Is Perspective Possible in this Insanely Digital World?

I’m working on a trip that may turn into a month of foreign travel.  As much as I’m excited to explore, perhaps it’s more that I just feel stale here.  My life is in front of a computer screen and I need to see things that aren’t measured in pixels.  There are people at the other end of the data, but something gets lost in the binary translation.  That something may be my perspective.

I listened to an NPR piece the other day discussing how 20% of Americans don’t use the internet at all.  I’d gamble that fewer than half of those who do sign on are regular readers of blogs.  Right now the common wisdom online is that it’s fewer than 1% of a site’s visitors who participate in the conversation.  Well, that fewer than 1% has become my friends of late–and let me just tell you, that’s not the real world.

It’s actually the fake world.  (more…)

Posted at 10pm on 6/2/08 | 1 thought | Filed Under: Rant, Reflections, Work & Career | read on

Highlights and Hopes

Every year I look back and say, “wow, so much happened…but now I’m poised for this big thing.” Well that’s once again the case (this time it’s AwayFind). 2007 was a fun and busy year both with friends and work, and 2008 will be even more packed with trips and new people.  But to look forward, it’s often best to look back…and that’s what I’m writing about here with some highlights and hopes.  Do you have any interesting resolutions for the new year?


In no particular order, these are the things that a few years from now when I look back I’ll want to remember.  All of them were things that in some way shaped who I was this year.  If one of these relates to you, thank you for being a part of that memory.

  • AwayFind – building a web application
  • Book Clubs – learning so much, even more from the people
  • Crested Butte – Galt’s Gulch, and the start of a tradition for me
  • DC Tech Community – like-minded geeks and entrepreneurs
  • Dinner Parties – company from my different circles, at the house
  • Dover MA – a good place to be from
  • Four Hour Workweek – I should shut up about it, but this book changed me
  • Surrogate Girlfriend – Having a best friend and good company


Every year my hope is some cross between balance and ambition–running more, entertaining more, saving, developing a more routine schedule, etc.  But over the course of the year reasons that I can’t predict tend to change my focus.  Still, as of now here are some things I hope for:

For my sanity and social life: (more…)

Posted at 4pm on 1/1/08 | 2 thoughts | Filed Under: Reflections, Work & Career | read on

Sarcasm for Grown-Ups

For the longest time I looked at sarcasm as a way of life, but the older I get the more I realize we have to be careful with our words and grow up a little.

I was on a camping trip earlier this year and made a snide remark about a dear friend of mine, one who has been like a sister to me in the last five years. It led to a couple serious conversations and a vastly improved friendship–one with a little bit gentler teasing. And I now doubly understand:

A similar thing happened to me not too long ago with my sister. I know her intentions were innocuous, but it struck a chord. And now a serious conversation awaits.

A love for sarcasm was not something that came to me by chance. (more…)

Posted at 7am on 11/27/07 | 6 thoughts | Filed Under: Friendship, Reflections, Relationships | read on