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Get this: I actually received internet fan mail about my hair. A gentleman named Peter, whom I presumably have not met in meatspace, wrote me and said:

"I think your website is very good! About your hair: My personal opinion is that the shaved head look was the best! The shorter the better! It reflected the uniqueness and confidence of your personality. Will you ever shave it again?"

The truly beautiful part is that I received this letter two days after I had decided to shave my head again. That’s right. Sarah is again hairless.


Let’s be honest here. Having hair just doesn’t work for me.

And not having hair does.

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Written on My Baby* right now are two lists. One is titled Frogs and the other is titled Fruits. Believe it or not, this is how I figure out how to spend my day.

frogs and fruitsAs far as I’m concerned, there are two different plans of attack for any to-do list. The first is called Low-Hanging Fruit — I identify everything on my list that can be taken care of quickly and easily, ambush it, and get it out of the way to make space for the more important stuff. This is most useful when it feels like I’m looking at a lot of clutter. I’m also very impressed when I see that my to-do list has gone from 52 to 10 in less than an hour.

There’s a second approach, and it’s called Eating the Frog. If the first thing you do every morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that that’s probably the worst thing that’s going to happen to you today. Translated into time management, that means I pick my hardest, most challenging, most important, most likely-to-be-procrastinated task, and I do it before I do anything else. When I do this, I find that my days are all downhill from there, and I become chronically impressive. There’s a book written on this one if you want to know more.

In my world, everything is either a frog or a fruit– a difficult task or an easy task. Frogs need attention and determination and are best handled alone. Fruits need sharpness and momentum and are best grouped with other fruits.

Some days, though, I get really ambitious and try to go competitive frog-hunting. Frogs are funny creatures. They’re slippery, but if I can get a few of them grouped together, sometimes I can eat two or three at once. And then, sometimes, I’ll go eat another two or three, just to make them go away. I won’t lie; they taste awful. And it certainly helps if I can sweeten the meal with rewards for myself at the end. (And while fruit is nice, it’s often not enough to get the taste out of my mouth… blech!)

Some days, too, I do enough fruit-picking to make jam for the entire tech industry. If the fruits aren’t making me think too hard, this is best executed with loud dance music in the background. The result, if I’m not being careful, is a condensed remaining to-do list that feels totally impossible. Why? Because I’m left with a handful of frogs. And frogs tend to spoil the fruits.

They have to stay separate — the fruits and the frogs. They’re both important and they both require attention, but they can’t be handled at the same time. And really, I should wash my hands between touching them. And go outside to change the air. And call a colleague to announce my victories. And then go get coffee with that colleague.

Because there’s more to life than frogs and fruits, no matter how you slice them.

* My Baby is the 3’x4′ whiteboard in my living room.

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I am determined to make today beautiful. You should help me.

First, go to They’re Beautiful and send a random friend flowers for free.

Then, go to Orisinal and play the bumblebee game.

Then, go to the Jackson Pollock website and click around.

Then, go to CSS Zen Garden, click the links on the right, and geek out about how beautiful standardized code can be.

Then, go to GoodGraffiti.org and muse on the controversial awesomeness of guerrilla art.

Then, go to StoryPeople, browse for a story that makes your chest melt, click “Send eGreeting” in the left-hand menu, and create a free card for a random friend (but not the one you sent flowers too — someone different this time).

Then, go to the Snowsuit Effort and look at faces being real.

Then, go to SSAHN and look at faces being art.

Then, go to the Writ Workshop and read some fresh poetry by an emerging writer.

Then, look at the Flickr tag group for Harajuku.

Then go to ScrapBlog and make a page about what you’ve appreciated today.