiracy Theorist’s Guide to the NFL Playoffs

(This is a work of fiction. I do not believe there is an NFL conspiracy. At least, I'm pretty sure there's not.) It's Playoff time! And our favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks, are seeded um,  wait a second?! No Seahawks in the Playoffs? So in order to keep these playoffs interesting, I'm going to make some predictions based on the ludicrous id…

Sounders Release 2018 Schedule

The Sounders 2018 schedule came out this morning. And it definitely has some interesting angles to it. The 1st round of the Concacaf Champions League matches are the week before the MLS season starts. So you can travel down to Santa Tecla, El Salvador on Feb 22 for Leg 1, or just wait until Thursday, March 1 for Leg 2 at home. MLS Opening D…

10 Things To Do On New Year’s Day

The New Year is upon us. For many people, New Year's Eve means staying up past our normal bedtimes, drinking champagne past a reasonable hour, and awaking the next morning thinking that the year can only improve from there. But the good news is that you have the day off from work. You could turn on Netflix, find a show, and spend the next 10-15 …

5 tips for a Non-Nutritionist’s Plan for Losing Weight

It's almost time for New Year's resolutions. And thanks to our 6-12 holiday parties, we're all at our maximum weights and feel like sloths crossing a 10 lane highway. You can read all the web sites you want, and pay to subscribe to all the diet programs that claim they  work. But you really need is advice from someone like you, not some egg hea…

5 Simple Copywriting Rules for Non-Writers

In my career, I've learned there are two types of people in the business world - those who hate writing, and crazy people. Since I spend a significant amount of time writing for companies, I guess I fall in the latter category. I love to analyze the differing styles of writers, and the ways they work with their words in order to make a good stor…

So Where Should Amazon Build HQ2?

Amazon has outgrown Seattle. It's the kind of thing that happens when you build your company in a downtown core, rather than take over some unused farmland in a far flung suburb like Redmond. So now it's time to find HQ2. Where should they go? There's no doubt that every city from Anchorage to Yuma will make a bid. But if I worked at Amazon, wi…

Mariners Trading Deadline Moves Indicate Strong Push for 2018

It's no secret that the last time the Mariners made the post-season was 2001. And so with the team within striking distance of the playoffs this year, an impatient management team could go all-in with a pair of 6's and hope for the best. Thankfully, this team held onto its chips and is preparing for the next hand. Bad luck happens. Who knows whe…

What I Learned – Playing Putt-Putt with Chad Marshall

(This post is part of the continuing series called, "What I Learned." In this series, I keep track of things that sparked my brain during different events and experiences.) I've long said that the Seattle Sounders do more smart things for their fans and supporters than any team I've ever run across. Last week, they held a small event, hosting a …

What I Learned – Chris Isaak at Chateau Ste Michelle

(This post is part of the "What I Learned" Series, in which I share things I picked up during different events and experiences.) It seems like Chris Isaak has been around since I first learned to turn on a radio. He has a song that any casual music fan would recognize no matter where it was playing, a few that casual music fans would recognize. …