Derek Sivers


July 20, 2023
The past is not true :
June 30, 2023
dashing dog, searching for purpose :
May 18, 2023
$575K of books sold. $575K to save lives.
April 21, 2023
The joy and freedom of harmlessly upsetting social norms :
April 20, 2023
Why I let go of my U.S. citizenship :
April 15, 2023
the Michael Browne suits :
March 8, 2023
Aim off-center to counter a bias :
March 7, 2023
Thinking something nice about somebody? Tell them.
March 2, 2023
50 conversations in Bangalore and Chennai :
February 9, 2023
Explorers are bad leaders :
February 6, 2023
Travelling just for the people :
February 3, 2023
Want anonymity? Make a persona not a mystery.
January 31, 2023
I want to lose every debate:
January 29, 2023
Conversations with Tyler Cowen:
January 27, 2023
Reading the Bible, start to finish:
January 22, 2023
Who should I meet in Chennai and Bengaluru?
October 31, 2022
My podcast is live again! Season 3. Very short episodes.
October 30, 2022
make believe :
October 28, 2022
a daily run, part two :
October 8, 2022
Static HTML comments:
September 28, 2022
a daily run, part one :
September 20, 2022
Doubt explanations :
September 14, 2022
shortest date, and ketchup :
September 13, 2022
Added some GREAT new books to my book notes page: (click “newest”, up top)
September 8, 2022
New release: full-length videobook for “YOUR MUSIC AND PEOPLE”:
August 3, 2022
interesting that the population of China, India, and Africa are each about 1.4 billion
June 20, 2022
Try writing one sentence per line :
June 19, 2022
The joke that changed my life :
June 8, 2022
Find a good available .com domain:
May 9, 2022
Travel is best with young children :
May 8, 2022
Short URLs: why and how :
April 14, 2022
Updated all four of my book pages, starting at the home page with the stack of books:
April 13, 2022
Built a web app to help people translate my books. Used by over 300 translators, editors, and reviewers, to translate my books into 30 languages. Now it has a name:
March 9, 2022
Why I left America :
March 2, 2022
Write plain text files :
March 1, 2022
Database triggers to clean text inputs :
March 1, 2022
Generate unique random values directly in the database :
February 28, 2022
Database functions to wrap logic and SQL queries :
February 28, 2022
Database trigger recalculates totals, for data integrity :
January 26, 2022
The best ideas I’ve found in the last 320+ books I’ve read:
October 27, 2021
Considerate book pricing:
October 24, 2021
Parents of young (age 5-10) readers: We just finished reading the “HILO” comic books - which my boy’s librarian recommended - and it’s the best we’ve ever found. GREAT writing/story/twists/everything. If you know another this good, please let me know.
September 14, 2021
My newest and best book, “HOW TO LIVE - 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion”, is officially released and shipping worldwide now, exclusively through me:
August 13, 2021
How many pets do you have?
June 16, 2021
Now that I’m done writing “How to Live”, I’m listening to music again! Starting with Ted Gioia’s great “Hundred Best Albums of 2020”: — buying them all on Bandcamp.
March 29, 2021
If you do what most people do, you’ll get what most people get.
March 26, 2021
Nobody cares what you’re bad at, and neither should you.
February 19, 2021
I’m a fan of: Ravel Boléro, Erika Lemay, Debussy, Black bean burrito, Ruby, PostgreSQL, OpenBSD, Vim, Blackcurrant black tea, New Zealand, silence.
February 2, 2021
Just added twelve new book notes to my site:
December 7, 2020
Open-sourced all the code and contents of my site:
November 24, 2020
The Art of Living with Less Stress: - from
October 20, 2020
My limited-edition signed hardcover book “YOUR MUSIC AND PEOPLE” finally arrived from the printer today! Shipping next week. (All thanks to who produced it!)
October 16, 2020
“Your feelings are justified!” ← this is what everyone wants to hear
September 12, 2020
Real question: What’s the difference between feminism and anti-sexism?
September 1, 2020
One of the best (and funniest) things I ever did was produce this album by “Captain T” : +
August 28, 2020
An open mind, like an open mouth, must eventually close on something.
August 27, 2020
Sincere question: What non-obvious ways do you find or make BALANCE in your world?
August 6, 2020
$250K books sold. $250K to save lives.
August 5, 2020
Changed to because it’s shorter. (No other reason. “.org” felt like unnecessary noise.)
July 28, 2020
Fun interview with @shaneaparrish I’ve been a fan (and subscriber) of his for years, so it was an honor to finally talk.
July 22, 2020
“HELL YEAH OR NO”, my newest book, is available now at
July 22, 2020
“YOUR MUSIC AND PEOPLE”, my new book, is available now at
July 4, 2020
Moved back to New Zealand for good, today.
April 28, 2020
8 years ago I spent the day in Singapore with my hero Kevin Kelly, then at the end he told me it was his 60th birthday. Today he posted this must-read gem:
April 20, 2020
If you haven’t heard “Tango Til They’re Sore” by Tom Waits (from Rain Dogs) in a while, now’s a good time.
April 10, 2020
Season 2 of my podcast is in full swing. Completely different than Season 1, it’s me being interviewed by many different hosts. Listen at
March 23, 2020
Sometimes the winds of change are a hurricane.
March 21, 2020
I’ve answered 2100 emails in the last 48 hours. 4000 left. This is intense, but I’m thankful for the connection.
January 20, 2020
My #1 most-gifted book is “The Third Ear” by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Forever changes how you think of sound.
December 30, 2019
Time is personal. Your year changes when your life changes. :
December 3, 2019
I performed at Nara Dreamland with my circus for two weeks in 1992. Then it became this…
November 17, 2019
How I became Ryuichi Sakamoto’s guitarist (now on podcast) : +
November 15, 2019
Now on podcast : Sammy Cahn said thank you : :
November 14, 2019
Posted to podcast : “Human Intervention as a Competitive Advantage” : ||
November 7, 2019
Experiments in music and life :
November 4, 2019
podcast now also on YouTube :
November 2, 2019
My podcast is launched : (Each episode is VERY short, of course. You know how I am.)
November 1, 2019
Writing daily, but posting when ready :
October 30, 2019
How I got rich on the other hand :
October 29, 2019
Podcast RSS generator in Ruby :
October 28, 2019
When in doubt, try the difference :
October 27, 2019
Why experts are annoying :
October 26, 2019
What you learn by travelling :
October 25, 2019
PostgreSQL example of self-contained stored procedures :
October 24, 2019
Mastery school :
October 23, 2019
Monthly self-expansion project :
October 22, 2019
Living according to your hierarchy of values :
October 17, 2019
How to ask your mentors for help :
October 16, 2019 jumps to a different random article on my site every time. (Thanks to Dan Maldonado for the idea.)
October 16, 2019
When you win the game, you stop playing :
October 15, 2019
Digital pollution :
October 14, 2019
Cut out everything that’s not surprising :
October 13, 2019
Heed your fears :
October 12, 2019
Daydreaming is my favorite pastime :
October 11, 2019
Anti-chameleon :
October 10, 2019
Where we do and don’t want automation :
October 9, 2019
Human nature to focus on the one bad thing :
October 8, 2019
Back and forth between super-hot and super-cold :
October 7, 2019
Err on the side of action, to test theories :
October 6, 2019
Blowing off work to play :
October 5, 2019
The joy and strategic wisdom of ignoring plans :
October 4, 2019
Tour -isms :
October 3, 2019
To me, this is the most beautiful bike frame: I love a horizontal top tube, and for the top, seat, and down tubes to be same thickness. Simple symmetry.
October 3, 2019
Meta-considerate :
October 2, 2019
Daydreaming the downside, for once :
October 1, 2019
Where to find the hours to make it happen :
September 30, 2019
Your heroes show which way you’re facing :
September 29, 2019
I’m hard to impress when it comes to tea, but “Singapore Breakfast” tea from T2 is the best tea I’ve had in YEARS. Get it if you can.
September 29, 2019
Don’t quote. Make it yours and say it yourself.
September 28, 2019
Have a private email account :
September 27, 2019
Future posthumous autobiography :
September 27, 2019
Cross the world four times :
September 26, 2019
What I did belies why :
September 25, 2019
Would you make your art if you were the last person on earth? :
September 24, 2019
Travel without social praise :
September 23, 2019
Travel without a phone to be in the moment :
July 31, 2019
My old clothes don’t fit :
July 18, 2019
Hearing Arvo Pärt “Für Alina” for the first time and loving it. (Took 2+ listens to slow down my inner clock and appreciate.) Thanks to for the tip.
July 1, 2019
I’ve answered 811 emails in the last 5 days. This might be unsustainable.
July 1, 2019
doors and windows and what’s real :
June 25, 2019
I’ve often been with someone and wished I was alone. I’ve never been alone and wished I was not.
June 25, 2019
Instead of many hours nudging things with a mouse in Pro Tools or Cubase, I wrote a little Ruby script to use sox to programmatically generate it. So much better:
June 11, 2019
Just finished recording the audiobook for “Hell Yeah or No”. It’s really good. I’m excited.
June 10, 2019
Looked up origin of the word “seesaw”. It’s imitating French “ci-ça”, meaning “this-that”. ♥
June 3, 2019
I just finished my next book: “Hell Yeah or No”. Get on my private email list if interested:
April 25, 2019
Loving with your head is like running with your hands.
April 12, 2019
New notes from two books on Artificial Intelligence. One good, one great. +
March 8, 2019
I’ve moved from New Zealand to Oxford England : (Email me if you want to meet up anywhere in Europe.)
March 5, 2019
Settling in to Oxford, England :
January 28, 2019
Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals :
January 7, 2019
Must-read book for those over 60. Should-read for those over 40:
January 1, 2019
Three new book notes, including the great “Atomic Habits” :
December 5, 2018
Subtract :
December 4, 2018
(updated) Unlearning :
November 24, 2018
Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes you to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting.
November 18, 2018
The Art of Selfishness :
September 8, 2018
The code to my sites and database are now mirrored on GitHub: Use anything you like.
August 6, 2018
You don’t need confidence, just contribution.
August 2, 2018
My definition of success: (thanks to Grant Piros for putting it succinctly)
July 25, 2018
New notes on four great books: - especially “Story of Philosophy” and “Courage to be Disliked”.
June 18, 2018
Imagining a band: John Bonham, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Evans, Michael Hedges, and Björk, produced by Brian Eno.
June 7, 2018
Unlearning :
April 17, 2018
New books added to my book notes collection, plus a search box. Total of 250 books now. See new FAQ:
March 21, 2018
Why I deleted Facebook :
March 6, 2018
My writing process :
March 1, 2018
(for musicians) — Be an extreme character:
February 27, 2018
My “Hell Yeah or No” in the New York Times :
February 26, 2018
Get specific!
February 24, 2018
What it means to be resourceful : (new version)
February 22, 2018
If they wish I would have said a little more, I said just the right amount.
February 19, 2018
Rock stars have a boss?
February 18, 2018
Never wait :
February 1, 2018
About me:
December 11, 2017
Unlikely places and untangled goals :
December 4, 2017
“The opposite of feminism is ignorance.” I like this:
November 20, 2017
I’m doing this amazing iOS course: HIGHLY recommend. @yu_angela is a great teacher.
July 25, 2017
How to Read a Book :
July 14, 2017
Just realized that none of my friends or family have a TV.
July 3, 2017
What are the odds of that?
June 26, 2017
Parenting : Who is it really for?
June 21, 2017
To hone your writing, hire a translator :
June 17, 2017
Idea: a collection of photos of the tiny source of each of the world’s biggest rivers.
June 16, 2017
Actions, not words, reveal our real values :
June 16, 2017
Ego is the enemy :
April 14, 2017
Updated my OpenBSD page to 6.1 : (6.1 is better and faster than ever.)
April 5, 2017
Great new book notes just posted from Seth Godin, Derren Brown, Ryan Holiday, and more. Go to then click “newest”.
March 13, 2017
Think like a bronze medalist, not silver :
March 10, 2017
Art is useless, and so am I :
February 23, 2017
I thought it’d be funny to make a news outlet that’s just “Everything You Don’t Need to Know”, but then realized that’s all news is, anyway.
February 16, 2017
I’ve done nothing but Esperanto since Christmas. I love it, and love being single-focused.
January 26, 2017
Spent 55 hours this month learning Esperanto. Built these tools to help: Usable for any language. Enjoy.
January 18, 2017
So excited about what I’m doing now : Learning so much.
December 30, 2016
Quitting something you love:
December 29, 2016
What I’m doing now : (updated today)
December 27, 2016
I’m a solitary socialite :
December 25, 2016
Spent 2 riveted hours tonight doing section 1. First time with Esperanto ever. What a cool language!
December 22, 2016
In 2016, I answered 30,904 emails from 11,971 people. Here are the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions :
December 19, 2016
How to do what you love and make good money :
December 9, 2016
Deleted Google+, too. Keeping and That’s enough.
December 8, 2016
Just deleted my LinkedIn account. Man that felt good. Never used it. Having it active felt like a lie. Should I delete G+ next?
December 6, 2016
I’m hiring a creative illustrator :
December 5, 2016
Tilting my mirror (motivation is delicate) :
November 15, 2016
In Singapore until the NZ quakes stop.
November 10, 2016
We’ll see....
October 21, 2016
Only dead fish go with the flow.
October 11, 2016
Now update :
September 27, 2016
Added five new book notes: Highlight is
September 14, 2016
Two unexpected phone calls. Best post I’ve read in a long time:
September 6, 2016
“gerbil” is a yucky-sounding word. “monkey” makes me smile.
September 5, 2016
Why are you doing?
September 1, 2016
OpenBSD 6.0 : why and how :
August 26, 2016
I’m a very slow thinker :
August 5, 2016
“Ego is the Enemy” is a great book with such an important point. I wish everyone would read it.
August 4, 2016
Keep earning your title, or it expires :
August 2, 2016
When you’re extremely un-motivated :
July 27, 2016
Disconnect :
July 25, 2016
Don’t add your 2 cents :
July 7, 2016
On a hopeless crusade to correct those who say they’ll “revert” back to my email. Werewolves revert to humans. People *reply* to emails.
July 1, 2016
7 new books on my book summaries : (click "newest", up top). A few great ones.
June 29, 2016
Someone just called me “a not-for-profit Dear Abby for the internet generation”. Answering strangers’ emails 4-6 hours a day, I agree.
June 27, 2016
Debussy “Claire de Lune” moving air in a way that makes my chest change its pattern:
April 27, 2016
Possible futures : (with bonus in comments)
April 27, 2016
SQL awesomeness gets me so damn inspired:
April 22, 2016
My 200+ book notes & reviews, now with updated ratings. Top recommendations up top:
April 21, 2016
I sound strange because I’m singing the counter-melody :
April 20, 2016
I split into separate pages because people were not noticing the category names.
April 18, 2016
Do this. Directives - part 1 :
April 13, 2016
Don’t start a business until people are asking you to :
April 6, 2016
A relationship is like where you live. Your happiness is like the weather.
April 1, 2016
Funniest review of my book: “I call BS on this book and its author. Nobody is dumb enough to…” (…names 2 of the many dumb things I did.)
March 23, 2016
Wow. James Altucher pulled some interesting insights out of our interview. Read the article first before listening:
March 17, 2016
Why I don’t promote :
March 8, 2016
Moved all my code to Gitlab: (nothing against Github, but it creeps me out when everyone uses the same company)
March 4, 2016
Happy, Smart, and Useful :
February 28, 2016
Assume men and women are the same :
February 25, 2016
A warning to anyone receiving advice :
February 25, 2016
After great Tim Ferriss interview with Seth Godin - - noticed that when I interviewed Tim in 2008, we talked about Seth:
February 24, 2016
Disappointed in the number of followers/fans of your creative work? See
February 23, 2016
Over-compensate to compensate : (with cute illustration)
February 20, 2016
Added 5 new book notes. 2 great. 2 very good. Click “date” up top to see newest.
February 18, 2016
How to take a compliment:
February 17, 2016
Belgium pride: “Papaoutai” by Stromae. Watch then
February 16, 2016
Why I don’t want stuff:
February 14, 2016
Updated for 2016+: “Should you learn programming?” & “How to learn JavaScript”
February 9, 2016
Re-wrote from Ruby+Sinatra to static HTML, generated by a Ruby script. Fun!
January 27, 2016
Switch strategies :
January 26, 2016
Answered 4778 emails in the past 44 days. Learned a lot. Time to start writing publicly again.
January 13, 2016
I’ve been answering about 150 emails a day for the last 30 days. Did 250 today. Each one with big questions about life/career/etc. Oh my.
December 8, 2015
This is probably the best talk I’ve ever done: (40 minutes)
November 20, 2015
The story about :
November 18, 2015
Selling a company is like getting divorced, graduating college, and winning the lottery on the same day.
November 16, 2015
“Never tell your problems to anyone. 80% don’t care, and the other 20% are glad you have them.” - Lou Holtz, revised
November 12, 2015
Everyone with a /now page gets a profile: Click any (+) then keep browsing. So fascinating. Can’t tear myself away.
October 29, 2015
See : home of the /now pages. Fun to browse. So many interesting ones.
October 28, 2015
If you liked my “Keep your goals to yourself” TED talk (, you’ll love this:
October 22, 2015
The /now page movement :
October 21, 2015
What happened when a guy in Guatemala read my book and emailed me:
October 16, 2015
I live in the windiest city in the world:
October 15, 2015
6 new books at Top picks: +
October 2, 2015
Relax for the same result :
September 29, 2015
Is there a course like this for hip hop?
September 28, 2015
Musicians: if you get an email "Seeking Your Music For Radio Airplay", saying they are partnered with me: No. I am not. Never heard of them.
September 24, 2015
Saying no to everything else:
September 16, 2015
My book “Anything You Want” is released worldwide on Portfolio/Penguin today: (I recommend the 90-minute audiobook.)
September 14, 2015
Business-owners focusing on money is like car-owners focusing on their odometer number. If you think it’s the point, you should look up.
September 11, 2015
Learning Elm using & Extra appealing since I want to learn Haskell.
September 4, 2015
Curious where I’m going with the “just tell me what to do” idea? See &
September 2, 2015
I am such a Vi Hart fan:
August 29, 2015
“Just tell me what to do”: compressing books into directives:
August 27, 2015
Don’t worry about your ambition, about stepping on people’s toes. You’re just teaching them how to dance.
August 20, 2015
What’s the best way to achieve a new goal?
August 18, 2015
That great No Diggity riff is from Bill Withers Grandma’s Hands
August 8, 2015
Best instrument seen in Musical Instruments Museum is Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica
July 28, 2015
“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.” — Voltaire
June 30, 2015
I sponsored the OpenBSD port of Elixir 1.0.5 & Erlang 18:
June 24, 2015
Must-read: “Easy vs Hard”:
May 29, 2015
Attention New Zealand: Looking for interesting ideas, no matter who from. Please sign up soon. I’m curating & coaching.
May 8, 2015
3 new book notes: (sort by date to see newest or rating to see best)
May 5, 2015
When I write a tech blog post it feels like: ME: “I like doing this.” WORLD: “No! Idiot! You’re wrong! I don’t like doing that!” ☺
May 4, 2015
(for programmers) Simplify: move code into database functions:
April 30, 2015
Her: “I’ll need a few weeks to process before I’m ready to move on.” Me: “For you a few weeks tends to take about a day.” Her: “Good point.”
April 17, 2015
She is a bird. He is a tree. She asks him to fly. But when he can’t, she doesn’t understand why.
March 26, 2015
I know more people than I know.
March 23, 2015
Extra-sad to not be home in Singapore today. R.I.P. to one of the strongest leaders the world’s ever known.
February 25, 2015
“My output was being sourced from my weaknesses, not my strengths.” Good insight & question to ask yourself:
February 17, 2015
Just back from 5 days in paradise:
February 2, 2015
Getting out of a bad place:
January 21, 2015
Why I’ve been quiet online lately:
January 9, 2015
Treat yourself to 3 minutes of some of the most interesting music you’ll ever hear. The Bulgarian women’s choir:
January 7, 2015
People who say “day job” are my kind of people.
December 19, 2014
What’s the opposite of effort? (Real question. Any suggestions?)
December 10, 2014
Mark Manson is one of the best writers I know:
December 2, 2014
If you liked my “First Follower / How to Start a Movement” TED talk, see this short vid:
November 27, 2014
Great new book about smart shortcuts to success: “Smartcuts”
November 14, 2014
5 new books added to my book notes page:
October 17, 2014
Awww... really nice compliment:
October 8, 2014
Two months ago removed snacks from the house, and started eating only when actually hungry. No other changes. Lost 30 pounds so far.
October 6, 2014
How to change or build your career:
September 24, 2014
Of the 185 books I’ve read in the last 7 years, this one has stuck with me the most: (email me when you finish it)
September 21, 2014
Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset. Crucial to recognize the difference in yourself & others:
September 17, 2014
“Don’t divide the world into the weak and strong, or successes and failures. Divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.” - B Barber
September 2, 2014
Sadly selling my paradise house in New Zealand. I’ll miss it a lot:
August 26, 2014
Awesome customer service from a guy named Thor at Amazon:
August 21, 2014
I’ll be at TEDxWellington this Sunday. If you see me, come say hi. Gotta get to know my new home.
August 17, 2014
Moved to Wellington (Te Aro)
August 3, 2014
One more reason to spend a few months (or years) in Ubud, Bali: See also:
July 17, 2014
Some great new additions to my list of book notes: (Click “Sort by rating” to see top recommendations.)
July 12, 2014
On our 3rd date, years ago, my wife said her dream was to see the Moorish architecture of southern Spain. Today we leave for Granada. ☺
July 10, 2014
Seth Godin’s birthday. Looking back at his projects over the years. So inspiring:
June 29, 2014
The philosophy of great customer service:
June 16, 2014
Leaving for Belgium now, through the end of July. Email me if you want to meet up.
June 8, 2014
“A good day is when no one shows up, and you don’t have to go anywhere.” - Burt from Burt’s Bees
May 23, 2014
AMAZING presentation "Emerging Global Web": Makes my heart race. This is why I do
May 18, 2014
Loving what I used to hate: (Tom Waits, Indonesia, and weight lifting)
May 10, 2014
I’ve never been captivated by dance until now. Wow: (Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s Chandelier video)
May 5, 2014
My new 19-minute talk (after 2 years of improvements) is The Meaning of Life:
April 18, 2014
The power of the soundtrack: Brilliant.
April 12, 2014
11 new book notes added: (click “date”, up top, to show newest)
March 30, 2014
Change careers like Tarzan :
March 19, 2014
What if you didn’t need money or attention?
March 15, 2014
I’m not bad at sleeping. I’m just really good at staying awake.
March 13, 2014
Impulsively skipping TED to go to Iceland tomorrow instead!! (I re-fuel my soul in Iceland. Favorite place in the world. So excited.)
February 20, 2014
The best thing I ever created:
February 20, 2014
Transcript of my “office hours” chat about outsourcing, profit, publishing, and having an unfair advantage:
February 17, 2014
Great video interview (or download audio) with Bob Baker:
February 14, 2014
Audio interview. Good conversation. See the overview, and download it for later listening:
February 6, 2014
How will this game end?
February 3, 2014
Imitate. We are imperfect mirrors.
January 25, 2014
Nice long audio interview at LeanPub about music and Wood Egg:
January 21, 2014
Understanding Vietnam : (1st chapter of my “Vietnam 2014” book)
January 21, 2014
Understanding Indonesia : (1st chapter of my “Indonesia 2014” book)
January 21, 2014
Understanding Singapore : (1st chapter of my “Singapore 2014” book)
January 21, 2014
Nice MP3 interview about independent/DIY book publishing:
January 19, 2014
Understanding Japan : - insightful look at Japanese culture.
January 18, 2014
Go to again to see Benjamin’s top 2 comments, clarifying the point better than I did.
January 18, 2014
Interview with me on Elance about Asia & my Wood Egg books:
January 16, 2014
Same word. Different places? Different meanings.
January 12, 2014
Wood Egg 2014 books are on sale now. See then
January 6, 2014
Print paper books? Refuse? Ideas? See
December 24, 2013
Jac Holzman :
December 22, 2013
“When you are convinced that you alone are right, you are most likely to be deeply wrong.” — Malcom Brown
December 21, 2013
This beautiful short article remembering Milt Olin made me cry again:
December 20, 2013
“Why am I here?”
December 12, 2013
Why my code and ideas are public:
December 10, 2013
OK, Milt Olin, I’ll start writing again :
November 27, 2013
Confirmed I’ll be at TED 2014 in Vancouver, and TED Global 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Email me to meet up:
November 11, 2013
2014 Wood Egg books almost done. Opinions or suggestions for book covers? (License a photo of yours?)
November 2, 2013
New book notes from "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams:
September 12, 2013
“If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.” — Elmore Leonard
September 10, 2013
Every smart person I know has read “Paradox of Choice”:
August 28, 2013
Memorizing using like this:
August 25, 2013
"I Forgot My Phone" video is brilliant & powerful:
August 7, 2013
Forbes put me in "25 Entrepreneurs To Follow" list with Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Craig Newmark and other bigshots.
August 1, 2013
Rewrite of as generated static site. Code section near bottom has open source Ruby code behind it, if interested.
July 19, 2013
#1 top-selling nonfiction book on Kindle today. Had to screenshot the moment.
July 18, 2013
My book "Anything You Want" is #1 in all 3 of its categories on Amazon!
June 16, 2013
Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan :
June 16, 2013
Why my baby’s photos aren’t online: We should be able to choose when we are ready to have an online presence, not have it forced upon us.
June 13, 2013
Anyone else think of music this way? I tend to draw in the air like this, as I sing or listen to anything.
June 9, 2013
Story behind Wood Egg (my new company):
June 3, 2013
Some will always say you’re wrong:
May 27, 2013
Think the Chinese are just copycats? Check out these DIY inventors:
May 24, 2013
Ahhh... a must-listen for guitarists. Joe Pass solo jazz guitar:
May 20, 2013
No rules in this game:
May 10, 2013
Tiny 4-question interview with me:
May 2, 2013
New Ramen Music issue: Great format. Great curation. Great service. I highly recommend subscribing (or submitting your music!)
May 1, 2013
Brilliantly awesome and so true: the McDonald’s Theory:
April 30, 2013
CD Baby nostalgia: Hadn’t seen this video in 8 years. Great warehouse footage.
April 15, 2013
Seeking inspiration? See
April 15, 2013
My cousin had twin baby boys yesterday. They named them Tomahawk and Skookum. No joke. Those are their real names. I’m so proud. ☺
April 11, 2013
Skateboard from Sydney to Woolongong in one day? We’ve all got a wonderful ridiculous thing we’ve been wanting to do.
April 9, 2013
What book impacted you the most? See
April 6, 2013
The Great Movies:
March 28, 2013
Awesome life-changing project: Reminder: it’s not what you read or watch. It’s what you consistently DO about it.
March 26, 2013
Got instrumental music with American Country feel, similar to Horse Whisperer soundtrack? Email indie filmmakers
March 25, 2013
Learning JavaScript - my experience and advice:
March 22, 2013
Human Intervention as a Competitive Advantage:
March 22, 2013
Sing like you, not them. Design like you, not them. Nice analogy:
March 18, 2013
I don’t tweet about food, but if I did, it would be laksa :
March 18, 2013
Changing my operating system:
March 6, 2013
Please try - especially language links at bottom. Works OK? Looks OK? Any feedback appreciated.
February 28, 2013
Patience. Persistence. More patience. More persistence. Must-read:
February 26, 2013
The secret of success is to never quite succeed.
February 17, 2013
This: is the perfect follow-up to and I totally agree with it.
February 12, 2013
I’m at Webstock in New Zealand for the rest of the week. Come say hi if you see me, or email to meet up.
February 11, 2013
It’s all who you know? :
February 7, 2013
Driving a car for the first time in years, means listening to the radio for the first time in years, means discovering I like Taylor Swift.
February 5, 2013
Just finished an amazing book about Willpower : Highly recommended!
January 28, 2013
Focus, entertain, or both? :
January 28, 2013
Prove it! (Words don’t prove anything. Just actions.)
January 25, 2013
Listen, try this: For the rest of the day, say "Listen." before every sentence.
January 24, 2013
Wow! This summary of my book made me want to read it again: :-)
January 13, 2013
Yes, you should learn basic programming:
January 11, 2013
Animation of my “Don’t Announce Your Goals” talk: - by Luca Cioni from Italy
January 6, 2013
Memorizing a programming language using spaced repetition software:
December 27, 2012
Learning JavaScript from the great "Professional JavaScript for Web Developers" - - and
December 10, 2012
Everything is my fault:
December 3, 2012
You don’t have to be local :
November 27, 2012
Did all Ruby Koans today - - Wonderful refresher. Highly recommended. Thanks to brilliant @jimweirich
November 25, 2012
Find people on Facebook with same name as you. Imitate their photo. Then send friend request. Brilliant!
November 10, 2012
2 inspiring friends I’m actively thankful to know: Kevin Kelly + Alexis Ohanian
November 4, 2012
I can go without food and water longer than I can go without solitude.
October 21, 2012
Spoke at Dynamite Circle conference in Bangkok Anyone I met there, please email me to keep in touch.
October 17, 2012
20 years ago I saw Chiang Mai on the map and decided to go someday. Today I’m here. Some goals take time.
October 13, 2012
Speaking at INK in India, today:
October 7, 2012
New book notes posted at (click "rating" header to sort with highest recommendations at top)
October 3, 2012
Why I don’t have [like] buttons all over my site:
September 29, 2012
In Taiwan for my first time. Absolutely love it. Speaking at TEDxTaipei tomorrow.
September 18, 2012
I updated with the scariest moment of my life: forgetting my lines backstage at TED.
September 3, 2012 = = ☺☺☺
September 3, 2012
Just finished amazing FunConf. Great conversations. If we met there, please email me to keep in touch: #funconf
August 27, 2012
Week in Iceland. Highlight: 6am walk through Snæfellsnes lava canyon. Found silent grassy patch & sat through sunrise. Iceland is my style.
August 13, 2012
Push, push, push. Expanding your comfort zone.
August 11, 2012
Good interview with me about freedom, indie, future of music, etc. Free PDF:
August 5, 2012
Keeping all my tweets at
July 23, 2012
Би монгол хэл сурч байна. (I’m learning Mongolian. Going to Mongolia tomorrow.)
July 22, 2012
So reassuring to watch a master at their craft - any craft: Imagine if everyone put this attention into their work.
July 21, 2012
Stumped? Try just looking at it: Maybe if already looked at it, try listening to it. Avoid trying to solve.
July 18, 2012
Studying the Icelandic language with a teacher, in preparation for an August visit there.
July 3, 2012
Speaking at TEDx Kuala Lumpur next week. @tedxkl Advance article:
June 30, 2012
The only true voyage of discovery is not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes. - Marcel Proust
June 25, 2012
Today my hero is @MohitPawar for his amazing work with + more. So so impressed with this man.
June 19, 2012
All of my talks on life, business, music, philosophy, etc: Enjoy!
June 16, 2012
Speed through a 90-day Asia trip, at 1 second per day: Brilliant format to quickly share vacation experience.
June 8, 2012
Separate REST JSON API server and client?
June 8, 2012
Programmers who have made a REST API separate from JS/HTML client, I’d love your advice, here: Thanks!
June 6, 2012
My life is simple: one inbox: I almost never check Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. Just email. Reach me there.
June 1, 2012
RT @AmberRubarth: Digging into good convos with one of my favorite humans Derek Sivers
May 28, 2012
Candy Chang inspires me more than anyone. See +
May 25, 2012
RT @NextBankAsia: Considering a ’Next Startup/Small Business Bank Asia’ inspired by @sivers NBA talk. Who’s for it? Massive opportunity there.
May 17, 2012
Smart people don’t think others are stupid:
May 16, 2012
Watched "Tree Of Life" movie & started crying like I haven’t in years. Maybe great movie or maybe just right time. Either way... oof!
May 10, 2012
RT @ladyxtel: First Expletive Award at #NBASG12 goes to @sivers. Loving how he said fuckyeah in his presentation with pizzazz
May 6, 2012
RT @viviansessoms: Me with Ryuichi Sakamoto (Victor Bailey, Manu Katche & Derek Sivers in there too!)
May 4, 2012
My quotes have been posterized: (for real motivation, just add image of mountain climbing or kitten cllimbing tree) ☺
May 1, 2012
RT @arsenio: @sivers The Baraka ’sequel’ is finally coming soon:
May 1, 2012
Lush review of Baraka - one of my fave movies:
April 24, 2012
Advice on moving to Los Angeles :
April 18, 2012
Use flashcards to help remember programming lessons: (I do this already. Thrilled to see someone write it up.)
April 8, 2012
In New Zealand South Island for the rest of the month. (Dunedin/ChCh/Nelson/etc.) Email me ( if you’d like to meet up.
April 8, 2012
RT @jfarmer: In a startup, the hard thing isn’t killing bad ideas. It’s killing all the good ideas you shouldn’t do right now.
April 8, 2012
OnlyIndie looks like a very smart way to buy or publish ebooks:
April 3, 2012
I’m still learning this lesson: It’s really hard to just do things the normal way (stock Rails) instead of my own.
March 31, 2012 = = !!!!
March 29, 2012
Here’s my wild life: asleep by 11pm, wake at 6am to learn jQuery at Riveting. Love it. (not sarcastic)
March 28, 2012
I guess I’m doing an "Ask Me Anything" in the comments to this post: (original article linked at top)
March 18, 2012
10 questions, 10 answers:
March 9, 2012
College students and recent grads who want to do big things (+ spend July in Boulder) @BoldAcademy is now open:
March 9, 2012
Going to SxSW? Make sure you see this first: 65 people sharing their best advice on getting the most from SxSW.
February 19, 2012
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” ― Oscar Wilde
February 19, 2012
Favorite TED talk: a scholar of traditional children’s games: (click [cc] translate button). Want to go to his school!
February 16, 2012
What is your comfort zone?
February 15, 2012
“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” - Abraham Lincoln
February 13, 2012
"Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies." - Gore Vidal
January 30, 2012
All talk of paradise only starts when something has been lost.
January 29, 2012
"If there’s a fear of falling, the only safety is deliberately jumping." - Carl Jung
January 29, 2012
"Only a fool never changes his mind." - Freddie Laker.
January 28, 2012
My hero Harry Beckwith just posted this one about "you":
January 24, 2012
Dumb mistakes that turned out smart:
January 24, 2012
Media industry’s takeover of creativity is the real piracy: "How dare you terrorize the whole world?"
January 23, 2012
Finally learning JavaScript, after all these years.
January 19, 2012
"Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet, it is because they just stopped thinking." - Wilson
January 18, 2012
RT @muz4now: When I don’t like a piece of music, I make a point of listening to it more closely. ~ Florent Schmitt #music #quote
January 17, 2012
I completely agree with everything here: - especially the isolation/introvert stuff.
January 13, 2012
RT @benjaminspall: NEW — Lessons Learnt from Derek Sivers and Thomas Edison
January 13, 2012
What do you hate NOT doing?
January 8, 2012
One time, at band camp...
January 7, 2012
Get to know your friends & family better: ask wide-open questions. (Makes better conversation, too.)
January 6, 2012
Great 3-hour hang with Dan Andrews aka @TropicalMBA, in Singapore for his first time.
December 31, 2011
Stevie Wonder "Superstition" rehearsal is even funkier than the album version: (love outro at 3:50 too)
December 30, 2011
Proudly exclude some customers to define your niche. Great example? Read then see
December 30, 2011
Best book of 2011? (According to the brilliant @brigittelyons, that is.)
December 29, 2011
Without longing, we are lost.
December 27, 2011
"Good taste is the enemy of creativity." - Pablo Picasso
December 22, 2011
Word for the day: metamotivation (a worthy goal)
December 21, 2011
Friends from memory:
December 20, 2011
Strange people still leave comments on this 2-year-old post: (skip article. read comments starting at 38.)
December 16, 2011
Pursuing a meaningful life. Nice distinctions:
December 12, 2011
Best way to learn is to teach. Start by teaching yourself. Take notes!
December 6, 2011
My ultimate minimalist hardware and software:
December 3, 2011
Android developer: I’ll pay for a few hours of making me a VERY simple app. I watch your screen+chat while you work. Email
December 3, 2011
The only explanation you ned for doing anything : "Because it’s fun!"
November 30, 2011
Got a startup idea? I’ll be mentoring for incubator JFDI - part of TechStars in Singapore. 2 weeks left to apply. Go to
November 26, 2011
Singapore English = Singlish. Info, examples, and debate: (I agree with girl at 05:00 + YouTube comments.)
November 24, 2011
RT @shauntrennery: Read 80% of @sivers’ "Anything You Want" on the plane home last night. Best to-the-point entrepreneurial book I’ve read
November 22, 2011
I’ve never been bored when alone. Only times I’ve been bored, it’s because I was stuck with other people. Clear sign I’m an introvert, huh?
November 21, 2011
The co-op business model: share whatever you’ve got.
November 16, 2011
232 sand dollars:
November 16, 2011
Very worthy of a short pause in your day to appreciate this beautiful world: The National Geographic Photo Contest:
November 11, 2011
Find a community, learn what they love, and build something for them. It’s not passive. (by @robfitz)
November 9, 2011
I’m convinced that Colin Charles - @bytebot - is the most powerful man in Malaysia. Thanks for all your help, Colin.
November 3, 2011
I keep sending people to this great Jason Fried article: How to get good at making money:
November 2, 2011
If you are both a developer and a musician who wants to beta a good open source tool for your site, please email me:
October 30, 2011
Snake under dinner table last night. Bats overhead. This morning, a monkey stole a muffin off my plate as I was eating. I love Malaysia.
October 24, 2011
The order in which I’d tackle life: (best article I’ve read in a long time. highly recommended.)
October 19, 2011
Conference in Cambodia 3 days ago, Singapore today, Brunei tomorrow, Malaysia on Friday. I guess I really live in Asia now.
October 19, 2011
It’s not who you share with, but who you share as. People are multi-faceted. Brilliant.
October 16, 2011
Funny how some days you wake up just OVERFLOWING with love and apprecation for your friends, family, and life.
October 15, 2011
RT @breezyskies: Derek Sivers on stage for why we need to fail. #TEDxPhnomPenh
October 15, 2011
Speaking at TEDxPhnomPenh in Cambodia today. Any #tedxpp people please email me via so we can keep in touch.
October 13, 2011
In Cambodia now. Huge floods. See 8-hour bike ride through them, water to chest. Awesome.
October 9, 2011
Wow. Watch as you shoot into space in one minute: Best thing I’ve seen in a long time.
October 5, 2011
World’s leading Creative Class countries (by author of ’The Creative Class’ book) VERY surprised by #1!
October 3, 2011 <-- new design. Feedback? Please email me any suggestions.
October 3, 2011
RT @brotherjwill: Get it while it’s hot! - "Anything You Want" by @sivers is on sale 4 $1.99 on Kindle & more @ProjectDomino books 4cheap
October 3, 2011
Finding new ways to deal with the world is better than over-training old patterns.
September 20, 2011
Fascinating story of an American family who moves to Russia and puts their kids into a radically-cool Russian school.
September 19, 2011
Just realized “The Big Lebowski” title was not referring to The Dude.
September 18, 2011
Love this cover by Yuna : Interesting story: Welcome home to KL, @yunamusic
September 9, 2011
Great profile of my buddy @bpinaud from Rio, Brasil :
September 7, 2011
Updated my book list: I was giving too many 10-ratings, so I bumped all -1 except 4 all-time faves. Please read those.
August 24, 2011
Great conversation with @lucian (Let’s do it again soon.)
August 23, 2011
Help give 2100 children the gift of hearing:
August 23, 2011
RT @kamal: This is my favorite
August 23, 2011
Anyone done INSEAD+Tsingua ’TIEMBA’ program? Love to hear your thoughts. Please email:
August 19, 2011
Vulnerable is a tough gig.
August 15, 2011
I am here:
August 15, 2011
For #tedxjakarta crowd: the “gut is smarter than head” info is from this great book:
August 14, 2011
Halo Jakarta! LOVED the #TEDxJakarta people I met yesterday. (Email me to keep in touch: Now going to Jogja for 4 days.
August 12, 2011
RT @dmillerconj: "Why I love Derek Sivers’ book" #in
August 9, 2011
10 years of business experience shared in 47 minutes:
August 8, 2011
One small location change makes 20X improvement in business:
August 6, 2011
Schools and parents heed this tale: “No more cheering for their actual accomplishments, just excitement for the grade.”
August 6, 2011
My best advice for entrepreneurs in a 45-minute video:
August 4, 2011
5 ways to listen better. I love this:
August 3, 2011
RT @kurtis_edward: if you are at all serious about a career in the music industry you need to read this book, it is incredible #amazing
August 3, 2011
Really nice review by @matthewemay : (love “The Reluctant Entrepreneur”)
July 28, 2011
“Don’t pursue goals that are easily achieved. Pursue what you can just barely achieve through your greatest efforts.” - Albert Einstein
July 27, 2011
Can there be another CD Baby? Great question from @rgmusicom. Your thoughts?
July 25, 2011
Buying something doesn’t give you status. NOT buying something gives you status. Because consumerism is abundant, but satiability is rare.
July 25, 2011
Bucket list: Swim with whale sharks. See
July 25, 2011
Here’s what you should invent...
July 21, 2011
Wow. I have personally answered 4459 emails in the last 3 weeks. Most of my waking hours. Maybe I should play hard-to-get for a while?
July 21, 2011
RT @DirkvanReenen: Just read the best business book, 4 yrs of College won’t touch what these 75 pages will teach you. "Anything you Want" by Derek Sivers
July 20, 2011
RT @mitchjoel: Are you an entrepreneur, startup and/or founder? @sivers tells it like it is. Read this:
July 20, 2011
Startups, ideas, rejection, hard work, huge success. Why do it? Some thoughts:
July 18, 2011
Musicians, please read: John Mayer talk @ Berklee about resisting distraction of social media + much more. Great advice.
July 15, 2011
Is your job as valuable to you as the few years you have left in this life? If not, then stop.
July 15, 2011
Jaw dropped: Humpback whale gives show after being saved.
July 15, 2011
Listening to Sufjan Stevens “Age of Adz” album over and over.
July 14, 2011
You weren’t meant to have a boss. (Read to the end.) Great analogy.
July 14, 2011
You are whatever you pretend to be.
July 11, 2011
The greatest music video ever made:
July 10, 2011
“Assume life will be really tough, and then ask if you can handle it. If the answer is yes, you’ve won.” - Charlie Munger
July 10, 2011
“Of all the sins, envy is easily the worst because you can’t even have any fun with it. It’s a total net loss.” - Charlie Munger
July 8, 2011
"Sivers isn’t a guy who figured it all out; he’s just one who navigated the rapids and lived." :-) ! Thanks for the quote, @willsansbury
July 5, 2011
Cute animation of one of my favorite little essays: “Hell Yeah or No”:
July 4, 2011
You had me at “deep, bonging counterpoint”. No, you had me at “Bjork”. Wow.
July 3, 2011
Yesterday went to Miyazaki’s Ghibli museum. See Today saw Tokyo with @kirai. Awesome.
July 1, 2011
New interviews you might like:
July 1, 2011
OK we’re all allowed one proud little tweet like this, right?
July 1, 2011
If it’s not a hit, switch!
June 30, 2011
21 Inspiring Ideas for entrepreneurs: (best summary of my book)
June 30, 2011
RT @ProjectDomino: Anything You Want is #39 in Amazon’s Bestsellers list. Can you help us get @sivers in the top 10?
June 30, 2011
I miss the mob :
June 30, 2011
Forbes review of my book: “astonished with the sheer concentration of fresh insights on business and entrepreneurialism”
June 30, 2011
I finally wrote a book. Just released today. See announcement at and book at
June 29, 2011
I finally wrote a book. Just released today. See announcement at + book at
June 29, 2011
(I prefer Linux - and avoid being a part of anyone’s end-to-end ecosystem for anything.)
June 29, 2011
In 1998, admitting I don’t use Microsoft products, I got a weird look. Now admitting I don’t use Apple products, I get a VERY weird look.
June 25, 2011
Korean grocery uses spare time and space at subway. Brilliant.
June 24, 2011
RT @ronen: The 3 months I worked next door to a chocolate factory, I had the most sex of any period in my life. Coincidence? #cocoapheremones
June 24, 2011
Projecting meaning:
June 22, 2011
Business potential doesn’t have to be overseas. States compared to countries:
June 21, 2011
You don’t understand something until you think it’s obvious.
June 20, 2011
Fish don’t know they’re in water:
June 20, 2011
Classic: Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney. Best 2½ minutes of TV:
June 19, 2011
Great book on music promotion. Good to-do tips especially for those new to this:
June 17, 2011
Wow. My hero Charlie Munger, when asked how to make a perfect society, says to study Singapore:
June 16, 2011
How to get good at making money: Required reading for new entrepreneurs.
June 16, 2011
#echelon2011 If you want my slides from my talk this morning (or just to meet), email me:
June 14, 2011
3200km ÷ 5km/hr ÷ 12hrs/day = 53 days to walk from bottom to top of India. Hmmm...
June 11, 2011
I LOVE a different point of view. Here’s a hula hoop from the hoop’s perspective:
June 11, 2011
My interview with Celestine Chua, with fun photos:
June 11, 2011
Love these photos of CD Baby in 1999 in my Woodstock house: taken by
June 10, 2011 : Very curated, beautifully presented music. So impressed, I just bought lifetime subscription. Highly recommended.
June 10, 2011
RT @Kurt_Vonnegut: Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.
June 10, 2011
See : Very curated, beautifully presented music. So impressed, I just bought lifetime subscription. Highly recommended.
June 10, 2011
This is the answer to the "I need a technical co-founder" question I get daily:
June 10, 2011
RT @ericstromberg: This remains my favorite post on the value of a business idea:
June 9, 2011
Trying to pursue many different directions at once? Don’t be a donkey.
June 9, 2011
Kid’s got Seoul :
June 6, 2011
Entrepreneurs, need inspiration for what to invent? Try this:
June 6, 2011
Of all the articles I’ve read in the past 6 months, this one had the biggest impact on me:
June 5, 2011
I moved to Singapore: (It’s official now.)
June 5, 2011
Any questions?
May 30, 2011
RT @davidhooper: New Book by @sivers - This is a promo piece I got from BookExpo in NYC
May 29, 2011
Hey you! What song are you listening to? (different soundtracks for same environment)
May 28, 2011
Added a few new book notes, for those seeking knowledge or wisdom:
May 26, 2011
At Music Matters conference. Email me to meet up. (I live 5 minutes walk away. Love it.)
May 26, 2011
RT @davidhooper: @sivers At Book Expo and saw your new book being promoted at the Amazon booth. Looking forward to checking it out!
May 19, 2011
5 ways to increase your intelligence : (facts not opinons). Brilliant article by @AndreaKuszewski
May 19, 2011
"I never have to lie to anyone because I don’t fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid." - John Gotti.
May 16, 2011
RT @plamere: How good is Google’s Instant Mix? - TLDR; not so good
May 7, 2011
Some people like to pay. Let them.
May 5, 2011
GREAT musicians’ guide to Nashville. Anyone new or moving there should get this book:
May 4, 2011
Leaving for Bali in 30 minutes. SO excited. Been wanting to go for 24 years - since I heard this priceless album:
May 2, 2011
Great article on how someone created and sold an ebook. Very specific and full of advice.
April 30, 2011
Fun interview with Jordan from ’Pickup Podcast’, here:
April 22, 2011
In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.
April 20, 2011
Awesome project. Giant marimbas for a school for the blind:
April 19, 2011
Feedback on my new video, please? Should I keep animating my essays like this? Suggestions?
April 19, 2011
Keep Your Goals to Yourself, in VERY simple English:
April 19, 2011
These BBC nature documentaries so beautifully capture the creatures of our planet:
April 18, 2011
RT @1_wavex: @sivers -my friend, the great @prestonreed has a new guitar, a groove u could drive a truck thru :
April 18, 2011
Front-row at Imogen Heap in Singapore, yesterday. SO great. Awesome arrangements. Charming performer, too.
April 14, 2011
RT @1_wavex: The surest indication that something is not fully understood .. is the conviction that it is fully understood. @sivers @~
April 14, 2011
Signed up to attend and speak at - in case you’re there, say hello!
April 12, 2011
To become too great to ignore, focus on winning one single test: Very inspiring.
April 12, 2011
I wish this was everywhere:
April 9, 2011
How to Get a Real Business Education. Brilliant article by Scott Adams (Dilbert creator).
March 30, 2011
(a) Da da da da da! (b) Ba ba ba BA ba? (a) Da DA da da! (b) Hehehehe. (a) Da da DA DA DA? (b) Ba ba! Heheheh.
March 29, 2011
We’re using the same device to do our work as we are to distract ourselves from our work! Great solution:
March 29, 2011
When in doubt, remain in doubt.
March 27, 2011
Great counter-intuitivie life lessons. Very wise:
March 27, 2011
Contacted about doing charity project to raise money for marionettes. Marionettes! Cool! What? Malaria nets? Oh. That’s OK too, I guess.
March 24, 2011
Parahawking in Nepal - now on my TO-DO list: (thanks @eclectopedic)
March 24, 2011
There’s no place like home.
March 18, 2011
Listening to this while programming: Wow.
March 16, 2011
Know any great guitar technique books in PDF format? (Got a new acoustic guitar & enjoying re-awakening my chops.)
March 8, 2011
Telling the story of how CD Baby took off. @gajoob and @davidhooper get full credit for its momentum by announcing to their readers in 1998.
March 1, 2011
Have time to give deep critique/suggestions on rough draft of my new book? Email me something about yourself to
February 28, 2011
Amazing museum in Sydney: Please go if you can. Best collection I’ve ever seen.
February 16, 2011
My newest TED talk: Why You Need to Fail Any suggestions on how to improve it?
February 11, 2011
My favorite marketing author, Harry Beckwith, is finally blogging! Keep your eye on this:
January 31, 2011
Hour-long candid interview with me at (scroll down to the green [Get Access] button.) MP3:
January 31, 2011
What’s on Derek Sivers’ desk? Nothing but his feet:
January 31, 2011
Broke my big toe playing in Arabian Sea, Varkala, India. Local hospital: $1 doctor + $2 xray. Experience + bragging rights: priceless. :-)
January 24, 2011
Delegate or die: the self-employed trap.
January 22, 2011
(Vanity tweet:) iPad ad for TED at bus stop in Los Angeles:
January 16, 2011
Inspiration never makes the first move.
January 14, 2011
Musicians: anyone tried live internet jamming like ? If so, please email me your honest thoughts? Thx!
January 14, 2011
Restrictions will set you free. +
January 5, 2011
My video "First Follower" aka "Lessons Learned from Dancing Guy" available for free download: Use, share, etc.
January 4, 2011
Spent the whole day typing out my notes for my favorite book ever. Enjoy:
December 29, 2010
Doomsday predictions make headlines, but betting against them usually wins. See
December 28, 2010
Back home in Singapore. So good to be back. Hope to stay in this Asia/Australia time zone for all of 2011.
December 27, 2010
Q: Hey Richard Branson, we are 2 broke students, can we join you on your private jet to DC tonight? A: Sure!
December 25, 2010
Strategic advantage for a business to be both tech and non-tech:
December 25, 2010
RT @cyberpr: Watch Team @CyberPR in tacky red sweaters singing! Our HOLIDAY VIDEO CARD! for you
December 22, 2010
Congrats @thinksimplenow for winning coolest job: ’good mood blogger’. Glad I was no help. :-)
December 18, 2010
Read The 4-Hour Body in one 12-hour sitting. Amazing book. Congrats @tferriss
December 16, 2010
What’s the most ’unrealistic’ thing you’ve accomplished and what did you learn from the process? See
December 2, 2010
Flying to India to speak at
November 27, 2010
RT @arsenehodali: @sivers dinners are for talking about that which we lack and desire it seems.
November 27, 2010
"When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money." — Oscar Wilde
November 26, 2010
Process innovation. The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery. LOVE this.
November 23, 2010
Musicians, great examples of purple cow + chutzpah:
November 22, 2010
Gorgeous haunting merge of old Amsterdam photos into today:
November 22, 2010
Obvious to you. Amazing to others.
November 19, 2010
Why wreck a blank canvas?
November 12, 2010
RT @TechCrunch: CD Baby Founder Recounts A Tale Of Steve Jobs, iTunes, And Broken Promises by @jasonkincaid
November 12, 2010
The day Steve Jobs dissed me hard:
November 7, 2010
When someone complains, it means one of two things....
November 7, 2010
"Safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want." - Charlie Munger -
November 1, 2010
If you are both a guitarist and a Linux fan, check this out: (Maybe should be called Hendrix?)
October 31, 2010
Jon Stewart’s serious comment at the end of the rally: Brilliant.
October 31, 2010
Great tidbits of wisdom from traveling the world for 3 years: (Warning: makes you want to get up and go!)
October 29, 2010
RT @pwiger: Announcing your goals is bad for completion — — so I zipped it AND DID IT! I’m sooo proud now! :)
October 29, 2010
Signed up for a Hotdesk for 6 months at @hackerspacesg
October 29, 2010
Listening to Lyle Lovett’s album ’Joshua Judges Ruth’ for the 100th time. So so so good. All of it.
October 29, 2010
New York Times / Freakonomics disagrees with my TED Talk: Your thoughts?
October 28, 2010
Spent afternoon in Singapore Japanese internet cafe. Calm and classy. Highly recommended if in Raffles Place:
October 28, 2010
Test says I’m INTJ: Funny how accurate that description is. You?
October 27, 2010
Notes from a Guide to the Good Life:
October 23, 2010
Characteristics of successful musicians, too: (emphasize 2 & 3. add practice/improvement.)
October 17, 2010
Boarding plane to Guilin, China, to study Mandarin full-time for 2 months. A dream/goal of mine since 2006. Very excited.
October 14, 2010
Shower in the Hong Kong airport lounge, after a 14-hour flight. 5 hour layover, then Singapore.
October 8, 2010
The best part of blogging is the people you will meet: (I agree)
October 6, 2010
Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it.
October 5, 2010
Speaking at Berklee College of Music in Boston tonight (Oct 4th) at 7pm: 921 Boylston, 3rd floor, The Loft. Everyone invited.
October 2, 2010
Speaking at TEDx in Singapore on October 16th: It’s free, so register while you can.
September 29, 2010
For home-recording artists: free ebook: "How we made a studio-grade album for $190"
September 25, 2010
Donated $500 to author of Anki, because it’s that amazing. Using it to learn Mandarin.
September 24, 2010
Some great new books posted:
September 23, 2010
L3C: interesting structure for running a business where profit is only a secondary goal:
September 22, 2010
Tweeting on the command-line again thanks to
September 17, 2010
Spoke in Rotterdam today: "Art of Profitability" - - based on this book:
August 31, 2010
LOVE this: "winning" is just comparing hours spent practicing. What if practice=winning were taught more directly?
August 31, 2010
in Singapore for the week. Anyone here want to meet? I’d love to get to know it more. Email me at
August 29, 2010
Studying Mandarin 3-6 hours a day, lately. So into it. Using + +
August 24, 2010
Biked 100km (62 miles) from Stockholm to Baltic Sea:,18.37944&spn=0.234475,0.725784&z=11
August 17, 2010
Attention companies: Major Rails programmer/author/speaker told me he’s ready to commit to a great company as tech lead. Email me for info.
August 8, 2010
Karmalist wishlist?
August 5, 2010
Listening to
July 30, 2010
I always wanted a pet fox. Thank you, science!
July 28, 2010
The best "ABOUT ME" page I’ve ever seen:
July 27, 2010
If people don’t think you’re weird, you’re living badly. We’re defined by what we say no to.
July 27, 2010
When you retire, what happens to all the knowledge and experience you acquired?
July 24, 2010
Choosing safety over your long-time dream? Read
July 22, 2010
Valuable to others, or only you?
July 19, 2010
In Stockholm (Sweden) for two months. Anyone I should meet? Contact me here:
July 12, 2010
Wow. Fell in love with my wife all over again (actually: more than ever) this weekend.
July 9, 2010
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” - John Cage
July 8, 2010
Quit quirks when working with others:
July 6, 2010
Went on a nice 1-hour run through the streets of London, barefoot.
July 4, 2010
(for those of you considering a massive change) My loss:
July 3, 2010
Compass in your gut. (The most important lesson I ever learned.)
July 2, 2010
Do you know an anorexic hermit crab?
July 2, 2010
I assume I’m below average.
July 2, 2010
iPhone or millionaire? Love this comic:
June 30, 2010
Comedian mayor and married lesbian prime minister. Iceland is my favorite country. &
June 30, 2010
Hi! I’m Troy McClure. You might remember me from such films as...
June 30, 2010
For musicians: widget for giving away an MP3 in return for their email address, a Facebook "like", or tweet:
June 30, 2010
How to get hired:
June 28, 2010
If you have a problem in your life, it’s rooted in a habit:
June 27, 2010
Many things taught as fact are proven wrong here:
June 27, 2010
"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death." - Leonardo da Vinci
June 26, 2010
Wow. I knew it felt like nobody was using MySpace anymore, but look at that graph!
June 26, 2010
We store our knowledge & memories in the things we create:
June 25, 2010
RT @ciazma: about @sivers in Turkish
June 23, 2010
Do I have to be a teenager to think this is an AWESOME trailer?
June 22, 2010
Geek talk:
June 22, 2010
Ruby metaprogramming. Just finished now starting thanks to @chadfowler
June 21, 2010
Saw Theo Jansen & his walking beasts on the beach in Den Haag, Holland today:
June 20, 2010
How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen:
June 20, 2010
Where I’ve been in Amsterdam:,4.873981&spn=0.070427,0.181446&z=13 (Nexus One phone GPS tracks bike-rides and walks, then one-click to upload.)
June 17, 2010
We cannot expect to touch excellence if "going through the motions" is the norm of our lives.
June 17, 2010
GREAT story about not waiting for permission to get what you really want:
June 16, 2010
Former Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, just tweeted my First Follower talk!
June 16, 2010
After 15 years of practice...
June 13, 2010
My 45-min RailsConf talk about accents, quirks, outcomes, confabulation, instinct, delegating, and incest:
June 13, 2010
Reading all about cycling in Holland. So excited for longer exploratory trips:
June 11, 2010
Moving to Amsterdam today. Two suitcases + two bikes. Cancelled cellphone contract. Heading to airport. Ah, the laptop life.
June 11, 2010
#railsconf All the music from my keynote speech last night, since many have asked:
June 7, 2010
Minimalism is simply eliminating the unnecessary:
June 2, 2010
Spent the last 3 days nonstop doing start-to-finish. Awesome book, @railstutorial - Thanks!
May 29, 2010
RT @alaindebotton: Modern romanticism: we go in search of one person who will spare us any need for other people.
May 28, 2010
One of my favorite posts of all time: "I Have No Talent":
May 26, 2010
I love learning about our common thinking mistakes:
May 26, 2010
How I became Ryuichi Sakamoto’s guitarist:
May 25, 2010
Naïve Quitting:
May 24, 2010
This is the CLI-geek finance tool I’d always been looking for:
May 24, 2010
RT @HarryBeckwith: Interesting: Just learned that the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek, and means "filled with God."
May 19, 2010
Riveting animation of brilliant talks: +
May 16, 2010
You mean I can be nomadic AND bring a kitten?
May 14, 2010
Clear thinking is inspiring. One of my favorite thinker’s posts on fear:
May 13, 2010
RT @TheSeantourage: Schedule 1 night a week to disappear from the world & connect to your own divinity. Take a walk, journal, or create art.
May 13, 2010
I use Linux & BSD (not Mac or Windows) so my backups are rsync + tar cf with bcrypt encryption. (Yeah. Geeky.) @JDelage @thacomputa @mkoidin
May 13, 2010
Hard drive died. New drive in, OS installed and all software and all work/docs/configs restored from backup & working in 4 hours. Good boy.
May 10, 2010
Doesn’t take much motivation. Just enough to get started:
May 8, 2010
I love this! 24 hours from idea to rough launch. I preach this but should practice it:
May 8, 2010
Interesting thoughts on at
May 8, 2010
Thursday = Thor’s day. Or "going one further":
May 8, 2010
Glad Henry Tate is still teaching Art History at Berklee. Amazing teacher: +
May 7, 2010
Favorite pizza in NYC: at 198 Allen St (below Houston) - the "Bufala Cruda" pizza. So fresh!
May 5, 2010
Experiment without hot water. Why? Autonomy, ingenuity, and will power. Read to end. Sounds like me:
May 5, 2010
Great music biz articles at
May 4, 2010
New book notes: (Click "my notes" for any.)
May 4, 2010
"Work is love made visible." - Khalil Gibran
April 28, 2010
25 tips to overcome creative block:
April 27, 2010
For every complicated problem, there’s a simple solution. But it’s wrong.
April 26, 2010
Oregon coast all week. Outside of cellphone range. Bad internet, so only on an hour a day. Re-learning Ruby, programming, and reading a lot.
April 23, 2010
It works! Giving away an idea to make it happen:
April 16, 2010
(Whoa.) Remember who you are:
April 9, 2010
Last chance for a free book: Just sign up & email me your username so I can gift you points to use.
April 8, 2010
I’m giving away ALL my books, 175 of them, here: Get one ASAP!
April 8, 2010
Great idea: a summary of last week’s news that is still important. Read only that, not daily noise.
April 7, 2010
Great entrepreneur article. “It’s not the job of the customers to know what they don’t know”
April 2, 2010
RT @tedtalks: How to start a movement -- in 3 minutes: Derek Sivers on #TED
April 2, 2010
My TED talk: "How to Start a Movement" is live:
April 1, 2010
At the end of every computer is a real person, a lot like you:
April 1, 2010
Friends don’t let friends buy Monster cable! Bad Monster, bad!
April 1, 2010
Why many smart people are not successful:
March 31, 2010
"The only people who should plan on making money from writing a book are people who made money on their last book."
March 30, 2010
Offered the shit end of the stick? Never forget you can flip the stick & take the good end:
March 30, 2010
I LOVE Arch Linux: Using it exclusively now & thrilled. Minimalist DIY. Try if Ubuntu is too Mac-like for you. :-)
March 30, 2010
Wow. Amazing wisdom about writing:
March 29, 2010
"How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will." - Albert Einstein
March 27, 2010
Just booked a round-trip flight to Amsterdam: June 12 to September 24, so I guess we’ll be in Europe all summer.
March 25, 2010
Using Rich Media To Drive Home A Point:
March 24, 2010
Musicians have a "Hall of Elders" where they can seek inspiration: - about
March 24, 2010
All videos from "Successful SxSW: the Tao of the Conference":
March 22, 2010
While fiancee was at her bridal shower, I switched my laptop to minimalist +
March 20, 2010
Oh I definitely stumbled and fell bad. I was a horrible manager. That’s why I sold the company: personal failure, not success.(to @alexpham)
March 20, 2010
Definitions of "founder": (1) a person who founds or establishes some institution, (2) stumble and nearly fall: "the horses foundered"
March 20, 2010
RT @cyberpr: Today Ariel Publicity turns 15 years old thanks to every single artist who I have ever worked with
March 19, 2010
Magnatune is doing better than ever:
March 18, 2010
SxSW talk went well. Took ~60 hours of prep to edit it all! Only had time to use 22 of the 64 submitted videos. I’ll post all online ASAP.
March 18, 2010
About to do my talk at SxSW convention center 4th floor room 12AB.
March 16, 2010
Nice Apple rant! "iPhone: Sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers." Freedom not optional.
March 16, 2010
My SxSW talk, Wednesday at 11am: "Successful SXSW: The Tao of the Conference" Add to your schedule?
March 16, 2010
RT @Mhochberg: @sivers Sentences, like punctuation, are the "body language" of a written language.
March 16, 2010
RT: @KwaiYu: Chinese: One of oldest languages but has no plurals nor tenses. Reason why Chinese people struggle with English.
March 15, 2010
Does every language have sentences?
March 14, 2010
I’m on NPR Morning Edition this morning, commenting on this:
March 13, 2010
At SxSW. If you see me, say hi.
March 12, 2010
To be clear:I don’t recommend being like the guy in the "ruthless" article. Just thought it was a fascinating objective analysis. Good read.
March 12, 2010
Are you capable of being ruthless to get ahead?
March 12, 2010
CD release tips:
March 10, 2010
10,000 free musical instruments to 10,000 underprivileged kids? Consider voting:
March 8, 2010
Smart people don’t think others are stupid.
March 7, 2010
Listening to Debussy’s “Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp” for the 100th time. Stunning recording:
March 7, 2010
RT @cyberpr: Want to see an amazing video that cost $24.95 to create? from @DLchorus
March 5, 2010
Great metaphor of relying on inherent talent vs hard work:
March 3, 2010
MUST-SEE: OK Go "This Too Shall Pass" video:
March 2, 2010
My favorite recent TED talk: your experiencing self vs remembering self. Deep.
March 2, 2010
Giving away some books:
February 27, 2010
Just FYI for those who asked: My talk at SxSW:
February 26, 2010
Do something small weekly, something big monthly. Wise marketing advice:
February 25, 2010
USPTO hiring patent examiners. Same job Einstein had. :-)*General%29&sort=rv%2c-dtex&cn=&rad_units=miles&brd=3876&pp=50&fn=4537&jbf574=CM56&vw=b&re=134&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&caller=basic.aspx&ss=0&AVSDM=2010-01-29+03%3a23%3a00
February 25, 2010
Love her projects: +
February 23, 2010
RT @andrewatideal: Join what was started by @sivers, continued by @dubber, and spread the word on something made real by me. Here’s how:
February 23, 2010
Powerful highlight of last week’s TED Conference: "4 ways to fix a broken legal system"
February 20, 2010
AWESOME! See - Now THAT’s a challenge! Anyone else? Jump in now.
February 18, 2010
My notes for the 7 newest books I’ve read: Travellers, read "Geography of Bliss" ASAP!
February 17, 2010
Brilliant! "Following" by using theme, not example:
February 17, 2010
Music appreciation lesson from Einstein himself:
February 16, 2010
Great post on sunk costs. Applies to so many things in life:
February 15, 2010
First Follower idea is all yours:
February 14, 2010
RT @tonyrobbins: 3 min video: Interesting,weird but true insights into leadership & what makes a behavior become cool
February 12, 2010
Girl at TED asks me where Google booth is. I see Larry Page so I shout, "Hey Larry! Where’s your booth?" Very annoyed, he scowls and points.
February 12, 2010
Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy: (This is my TED Talk from yesterday.)
February 11, 2010
Just did my TED talk. Nerve-wracking, got stuck at one point, but got a standing ovation at the end. :-) Phew!
February 9, 2010
Practicing my TED Talk for Wednesday. Preview:
February 7, 2010
Oops. Correct phone#: 712-432-8730. Conf code: 10318#
February 7, 2010
Listen in on a conference call interview I’m doing in 3 minutes, for the next hour: call 1-732-432-8730 (10318#)
February 6, 2010
Mini dream-come-true: I’m on the front page of
February 5, 2010
RT @MichelleStewart: "If you can learn music, you can learn anything" via Derek Sivers (who heard it from an old Jazz musician) #millionaireaffair
February 4, 2010
RT @AlexPham: Musicians, this one’s for you: Five (non-obvious) ways to get new fans. #nms
February 4, 2010
RT @AlexPham: Where to get fans. Advice from @iancr @coreythrace @ReverbNation @TopSpinMedia and other pros.
February 4, 2010
40-minute talk about profitability, for entrepreneurs:
February 1, 2010
"If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will." - Mother Theresa
January 31, 2010
Business owners, resist the urge to punish everyone for one person’s mistake:
January 31, 2010
Very helpful and thorough U.S. Copyright FAQ page:
January 30, 2010
My TED talk on Japanese addresses & other opposites:
January 29, 2010
It’s bad luck to believe in bad luck.
January 28, 2010
There are always more than two options:
January 27, 2010
Rush Limbaugh major confession:
January 27, 2010
Big catalog = infinite specialty shops :
January 26, 2010
Seth Godin on spreading music and selling intimacy:
January 25, 2010
Eno is my hero. Great article & quotes:
January 21, 2010
On the Oregon coast. Girlfriend has bad cold, so extending stay 4 days. I’m finally documenting and publicly publishing my PHP framework.
January 15, 2010
MeetInnovators interview:
January 14, 2010
Tofugu elaborates on my explanation of Japanese addresses: (Mine:
January 14, 2010
Musicians can report live CD-sales to Soundscan:
January 13, 2010
Anyone know a Carnatic vocalist that sings in Tamil in the New York City area? Please contact me. (Paying gig.)
January 13, 2010
LOVE this mindset: "not talent, just hard work":
January 9, 2010
"It’s definitely time to get up. Yes. My dog needs a new tutu."
January 9, 2010
"This fish has got big floppy lips. Floppy lips. Fishy kissy fishy kissy. Oop, took one on the mouth! Not nice."
January 9, 2010
"Don’t leave the duck there. It’s totally irresponsible. Put it on the swing, it’ll have much more fun."
January 9, 2010
January 9, 2010
Excited for this next weekend: Love his anti-hype description.
January 7, 2010
Long dinner with Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra, who discovered the Doors, Queen, etc.
January 7, 2010
10 Rules for Web Startups (from Twitter founder). GREAT:
January 6, 2010
Great Calvin imitation:
January 5, 2010
RT: @fogus: the best blog post of 2009 was "No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no." (Thanks!)
January 1, 2010
In Rio de Janeiro, Copacobana beach, with 2 million people all wearing white, fireworks, with 4 good friends & fiancée. :-)
December 29, 2009
Changed our plans to fly to Rio tomorrow through January 2nd. Anyone in Rio want to meet? Email me:
December 28, 2009
In Florianópolis, Brazil. Here:
December 22, 2009
So SO proud of the UK’s #1 Christmas hit:
December 22, 2009
In line at the post office, sending 15 copies of to 15 musicians for their thoughts.
December 19, 2009
Supposed to be on a plane to Brazil, but coming snowstorm cancelled all flights for 3 days. Instead, bracing for blizzard.
December 19, 2009
Papa Bill: I don’t need to worry about you.
December 19, 2009
7 Critical Marketing Basics Every Musicians Should Know:
December 19, 2009
Funny comments on my YouTube "Japanese Addresses & Other Opposites":
December 19, 2009
Just saw Avatar. Absolutely amazing. One of the most creative movies I’ve ever seen. See it 3D. So good we’re going again.
December 14, 2009
Met with my girlfriend’s (Muslim Indian) family to ask for her hand in marriage. Got a big "welcome to the family" at the end.
December 13, 2009 really resonates with me. Love his book too:
December 12, 2009
"Nobody told me it’s impossible, so I did it"
December 12, 2009
Ariel Publicity kicks ass: ("empower independent artists to optimize their own PR")
December 10, 2009
Helping get a busker online: (thanks @richcollins)
December 10, 2009
Business idea: Put buskers online:
December 9, 2009
RT @annielin: why he gave away his company to charity: thoughts on cd baby’s derek @sivers & the night i crashed on his couch on tour:
December 9, 2009
"Online" marketing = "Color" TV :
December 6, 2009
Entrepreneurs, take note. Build a system not a product:
December 5, 2009
Why I gave away my company to charity:
December 2, 2009
Best web-design advice I’ve seen in a long time. Bookmark it:
December 2, 2009
There’s no speed limit. (The lessons that changed my life.)
December 1, 2009
Cutest kitten video ever. This is why the internet was invented.
November 29, 2009
November 28, 2009
Present one idea at a time and let others build upon it:
November 26, 2009
The challenge: Don’t speak in future tense.
November 25, 2009
"Each of my lectures contains one lie. Your job, as students, is to find the lie." Read to end:
November 25, 2009
Hardest delegating lesson to learn: Trust but verify.
November 24, 2009
Let pedestrians define the walkways:
November 22, 2009
All this learning means nothing until you make something happen:
November 22, 2009
I’m at all weekend. Any #musichackday people come say hello. Gray shirt. Shiny head.
November 21, 2009
Did something I’ve wanted to for years: Signed up to Netflix and added ALL of Ebert’s "Great Movies" to queue.
November 21, 2009
Since I used to play Santa at a mall, I can really appreciate this:
November 17, 2009
"Only dead fish go with the flow." -
November 17, 2009
Read 10 new books in last 6 weeks, mostly about learning and investing. Notes posted here:
November 13, 2009
Past 40 hours went from coffee plantation in rural India, to dinner with 30 musicians in Singapore, to Tokyo-LAX-NYC. Almost home....
November 7, 2009
Off to rural Coorg India for 3 days here: (read the description!) Totally offline. Writing, reading, programming.
November 5, 2009
Check one thing off my to-do list for life: I’m now a TED speaker. It went well. :-)
November 5, 2009
Anyone wondering how TED India is going, my buddy Ani is blogging it well:
November 4, 2009
Staying in dorm room at Infosys Campus, Mysore India, all week. Amazing:
November 1, 2009
3hr layover @ LAX = 2 hr intense bikeride on the beach, 15 min swim, back at gate early. HELL YEAH!
November 1, 2009
Now flying NYC - LA - Tokyo - Singapore - Bangalore, then a bus to Mysore India. 23 hours of wonderful offline programming and reading time.
October 31, 2009
Doing the opposite of everyone is valuable:
October 31, 2009
You are all at least my 11th cousin. Including Obama:
October 30, 2009
Deep article with clear thinking about a universal language
October 29, 2009
5 Music Industry Leaders You Should Follow: (thanks Lior!)
October 27, 2009
Tweaking my TED Talk slides for next week’s @tedindia #tedindia
October 26, 2009
Reading “The Productive Programmer”
October 24, 2009
4 hands. 1 guitar. Watch carefully. Her right, his left. Vice-versa. Amazing:
October 24, 2009
GREAT 5-minute talk about how sound affects us. Please watch:
October 24, 2009
Been working in 25-minute uninterrupted bursts with a 5-minute break, as suggested in #1-5 here:
October 21, 2009
Up at 5am working, watching Manhattan skyline. Dark blue sky. Office building lights turning on like microwave popcorn.
October 21, 2009
Interview with the great Rick Goetz from about music, business, and focus.
October 21, 2009
Speaking on a panel at CMJ: "Specific Business Concepts for the Modern Day Music Artist" - using hashtag #cmjbiz if you want to follow.
October 20, 2009
Spent the day switching to Linux (Ubuntu 9.10). Very impressed. Now back to programming Muckwork (finally).
October 20, 2009
Best laugh of the morning over breakfast: Drunkest Guy Goes Back for More Beer:
October 19, 2009
Installing FreeBSD on a Lenovo T400s. Years-old dream to have a minimalist FreeBSD laptop. Glad PHK has same one.
October 17, 2009
Arrived in Jacksonville. Speaking at @lessconf tomorrow. Constantly editing my 45-minute talk on profitability.
October 17, 2009
If you think you haven’t found your passion...
October 16, 2009
Doesn’t feel like work (or I’ve forgotten) :
October 15, 2009
Weird businesses. The ultimate inspiration:
October 15, 2009
Learning the theme, not the example:
October 14, 2009
Podcast interview with me, talking about....
October 14, 2009
How I knew I was done with my company:
October 13, 2009
Now that’s one way to dance:
October 13, 2009
Interview with "Allentrepreneur. Startup Founders At The Forefront" about passion, fearlessness, integrity.
October 13, 2009
Just signed up for Seth Godin’s November 19 NYC event:
October 13, 2009
You should feel pain when unclear:
October 13, 2009
Why did I get 20,000 new Twitter followers in the last 9 days? I’m assuming they’re spambots unless I hear otherwise from new followers.
October 12, 2009
Watching = hell yeah!
October 11, 2009
Listening to Madhouse 8 while programming Muckwork. Never realized ALL instruments except sax are Prince. Amazing.
October 11, 2009
Very worth following @kurt_vonnegut = daily Kurt Vonnegut quotes:
October 10, 2009
Turn stairs into a piano, and people skip the escalator to use them: Awesome.
October 10, 2009
Oooh. Musicians: get in on this ASAP. Watch the demo video then enter your email address:
October 10, 2009
YES!! I’m speaking at TED India! Just a 2 minute talk explaining this: but I’m psyched!
October 10, 2009
How do you grade yourself?
October 10, 2009
Whistle-blowers are an important part of society, but I wish that person outside my window would lay off the whistle for a day.
October 9, 2009
Seeing Sugarland and Keith Urban at Madison Square Garden as a guest Sugarland & @cyberpr
October 9, 2009
If you haven’t seen Stop Making Sense concert video by Talking Heads, you should. It’s genius and inspiring.:w
October 8, 2009
Not happy with existing venues? Make a new one.
October 7, 2009
RT @jerrethammons "Aren’t those sizes from Coldstone?" = thanks for the best laugh of the morning. :-)
October 7, 2009
What’s the difference between like, love, and in-love? (curious to hear different answers)
October 6, 2009
Imagine if Einstein tried to maintain a blog, book and hobbies while solving Relativity:
October 5, 2009
Before mailing to a U.S. address: Use their "standard format" for more reliable delivery.
October 5, 2009
You Can’t Do What You Want By Doing Something Else:
October 4, 2009
went to SNL dress rehearsal. Madonna gets in skit with Lady Gaga. Worth watching. :-)
October 4, 2009
Spending the next 2 days over my head at
October 3, 2009
Best laugh of the day: Streaker scores!
September 30, 2009
Entrepreneurs: "Let your users tell you what they need instead of deciding for them" :
September 28, 2009
And if only 1% of those people... (Just a tiny story with a good reminder.)
September 25, 2009
Does your company really want to hang out with me?
September 25, 2009
RT @carlalynnehall: Last night I tested @sivers "pay what you want" experiment from and I SOLD OUT OF ALL THE CDs!!
September 25, 2009
The first rule of communication: Communicate so that you cannot be misunderstood.
September 24, 2009
Biking :
September 23, 2009
My 40th birthday today, so I just biked 100 hilly miles in 7 hours. Now having pizza and tea, and programming. Perfect day.
September 22, 2009
Idea for a venue where the audience can mix their own audio:
September 22, 2009
Musicians, try this experiment? Everyone must have a CD, even if free:
September 20, 2009
"If I’d listened to customers, I’d have given them a faster horse." - Henry Ford
September 19, 2009
Weird! is a reading of created by @audiorarities (Thanks!)
September 18, 2009
Is there such a thing as too much freedom?
September 18, 2009
Wow. Comedian Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days, for real:
September 17, 2009
Write? Write. Sleep? Sleep. Read? Read. Don’t fight it. (advice to myself)
September 16, 2009
September 14, 2009
September 14, 2009
Seeing closing performance of Avenue Q on Broadway, as guest of Jeff Marx who co-wrote it. Now that’s stylin. :-)
September 14, 2009
Verbose article about succinctly saying "no":
September 13, 2009
Imagining lots of tedious steps? Or one fun step?
September 12, 2009
Does it help to be desperate? - PART 2:
September 12, 2009
Reading Tina’s report on her 3 months in India. Wow:
September 11, 2009
Does it help to be desperate?
September 10, 2009
Next Tarantino Movie an Homage to Beloved Tarantino Movies:
September 7, 2009
I keep hearing good things about - Reply if you have any experience with them?
September 7, 2009
"I don’t come to bow, I come to conquer." - Bob Marley
September 7, 2009
"Just keep climbing ladders.":
September 6, 2009
Unlearning :
September 5, 2009
My heroes:
September 5, 2009
James Brown gives you dancing lessons:
September 2, 2009
Kurt Vonnegut explains drama :
September 1, 2009
How to send personalized emails:
August 31, 2009
"Advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable." - (via @tferriss)
August 31, 2009
August 30, 2009
What do you hate NOT doing?
August 29, 2009
Idea: Musician’s own website as definitive source of all info:
August 26, 2009
No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.
August 26, 2009
I love a clear mind. ("I suspect I agree with some of the points the boycotters could make, but they haven’t made them.")
August 20, 2009
Pink Floyd, making "Dark Side of the Moon". Cool to hear isolated tracks.
August 18, 2009
Synchronized disrobing in Union Square out my window this morning:
August 16, 2009
New York City with no people or cars: A 7am bike ride up Park Ave, through Grand Central.
August 15, 2009
Anyone in NYC with a bicycle: Get up by 7am tomorrow and get to Park Ave. Streets closed. Only bikes & peds. Amazing!
August 13, 2009
Talking to random strangers in Union Square. :-)
August 10, 2009
Learning Git :
August 4, 2009
Rented a car at the airport. Accidentally drove it off a bridge into a creek. Car totaled. I’m fine. Shoulda paid the $8/day insurance. Damn.
August 3, 2009
6am bike ride in the rain: 52 miles in 3.5 hours. (NYC Union Square to Piermont & back.) Yeah!
August 2, 2009
"Networking is important when it’s real, and a useless distraction when it’s fake." - Seth Godin. Watch:
August 1, 2009
"Please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or think at some point, ’If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’" - Kurt Vonnegut
August 1, 2009
White wine that my dinner guests always love: Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. From New Zealand. In US at Trader Joe’s.
July 29, 2009
Ideas are just a multiplier of execution :
July 29, 2009
Travel gloat: Walking in NYC. Feet, sandals, and jeans covered in mud from a festival in central England where I was this morning. :-)
July 26, 2009
A computer that would require kids to be creative to use it:
July 26, 2009
At WOMAD festival, Peter Gabriel playing his only 2009 concert in background. I’m on laptop in TED tent, programming :-)
July 21, 2009
At #TED in Oxford hanging with the clever @brainpicker - quizzing strangers about how many oceans there are, including names. (A P I A S)
July 20, 2009
Try to get more rejections:
July 20, 2009
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer than exposure." - Helen Keller
July 16, 2009
"I miss the mob" :
July 14, 2009
"Listen to my music, and let me know what I should do":
July 14, 2009
Answered 795 emails today. (Gimme a Ringo Helter Skelter shout: "I’ve got blisters on my fingers!")
July 12, 2009
Barking (When things aren’t working, think "smarter" not "louder") -
July 11, 2009
The power of no reward:
July 10, 2009
Listening to while answering a million emails. :-)
July 8, 2009
The mirror: It’s about you, not them:
July 7, 2009
Tom Williams: Hired by Apple at 14. His full story.
July 5, 2009
One ex slept over for a few days & left this morning. Next ex arriving (with her son) in a few hours. Ex’s are good for total honesty.
July 2, 2009
Had good dinner with @dcurtis talking about surprising similarities, on his last day in NYC. :-)
July 2, 2009
Semi-experts: profit by saving us time
July 1, 2009
Complete: I need more ___________ and less ____________.
June 30, 2009
Nothing to waste: The advantage of being under-funded :
June 29, 2009
Just biked 52 miles in from NYC (Union Square), over GW Bridge, through NJ, to Piermont NY and back. 6am-10:30am. Wooo!
June 28, 2009
Version 0.1 = Start lo-fi
June 28, 2009
3rd night in a row of hours-long MJ party outside my window. Oof.
June 27, 2009
Early drafts of great work are encouraging:
June 27, 2009
"The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act." - Tara Ploughman (@TaraPloughman)
June 27, 2009
Great short illustrated look at Thomas Jefferson:
June 25, 2009
Doing the opposite of everyone is valuable.
June 24, 2009
What comes first: thoughts or feelings?
June 22, 2009
Japanese addresses: No street names. Block numbers. Cool, huh?
June 22, 2009
Read "Born to Run" in one sitting. Riveting, interesting & inspiring. Must-read for all runners:
June 21, 2009
Customers given too many choices are 10x less likely to buy:
June 21, 2009
It’s rained for 16 of the last 20 days here in NYC. Report says 10 more rain days coming. My Pacific Northwest blood likes it! :-)
June 21, 2009
Quiet Bach piano music, lightly in the background, is a great backdrop for the sounds of NYC.
June 19, 2009
Another great reading list:
June 19, 2009
Highly recommended reading list for those who love to learn: (each with detailed notes)
June 18, 2009
(Learned today:) A jolly nonstop bagpiper outside your window is only fun for the first two hours.
June 17, 2009
Shut up! Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them:
June 17, 2009
Brunch with @Willbassboy and Sandrine, talking Canon cameras, audience interaction, and Fab Faux :
June 16, 2009
"Illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read and write, but those who can’t learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Toffler
June 15, 2009
That’s version ∞. First launch version 0.1.
June 13, 2009
About to hit Facebook’s 5000 friend-limit. Last chance to link up there, if you want:
June 12, 2009
Woke to this great text from a friend: "I totally forgot what of was like to be drunk and single" :-)
June 12, 2009
Show success before asking for help :
June 11, 2009
I’d talk about hanging with @zedshaw last night, but you’d think I was just showing off. :-)
June 11, 2009
Why you need your own company
June 11, 2009
Signed up for Improv Everywhere : +
June 10, 2009
Great music video all shot in one take, with audio at same time as video (not sync’d)
June 10, 2009
MusicThoughts update : inspiring quotes for music-makers -
June 10, 2009
One of my favorite mags runs final issue: Where else do you read in-depth interviews with songwriters?
June 7, 2009
Musicians, this is one of the most useful Twitter feeds for you: (@artistshouse)
June 7, 2009
How to make a movement. Lessons learned from dancing guy:
June 6, 2009
How to start a movement:
June 6, 2009
"... I have something he will never have: Enough." -
June 5, 2009
Are you future-focused or present-focused? The marshmallow experiment.
June 5, 2009
Café in Brooklyn. Ask a stranger if she knows the song on the radio. She says, "Hi Derek!" It’s Cady from
June 5, 2009
Hey! Someone updated my Wikipedia page. Thanks (whoever you are). Not allowed to do it myself. :-)
June 4, 2009
Some people like to pay. Let them.
June 3, 2009
Are fans telling friends? If not, improve, don’t promote:
June 2, 2009
What do musicians and entrepreneurs have in common?
June 2, 2009
Surreal moment: sitting in Times Square at midnight, roped off pedestrian area, lawn chairs, teaching @tferriss SQL in moleskin notebook.
May 31, 2009
Interviewed by CIRAA :
May 30, 2009
What super-power do you want?
May 28, 2009
Talent increases. Resourcefulness decreases. Are you sustainable?
May 28, 2009
"Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life." - Confucius
May 28, 2009
Came to NYC for a wedding. Decided to stay. Cancelled return flight. Found a place & signed a 1-year lease. Now buying clothes.
May 27, 2009
My $3.3M mistake:
May 27, 2009
Great press for my friend Bird York (@birdyork) :
May 27, 2009
Have you looked under the chickens?
May 26, 2009
Last month I asked, "What’s the opposite of music?" My favorite answer: "business". :-)
May 26, 2009
Old-timers projecting decaying health into the music biz:
May 24, 2009
Dreams are here. Details have changed.
May 24, 2009
I want to hear Brother Theodore do a cover of Shout
May 24, 2009
Great advice for attending parties:
May 23, 2009
Character predicts your future:
May 22, 2009
Sammy Cahn said thank you:
May 21, 2009
Have a goal you’ve been putting off? Let it go. It’s a bad goal. Goals shape the present, not the future.
May 21, 2009
hearing Maya Solovey play at Union Hall, Brooklyn. She’s great.
May 21, 2009
Download the movie "Sita Sings the Blues" at and watch some night. So great! Read
May 20, 2009
in NYC for a week.
May 18, 2009
YES! FINALLY! My first earthquake!! (I’m in Santa Monica today.) Felt like a truck hit the house, then kept driving through it. Awesome.
May 16, 2009
Read amazing "China Road" book in one sitting: I gotta do this:
May 15, 2009
9-year-old playing Crazy Train by Ozzy : (start at 3 minutes if busy). Watch to the end!
May 13, 2009
Working at Workspace in Vancouver today. GREAT place for freelancers. Beautiful view.
May 12, 2009
Seth Godin’s great summary of Tribes: ;-)
May 10, 2009
India. Breathless description. ("It’s madness! It’s alive!")
May 9, 2009
Vancouver (BC) residents: I’m coming to Vancouver tonight for one week. No plans. Show me around? Email:
May 7, 2009
1st time I heard CocoRosie was with Earl Gray in an Iceland café. Now playing with Earl Gray in Seattle café.
May 4, 2009
Microwaved cellphone. Awesome.
May 1, 2009
A: "I want to do something ambitious." B: "Like being a vet?" A: "No, I’m thinking big - like inventing a new animal."
April 30, 2009
Rewriting software so it can be multi-lingual like
April 25, 2009
Freaky Scrabble ads!
April 21, 2009
Gone to Yosemite for a few days.
April 17, 2009
Hmm... OK. So... What’s the opposite of music?
April 16, 2009
What’s the opposite of a rut?
April 15, 2009
Advice is cheap. Costs nothing to give. Easiest response when confronted with a problem. Addresses it without actually dealing with it.
April 15, 2009
Fellow introverts, send this to your extrovert friends: (Describes us introverts very well.)
April 13, 2009
Watch with sound off: Get his permission to add your own music & re-upload = Great music video!
April 13, 2009
Thinking of going to graduate school? Read first:
April 10, 2009
Going to sit all day at Kalpataru with Tina & Jeremy
April 10, 2009
Found out I was a dad for 10 weeks.
April 9, 2009
Back home in Seattle after months away. Had breakfast at Easy Street Records. I love it here.
April 7, 2009
Realized I hadn’t even turned on my TV+DVD in over 3 years, so I gave it to my neighbor. I love giving away unused stuff!
April 7, 2009
Know a music school in the San Francisco area that could use a good upright piano? I have one to donate. Email me:
April 4, 2009
"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein
April 4, 2009
A financial planner determines your investment strategy based on your goals. What if a time planner did that with investing your time?
April 3, 2009
I can build computers from scratch, but bike repair is a mystery. So I got a book, tools & 2 busted bikes. Here I go.
April 2, 2009
Lessons learned from a 19yr-old getting massive YouTube views of her music: +
April 2, 2009
I could never quite explain why Pixar is cool and Dreamworks is lame, but this helps:
April 1, 2009
My smoothie: apple juice, 2 fists-full of almonds, lots of (blue/black/straw/rasp)berries + 1 banana. Blend high until almonds gone.
March 31, 2009
Não há nada pior que um bom princípio.
March 30, 2009
Programming again. Something peaceful about the solitude of vi, a unix terminal, pgsql command-line, phpunit, and a cup of tea.
March 30, 2009
SO impressed with registrar. Great service all-around. Answered phone instantly on a Sunday. Use them instead of GoDaddy.
March 29, 2009
Best talk I saw at TED: restoring a rainforest
March 29, 2009
video interviews about promoting and marketing your music:
March 26, 2009
registered for TED India! Let me know if you do the same:
March 24, 2009
Writing down all the things I’d regret not-doing if I was on my deathbed now, and making sure I do them ASAP. (Should take 2-3 years.)
March 23, 2009
scuba diving in Dominica. (Pronounced "dom-in-EE-ca", rhymes with Puerto Rica.)
March 20, 2009
Realized I haven’t read blogs in weeks. Only check messages once a day. Continually ignoring distractions and increasing focus.
March 20, 2009
At Parish in Austin seeing Lisa Hannigan and Jim Bianco.
March 19, 2009
GREAT interview with Seth Godin about the music business: (Thanks @davidhooper) Very worth 25 minute listen.
March 19, 2009
daydreaming what we could build with Aerogel :
March 19, 2009
donated at sperm bank in Austin. (Will be frozen here for a few years, if anyone wants some.) Results came back quite virile.
March 14, 2009
Posted new interview musicians might like, though I reveal what a hard-ass I am:
March 14, 2009
in Austin for SxSW for the next 10 days. (Cold & rainy here!)
March 12, 2009
choosing a new city to live in. Vancouver? Hong Kong? (familiar+healthy vs exotic+learning)
March 11, 2009
just finished reading Emergency by Neil Strauss in one sitting. Fascinating book about survivalism: nature, urban, and disaster.
March 11, 2009
FedEx’d my DNA to to find out why I’ll die, etc.
March 9, 2009
p.s. EasyDNS is my 2nd-fave:
March 9, 2009
Thanks everyone! As for registrar: GoDaddy gives me advertising indigestion. Gandi is pure & cool.
March 9, 2009 : Is my site working for everyone? I moved DNS from GoDaddy to Gandi today Much better registrar.
March 8, 2009
What’s a melody for? Interesting pondering:
March 8, 2009
"What seems nasty, painful, evil can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind." - Henry Miller
March 6, 2009
Whoa! For $1500 you could get a new laptop or... travel the entire world on changeable flights for an entire year.
March 6, 2009
Middlemen: If you must explain your value, it’s not as great as you think.
March 6, 2009
The simpler and clearer, the better. To be simple is to be direct. To be direct is to be honest. To be honest is to be fully human.
March 4, 2009
biked 52 miles in 5 hours in light rain over some pretty big hills. Phew!
March 4, 2009
Awesome Surveillance Self-Defense site : (Click "Printer-friendly version" at bottom for easier reading.)
March 3, 2009
leaving now on a 60-mile bikeride in the rain.
March 1, 2009
Next time you order a pizza, ask for "light cheese. extra sauce." Tastes better & you feel better after. Let me know what you think.
March 1, 2009
"Need to be social? Pretend to be an extrovert." - me. "You are whatever you pretend to be" - Kurt Vonnegut. Ooops. Becoming an extrovert.
February 28, 2009
What do you do for feedback on a new song you’re writing?
February 28, 2009
Don’t you love completely-honest conversations? No sugar-coating or disclaimers. No exhausting translation.
February 27, 2009
accepting all kinds of responsibility and power.
February 26, 2009
February 22, 2009
Awesome album promotion stunt:
February 20, 2009
A free, open song contest idea:
February 20, 2009
reading "What Would Google Do" by Jeff Jarvis, getting my mind blown with the possibilities.
February 19, 2009
in Memphis Tennessee for the Folk Alliance conference:
February 18, 2009
GREAT talk by Elizabeth Gilbert about genius/creativity/inspiration:
February 13, 2009
Feeling VERY at-home in New York City. Comfortable and familiar. Still the fastest walker. :-)
February 12, 2009
at Future of Music conference but realizing I’m only into the creation of music+mktg. Where the actual creation stops, I lose interest.
February 8, 2009
finished TED with one last conversation with Regina Spektor, Thomas Dolby, and walked Liz Gilbert back to her hotel.
February 8, 2009
For healthy air, buy these plants: Areca Palm, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Money Plant. Details:
February 7, 2009
TED moment: in bathroom line in front of Bill Gates. Joked with him at sinks about mosquito release.
February 7, 2009
found out Arabic, like Chinese, has many different spoken languages, all sharing the exact same written language.
February 6, 2009
TED India will be Nov 4-7 in Mysore at Infosys campus. $2000. Registration opens by end of February. I’m in.
February 5, 2009
Awww.... My hero Seth Godin just used me as an example in his presentation at TED!
February 4, 2009
MIDI sequencing musicians will appreciate :
February 2, 2009
ran 4 miles barefoot along foamy waves on the freezing Oregon coast. Stopped at midpoint, and water surrounded me waist-high. Rrrargh!
January 30, 2009
turning a friend on to Fables :
January 27, 2009
Article summing up the "Smithsonian 2.0" event I went to in D.C. last weekend:
January 27, 2009
"He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows." - Joseph Campbell.
January 26, 2009
going through 475 newly-submitted quotes at Only approving the best 10%. Costs me ~$20 each to have translated.
January 25, 2009
re-launched in 10 languages. Very exciting. + Enjoy!
January 24, 2009
toured the "Raiders of the Lost Ark"-style archives of the Smithsonian today. Understaffed, I think they need to embrace crowdsourcing.
January 23, 2009
Flying to Washington DC for "Smithsonian 2.0 - A Gathering to Re-Imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age."
January 21, 2009
had duck and drinks in a dungeon with Steve Vai, Steve Corn, Sinem Saniye, as guests of the generous Frank Hessing, until 3am. C’est fini!
January 19, 2009
3rd day at MIDEM: Great to be here with no agenda. Wantless. Getting to know people for who they are, not what they can do for me.
January 17, 2009
MIDEMnet: out of 55 speakers, only 2 are women. WTF?! Lopsided doesn’t usually bother me, but this is ridiculous. MIDEMnet Committee=7 men.
January 15, 2009
Leaving now for France for MIDEM Conference. Back Jan 25.
January 14, 2009
Sax player next door has been playing for 10 hours straight. He’s good! Now he’s playing "Virgo", by Wayne Shorter. One of my faves.
January 14, 2009
just bought from CD Baby :-)
January 14, 2009
How to be a full-time touring musician - a "Success Story" interview with Amber Rubarth :
January 13, 2009
I’m a piñata that needs to be broken open.
January 13, 2009
Listening to Tom Waits’ "Tango Till They’re Sore" for the 100th time. Recommend you do the same. :-)
January 12, 2009
having watermelon & beet juice. AMAZING! Try it next time you go to a real juice shop.
January 12, 2009
good blog :
January 10, 2009
What advice would you give a 19-year-old guitarist who wants to be a session musician? Reply at
January 9, 2009
When you hear someone complaining, here’s what it means :
January 8, 2009
Jack LaLanne on nutrition: "If man made it, don’t eat it." & "If it tastes good, spit it out."
January 7, 2009
Checking ex-CDBaby bank account : Artists are still (today, 2009) cashing CDBaby checks written in 2005 & 2006! Get it while you can.
January 6, 2009
Changed Twitter background to Iceland waterfall, while friend told me a long story on the phone. :-) See
January 4, 2009
Had Lunch, Tea, and Dinner with @lkr, @lian_amber, and @kailayu, respectively. All three very impressive & great conversationalists.
January 2, 2009
Same reason I’m thinking of moving to India (+ some practicality for MuckWork):
January 2, 2009
Saw Seven Pounds because my friend Bird York’s song was in climax : Couldn’t take my eyes off gorgeous Rosario Dawson.
December 25, 2008
Planning to go to Valparaíso some day, whether 6 days or 6 months :
December 24, 2008
I’ve seen it a dozen times in the last year but it still makes my eyes water :
December 24, 2008
Twitter should change its constant question to "What are you learning?" Imagine answering THAT 10 times a day!
December 23, 2008
Getting to the more peaceful place means getting past the original goal :
December 21, 2008
Attending 9 conferences in next 3 months: MIDEM, Smithsonian2.0, TED, FutureOfMusic, FolkAlliance, ETech, SxSW, ASCAP, MusExpo.
December 21, 2008
just realized how many smart people I know & would love to have over for dinner. (a few at a time)
December 21, 2008
Do something new every 3 years : (editor of Wired, author of Long Tail)
December 19, 2008
Nobody’s going to help you. Does that encourage you or discourage you? See and please reply there.
December 18, 2008
stood next to Regina Spektor at a noisy club last night. I love her, but hate yelling, especially to my idol. So I said nothing.
December 18, 2008
at a drum circle at Remo warehouse, shaking a maraca. Guest of Abe Thomas. Met Remo Belli himself.
December 16, 2008
Interesting: Séamus Anthony’s Purple Ocean Music Model :
December 16, 2008
Mutual admiration club with my twin @artsyave (Tina Su). Her amazing blog is my favorite inspiration: Subscribe.
December 14, 2008
Happiness is letting someone make you the villain :
December 13, 2008
Attending a music biz conference? Here’s the REAL way to do it :
December 12, 2008
(in reply to a few who asked:) ALL of my music is at Download by clicking title, or stream by clicking arrow. Enjoy!
December 12, 2008
Used to listen to music while working but it’s too distracting now. Can’t block it out. Are most people ignoring? Is this a musician thing?
December 10, 2008
Ebert’s great review of Magnolia, one of my favorite movies:
December 9, 2008
Biked 30 miles in 2 hours while learning Mandarin Not tired when done. Life is good.
December 8, 2008
Glad I could help your friends: :-)
December 7, 2008
You know you love your work when you get home from a party at 1:30am and get right back to work because you want to, not have to.
December 7, 2008
You’ve all seen the one-woman acapella by @imogenheap right? So inspiring. Can’t get enough.
December 7, 2008
James Fallows’ writing about China in the Atlantic is addictive:
December 6, 2008
Another great article by @cyberpr about how musicians can best use Twitter : ← Recommended for newcomers.
December 6, 2008
Just noticed I’m following exactly 1000 people now, and the pelican was update #100. How appropriate! Loving my brilliant musician buddies.
December 6, 2008
A pelican shit in my mouth. Reminder: when seeing pelicans, don’t look up and say, "Wow! Pelicans!" Yuk. Tastes like digested oyster shell.
December 5, 2008
Interesting article about the incredible emphasis on music education in China :
December 5, 2008
Bought 3 books @ local store: + + :-)
December 5, 2008
To my friends who just joined Twitter, here’s another good article about how to get the most out of it :
December 3, 2008
Santa Monica : "It’s as if the French Riviera was 10 minutes from Paris."
November 28, 2008
Wrote the basic core of MuckWork from scratch in 8 hours today, including fixtures and working unit tests. Whoo!
November 27, 2008
Watching a chubby squirrel falling asleep (eyes closing) on a branch just 10 feet from me.
November 22, 2008
Are people asking themselves questions about you?
November 20, 2008
Biked another 30 miles today with no exhaustion. Love noticing improvement. (Thanks for the concerned tweets from my last update. I’m OK.)
November 19, 2008
Got hit by a car on my bike. Saw it coming. Gotta learn to get faster on my brakes.
November 16, 2008
Got WAY sucked-in to bike-touring maps and journals like and Wow.
November 16, 2008
All the cafés in Iceland were playing CocoRosie : - I LOVE IT
November 15, 2008
what I want from life is not what others want me to want
November 3, 2008
Writing a translation program.
October 31, 2008
Ariel Hyatt (@cyberpr) and I have 255 mutual friends on Facebook. :-)
October 27, 2008
Finished writing phpunit tests for my first time, for multi-lingual MusicThoughts.
October 24, 2008
Double-speed! Half-speed! Up an octave! Down an octave!
October 23, 2008
My email system tells me I’ve hand-written 6205 emails in the last 60 days. (That doesn’t include the mass-mailings. Just actually typed.)
October 21, 2008
586 new emails (after spam & mailing lists removed) that need a reply. Oof. Here we go...
October 18, 2008
Nobody knows the future - and it doesn’t matter!
October 18, 2008
Amazing Warren Buffett editorial on why to invest NOW in U.S. stock market :
October 18, 2008
Great Obama article: - I always thought he was like Atticus Finch
October 17, 2008
Need to break the comparison to others?
October 17, 2008
What’s your grand pursuit?
July 16, 2008
realizing there are more Web 2.0 companies set up to help musicians than there are musicians.
May 17, 2008
I finally answer "How was India?" :
April 16, 2008
What’s really keeping you from where you need to be?
April 8, 2008
Booked 2 hotel rooms for SxSW 2009, March 12-23.
April 8, 2008
What should I do when someone says, “Let me know what you think!” of their music?
February 4, 2008
In Bangalore, re-learning Rails from the GREAT book: Rails Way
January 6, 2008
Thinking maybe I should twitter more often, again.
November 15, 2007
Loving the 75-degree Santa Monica weather so much I don’t want to be anywhere else on earth, for once.
November 13, 2007
Listening to Our Lips are Sealed by the Go Go’s again and again and again and again
November 6, 2007
Trying to make our shopping cart more foolproof.
November 1, 2007
psyched about Open Social
October 22, 2007
giving tech support to India :-)
October 6, 2007
juggling freelancers around the world
September 30, 2007
September 20, 2007
fixing lots of little things.
September 5, 2007
how to feel powerless: be made to wait at home all day (8am to 8pm) for DSL installation. at 8pm be told they couldn’t make it.
August 27, 2007
Moved into a new flat in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden.
August 25, 2007
Finished rewrite. (That was the ambitious thing I started a few weeks ago.)
August 6, 2007
digging into PayPal docs for the first time since 2000 or so.
August 3, 2007
doing checkout process with new MVC + classes
August 3, 2007
(that wasn’t the ambitious thing, though. i’ll tell that next week.)
August 3, 2007
converted the country-sensitive address formatting system over from Ruby to PHP. it rules! the ~130 countries have 17 different ways t ...
August 3, 2007
the ambitious thing is going amazingly well.
July 27, 2007
replacing cdbaby’s cart with new Cart class
July 27, 2007
watching a mouse walk in my open window
July 26, 2007
programming cart class, still
July 26, 2007
programming cart class
July 23, 2007
full day of programming ahead : Wells IACH, .com DL cart, zipmaker
July 20, 2007
emailing. nothing but emailing. catching up on 6 weeks of unanswered email. fun fun fun.
July 19, 2007
planning the many ways hostbaby could be much better
July 16, 2007
programming artist-search / similar-artists stuff
July 14, 2007
Fuck yeah! PyLucene artist matching done. Incorporating into site.
July 9, 2007
No.. giving up on PyLucene until API update or PyL downdate.
July 9, 2007
PyLucene artist matching parsing soundslikes into artists
July 8, 2007
finished members’ DD section after a lovely uninterrupted 14 hour stint, today
July 7, 2007
programming members’ DD opt-in/out restrictions
July 7, 2007
July 6, 2007
programming members’ login area: the DD signup/edit section (more)
July 5, 2007
programming members’ login area: the DD signup/edit section
July 5, 2007
programming members’ login area: uncoupling songs from albums, make-new-album process
July 4, 2007
Spent entire 7 hours programming time getting Java/Lucene working...
July 3, 2007
programming members’ login area: uncoupling songs from albums, make-new-album process, Java/Lucene soundslike separations.
July 3, 2007
break from programming for meeting
July 2, 2007
programming members’ login area, though 4.5 hours after intended starting point
July 1, 2007
finished Wells Fargo Payment Manager, though docs disagree with XSD validation.
July 1, 2007
programming Wells Fargo Payment Manager XML outputs
July 1, 2007
stopping working to read newest Fables while acting sick
June 30, 2007
turning ISO 3166-2 codes into Location class again.
June 28, 2007
turning ISO 3166-2 codes into Location class. fascinating stuff. (really!)
June 28, 2007
programming Wells Fargo Payment Manager XML outputs
June 28, 2007
testing twitter from IM
June 28, 2007
Setting up twitter to work with mobile and IM
March 26, 2007
Signed on to Twitter. Working. Don’t expect updates here often, yet.