Nick Seferos

September 20, 2022

10 date ideas

1. Dinner and a movie 2. Long walk on the beach 3. Picnic lunch 4. Sailing for the afternoon 5. Picking apples in an orchard 6. Coffee and breakfast 7. Weekend stay somewhere local 8. Beach combing 9. Scavenger hunt 10. Road-trip to nowhere
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September 7, 2022

10 nonhuman names for cats

1. Bojangles 2. Mr Whiskers 3. Sir Meowington 4. Friskers 5. Katmando 6. Snowball 7. Sesame (for a hairless cat) 8. Flapjack 9. Ruffles 10. Dingles Dongles (my co worker actually named his cat this)
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September 7, 2022

10 ideas for 10 ideas

1. 10 Non human names for cats 2. 10 day lunch or dinner menu 3. 10 ideas for a hand painted mug 4. 10 ideas for a candle scent 5. 10 cake flavors 6. 10 date ideas 7. 10 flowers to grow 8. 10 ways to improve your house (to build equity) 9. 10 US off the beaten path vacation destinations 10. 10 domain names for a starting shipping website
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August 29, 2022

10 Ways To Reduce My Water Bill

1. Place a valve timer on my shower head 2. Install a dishwasher 3. Install a high efficiency washer 4. Segregate my water meter (reduce sewer cost for out door watering) 5. Collect rain water 6. Recycle used dish water for the lawn 7. Plant a low water hybrid grass or replace with turf 8. Place flow restriction at the water meter (to ...
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July 26, 2021

Replace your tires

Yesterday afternoon, I was getting off the highway when I felt my front passenger side wheel begin to rumble. I instantly knew my tire had finally failed. I had been waiting for it to happen for about a year when I recognized the tire was in bad shape. However, I decided to ignore the problem. I told myself I’d take care of it one day,...
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July 6, 2021

How are you doing today?

My grocery store clerk asked me how I was doing today. I told him how I was really doing - excellent - and asked how he was. The clerk's response never changes. He always says that today has been a pleasant one. His response never changing tells me he is saying something pleasant to move the conversation along or, he is always just ple...
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June 29, 2021

Projects are risky

Several months back, we were debating what types of scales to purchase for our trucks. The two options: conventional pit scales; or inexpensive high efficient weigh-in-motion scales. We ended up going with the old-school scales we have used for years. Even though we needed more of them to handle our traffic and they are more expensive,...
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June 22, 2021

What do I want out of this?

Thinking about intentionality a lot lately. I am thinking about my day looking at the things I do and I wonder why my time disappears. I need to think about what the intended outcome of a task before I do it. Looking at real estate listings: going to put of offer on a house or just wasting time? Trying to build a new software: deploy a...
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June 18, 2021

Don’t do it

When I get fixated on not doing something, I do it more. Like breaking a bad habit or getting up early to exercise. The more I think it’s over, “should I or should I not” and then justify the (bad) decision I make from there. By saying don’t eat that whole bag of potato chips, you’re setting yourself up to eat the whole damn bag. Inste...
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June 15, 2021

Build a door

The vitamins I take have a fact, challenge, or quote of the day printed on them. This morning the quote was from Milton Berle “If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. When I feel stuck or in a rut, it’s often because I’m not building or creating anything. When I’m down or feeling stuck, it’s time to build some doors.
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May 28, 2021

Confidence and Arrogance

Arrogance is telling me how good you are at something, confidence is showing me.
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May 14, 2021

Ships could pipe deck storm water to conveyance and treatment system - kinda like shore power and black water effluent.
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April 23, 2021

Too much TV

I’ve noticed I get depressed when I watch too much tv. It’s consumption not creation and an easy way to distract and disengage from life.
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April 13, 2021

The most dangerous phrase in business

“That’s the way we’ve always done it.” The most dangerous phrase in business. It simbolizes the idea that innovation and development is unimportant. It’s a phrase that says “we’re slowly dying”. It’s not to say that you should always switch to the latest and greatest. A stable and mature core is important, it’s something to lean on and...
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April 11, 2021

Reports are a waste of time

People generated reports are a complete waste of time. They take valuable time to generate and typically the recipient only wants one piece of information on the report and they could get it themselves. Worse, because 10 people need 10 different pieces of data, there’s temptation to create a “super report” which only takes longer to ge...
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April 10, 2021

Golden Waste

I have been thinking a lot about waste these last few days, like how to profit from it. In every process water is created - a tremendous amount. Anytime something is created, multiple more things come from it. Byproducts of manufacturing (or creating in general), old parts and equipment that has worn out, you name it. Smart companies m...
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April 6, 2021

Total Port Congestion

West Coast container ports are at all-time levels of congestion. As of writing 28 ships are at anchor and waiting for a berth in Los Angeles/Long Beach and another 7 are expected to anchor the next few days. This is nothing new though. Port congestion both for truckers and vessels have been massive issues in the past. During contract n...
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April 6, 2021

Sparking Creativity and Growth

The day a tree stops growing is the day that tree dies. It might take years for it to fall, but inside, the tree is dead. We are a lot like trees, when we stop growing and being creative we die inside. Creativity, growth, and innovation have no right answers. They rely on us as people throwing something out into the world to see what s...
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March 17, 2021

I just work here

The other day, I heard someone working for a dysfunctional organization say “I just work here” when I asked them a question. Made me start to think. Great organizations are built when the employees say “this is my company”. Great organizations are ones with employees who take deep ownership.
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March 17, 2021

My Biggest Flaw

My biggest flaw... I get too excited to start something and don’t always see it through and I start something new and don’t finish the previous. For example all in the same week: • Get an idea for an app and start to build • Get an idea for a blog and spin it up and buy a domain • Get another idea for a separate app and start to build ...
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March 16, 2021

Business is built on trust

I recently had a new vendor completely destroy my trust while I was half way down the sales pipeline. They had a massive data breach which, yes made me uncomfortable but, exposed that what they said they did with my data and what they actually did were two different things. It got me thinking about how we form nuisances relationships -...
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March 11, 2021

Incubated into the wrong market

Today someone recommended I take a look at a start up they found. They said the start up might be useful and something we could use. They weren’t 100% sure but recommended we took a look. I said thank you and opened their website. The first thing I saw: buzzword, buzzword, industry jargon, buzzword, backed by this VC, incubated by this...
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March 9, 2021

Bye Bye EDI

EDI is old fashioned. Logistics businesses need to advance to a modern approach to sharing data, with an API. Checkout my new project at byebyeedi.org
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March 9, 2021

JAMStack vs. HOTWire

Over the past year I’ve been playing around with a bunch of different full stack frameworks. I learned ruby and rails but it felt like the rails framework was falling behind modern frameworks. Oh great, time to get down and dirty with React or Vue. I spent some time learning React, Vue, RedwoodJS, & Blitz.js. Each promising to be more ...
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March 4, 2021

Hey World!

Hello there big wide world! I think I'll be using this for some random thoughts. My full blog posts will be available here: blog.seferos.com
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