For a guy who was probably closer to being a Sweathog than ever being on the dean’s list, I’ve been around some insanely smart people. Not like the kid in your middle school who carried a briefcase, but world-changing smart. I’ve seen Bill Gates give talks at Microsoft, along with Steve Ballmer, CEO’s, tech Gods, and I even helped stream Steve Job’s keynote in 2001. But only one guy left my mouth hanging wide open.
While Santa is universally loved, he’s gotten sloppy over the past few years. It’s time to look at the big picture and tally up the damage he does each Christmas Eve as he goes about his business, largely unchecked.
Here are eight laws Mr. Kringle brazenly flaunts each year—it’s time to call him out!
As someone who came of age in the 80’s, I worshiped at the altar of two people who made you laugh no matter what they did. One was Bill Murray, and the other was Steve Martin. These are Steve Martin's best movies.
There’s so much of Bill Murray’s work sprinkled throughout my everyday life that it actually scares me sometimes. He came along at a very impressionable age for me, so picking the best Bill Murray movies is like picking my favorite kid, but I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this. Here's the difinitive list of Bill Murray's best movies.
As a writer, you’ve felt fear, rejection, insecurity, lack of follow-through, procrastination, and resistance. Each one hits like a truck, trying to ruin your creative dreams. They’re in your way every day and are all members of a soul-crushing group that I refer to as “the dark side” of creativity. The worst aspect of the dark side is that you feel alone as you battle. You’re not alone … we all fight the fight.
We're total wussies these days. I look back at my grandfather's era and those guys were tough. If they got hurt it was because they were doing something manly like cutting wood and the axe caught their leg during their twelfth hour of chopping. They rubbed some dirt in it, spit and cut another cord. Not us. We complain and take medications for everything.
I’ll read or watch anything Cameron Crowe has done and always soak in any storytelling or writing tips he has. At this point, I feel like I owe it to him after all the years of great movies, books, and writing - even if I have to endure a few duds (see: Elizabethtown).