Product Has Moved

The website you’re reading is about 10 years old, maybe older. Going through some of these older posts is a lot like cleaning out your attic. You come across a lot of dusty things, many of which you can’t ever recall buying.

I’m keeping this site around but cleaning out some older posts. I’ve written a few piece on product development which I’ll keep here for posterity. However, if you want to see my current writing on product management then visit my other site.

Tim Ferriss on being busy

Being busy is a form of laziness— lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.

Ferriss, Timothy. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers (p. 201). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

Rabbit Hole

Distractions are a bitch. I’m writing this as the last step in a hole that I found myself in. It went something like this.

  1. Wanted to work on a checklist for my morning routine.
  2. Had to decide best tool to create my morning routine in.
  3. Realized I already had it in a text file. Opened the text file.
  4. Made some updates to the existing checklist.
  5. Thought “Hmm. Doesn’t Tim Ferriss have a process he follows every morning?”
  6. Dug into Tools of Titans.
  7. Found a quote and thought. Hmm. I should put this quote on my blog.
  8. Went to said blog.
  9. Logged in and realized “Oh, I need to update my version of WordPress”
  10. Realized the rabbit hole I just got myself into and decided to jot it down.

This all happened over the span of 12 minutes.

I’ve been meditating a lot lately using Headspace. The one thing that Andy continues to say is if you feel distracted, make note of it and bring yourself back to the breath.

So, noted, breathing, back to work…

carmen’s kitch: Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon

Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon inspired from Ina Garten’s Steakhouse Steaks recipe2 (1o ounce) filet mignon

  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp fleur de sel or kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butterDIRECTIONSPreheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot (5-7 minutes).

Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, and brush them lightly with oil. Combine the salt and pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture, pressing lightly to coat both sides.When the skillet is ready, add the steaks and sear them evenly on all sides, for 2 minutes per side.

Will take total of 10 minutes.

Top each steak with 1T butter, and place skillet in the oven. For medium rare (125 degrees) cook for 7-10 minutes, testing with meat thermometer. Once you’ve achieved desired doneness, transfer the steaks to platter and cover tightly in aluminum foil.

Allow steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes. This really makes all the difference in the world!

Source: carmen’s kitch: Cast Iron Skillet Pan-Seared Filet Mignon

An Oral History of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ | Rolling Stone

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is my favorite Christmas movie. There are so many things to love about it. Here’s a post in Rolling Stone that talks about some behind the scenes stuff that went on.
Xmas or Bust: The Untold Story of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

Online Fundraising Website to Raise Money Online for a Cause | Fundraise online for Charity on Crowdrise

Crowdrise is a platform for fundraising.

It’s a great example of a company that does content writing well. This site was discussed as a case study in a presentation I saw of Anne Handley @MarketingProfs