Author: Joe Lencioni

  • Sweating Buckets, and Loving It: Minnesotans and Their Saunas

    link: www.nytimes.com/2024/02/17/us/minnesota-sauna-boom.html This article was printed on the front page of the New York Times. I found it to be really exciting, because it features my friend Darin Mays and his Urban Wing NorthUp saunas that I just got. I love this: Darin Mays had never thought much of saunas until he moved into a…

  • The fediverse, explained

    link: www.theverge.com/24063290/fediverse-explained-activitypub-social-media-open-protocol If you have heard about the fediverse but don’t really know what that means, this article is for you. At some point over the last year, you’ve probably come across the term “fediverse” a few times. Maybe you’ve read about it here at The Verge or seen some internet oldhead talking on their blog about how…

  • An American Education:Notes from UATX

    link: thenewinquiry.com/an-american-education-notes-from-uatx/ I hadn’t heard of UATX before reading this essay by Noah Rawlings. Inside the “Forbidden Courses” at the billionaire-backed University of Austin, the campus of the “anti woke” commentariat. Student names have been anonymized. This was a fascinating portal into a bizarro “academia”. And if you need to leave to use the bathroom,…

  • Recommended: Nimona

    We recently watched Nimona with Auggie and all thought it was such an excellent movie. It was way better than I was expecting and I’d recommend giving it a watch. I liked the characters, the style, the feel, and the message, and I think it deserves its Oscar nomination—though I’m not entirely sure the New…

  • Making WordPress ActivityPub play nice with CloudFlare caching

    I like the idea of syndicating the content that I share here across the Fediverse, so the recent announcement of an official WordPress ActivityPub plugin was one of the main reasons I decided to use WordPress when setting up my blog. Though the plugin still has some rough edges and missing features, overall I think…

  • A Love Not Meant For Me

    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdBoaJ5GN_4 This story is worth watching in its entirety. The Houston Chronicle has an article that gives a little more context to Aryana Rose’s incredible story. “What really spoke to me is that a lot of people told me they cried,” Rose said. “If you cry, that means it’s triggering something from your own…

  • The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger

    link: https://www.thecut.com/article/amazon-scam-call-ftc-arrest-warrants.html A cautionary tale that walks you through the details of some of the scams that people are currently being targeted with, and how anyone might fall victim. I recommend reading the whole thing so you can be better prepared if you find this sort of thing happening to you. The man on the…

  • Nothing’s supposed to live forever

    Oliver Richman, the guy who made the microwave your string cheese video a few years back, has been posting a song a day to his TikTok account. On February 3rd he posted this lovely piece that builds some lore around Groundhog Day. Punxutawney Phil is given an elixir that allows him to live for forever…

  • You can find me in the sauna

    Though I grew up in Minnesota, I hadn’t experienced sauna until we moved back from California in 2019. I have always liked taking hot baths and using hot tubs, and I thought sauna might be nice to try. I dipped my toes in with a Morzh tent sauna. The tent enabled me to experiment without…

  • Play at work

    link: https://daverupert.com/2024/01/play-at-work/ This resonates with me: More than making money… more than that feeling of launching a new product, feature, website, or app… the idea I am coming to value most in my professional life is the feeling of “play”. Sometimes play is being on my own with high autonomy and low consequences, sometimes it’s…