The Official Weblog of Internet Person Sam Killermann


Better Humaning

Be Bored

"Boredom is the fear of self." - Marie Josephine de Suin

Be bored.

Stop. Whatever else you’re doing. Stop.

Turn off your music. Turn off the TV, Netflix Instant Streaming, Hulu+, Amazon Prime, all the things you use to fill your time. Not forever, not for long, but for right now, this moment, stop. Continue reading → “Be Bored”


MacBooker’s Creed

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.

This is my MacBook. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My MacBook is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My MacBook, without me, is still pretty shiny. Without my MacBook, I am useless and not at all shiny and can’t watch Netflix in bed (which I love). I must type words into Pages. I must type words into email correctly or autocorrect may ruin my life. I must send that email before I receive another email or email overload may ruin my life. I will… Continue reading → “MacBooker’s Creed”


Reading the Fine Print

"The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away." -Fulton J. Sheen

Sometimes1 we overlook what’s truly important2, and inadvertently focus far too much of our attention3 on things that are inconsequential4. We’re tricked5, by ourselves6, and by influences in our life7, into being mislead without even realizing we’re being mislead8. It’s the most dangerous form of dishonesty9, because it exploits our inherent want to trust10, and turns our own good faith against us11, like a knife with a sharp handle and a dull blade12. I would never (and do not) suggest that we should not be trusting people13, but I would just warn that we should be critical consumers14 of the truths we internalize15. If we became more inquisitive16 and less certain, we’d be happier people17, and the world would be a happier place18.



1Most of the time
2Important™ is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola® Corporation
3Slack-jawed, mind-numbed mouseclicking
4Miley Cyrus
5Tricked implies that there was an agreement set forth that would suggest a relationship other than the one set forth, but all parties heretofore have agreed to this relationship by not opting out, pending successful credit check.
6You™ are a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola® Corporation
7the Coca-Cola® Corporation
8Inception is a really deep movie that has layers of thought that are worth discussing over coffee it’s not just confusing nonsense spun around a great cast.
9Fox News is the Most Dangerous Form of Dishonesty®
10Hold me.
11Coca-Cola® Corporation is not responsible for good faith, turning things against other things, or providing non-toxic potable substances for consumption
13I will (and do) suggest that you should trust no one. Not even Claire, your high school love who signed your yearbook and told you that she’d love you forever.
14Especially Claire.
16Who, what, where?
17Like Will Smith, from Fresh Prince of Bel Air
18Like 7 Billion Will Smiths, from Fresh Prince of Bel Air


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 ride the bus.
I ride the bus because it’s good for the environment
& it makes for a smaller carbon footprint
& it helps me afford my month-to-month rent
But truly none of that is it.

I try to ride every day
Because it’s the slowest f-ing way
To get from point A
to point B
& slowness is good for me.
Never ride the bus if you’re in a hurry.
I ride because it gives me time to connect with me.
It’s on the bus my mind wanders free
Indulging every thought I have, however unnecessary
Because finding time for the unnecessary is necessary.

I ride the bus because it puts me beside
A stranger, a group of strangers, if just for one ride.
We are people who live in circles so distant
That we may have no other commonality significant
& would never see one another’s face
If not for the bus, our one common space.
It reminds me that we all coexist
A thought that’s too often too easily dismissed.

I ride the bus because everything is moving too fast
& riding reminds me of our communal past
Where we leaned on our neighbor
& had faith in strangers
& saw health for all as a worthwhile labor.
Before the Internet, cell phones, Facebook & Twitter
Diluted friendships to meaningless chatter.

I’m happy I found the bus
& believe I’m privileged to ride.
In the past three years without a car
Just the bus & my bike
I can only imagine how much of an impact it’s made.
My work has benefitted as much as my soul
As each day I take time, am mindful, & appreciate people.