9th Wonder, Hearing the Melody

9th Wonder, Hearing the Melody

My business partner first pulled me into his own collection of “Chillout Hiphop” roughly three years ago. I was introduced to artists ranging from Illa J, Kooley High, and Slum Village, to Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, and Camp Lo.

Amongst that mix, a specific sound kept standing out. After a little…

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Remote Work, the Airport, and Happiness

Remote Work, the Airport, and Happiness

I’ve since coined my little spot in the sky The Eagle’s Nest because it provides a vantage point well above the arriving parties, fresh off the giant escalators, and still with a clear view of loved ones battling palpable anxiousness while awaiting their return.

For a couple years now I’ve taken the opportunity to sit…

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Annual Review, 2015

Annual Review, 2015

Last year was the first time I set course with an eye on the new year through an official annual review. The pros and cons of the previous year, where that left me emotionally and physically, and what I was looking towards for this year.

All to often we hear of the…

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How the Sausage is Made

When I started dabbling within the world of “web design” it was 1997, I had just moved to an entirely new part of the country, and there was a surplus of time. Being the new kid without much middle school acceptance as of yet, those first few months made for…

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Oddisee, The Carter Barron

Oddisee, The Carter Barron

I recently caught Oddisee and The Good Company in small venue in Denver. I’ve been following his work as a rapper and producer for the last few years, originally taking stock of the Rock Creek Park instrumental album released back in 2011.

Sporting a decidedly east coast vibe, Oddisee…

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Working Remotely Around Family and Friends

Working Remotely Around Family and Friends

We’ve been big proponents of the remote working movement for years now at Authentic Form & Function, and as we dig digger into the culture it encompasses, multiple sub-topics arise and warrant further discussion. One of the most challenging topics we’ve encountered is working remotely when around family and friends….

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Seeking Light: What Comes After Marital Infidelity

A few weeks ago I started tossing around the idea of writing a book about my experiences in the years prior to starting Spirit by Design. The thought has never been far off, and yet it’s also never held a large chunk of brain space, either.

But just like that, I recently…

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A Simple Machine, Like the Lever

A Simple Machine, Like the Lever

There hasn’t been a book in a while that speaks to me on a deeper level in the way this one does. Each time I read through its straightforward but multi-layered pages, I get that soul shifting feeling.

A Simple Machine, Like the Lever, also understood to the reader as Nicholas’ semi-frequent…

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Dredg, Catch Without Arms

Dredg, Catch Without Arms

Thirteen years ago this October we saw Dredg release a concept album by the name of El Cielo, one based loosely on artwork by Salvador Dalí’s painting titled Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumblebee around a Pomegranate One Second Before Awakening.

Critics were hard pressed to put Dredg…

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Airbnb’s Elephant in the Room

Airbnb’s Elephant in the Room

A quirky website by the name of Airbnb surfaced on the web back in 2008, one that promised a new kind of travel accommodation. One that hinged on Trust, both for the host and the guest, offering a completely new breed of travel experience. Unique digs, local’s only knowledge, and the ability…

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