A curated mix on life, work and travel.


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Friday, Nov 24, 2017

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

Mauro Morandi’s failing catamaran was carried to Budelli Island nearly three decades ago by chance. He never left.

Silicon Valley thinks it invented roommates. They call it 'co-living'

Have you heard of this cool new trend called co-living? It’s a bit like co-working, except instead of sharing an office with a bunch of randoms you share a home with a bunch of randoms. Oh, you might be thinking, is it like ye olde concept of “roommates”? Why, yes. Yes it is.

Thursday, Nov 23, 2017

Can any female nomads share their stories?

How it started? Where you have lived? Life after 30 plus? After 30 I mean socially, does it become “lonely” or you are just alone a lot because you are in foreign cities.

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017

A beginner’s guide to Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done (GTD for short) is much more than just a way to get things done. It is a framework for organizing and tracking tasks, such that you can 100% trust that the things on your to do list truly are the things you need to do.

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

When exactly is the future of work?

There’s so much talk about the future of work, but when exactly is it and what do you need to know about it?

TSA Plans to Use Face Recognition to Track Americans Through Airports

The “PreCheck” program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to “speed through security” at airports. However, the latest proposal released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals the Department of Homeland Security’s greater underlying plan to collect face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale.

Monday, Nov 20, 2017

A Little Reckoning… On Transformative Travel Experiences and 9 Years of Travel

To call it sadness gives it too much weight. But happiness is too vibrant and concrete. I don’t feel identifiably happy as I enter my tenth year on the road. At least not toward travel, particularly. It’s more like a heavy uncertainty.

On being a remote employee

For the last few years, I have worked remotely for teams in other cities. My colleagues mostly know me through interactions on a screen. I’m that face in a box on a video conference, that guy in a different time zone on Slack who sends funny animated gifs, or the person they see every few months in person.

Friday, Nov 17, 2017

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Every Country in the World?

I’ve mentioned a few times that going to every country in the world wasn’t as expensive as most people initially think. But how much did it really cost?

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

What America would look like if it guaranteed everyone a job

Imagine if a well-paying job, with benefits and a high enough salary to pay for rent, transportation, and food, were a human right.

The Economics of the Office: Why Do We Still Commute?

The personal computer was supposed to kill the office and liberate us from hellish commutes to the city. But the average American commute has only increased since then. Could virtual reality finally change that?

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

You’re working in the wrong place. (if you’re working in an open office)

At my most recent job, I did all of my best work at home. I would actively try to avoid the office for as long as possible. At home, I had two desks and complete control over my environment. Distractions and breaks were choices. Once I went into the office, the environment changed.

Yeah, but I could have done that too

My standard answer to myself and others usually is: “Yes, you could have done that, but you didn’t.” But let’s dive into some more details of this statement.

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Why we can no longer separate work from life (and shouldn't)

Instead of putting pressure on ourselves to achieve a great utopia of work-life balance, we should start focusing on work-life integration: our ability to ensure that our personal and business interests are incorporated into our daily lives and routines.

For as Much as We Know About the World, There Are Still Dark Spots on the Map

A new atlas aims to surprise.

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

Meetings — A culture of excess that hurts our productivity and morale

71% of meetings are considered unproductive. Let’s fix that.

What's your daily routine like as a remote worker?

What’s your daily routine like as a remote worker?

Friday, Nov 10, 2017

How to Not Suck at Remote Working

I dislike everything about working in an office. The daily commute, the empty conversations, the distractions and of course the meetings. But on top of it, my productivity never peaked when working in an office environment. I only showed up to clock my eight hours, then went home to do my “real” creative work.

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. I recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for two weeks and had a chance to inspect their belongings. I was there to photograph their traditional practices, which were more intact than I expected. Along the way I discovered the Mongolians may have a few lessons for the future of digital culture.

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017

Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk

First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.” New office designs are coming to a workplace near you, with layouts meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers. Put another way, it means people don’t sit in just one place.