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The Happiness Principle

Everyone has the same goal: to be happy. Every single thing you do, every product you purchase, every restaurant you visit, every song you listen to, every place you go is an attempt to increase your happiness.

That’s powerful knowledge. Once you recognize it, it gives you new insight into your own motivations. Now you can ask yourself, “Am trading long-term happiness for short-term happiness?”

You Don’t Actually Care

Stop saying, “I really want to [lose weight, learn to program, take guitar lessons, whatever], but I just don’t have time.” That’s not true at all.

Instead, be honest with yourself and say, “It’d be great to [lose weight, learn to program, take guitar lessons, whatever], but I just don’t want it bad enough to actually do it.”

h/t DHH

Cord Cutting Pain

There’s no debate, we’re “cord cutters”. In fact, we haven’t had cable since 2007-ish and to be honest, we’ve never really missed it. We spend less time watching whatever junk pops up on the screen (I remember finding myself getting sucked in by The Food Network on a regular basis). We only watch specific shows that we’ve hand picked ourselves. Most of the shows worth watching are available on Hulu or Netflix and if we get really desperate we can always buy an episode here or there on Google Play or Amazon (*blech*). Also, we’re not really into watching sports, so that’s never been an issue. 

But every two years we wonder whether it might be worth getting cable for a month just so we can watch the Olympics. What do you think? Are there good places to watch online yet in 2014?

Update: it never occurred to us that the Olympics are simply broadcast on network television. Problem solved.

Black Friday is Doomed

When you were a kid, had you ever heard of Black Friday? Somehow, Black Friday has become a cultural phenomenon of recent years (in the United States, I can’t speak for other geographies). It’s a bit disappointing to see such emphasis put on shopping rather than spending time with family, or other wholesome activities. 

I’m not concerned though. Within 5 years, Black Friday (as we know it) will be a distant memory. In fact, we’ve already killed it. This year (2013) most major retailers opened on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) in the United States. Next year, they’ll open at noon. Then 8am, then 12:01am. Then Wednesday. Add the fact that a huge amount of commerce is now happening online and via mobile devices (Target just announced that they sold twice via their website this year as they did last year). Before you know it, it’s just another retail week. 

Or, I could be wrong. We’ll see. (What do you think of all this?)

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