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This is my personal & professional blog.  It's a place for me to think out loud and learn. I'll sometimes talk about things I don't understand as a way to begin to understand them. I'll often be wrong, short sighted, and unclear. When you see this happening, please point it out!

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Go Ahead, Pee in the Shower


"Boyfriends I have Been"

"Boyfriends I have Been" by Lev Yilmaz


Why Blog?


How to Eat Sushi


Fifty People, One Question by PostSecret

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, & God.  Video by Deltree and Benjamin Reece of New Orleans.


My favorite?

Guy to Girl: "Allright, you know your cat that disappeared?  I ran it over."

Same Girl to Same Guy moments later: "Hmmm, let's think.  You know, like, you know all those books I have that I don't read?  It's just all these love poems that are about you."



Generation WE

If I could make movies, I'd love to make movies that parody movies THIS.

But admittedly, I'm inspired to act/make moves by rhetoric and cinematography like this!  Ugh, I'm so easy.

Nothing like doomsday scenarios to rile the ol' hoi polloi. via Brett Leve and Jeff Rosenthal


Who is Paying Taxes in 2009?


What Changed 1999-2009


Number of Inhabitants per Doctor

Jan082010's Pre-Launch Pitch Deck

Mint was acquired by Inuit in September 2009 for $170,000,000.00.  Read about the Happy Ending. Pre-Launch Pitch Deck


Procrastinating is the Bestest


Map of the USA

Courtesy of Hugh McLeod of Gaping Void fame:



Genevieve Gaudet suggested I read Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains.  I'm so mad she didn't tell me to read it earlier!  But at least she did buy it for me.

The book chronicles the life of Dr. Paul Farmer, an extraordinarily compassionate anthropologist and doctor.  Farmer has devoted his life completely and in an uncommon way to bringing medicine to people without it.

Please read the book.

Paul believes something that would confound my brother Moiz and avid Ayn Rand fans--that the poor should get preferential treatment for medical care for being poor.

An excerpt from the book--a letter from Ophelia Dahl to Paul.  I like this letter so much because it hints at how uncommon Paul's devotion to his cause is.

Lovely Pel,

        My inability to promise a life with you, as your wife, does not stem from a lack of love or deep, deep commitment to you.  Indeed, as you probably know, I have not felt a serious ounce for anyone but you since 1983.  My decision was based, instead, on trying to envision our life together and I saw us not matching (the only way we didn't fit).  For a long time I thought I could live and work in Haiti, carving out a life with you, but now I understand that I can't.  And that's simply not compatible with your life--the life you once told me you would like to lead even ten years ago.  You pointed out to me once, during an emotional argument, that the qualities I love in you--that drew me to you--also cause me to resent you: namely your unswerving commitment to the poor, your limitless schedule and your massive compassion for others.  You were right, and, as your wife, I would place my own emotional needs in the way of your important vision; a vision whose impact upon the poor (and the rest of us) can't be exaggerated...

        I was lucky to meet you when I was young, young enough to feel as though I have always known you and lucky to have been hugely influenced and loved by you.  In the end, I hope you know that as part of my histology you can never be replaced.


I tried to find a YouTube video that did this book and Paul Farmer's achievements justice.  But I couldn't.  This video is the closest I could find.  Paul Farmer on NPR's This I Believe (click here to share this video):


P.S. I'm not sure what publisher allowed this amazing book to have both such a horrible title and horrible cover.  Please fix this in your reprinting, Mr. Schuster. 

"I'm going to build my own fucking hospital.  And there'll be none of that there, thank you."

"I was fully formed at twenty-three."


Making Babies

When people have babies, they go apeshit over them.  That means there's money to be made.  Mommies and daddies are eager to give you money if you give them the right product/service. 

Moreover, I suspect there's tons of breathing room for innovation here.  People my age who grew up on the internet are now having babies (my Facebook Feed is daily proof) and have been primed to spend money on digital goods and over the internet.

Any ideas?

PS I'm not even a mom (yet) and I can tell Circle Of Moms sucks!


Hillary Makes me Laugh!

Traditional greeting: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures alongside Meera Shankar (left), Indian Ambassador to the United States



Amazon being awesome!

Amazon being awesome and telling everyone about it.  Something about these notices on their website make me read them.  Perhaps it's just Jeff Bezos signature at the bottom?


Email should be smart, like me!

Sometimes when I send email, I expect a bloody response.  OK, most of the time, I expect a bloody response.  But sometimes, I care if I don't get a response.

When you send an email, you should be able to tell your email you expect a response.  And when you expect it by.  If you don't receive a response by then, your email should send you an email telling you you didn't receive a response.  Hell, you should be able to auto-send a "What up yo?" email to the person reiterating that you need a response from them!




Kristina Jean Perez

One of my good friends from Seattle, Erik Steinfeld, just got married.  I didn't attend the wedding (or the bachelor party :()!  I do wish I had been!  Here are the vows he spoke aloud to his now wife, Kristina!  (Published without permission.  It's not like he reads my blog anyway).


Kristina Jean Perez. Before I met you I would equate my life to that of a single threaded application but, like how mutli-threading is taking over the computer industry, you've added so many new pathways to my life.

Some advice I've always given to people purchasing a computer is that you can buy the best, most powerful computer on the market but if you don't spend anything on a monitor the computer is pretty worthless. A fast computer does you no good if your interface looks terrible and gives you a headache. I liken this to our relationship; I may make the best jokes, be devilishly handsome, have a fantastic career and be incredible lover...

but it would all be meaningless without you.

Marriage for women holds a much different meanining than that of men. From a man's perspective marriage is a massive undertaking, and is a choice that goes against every instinct instilled in us...which is to procreate as often and with as many people as possible. Thus despite all natural instinct directing us to run the other way, every part of my heart says that you are the only one for me.

For the rest of my life I will be there to scratch your arm as you raise it up in the middle of the night. I promise to correct your social dislexia as you make socially akward statements without even realizing it. I promise to not treat you like my computer...looking to upgrade you every 6 months and replace you every year and a half. I commit to our time every night, and when I get sick you can take care of me and when you get sick I can stay away from you to keep me from getting sick.

In the event of a zombie apocolpse, I will protect you
if I become a vampire I will not turn you, for you never turn one you truely love

If war breaks out over the frozen tundra of the NW, and a roaming band of raiders slay you, I will seek vengence till the end of time, and when I succeed I shall found a nation in your name.

If there is a nuclear holocaust, I shall roam the wastes in search of you endlessly, even if you have become a mutant.

but most importantly I commit my life to you, for we love each other.


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