Ron @quarterback

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Coaching tennis is weird. It's an individual sport, but team tennis is the act of playing a "position" against someone ostensibly of similar ability levels to see which teams wins head-to-head. Much of this exercise is really figuring out how to position kids -- singles & doubles teams -- into...
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Field of view

Choosing someone who doesn’t have the field of vision that you have can cause you to derail your own train. It’s obviously contextual, because growing up with somebody and evolving together is different than when you’re on your own path or worse, when you’ve had opportunities to grow through bad...
2022-01-19 05:06:09

On Journeys

I was talking earlier to a friend about benchmarking yourself against other people's journeys. It's one thing to be motivated or inspired by someone who exists in your orbit. I have had many people who would walk down the same streets or hallways as me, and seeing them do something...
2022-01-15 05:40:17

Reflections on a new year

Reflections on a new year I ran across this posting for a tennis coaching job in a state I’ve never had any desire to live in. Well, I actually did live in that state for 3 months during my Air Force training 24 years ago, but the point is, it...
2022-01-05 07:53:01

Untitled Shared at Dec 20, 2021

I really need to spend this week working on my website. I moved it somewhere easy for a while, but now that I don't need a fancy site. 
2021-12-20 18:50:43

The Designer's Share of the Problem

So that's the title of my upcoming talk in Oslo next week. I've had a hard time scaling down my ideas into something digestible, because I'm thinking too broadly about what I want to discuss.

The original talk centers around the idea of harm being embedded into everyday experiences and how...
2021-11-25 22:38:32

The Hidden Cost of Everything

Last week, I ordered a pizza. Normally, I pick it up, but I was feeling especially tired last week so I had it delivered. The post-COVID world has done one significant thing for me and that’s made me super aware of how poorly everyone doing service work is generally paid....
2021-11-16 03:58:05

Untitled Shared at Nov 15, 2021 as reply to Superiority

On the other hand, motivational and inspirational things tend to show us that anything is possible. When we see shows, talks, books where an underdog does something big, we put ourselves in their situation and it motivates us to work harder. 

I think getting older contextualized this for me. Not...
2021-11-15 15:42:10

Untitled Shared at Nov 13, 2021

I don't remember the idea I had yesterday, I need to start jotting this stuff in notebooks so I don't forget them when it's time to write on a computer.
2021-11-13 21:15:45

Raising the ceiling for what's possible

I don't really have a lot to say today. But I'm thinking a lot about raising the ceiling of what's possible. What I mean here, is that it's really easy to get constrained by what you see in front of you, to have any idea what might be possible for...
2021-11-12 00:48:12

Nostalgia as a promise

The biggest thing I've never been able to shake since I was a kid, was getting comfortable with life being a certain way before it shifts dramatically. My grandparents always lived around the corner growing up, and I assumed they'd always be there. Then within a calendar year, they both...
2021-11-10 16:29:12