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Sporcle, Einstein’s Riddle and the World’s Hardest Sudoku Puzzle

I recently read Moonwalking with Einstein. In this non-fiction book, the author, Joshua Foer, is on assignment, writing a journalistic piece on the U.S. Memory Championship. When Foer learned that most of the people competing were not in fact geniuses but average folks like himself, he wanted to learn more….

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My 3 Favorite Emails from The Listserve

I learned about The Listserve from Yoav Shapira, a former co-worker (and adventure-racing friend) of mine. The Listserve is a growing email list of 20,000+ readers. Each day, one of the subscribers from the list is randomly chosen and wins the opportunity to write an email to the list. It’s a…

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Wahoo! I’m Back!

After taking a 10-month hiatus from the blogosphere, I’m happy to be back. To be honest, I am not fully sure why I stopped writing. Maybe it was my new job. Or maybe it was because I felt like I had pigeonholed myself into a particular series of blog posts on…

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Ode to the Urban World: 8 Cities. 8 Images.

I’ve always been more of a nature guy. Mentally drawn to lush, distant valleys and high-altitude passes, I often yearn for the natural aesthetic—for green, for calm, for walking and camping and simple living. Sometimes at night, I look upwards and imagine an unpolluted sky—brightly dotted with the periodic streak…

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Funemployment, Digital Marketing and Nerve Rush

I had it all planned out. In late May, I’d write an epic post about my six week trip to Asia, where I went to South Korea (and quasi-North Korea), Russia, Guam and Japan. I’d talk about the food in Seoul, my weekend in Kyoto, the broken, snowy streets of…