Passing the Mic
We have a lot of rules for who's allowed to speak, and when. Here's when they backfire.
An exploration of the unexpected ways cause and effect show up in social justice education.
What's Social Justice Dogma? (Start Here)
I've written a lot about it over the past few years. And other people have too. Here's a list of articles to get acquainted.
Calling a Ceasefire in the War on Intentions
My condolences to the families of the casualties. I meant no harm.
What Are Your Best Arguments Against Financial Transparency in Social Justice?
Seriously, I want to hear them. Tell me, please.
Trickle-down Social Justice
If money doesn't trickle down from the rich, can equity trickle down from the elite?
The Enemy of Your Enemy
Why would we give the people we don't trust within our cause this much power over its direction?
Why I See Facilitation as Essential to Living Social Justice
There are lots of ways we can engage groups in learning. This one just happens to be inherently equitable and just.
The Cornerstones of Social Justice Dogma
What are the foundational beliefs, upon which everything else is built?
This Book Will Be Freely Accessible, or It Won't Be a Book
A primer on my common publishing deal-breakers, and why I can't do it any other way – at least not within the ethics of social justice.
This isn't the kind of transphobia we publicly talk about. And its source isn't Fox News.
The ways we compare suffering for social justice make me feel like I dropped my ice cream on the sidewalk.
The Appeal of Dogma
Why has dogmatic activism caught on in the social justice movement? Why does any dogma?
Organize a Hot Take Dinner
Perfect for when everyone feels like they have to have an opinion about something, and you're also hungry.
How We (Over-) React to Pushback in Social Justice Contexts
Nuance is the enemy. Questions are a gateway drug. You must hate tacos.
Talking about Social Justice Dogma is Anti-Viral
For over two years now I've been publicly writing and talking about social justice dogma. I've noticed the weirdest thing.
7 Reasons You Should Blog-to-Book
It's not just a sure-fire cure for writer's block.
The 9:3:1 Learning Rule
Finding the magical amounts of time you need to allocate to spectating, studying, and practicing.
Rage du Jour
What's on the menu today?
Cancel Debts Not People
What would happen if we traded something abstract for something material?
The Problem of Progressivism
The left is eating its own!
Public Libraries Shouldn’t Exist
Imagine that public libraries weren't a normal thing. What would the public debate sound like?
When Ambition is Hiding
Sometimes shooting for the moon isn't taking a shot at all.
3 Simple Things You Can Do to Curb Your Phone Addiction Right Now
For when you notice your phone is using you.
The Creative March
My new challenge to log at least 1,000 hours of creativity every year.
Learn For a Project, Not the Sake of Learning
The common foundation that is the basis for everything I've taught myself, from programming to design to golf.
You Can Stop Saying “They Should Make A…”
There was a time when You needed Their permission. That time has passed.
The Big Thing Being Bedridden with the Flu for a Week Made Me Realize
What I got in exchange for 11 pounds of bodyweight and 80 hours of productivity.
A Checklist to Work Through Before Creating Any New Website, Blog, or App
Don't hire a designer until you've figured these things out.
Why I Hadn’t Funded My Work with Patreon
It's not just about a discomfort with money.
You’re Not “Self-Employed”
What happens if you let go of the myth that you are?
Breaking the Chain of “Maybe”
It's an epidemic. It's coming for your social life. But there is a vaccine.
Falling Off the Daily Meditation Path
(and how to get back on)
How I Made A WordPress Site with a 100 Score on Google Pagespeed Insights
While saving over $100 / month on Wordpress hosting. (Oh, and this isn't an ad, even though it sounds like one.)
Overthinking Everything So You Don’t Have To
A how-to listicle for aspiring overthinkers
After 7 Years Doing this Work, I’m [Re-] Branding. Here’s how I’m making decisions.
Are you considering creating a "brand" for yourself or a project? Maybe this will help.
I can’t stop thinking about the “Social Justice Dogma,” or keeping quiet.
It’s time for me to break the first rule of the social justice dogma: don’t talk about the social justice dogma.
The Road Away From Email
A long and winding path with a pot of gold at the end. If I can get there.
2016, A Brief Review of Creativity
“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” - Bill Gates
A Fix: Politics Not Reminiscent of Sports
Moving from our current play field into something better for all of us.
Maintaining a Daily Meditation Habit
What it's going to take for me to stick with 100 days of mindfulness
Meet FacilitatingXYZ: A Free Online Resource for ALL Facilitators
Why I'm so excited about launching this new project (another collab with Meg Bolger)
Building a Daily Meditation Habit
100 Days of Mindfulness
Waking up in Nong Pladuk (on my way home to the US)
A few weeks in Thailand coming to a close.
Loving the Uncertainty of Travel: From Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Me + Thailand = August ’15
I'm disembarking for Bangkok via Hong Kong. I'll be bouncing around the Thailand for most of August.
I’m Publishing A Book
And then it sunk in: I get to publish an amazing book. I get to share this with you.
1 Simple Productivity Hack: Leave your charger at home
The first time it happened, like most beautiful things, it was a frantic, sloppy accident. Now it's usually only two of those things.
I’m terrified. I’m a professional performer, but in 90 minutes I’ll be sitting down to my first ever singing lesson.
Here are a few of the reasons why I'm scared.
"You're in the belly of the beast," she said to me.
InTolerance: Why I’m Writing A New Show About Prejudice, Faith, and Identity
Debuting in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 23, I'm producing a very-new new show that's open to the public.
How I Rationalize Being So Hard on Myself, & How I’m Going to Stop
The difference between knowing something and embodying it.
What I Miss About Grad School
And what I'd do differently if I could try again.
Gender Expression vs. Cueing, & How Sometimes They’re One-in-the-Same
And why I wasn't pandering when I kept saying how much I loved performing at the Fashion Institute of Technology
How I Keep Track of 50 Projects at Once (& Maintain Some Sanity)
A friend wrote me and asked how I make sense of everything. This is what I replied.
My First Live S.E.X. Show
Don't worry! It's not just me. I'm doing it with my friend Karen.
A Perfect Night in Dahab
Sometimes a place just feels right.
Into the Desert
Where foxes eat your camera cable and sunrises stop time
An Outsider’s Guide to Driving in Egypt
Bringing back to America the concepts of no lanes, no crosswalks, no driving tests, and all about madness on the roads of Cairo.
Landing in Egypt, Slammed with Culture
Against the odds, I am safely in my hostel.
Me + Egypt = June
Okay, beautiful people. So, this is going to be tough, but this is how it's going to be.
Do, Reflect, Tweak, Do: From Thought/Day to Dear World
The new direction I'm taking this site, which is mostly just a new name for the same direction it's always been going.
I’m Sick With Career
Symptoms include shortness of breadth, loss of here-ing, and influinbox.
"Boredom is the fear of self." - Marie Josephine de Suin
Protecting Good Habits
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” - Mahatma Gandhi
I’m Not Going To Teach You Anything New
I'm just going to help you rearrange the knowledge you already have.
Remembering What You Do
"A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure." - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
My Pre-Trip Insomnia
“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.” - Poppy Z. Brite
Treating Old Friends Like New Friends
“[O]ur honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.” - Charlotte Brontë
“What is the meaning of life?”
"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." - Albert Camus
Social Justice in 2014: Three Things to Do LESS
"Thrown over a precipice, you fall or else you fly; you clutch at any hope, however unlikely; however – if I may use such an overworked word – miraculous. What we mean by that is, Against all odds." - Margaret Atwood
Many Lenses Construct Reality
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch." - Lily Tomlin
Choosing to Love Instead of Allowing Ourselves to Hate
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” - Kurt Vonnegut
My List of 100 Dreams
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” - John Lennon
Four Different Versions of Me
"A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow." - Djuna Barnes
The National Organization for Marriage Attempted to Write a Hate Piece About Me
I was linked to NOM's unprovoked, confusing, hate-filled blog post about me. This is my open letter back.
Let’s Be Honest: We’re Already Dating Our Phones
“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” - J.K. Rowling
How To Work on the Internet (In 5 Easy Steps)
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” - Arthur C. Clarke
My Guitar is My Pacifier. What’s yours?
“This machine [the guitar] kills fascists.” - Woodie Guthrie
I’m Insulted When You Call Me Ambitious
“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” - Salvador Dalí
30 Ways The Top Ten Most Mind Blowing Facts You Would Never Expect About Jennifer Lawrence Absolutely Kinda Restored Our Faith In Humanity And Crushed Our Souls
The internet has become that kid at the pool party standing on the diving board yelling incessantly at his mom to watch him do "just one more" flip. IT'LL BE SO AWESOME. I'm the mom and I just want to drink my Bloody Mary and watch Netflix in peace.
If you rely on your computer for your job as much as I rely on mine, you'll likely relate to this. It's a parody, for sure, and definitely hyperbole... but barely.
You Should Watch the Movie “About Time”
And live the way he learns to live. I did and I will.
Being Sick is a Good Time For Catching Up
You take the red pill, you don't cough as much and your body hurts a tiny bit less, and I show you how deep this rabbit hole goes.
“Friends are born, not made.” - Henry Adams
My Favorite Thoughts of 2013
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
Man High on Meth Fights Off 15 Police Officers While Masturbating.
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” - Brodi Ashton
An Open Letter to the Disney Channel
“If you don't like Cinderella because she seems so 'naive' and 'weak,' listen to this quote from the Walt himself: 'She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.'" - Walt Disney Company
Genital Xenophobia and Genital Wanderlust: Show Me Yours and I’ll Show You Mine
"Sex is like an atom bomb. A potent weapon which fascinates and frightens. We're afraid to let it loose, yet we all have our finger on the button." - Zeena Schreck
If Everyone Made these 12 New Year’s Resolutions, the World Would Be Happier
"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." - Mark Twain
Spend a day lost in your thoughts.
"I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." - Stephen Wright
14 Simple Ways to Treat Every Day More Like Christmas
"First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle." - Buddy the Elf
Scrapping and Starting Fresh: The Hawthorne Effect
“When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.” - Criss Jami
The Abusive Relationship We’re All In That Most of Us Never Think About
"I've heard that people stand in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time, and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this." - Deb Caletti
100+ Tips for Minimalism
"Why, she would hang on him, as if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on." - William Shakespeare
“Proud” and “Humbled”: I do not think it means what you think it means
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” - George Orwell
50 Thoughts, New Site, Checking in on What I’ve Learned
“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” - Rosa Luxemburg
Why I’ve Never Been a Fan of “Self Help” Books
“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” - George Carlin
Be Your Own Friend First
"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line." - Lucille Ball
20+ Simple Tips for Living Mindfully
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” - Henry David Thoreau
The Three Rs of Saw Sharpening
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln
Asking For Help
The one where I admit something I'm ashamed of and try to overcome it.
For Me, It’s About the People
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” - Maya Angelou
The Most Wild Year of My Life Ended in One Moment
“For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.” - T.S. Eliot
Positivity in the Face of So Much Negativity
My response to an email from someone who is struggling with remaining positive while being aware of the negativity in the world.
Three Days Computerless
"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand." - Mustapha Mond, Brave New World
My Computer Died, but that’s Good
“We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.” - Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2
If Full-Scale Revolution Started, Where Would You Be?
Everything is falling apart. You get to choose one thing to protect, and one thing to throw bricks at.
Being Alone Isn’t the Same as Being Lonely
“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.” - Honoré de Balzac
Go See a Movie By Yourself
Because the opposite of how you're supposed to do something is often one of the best ways to do it, like breakfast for dinner.
“What do you do?” vs “Who are you?”
"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession." - Robert Frost
Today is Perfect
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
Tomorrow Will Be Perfect
“I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.” - Edgar Allen Poe
That rug really tied the room together.
I’d be okay with a revolution.
"You say you want a revolution. Well, you know, we all wanna change the world." - John Lennon
My Gratitude Challenge
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” - Marcel Proust
At What Point Do We Stop Thinking of Celebrities as People?
This amazing thing happens when someone transcends being a person and becomes something greater: we treat them like objects.
Living in the Undefined
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.” - Ursula K. Le Guin
Sometimes you have to do something to know how it'll make you feel, even if -- or especially when -- it flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
The 3 Ingredients to a Happy Existence
"It is superfluous to suppose that what can be accounted for by a few principles has been produced by many." - Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica
2.5 Weeks and 15,000 Words in, How Am I Feeling About Thought / Day?
I hope this isn't like when you take the cake out of the oven too early and don't have a toothpick and try to test if it's done with a knife and just end up stabbing your cake to death.
Reasons I Know My Heart is in Austin, Texas
“I let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.” - Joanne Harris
My Gaming Community
Sometimes you can spend so much time and energy trying to protect something you love that you forget to spend time and energy loving it.
cat·a·lyst (n) : a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
Trying to Overcome the Numbers that Rule My Life
The numbers in my life have far too much control over me. I want for a time when it's the other way around.
Making a Bigger “Us” and a Smaller “Them”
"The whole history of humanity is just one long battle between conflict and cooperation and between us and them." - Bill Clinton
Why I’m Glad Chivalry is Dead, From The Perspective of A Man Who Actually Likes Women
The romanticized past that so many people look back on nostalgically never existed, and trying to reignite that sentiment will only hurt the people you're allegedly trying to help.
I Miss Wondering
“For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.” - Plato
Let Your Teacher Grade Your Test
It's difficult to wait for feedback, but unless you're responsible for judging yourself, you're likely doing yourself a disservice by filling in the blanks.
For One Week, Starting Now, I Will Tell No Lies
“Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm as long as his lies go undetected.” - Sam Harris
Working to End Oppression Makes More Sense as a Republican Value than a Democratic One
The Republican Party's anti- "entitlement" rhetoric is the one of the strongest arguments for ending oppression I've heard in ages
Reading the Fine Print
"The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away." -Fulton J. Sheen
Hiding Behind a Keyboard: The Terror of the Unknown
The one where I started writing an essay about overcoming fears in my life and accidentally realized how to overcome one I'm currently struggling with.
Why I Ride the Bus
What started out as a means to an end has evolved into an end itself -- an end for which I'm grateful.
I Don’t Believe in God, but I Do Believe in A Lot
“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” - Mahatma Gandhi
We Fabricate the Obstacles that Stand Between Us and Happiness
We're convinced that there are challenges -- immutable, concrete, biological -- we must overcome in order to be happy. What if we convinced ourselves otherwise?
Halloween, As Viewed Through Many Eyes
"I am the clown with the tear-away face Here in a flash and gone without a trace I am the 'who' when you call, 'Who's there?' I am the wind blowing through your hair I am the shadow on the moon at night Filling your dreams to the brim with fright"
Welcome to Sam Killermann’s Thought / Day
For one year (at least), I'm going to share a thought a day. These thoughts will be presented in a variety of formats (articles, lists, videos, comics, haiku, interpretive pancake eating) & on a variety of subjects (see: all), but I will follow 1 rule: I'll update every 24 hours.