December 18, 2014

About

About The Site

Welcome to Joshua Kennon's Blog

The blog is my way of talking about what is going on in the world and staying connected with friends and family. If you have something interesting to add, join the conversation and post a comment!

Since I’m notoriously difficult to get on the phone, and I tend to work odd hours (typically, I’m still up at 3:30 in the morning reading by the fireplace), I decided that sharing what’s going on in my life with friends and family through the site would be an easy way to stay connected.  Over time, I’m probably going to invite some people to post alongside my own entries and turn this into a sort of coffee-house environment where we can discuss everything from business, politics, religion, philosophy, video games, gourmet food, or whatever else seems appealing at the time.  As I add authors, you’ll see their biography show up here.

Put simply, I modeled my life after men I admired and respected, such as Benjamin Franklin.  I wanted to be able to have control over my time, without worrying about how to pay the bills.  I started working on this in 4th grade (seriously – I was wired differently), sneaking copies of books like One Up on Wall Street behind my textbook in class and trying to figure out how people were able to sit in their office and collect obscene amounts of cash.  At the time, my parents were working 18+ hour days, risking everything to launch their manufacturing business.  I didn’t want to have to do that.  Whether it is brilliance, laziness, or a combination of the two, I haven’t yet discerned.  Whatever it is, it’s served me.

I’m passionate about video games, music, and books.  I tend to get obsessive about projects (for instance, deciding that I need to learn to compose in counterpoint for harpsichord and working on its for weeks at a time).  For the past few months, I’ve been teaching myself content management systems, such as Joomla!, for absolutely no reason other than the software interests me.

I like being surrounded by really smart people.  I like it when people are far more knowledgeable in areas outside of my expertise so they can teach me something new.  And above all, I always try to be open to the idea that I could be completely and totally wrong about something (or, as Charlie Munger puts it, I attempt to be willing to test and destroy my “own best ideas”).

Above all, I want to live the type of life that, when I’m gone, it can be said without qualification and without hesitation, “it was a life well lived”.  That is the best for which any of us can hope.

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