I had a conversation with an old roommate a few days ago. He asked me to tell him about the life of Jim and I immediately launched into how I have run workshops in many different countries, have been struggling to make money at it, and have finally figured out how it’s going to be… Read More


I noticed in today’s headlines that Elon Musk and SpaceX are planning to land a payload on Mars in 2 years. What. Half of his news stories feature him promising to reach an unattainable goal in an absurdly short amount of time, and then the other half seem to show him reaching those goals. Land… Read More


Again, the Atlantic amazes me. This morning, I read an article entitled “How Animals Think.” Numerous times through the article, I leaned back in my chair and said, “Whoa.” I can’t possibly mention all of the realizations I had during the article, so I’ll just mention the passage that surprised me the most: At the… Read More


I can still remember the day*. I was studying at the University of Illinois and my friend Michelle and I hadn’t seen each other for quite a while. She came up to me and said, “Jim! It’s been a minute!” Puzzled, I replied, “No, Michelle, it’s been like 3 months.” She then shook her head… Read More


In the wake of events that continue to cause tremendous terror, I want to dissect the War on Terror from a linguistic and emotional perspective. First, we say the War on Terror, but terror is not a thing so much as it is a feeling. So we have two options, we can name it the… Read More


I will be the first to admit that I spend a LOT of time freaking out about words. About making sure I put the precise label on the situation at hand, because if I don’t, then the other person will not understand me. This anxiety has led me to be hyper-vigilant in my use of… Read More


Ever been in a situation where you forgot to do something, immediately felt guilty about not doing it, time passed, you still didn’t do it, you felt more and more guilty, and eventually you got to the point where it weighed heavily on your conscience? Excellent, you’re not a robot. I spoke with two of… Read More