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Town Hall #7: Scary Stuff

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There is nobody to blame out here.

It's scary stuff. I'm starting a business, and all the failure will be my fault if things go awry.

To protect friends and family from my business blast-radius, I've been building the smallest valuable version of my idea. If I'm not clearly successful in a few months, I won't let my dreams drag me along.

My mind makes excuses. It tells me that I'm not prepared and not working hard enough and that the economy is not ready and that nobody will care. It pleads for distraction and comfort. But clocks are not kind to the comfortable.

I really don't make things easy on myself. Outland 2023 is only 6 months away! Tickets are now on sale, sponsor slots are still available, and speakers will be announced March 31.

The AIDS/LifeCycle is coming up! I'll be riding my bicycle from SF to LA to raise money. Please donate!

To avoid training and real work, I distracted myself by updating taylor.town. The typography is much more legible now! I also have a nifty RSS feed! What a waste.

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I'm still preparing for my big ride. I purchased cycling shoes, shorts, and a jersey.

Oh and fire season is almost upon us! Be safe and make sure you have active fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers need to be serviced or replaced every ~6 years.








★★★★☆ Chilly Gonzales :: Solo Piano II
★★★★☆ Lxmp :: Back To The Future Shock
★★★☆☆ Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band :: Safe As Milk
★★★☆☆ Death Cab for Cutie :: Plans
★★★☆☆ Ni :: Les insurgés de Romilly
★★★☆☆ Owl City :: Of June
★★★☆☆ Shohei Amimori :: Sonasile
★★★☆☆ Spangle Call Lilli Line :: Ampersand
★★★☆☆ graves :: Hilo - EP
★★☆☆☆ Eat Your Heart Out :: Can't Stay Forever
★★☆☆☆ JVNA :: Hope In Chaos
★★☆☆☆ Nu:Tone :: Words and Pictures
★★☆☆☆ Sia :: This Is Acting
★★☆☆☆ Tokyo Black Hole :: 大森靖子
★★☆☆☆ Yeah Yeah Yeahs :: It's Blitz!
★☆☆☆☆ Charisma.com :: DIStopping

Podcast Episodes

★★★ 99% Invisible :: The Day the Music Stopped
★★★ Cautionary Tales :: The Hero Who Rode His Segway Off a Cliff
★★★ Cautionary Tales :: The Mummy's Curse
★★★ Chemistry for Your Life :: How does baking soda eliminate odors?
★★★ Chemistry for Your Life :: Is freezing point actually real?
★★★ Everything Everywhere Daily :: Nanotechnology
★★★ Everything Everywhere Daily :: Siege of Baghdad
★★★ Everything Everywhere Daily :: The Most Important Supermarket Visit in History
★★★ Planet Money :: Hollywood's Black List
★★★ Planet Money :: The ice cream conspiracy
★★★ Planet Money :: The value of good teeth
★★★ Radiolab :: Crabs All the Way Down
★★★ Radiolab :: Golden Goose
★★★ Radiolab :: The Trust Engineers
★★☆ 99% Invisible :: Orange Alternative
★★☆ 99% Invisible :: RoboUmp
★★☆ Chemistry for Your Life :: Are candles toxic?
★★☆ Conversations with Tyler :: Brad DeLong
★★☆ Conversations with Tyler :: Glenn Loury
★★☆ Conversations with Tyler :: Yasheng Huang
★★☆ Cortex :: The Perils of Being Left-Handed
★★☆ Deep Questions with Cal Newport :: Reimagining the Internet
★★☆ Deep Questions with Cal Newport :: The Joys of the Reading Life
★★☆ Epic Gardening Daily :: Greenhouses & Geothermal Heating
★★☆ Epic Gardening Daily :: Uncommon Fruits to Try Growing
★★☆ Everything Everywhere Daily :: Artificial Sweeteners
★★☆ Everything Everywhere Daily :: Out of Africa
★★☆ Everything Everywhere Daily :: The First Battle of The Marne
★★☆ Everything Everywhere Daily :: The History of the Compass
★★☆ Everything Everywhere Daily :: Vitamin D
★★☆ Planet Money :: Meow Money Meow Problems
★★☆ Planet Money :: Seinfeld-onomics
★★☆ Radiolab :: Bliss
★★☆ Software Unscripted :: The Rust + Elm Stack
★★☆ Story of the Week :: The New Etiquette Rules
★★☆ Strong Towns :: The Property Tax System is Broken
★★☆ The Economics of Everyday Things :: Used Hotel Soaps
★★☆ The Memory Palace :: Every Night Ever
★★☆ What's Your Problem? :: Creating the Uncrashable Car
★★☆ What's Your Problem? :: The Electric Truck That Went Viral on TikTok
★★☆ What's Your Problem? :: Turning Garbage Into Food