I'm Ben Gruber

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2013 6/Aug

  For as long as I can remember I have identified myself as a contrarian. For whatever reason, I am skeptical about things. My natural tendency is to distrust when I first hear something. Evidentially, happiness research data shows that mistrust is the number one factor in whether a person is happy or not (trust […]

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2013 5/Aug

Have you ever been cruising around a new site and just loved the way a certain font looked? You want to know what it is called so you can use it, but how? If you have a little knowledge of code, you can right click the element and search through the developer console for the […]

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2013 29/Jul

Last week I was bombarded by a bunch of people on Facebook looking to promote a company or cause that they are attached to. They clearly have indiscriminately hit the “Invite All” button that Facebook provides when you start a new page. I have been there. I have seen this button. I have been tempted […]

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2013 24/Jul

  Over the last 5 years or so, I have worked on many different food products. These range from custom cookie mix jars to unique alcohol mixers. On each of these 5 or so projects, I have had the good fortune (or bad luck, depending on the lens you look through) to be apart of the […]

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2013 11/Jun

As I have mentioned before, managing your time is tough when you do not have a boss. It is very easy for items to slip and to get distracted by other things you could be doing. This is especially compounded when you work from home, because all of the rest of your life’s stuff is […]

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2013 7/Jun

About a month ago I left my job. At that point, I decided to not take unemployment benefits. I did however research the program to see what it was all about and what I found has stuck with me. Not to get back into the details of the rules of eligibility of the program, but the basic idea […]

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2013 3/Jun

About a year ago, I decided to spice up my life a little. I wanted to give myself a challenge to prove that I could do something really tough if I put my mind to it. So a friend of mine and myself set out to prove we could eat exclusively Chipotle Mexican Grill for […]

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2013 30/May

As a couple of my business projects have grown from concept to product to actually selling to customers, I have entered a new stage of the startup process. One that has new, wider sets of inputs that need to be taken into account and managed. Listen, having customers is great, it’s the reason you went […]

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2013 28/May

  I am not an economist and am certainly not “down” with the “util,” but I do enjoy thinking about general and more nuanced macro economic principles. Among the many principles, I find the effects of changing marginal income tax rates particularly interesting to think through. Since I have ran a small business for the […]

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2013 24/May

  I finally got a new charger for my DSLR camera battery, so I finally was able to shoot a food video with more precision – and the clarity feels great. For the recipe, I decided to do something a little different and venture into the breakfast arena. After letting my mind wander, I landed […]

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