What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?


Paul Graham writing in his January 2015 essay:

Few people know so early or so certainly what they want to work on. But talking to my father reminded me of a heuristic the rest of us can use. If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for.

The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are of what you should do. When I was in college I used to write papers for my friends. It was quite interesting to write a paper for a class I wasn’t taking. Plus they were always so relieved.

What seems like work to other people that doesn’t seem like work to you?

Paul, as usual, hits the nail on the head in this essay.

I love the way that he tells the story of his father. His father was a mathematician and loved every minute of it.

Math certainly isn’t my strong suit, but you get his point.

What seems like work to other people that doesn’t seem like work to you? – I would even take this a step further. What seems like work to other people that you would even do for free?

Granted, you should never short sell yourself or your skills, but if you would do it for free, it’s an amazing feeling to be compensated for your work.

I brush shoulders with over 36,000 students every single day on campus. There is a crisis, an education crisis. I don’t know exact numbers, but I would be willing to bet that a large number of these individuals have no clue what they want to do for a living.

I’m not saying you have to have your entire life figured out at 18, but you should have an idea.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a career choice, encourage them to ask this simple question – What seems like work to other people that doesn’t seem like work to you?

Do that.

That for me is writing. Like Paul, I love writing papers. I would do it for free. Of course, I’m not going to write papers for the rest of my life.

Public relations and corporate communications give me a medium to write copy and interface with clients in a professional manner. That’s what I love.

There are way too many people in the world today that hate their careers. Pick something you love, put all you’ve got into it and you will be rewarded.

Gary Vaynerchuk explains this idea in a way that only he can. Just a warning, Gary can be a little vulgar when he gets worked up.

SEC Sports Roundtable 152: And Now to Basketball?

Shane and I break down some of the biggest coaching moves of this young offseason and discuss why some coordinators are choosing to make lateral moves. We also break down the first couple weeks of SEC Basketball and look ahead to the rest of the conference schedule.

SEC Sports Roundtable 150: SEC Bowl Previews (Part 2)

In a Christmas week edition of SECSRT, Shane and I break down Georgia vs. Louisville, Ole Miss vs. TCU, Mississippi State vs. Georiga Tech and Auburn vs. Wisconsin. We give our takes on the current state of the bowl season and take a quick look at the SEC basketball season to come.

“He and She” – EP by Mandi Mapes

It’s December 23, Christmas (Eve) Eve and I should be jamming out to some Christmas music, right?

Well, not exactly, but I am in love with a not so new album that I just downloaded earlier today.

Mandi Mapes is an artist that I have loosely been following for several years now (keyword: loosely). Despite following her on nearly every social media platform, I had no idea that she had released a new EP earlier this fall. And boy, do I love it.

Mandi is an extremely gifted singer and songwriter that I discovered several years ago here locally in Birmingham. I love the Southern influence that many of her songs feature and she even has a song about my beloved hometown.

“He and She” is available on iTunes and Spotify, but if you have a couple bucks, you won’t regret downloading it. Not to mention, supporting up-and-coming artists is awesome.

So, if you find yourself needing to spend that iTunes Gift Card that Santa left in your stocking this year, here you go.

SEC Sports Roundtable 148: Week 14 in the SEC

The college football regular season is officially over and we look back on a memorable rivalry week, including the highest scoring Iron Bowl in series history. Shane, Britton and I break down the SEC Championship Game and I give a brief eulogy of UAB’s now defunct football program.

Missourinet – Alabama Scouting Report for the SEC Championship Game

I was once again privileged to join Bill Pollock of Missourinet to give a brief scouting report of the Alabama Crimson Tide heading into the 2014 SEC Championship game against the Missouri Tigers.

SEC Sports Roundtable 147: Week 13 in the SEC

After a couple weeks away, I join Shane and Britton to discuss a less than stellar week of SEC football and preview one of the biggest weeks of the year – rivalry week. We look forward to each SEC game including the Egg Bowl and the Iron Bowl and discuss Mississippi State’s chances at birth in the College Football Playoff.

The Curious Connection Between Baseball and Technology

Jason Snell writing for Six Colors:

So I am a baseball fan, and my team is in the World Series. Last night’s game was in San Francisco, and I somehow won the lottery to buy tickets, and so my wife and I went to the game. We went early, had a beer at the 21st Amendment Brewery that’s next door to my old office and right down the street from the ballpark.

Sports were my first love, especially baseball. Baseball was the first sport I played as a child and the first sport I avidly followed. I am still a diehard Braves fan to this day and well, to put it lightly, I still love sports.

My love for technology came a bit later in life, but as I began following the tech industry I noticed something extremely interesting. Those in technology, especially in the Apple space, share my love for baseball.

It’s unexplainable, really. Baseball is a relatively archaic game. Granted, technology has changed the game in some ways, but baseball has stood the test of time.

Jason Snell’s recent article detailing his trip to the final 2014 World Series game in San Fransisco featuring the Royals and the Giants reminded me of the strange connection between baseball and technology.

Jason is known for his love for sci-fi, video games, television shows and other extremely geeky hobbies. So, what drives this crazy connection between baseball and technology?

Is it the draw of keeping your own book and observing all the little details that go into a baseball game? To be quite honest, I’m not sure.

Baseball has always been my favorite sport to consume in person. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, doesn’t require your full, undivided attention and features some great personalities and quirks that only come alive on the baseball diamond.

Whatever the connection, it’s there and it’s fitting that the MLB is the first major sports league in the U.S. to support Apple Pay and Passbook.

Either way, anytime two of my loves collide, it’s bliss.

Section O, Row 61 – Wright Thompson

When it’s all said and done, Wright Thompson may be the greatest sportswriter of my lifetime.

That’s just it though, Wright Thompson doesn’t write about sports. He just tells stories. Powerful stories.

Section O, Row 61 is a story that Wright recently wrote and narrated for ESPN’s College Gameday.

His words are powerful, but there’s something even more powerful about hearing his deep, scratchy voice read his own words.

College football Saturdays are how we talk to the dead in the south. It’s how we remember the past, escape the present and look forward to the future.

Wright makes me love writing. His work constantly reminds me why we need good writers. The stories are out there, they’re just waiting to be told.

iFixit’s Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown


It’s been two years since the Mac Mini’s last appearance on iFixit’s teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple’s lineup this week. Is this truly a refreshed Mini, or merely a mini-refresh? Stay tuned to find out just what two years of innovation has to say for itself—it’s Mac Mini teardown time.

As always, iFixit has done a great job in their teardown documentation and outlines exactly what you need to pry into the latest Mac Mini.

I love my Mac Mini. It’s quiet, is extremely reliable and provides just what I have always wanted – a Mac desktop experience that allows me to use my own monitor.

My Late 2012 Mac Mini has been rock solid since the day I bought it. It performs nearly any task I throw at it reasonably well and even drives two monitors (including a 1440p Monoprice panel). But, many Mac aficionados have lost interest in Apple’s cheapest Mac offering.

Well, Apple finally released a revision to the Mac Mini line, updating nearly every aspect of the internals of the system but leaving the external components nearly unchanged – except for one aspect.

Apple axed one of the Mac Mini’s most marketable features, user replaceable RAM.

Although this isn’t a shocking move, it still marks the end of an era as we know it. Now nearly every Mac that Apple sells has non-user replaceable RAM. In fact, most of Apple’s notebooks and even the Mac Mini have the RAM soldered to the logic board.

The Mac Mini is still a great little computer for the price, but it’s sad to see upgradability once again be neglected by Apple.