Spur of the Moment

Last night I was in the Las Vegas airport, waiting for boarding to start on my flight. I went there an hour early because I didn’t have time to play poker, so I figured I could get on wifi and get some work done. I knocked out a couple small SETT bugs, and then remembered… Continue reading Spur of the Moment

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Practicing Your Craft

I remembering reading in some book– maybe it was Mastery by George Leonard— that experienced doctors generally aren’t better than brand new doctors. The implication, the book explained, was that practice by itself wasn’t enough for improvement. To actually get better, you need a specific type of practice: the kind of practice where you’re actually… Continue reading Practicing Your Craft

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VIDEO: What Makes SETT Different?

SETT has now been powering Tynan.com for a month! The transition wasn’t completely without hiccups (several of my most popular posts disappeared, for example), but by and large it has been a big success. After all, the blog’s still standing, right?I know that by making my own blog the test site for SETT I’m inadvertently… Continue reading VIDEO: What Makes SETT Different?

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Being a Mutant

It didn’t occur to me until about a week ago that I am a mutant. When genes duplicate, the overwhelming majority of them are copied with perfect fidelity, with only the occasional rogue gene mutating into something unexpected. Most of these mutations, called neutral mutations, have no real effect. Once in a while, though, a… Continue reading Being a Mutant

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The Only Meditation That’s Ever Really Worked For Me

The thing that really scares me is spontaneous personal expression. For example, I can actually freestyle pretty well, but I’ve only done it for an audience a handful of times. Doing it for one person is even scarier. Rapping someone else’s lyrics for any audience doesn’t raise my pulse at all, but having people hear… Continue reading The Only Meditation That’s Ever Really Worked For Me

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Playing in the World Series of Poker as an Underqualified Amateur

To my left is Barry Schulman, the owner of CardPlayer magazine, and a professional poker player. At the next table over is Jennifer Harman, considered to be one of the very best limit hold’em players in the world. As the dealer starts flinging the cards around our table, Jennifer stands up. She’s just been busted… Continue reading Playing in the World Series of Poker as an Underqualified Amateur

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19 Foreign Currencies Worth Less than Monopoly Money

Today I was walking home from a rousing game of Rummikub with some friends. I mentioned that my phone was at critbatts, a strange shortened version of slang that Todd and I use, which means “critical batteries”. To give credit where it’s due, our good friend Elliot actually invented that particular phrase. Until that, we’d… Continue reading 19 Foreign Currencies Worth Less than Monopoly Money

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Finding your Passion

You should spend your life doing something you’re passionate about, right? Everyone agrees with this, but tons of people have trouble figuring out exactly what their passion is. It seems like the kind of thing that should be glaringly obvious, but for some reason it just isn’t. I think a big part of the problem… Continue reading Finding your Passion

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