If you’re like me, you go out of your way to understand what’s happening in the world. But sometimes that comes at a cost. Yes, you may know what the latest is, but you’re simultaneously subjecting yourself to needless suffering. You’re not getting waterboarded or in a damp cell block…


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I once took an informal class through the University of Texas titled: “Coffee Barista for a Day”. Although it only lasted until noon, the class was a great introduction to a world I knew very little about. The handful of us that signed up learned about the history, the cultivation…


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I’m writing this post in hopes of educating you more about what the Federal Reserve is, what it’s done to our economy, and what it will do to it in the coming years. For many, the Federal Reserve is assumed to be some governmental…


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It’s funny to think that a government that de-officed tens of thousands of workers and confined them to their homes would then think to tax that same population for working from home. It’s even funnier to think that a foreign corporate conglomerate would sway the U.S.’s (or other sovereign nations)…


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As I’m writing this, the United States of America is five days away from what many consider to be the most contentious, divisive, and crucial election in its history. Though every election I’ve participated in has been a continuation of the turd sandwich vs. giant douche paradigm South Park so…


The generalist vs. specialist debate is nothing new. For ages, the question has been posed in a multitude of industries. The B student vs. the A student’s ability to provide value to organizations has been argued ad nauseam. I can’t speak on many industries, but I can speak on design…


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It’s 9am on yet another Monday morning. You’ve hastily poured a second cup of coffee to start the cranial engine after the first one failed to even light a spark. Last weekend is a long lost memory now. Better times. Now, you’re faced with five straight days of your usual…


One thing I am adamant about is providing to my readers value. Most listicles you see on Medium and elsewhere are dog shit. That is my unapologetic opinion. There are far too many pieces of vapid, sterile content people spew out to try to be viewed as “thought leaders” or…


^ Ya mans trying to get quarantine tight.

In Austin, it came down Tuesday that we will be sheltered-in-place for the following three weeks. For over 500 hours, myself and other residents will be limited to walks, gas stations, grocery stores, and a shit ton of Netflix. …


It’s wild to think that just a few weeks ago, we were taking for granted our normalcy. The Coronavirus seemed like a Chinese problem like many of the previous outbreaks before it. You were able to go out to the bar for a beer, go to the gym for a…

Andy McErlean

Slingin’ pixels outta Austin, Texas. Product Designer @ Praxent. Playing music in Pala. BJJ practitioner. Say hi: mcerlean.design.

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