The Scale of an Argument

Often times we’ll disagree at work. And some folks will argue just to argue. Sometimes I find myself guilty of this. The key thing is to give up the small battles to win the big ones. On a scale of 1 to 10, here’s how I rate the intensity of my arguments:

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1. Let’s just hug it out.

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2. I’m walking away.

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3. Pillow fight!


4. I’m getting territorial.

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5. I’m trying to negotiate with you calmly.

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6. We’re flipping the bird.

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7. I will take a slap to the face to win.


8. I will take a kick to the face to win.


9. I will take a kick to the nuts to win.

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10. I stand in front of a train to win.

So, the next time you find yourself arguing with a coworker, use this scale (or a version of your own). You may find that you’re at a 5, and they’re at a 9… or vice versa.

Most arguments aren’t really worth the time. By letting go of the small ones, you build up social equity, and you can put that towards the big fights that matter.

Tour of Contactually

Over the weekend, Brandon (one of my old colleagues) showed me his new gig at Contactually. He’s got a pretty good thing going there, in terms of space and growth. I’m digging the culture and took some notes.

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As you can see, the space is open. That little fence is to keep the dogs in. They’ve got about 6 or 7 roaming around during the day.

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Here’s a pic of some of the future in their entrance. Apparently someone over there has a knack for cool stuff. The chairs aren’t comfortable, but boy they’re cool.

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When you first enter, you notice that they’re packed in there like sardines. I can’t imagine how loud it gets there… but I bet it’s pretty crazy.

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I’m serious, it’s pretty packed in there. I mean, if someone farted, the entire office would know immediately.

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Here’s a pic of Brandon’s desk. I’m really impressed by how far he’s come in such a short time. I only expect great things coming from the things he touches.

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I’m not entirely sure what their company does, but their culture starts to make sense by the barrage of posters around their office.

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This one was great.

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LOL. It’s nice to see that kind of environment. I kind of miss those days.

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They have a pretty cool kitchen. Really nice layout… I’m going to have to borrow from this in the future.

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And their conference rooms. These are pretty cool. Kind of reminds me of the photos of the pixar studios.

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It definitely looks cooler on the outside. I think the inside needs some work. Hah!

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This is where their engineers work.

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One of their lead engineers is a cowboy. He broke the rules and built his own desk out of cardboard.

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And they have a pretty cool basement. It’s probably too cluttered with furniture, but it has potential.

Anyway, thanks Brandon for giving me a tour of Contactually. You guys have an awesome space, and it looks like the sky’s the limit.

2015 AddThis Kickoff

Last night after all the kick off meetings, we had a company dinner at Sakura’s.

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This is a stitched panorama of the party. Looks like people had a great time.

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A picture of Josh and the gang, enjoying some hibachi.

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Dave was 50% catch ratio. Not bad!

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Here are the young bloods toasting to a great year.

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Look at these trouble makers.

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And the pic of the evening goes to Steve Donnelly.

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It’s crazy to see how things have grown.

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We’re getting to a size that I don’t know every single person. I guess photography helps me introduce myself—getting to know everyone is part of the job.

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And there’s Jake. He was so shy.

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And the product and marketing folks that make AddThis sing.

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I know this picture is grainy, but I had to get a picture of the 3 wise men.

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What a fantastic team. Looking forward to big things in 2015.

Happy Birthday Carol

Happy Birthday Carol! Here are some photos of everyone gathering to celebrate.

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Charlie was thoughtful enough to pick up some flowers as well.

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Everyone singing happy birthday for Carol.

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Carol gives a quick toast to everyone. Good times.

Too Cute: Jack

Here are some photos of Jack. He’s such an adorable little guy.

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He’s such a good boy.

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Here’s a photo of him when he knows we’re talking about him.

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Jack trying to walk my dad.

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Jack showing us his favorite areas around the river house.

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Here’s his christmas gift. He love little bones and strings.

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How could you say no to this little guy?

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This photo was shot with the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8. The nice thing about shooting ultra wide is that you don’t have to stitch anything afterwards. F2.8 seems to let enough light in without too much noise.

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It was a really hard decision to return it… but I think it’ll be for the better. When you use the 14-24mm zoom, it seems that you’ll always be shooting around 14mm. Might as well go for a prime instead.