070 - Recap (VII)

Season Two Apr 26, 2021

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I'm thrilled to announce that The Fire Jar has expanded its executive team. Since Ep 60, we've hired a VP of Strategic Input-Output Operations and Assistant (to the) Regional Editor in Chief.

Our son, Kai ❤️

So far, the little guy has been caught napping repeatedly at his desk, wailing at odd hours, and taking occasional baths in the office sink. He's also tested the limits of our negotiation skills and my just-in-time diaper inventory management system (#Operations).

Big shout out Stephanie. And all moms and parents everywhere! This aint easy.



Things I'm reflecting on:


A weekly publishing schedule. As much as I enjoy noodling on design minutiae and editing, I want to make this practice sustainable long-term. How do new parents preserve space and time for personal (and professional) projects?

Doubling down on collaborations. People responded positively to crowdsourced drawings, the reader mailbags, and this photo gallery. Please keep your replies and ideas coming! Feedback loops are vital.

I'm (still) figuring out what this is. Is The Fire Jar a macaroni art playground for a small circle of existing supporters? Could it fulfill a legible purpose in the broader "marketplace"? Should I intentionally narrow its focus? Or keep following my gut and trust in the power of emergence, over time?



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It's a general store, but it's also a very specific store... It's also not just a store. It's like a place where people can come and get coffee or drinks. But it's not a coffee shop, nor is it a bar. It's an environment. And yes, we will be selling things, but it's more like a branded immersive experience."
David Rose (Schitt's Creek) holds chin, deep in thought
The Rose Apothecary "pitch" [Schitt's Creek]



The last nine:

061: Exercise Routine (II)
Some of the movements I’ve been drawn to lately.
062: Your Drawings
A crowdsourced gallery of quick sketches.
063: Team Dynamics
A quick summary of “The Four Player Model”.
064: Top Regrets
The top regrets of the dying.
065: Reader Mailbag (VI)
A mix of reader responses to “Top Regrets”.
066: Photo Gallery
Photography by Lucas Hoeffel.
067: Exercise Routine (III)
An assorted workout.
068: Tech Epochs
A theory of technology cycles, by Douglas Adams.
069: Tech Epochs (II)
Two frameworks for technology cycles and change.






See you Monday 🙋‍♂️



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