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Instapaper 4: Deciding to Read

Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone The lede here is that my pal, Marco, has, has just released the stellar new 4.0 version of his Instapaper suite. This is fantastic news, and–as if you needed one more of Marco’s beta testers...Show More Summary


1. Nothing wrecks your living room decor quite like a giant, rented hospital bed. The one my Dad laid in for a couple months in the fall of 1974 was an alarmingly stiff and sturdy affair, the frame of which was forged of impossibly heavy...Show More Summary

Back to Work: Evolution, Roulette, and Futureproofing Your Passion

Episode #11: Johnny Heuristic Download MP3 | Huffduff It Back to Work #11: Johnny Heuristic - 5by5 on Huffduffer Merlin Mann joins Dan Benjamin to talk about futureproofing your passion by finding your obsession and voice, putting away...Show More Summary

Scared Shitless

Merlin Mann - "Scared Shitless: How I (Mostly) Learned to Love Being Afraid of Pretty Much Everything" Download MP4 Video of "Scared Shitless" This is the video of a talk I did last month at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand. It's pretty different from a lot of stuff I've done. Show More Summary

Nerdiest Interview Ever: MPU Workflows Part II

MPU 046: Workflows with Merlin Mann II « Mac Power Users Download MP3 Huffduff It I have the life that I have because I've made a lot of weird decisions, and they've worked out well. Not gonna lie to you. I'm a huge nerd. Surprised? Yep. Show More Summary


So, yeah. I'll be speaking at Webstock pretty soon. Which is insanely intimidating. I think I may have my topic. ”Fear” was written by Merlin Mann for and was originally posted on February 05, 2011. Except as noted, it's ©2010 Merlin Mann and licensed for reuse under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. "Why a footer?"

Video: John Roderick on String Art Owls, Copper Pipe, and Bono's Boss

[jump to video] Long story (not very) short? One night in 2003--after killing it in front of audience of about 30 lucky people in Oakland--The Long Winters needed a place to crash, and my wife and I were happy to oblige. So, they drove...Show More Summary

Merlin's New Thing with Dan Benjamin at

5by5 Live Before Christ was a corporal, Dan Benjamin was already a bit of a hero to me. Since the early aughts–long before his insanely great podcast network–Dan’s Hivelogic Enkoder was saving us millions of spam messages. His...Show More Summary

No One Needs Permission to Be Awesome

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be. Show More Summary

Resolved: Stop Blaming the Pancake

In a classic bit from an early Seinfeld, Jerry and Elaine are at the airport, trying to pick up the rental car that Jerry had reserved. As usual, things go poorly and get awkward fast: Seinfeld - “Reservations” JERRY : I don’t understand…I made a reservation. Show More Summary

A Sandwich, A Wallet, and Elizabeth Taylor's Cousin

Being a Parable for the Edi?cation of Independents Seeking Independence THE PARABLE THE OSTENSIBLE CUSTOMER enters a deli and saunters up to the counter. The deli is tended by its rakishly handsome owner, THE SANDWICH GUY. “ Hi,” says The Sandwich Guy. Show More Summary

Video: "Broken Meetings (and how you'll fix them)"

A couple weeks ago, my pals at Twitter were kind enough to invite me in to visit with their (rapidly growing) team. The topic was meetings, so I used it as an opportunity to publicly premiere a talk I’ve been presenting to private clients...Show More Summary

“Distraction,” Simplicity, and Running Toward Shitstorms

It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience. —Albert...Show More Summary

Watching the Corners: On Future-Proofing Your Passion

On May 16, 2010, at 10:02 AM, “Xx” wrote: You mentioned you gave a talk at Rutgers about future proo?ng your passion. Is this available as a podcast? I’d love to listen! This poor kid emailed me to ask a really simple question. And I went and saddled him with the world’s most circuitously long-winded answer. Show More Summary

Video: Time & Attention Talk (Improvised Rutgers Edition)

Merlin Mann - “Time & Attention Talk (improvised)” This is a talk I did at Rutgers earlier this month. I kinda like it, but for a weird reason. Something something, perfect storm of technology Ragnarok, and yadda yadda, I had to start the talk 20 minutes late with no slides. Show More Summary

Catching Up: 3 Interviews from a Cooling Crucible

After almost a year of hand-wringing, fretting, and occasionally even writing the odd string of English words, I’ve ?nally started turning into the home stretch with the ?rst draft of my Inbox Zero book. If it hasn’t been obvious, or you couldn’t just guess, this book project’s been a big rock for me. Show More Summary

Yes. Another Backup Lecture.

Daring Fireball: An Ode to DiskWarrior, SuperDuper, and Dropbox Hard drives are fragile. Read as much as you can bear to about how they work, how incredibly precisely they must operate in order to cram so many bits onto such small disks. Show More Summary

Today through Saturday: Merlin's Advanced OmniFocus Demo (MacWorld Booth #760)

I’ll have a more proper Monthly Pimp on-deck here soon, but – time being of the essence here – I wanted to make sure and extend an invitation for something I’ll be doing in town today. If you’re one of my nerdy band of brothers who’s...Show More Summary

First, care.

Asked and answered by the wonderful Frank Chimero: Anonymous asked: ‘How do you maintain focus (on work, dreams, goals, life)?’ You do one thing at a time. You might be amazed how many times–and over how many years–a given person can...Show More Summary

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