Yank On: Marcus Mumford’s Musical Multitasking

I’ve become a huge Mumford & Sons fan. Not only do I love their music, but I’m in complete amazement at lead singer Marcus Mumford’s ability to do a ton of things at once. Watch the above concert from Live on Letterman and you’ll see him sing, play guitar, play kick drum with his right foot, and play tambourine with his left foot…ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

I tried just playing guitar and a kick drum at the same time once and it was a disaster.

Later in the show Marcus sits down at an actual drum kit and proceeds to play those while singing. The man has serious skills.

Yank On: The Fixer’s Manifesto

The Fixer's Manifesto

My wife recently sent me a link to a post on Design Sponge regarding “The Fixer’s Manifesto,” written by the makers of Sugru (more about Sugru shortly…). She knows that I am a die-hard try-everything-you-can-to-fix-something-before-you-throw-it-away individual, and this list struck a chord with me.

I have a hard time throwing things away. I have no problem giving things away if they’re useful to someone else, but to accept that something is no longer useful and simply put it in the trash is hard for me.

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Yank On: Penmanship in the Digital Age


I had to write a note in a Christmas card yesterday. The finished product looked like it was written by a heavily intoxicated right-handed person with a broken right hand. It was awful and I was hesitant to even put the card in the mail.

I’ve never had great penmanship, but I also realize that I never actually write anything anymore. I don’t journal – I blog. I don’t write letters – I email. I don’t even write a list when I go to the store – I use the Notes app on my iPhone.

The only thing I ever write out is my signature when I have to sign for a purchase by credit card.

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Yank On: WordPress, Tumblr, Opinions, and This Blog

As if my other blogs aren’t neglected enough, I’ve decided to launch another one. I’ve found that I have way too many opinions and observations on a variety of topics to try to fit them into my web-related Lift Development blog or my work-from-anywhere blog, AnywhereMan. My wife and I keep a family blog as well but that’s for close family and friends.

No, the point of Yank On will be to house every random thought, interesting find, and recommendation that doesn’t make sense to post elsewhere. There’s no central niche topic that this site revolves around. My goal is not to generate a ton of traffic or make money. It’s strictly a platform for me to write and share. It gives me a little more space and flexibility to expand on topics than what I can communicate through Twitter or Facebook.

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