Lex Friedman blogs here.

Lex is the EVP of Sales and Development for Midroll, the world's best podcast advertising network.

He was previously Macworld's senior writer, and continues to contribute to the publication. He is the cohost of the Not Playing podcast, a cohost of the Turning This Car Around podcast, a cohost of the The Rebound podcast, and the sole host of the Your Daily Lex podcast.

Lex's first book, The Snuggie Sutra, is exactly what it sounds like. His most recent book is a Dr. Seuss parody for adults; it's called The Kid in the Crib.

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I put my son to bed tonight and it broke my heart a little

A decent percentage of my time as a parent is dedicating brain cells to criticizing myself for not being a better parent. This is how I'm built. It's kind of what my role in the Turning This Car Around podcast is about — sharing my neuroses over the missteps I see in myself as a dad.

Lauren and Anya were watching The Neverending story Part 2 in the basement, and Liam didn't like it. (Sierra was at a friend's house for a nighttime birthday party.) After Liam and I came upstairs for him to watch some palate-cleansing Wonderpets, I went to tuck him in. We were goofing around, Liam laughing uproariously, repeatedly, at a moment he'd found simply hilarious in the Wonderpets episode (Ming-Ming told the monkey to STOP IT — hahahahahahaha!). We decided in our silliness that I would snuggle with Liam in his bed until he fell asleep.

We're snuggling. He's holding my hand. He starts laughing again. "Ming-Ming?" I ask. "Yes," he confirms, laughing some more.

"Shhh," I tell him. "You have to go to sleep now.

A moment or two later, he turns, so that he can hold both my hands. I hear his breathing slow down to that telltale sleeping rhythm. I think about how I'm lying next to him so that he can fall asleep — something I haven't done since he was a baby — and then I'm thinking about his wedding day. I'm thinking about him moving out and having a life of his own.

I'm thinking of his older sisters and how they'll do the same, and probably sooner.

I'm thinking how life is funny, and how life is sad, and how we parents have kids and try to teach them well and do right by them so that they can in turn go off and be their own success stories and probably have kids of their own and continue the cycle and it's sad and lovely and beautiful and awful.

And I think, man, I need to just be in the now for a moment and enjoy this, my blond-haired little boy falling asleep next to me, so peaceful, holding my hands. I'm going to be in this moment right now dammit.

But... college. And his wedding day. And his driver's license. And more school days. Probably not in that order.

And I'm vacillating between being in the moment and thinking about these things and thinking about how I want to write this all down, and how I'll inevitably post it on the Internet, and I'm damn sure thinking about whether I'll get some Likes online isn't being in the moment.

We take so much for granted as parents. Well, maybe, you don't. I do. Liam just wanted to play with Snap Circuits most of the day, and he wanted help with some, and I helped, and we experimented, and it was awesome. And then he wanted to do more Snap Circuits on his own, which is fine, but of course he has to show me Every. Single. One.

And if you've seen one Snap Circuits contraption that makes laser noises while playing Happy Birthday, you've seen them all. Even if one includes an LED and one includes a motor and one includes a lamp, they're all the same damn circuit and jiminy, you don't have to show me every single one man, and there he was again this afternoon, walking back into the kitchen holding a completed project, "Daddy!" And my "YES, Liam?" was definitely more exasperated than it needed to be, and that became screamingly obvious when his face was filled with so much pride and so much delight as he announced "I finished the last one! I did ALL the Snap Circuits in the book!"

And he had, and we high-fived, and it was awesome. And then, and then my goodness... And then he told me, "Daddy, I'm a little sad that I finished Snap Circuits, because now that I did them all, it's over."

I wanted to burst into tears, but I didn't, because I could see HE was thinking about crying, and no, no no, we're going to sit here in this moment where you're full of joy at finishing them all and we're going to experience this joy, we're going to embody it, we're going to let joy embody us. You can follow in your dad's footsteps in all kinds of ways, Liam, but dammit you are going to learn to live in the moment, and this moment it's okay if you're just proud at what you've accomplished here with these 101 Snap Circuit projects, and you can wait until later to be sad that the Snap Circuits set is finished. 

(Of course you can make them all again. Of course we also have the larger Snap Circuits set you can start in on. But believe me, my son, I know what it is to be sad that things keep happening and becoming "done" and then we're supposed to move on to the next thing. And yet, let's not be sad right now.)

I said none of that, I just high-fived some more, and we did a stupidly silly dance, and we put Snap Circuits away, and we played piano together, and boy I promise you, when we played piano, we were in the moment together, singing our heads off.

But there in his bed, hearing him fall asleep, I struggled so hard to stay in the moment, and I smash-cut so hard to "I'm a little sad that I finished Snap Circuits," and I was in the wrong moment, and as I tried to sneak out of your bed and your room, you let me know you were still, in fact, a little awake. And I kissed you and I told you that I loved you and that I was going to go so that you could fall all the way asleep. And I was thinking that when you weren't so big, when you weren't so five, that you wouldn't have accepted this, but now, this was no problem at all. 

"Good night, Daddy." 

"Good night, Liam, I love you." 

"You're the best daddy in the whole world."

I'm not, Liam. But I really want to be. You make me want to be.

Posted on July 23rd, 2016

Tray Bien

#277 Feb 23, 2016: Tray Bien

In which I analyze the pitfalls of airplane trays. There are some. Trust me. Or don't. Whatever. It's just a podcast.

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

Thank You, Lauren

It's the second Your Daily Lex of 2016! 

I just noticed I missed December 2015 all together. I mean, not as a human experiencer of time. But as a YDL podcaster.

Here's today's brand new episode!

#276 January 28, 2016: Thank You, Lauren

A story of blood, pain, and air travel.

I never linked January's previous episode. It's the story of moving: #275 January 4, 2016: Moving Story

Posted on January 28th, 2016


Between you, me, and this blog post, th is episode should never have been recorded. As you'll hear.

#274 November 25, 2015: Thanksgiving

Posted on November 25th, 2015

Virgin Inspection

#273 November 20, 2015: Virgin Inspection

Not gonna lie. The title is maybe more exciting than the episode itself.


Posted on November 20th, 2015

Who Nose

#272 November 10, 2015: Who Nose

First off, we've already doubled October's YDL output, so we all have something we can be proud of.

Second off, this episode is largely about my nose. No nose-size pun intended.

Posted on November 10th, 2015

Holy Crap, The Show Exists

#271 Nov 2, 2015: Holy Crap The Show Exists

Indeed it does, dear listener. Indeed it does.

You can subscribe to Your Daily Lex in iTunes, or use this feed in your podcasting app of choice.


Posted on November 2nd, 2015

Let's Talk About Yesterday's Tie

#267 September 11, 2015: Let's Talk About Yesterday's Tie

I wore a tie yesterday. I'm a little conflicted about it.

Posted on September 11th, 2015

Your Daily Jonathan Mann

#266 August 28, 2015: Your Daily Jonathan Mann

I wrote a song for Jonathan Mann. He wrote a song based on that song. Also for Jonathan Mann. Will no one write a song for me?

Weeps; passes out

Posted on August 28th, 2015

Theme Songs

#265 August 11, 2015: Theme Songs

Sometimes, I write theme songs for other people's podcasts.

Posted on August 11th, 2015

Live from Podcast Movement with Chris Bannon

Live From Podcast Movement with Chris Bannon

Chris is my colleague and hero. He's the Chief Content Officer at Midroll, and he and are both in Forth Worth, Texas at the Podcast Movement conference. So we podcasted together.

Posted on August 2nd, 2015

Forth Worth While

#262 July 30, 2015: Fort Worth While

I went to Forth Worth. By plane. The experience of getting here was unpleasant. Also, it is hot.

Posted on July 31st, 2015

Live From Earwolf

#261 July 24, 2015: Live from Earwolf

Midroll CEO Adam Sachs joins me for an episode recorded in Earwolf's studios on the day our company was acquired by Scripps. 

Posted on July 24th, 2015

Jurassic World and Inside Out

#260 July 8, 2015: Jurassic World and Inside Out

I review two movies. Guess which?

Posted on July 8th, 2015

Kiss Hello

#259 July 6, 2015: Kiss Hello

Kissing! And another episode of YDL! Two great tastes that taste great together.

Posted on July 6th, 2015

Brace Yourself

#258 June 19, 2015: Brace Yourself

A complaint about my foot and about my dog. My dog's feet I have no problem with.

Posted on June 19th, 2015

Word Picture

#257 June 15, 2015: Word Picture

I punched myself in the crotch. Good times.*


* Not for me.

Posted on June 15th, 2015

Entrepreneur Magazine

#256 June 5, 2015: Entrepreneur Magazine

I was written up in Entrepreneur Magazine. Mistakes were made!

Posted on June 5th, 2015

The Famous Man Who Bought Me A Soda

#255 June 3, 2015: The Famous Man Who Bought Me A Soda

This is an episode about a famous man who bought me a soda. Surprised?

Posted on June 3rd, 2015


#254 May 28, 2015: Hair

I got a haircut. It was weird.

Posted on May 28th, 2015