Category Archives: Life

Mass Automation and the Lack of Human Interaction

I wrote about Fatdoor’s recent announcement they are relaunching social networks for neighborhoods, with shared robots as a part of the offering. Since then, I’ve engaged in a 45 minute talk with a high school friend, some Skype debate with Will Moyer, and a 20 minute conversation over coffee yesterday with a fellow entrepreneur in the real estate vertical. The topic: what are the long term implications of mass automation? There are two big ones, in my opinion. De-humanization of day to day life, and economic. We all know that Uber is going to put self driving cars on their transportation grid. I’m not sure Lyft will take that plunge (their tag line is “Your friend … Continue reading

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Live at Slane Castle

For the first time in over a year, I’m watching the Red Hot Chili Peppers DVD, Live at Slane Castle (affiliate link). It’s my favorite DVD of all time. And, hands down, it’s the best investment I’ve ever made. $15 in 2003 or 2004, and I’ve watched it at least 100 times over the years. Probably more. It was the default choice for entertainment after parties at my fraternity. And on off nights, well we watched it then too. Post college, we’d turn it on after the bars. If you like the Chili Peppers, buy it. Now. And even if you aren’t a diehard RHCP fan, buy it anyway. It’ll be the best $9 you’ve ever spent. … Continue reading

What World Do You Want to Live in?

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in. – Anna Lappe [via Amber Rae]

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PandoMonthly’s Two Closing Questions


I’m a huge fan of PandoMonthly interviews Sarah Lacey facilitates with tech founders and investors. People such as Phil Libin, Fred Wilson, and Bill Gurley. If you haven’t watched any of them, you really should. You can watch them all here. The interviews always end with two questions… What do you believe that no one else does? If you could have one mediocre superpower, what would it be? Both are questions you wouldn’t normally think about. I’ve probably watched about 8 episodes in their entirety over the past couple months, and never have a clear idea of how I would answer the questions if ever asked. Here’s my best attempt to put random thoughts into … Continue reading

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What Are You Optimizing For in Life?

There are lots of things to optimize your life for. Money? Impact? Legacy? Fun? Family? Freedom? Phil Libin is optimizing for impact. As am I. What about you?

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Advice to Live By…

how bad do you want it

When it comes to life advice, it would be hard to write more true words than those I found on Joel’s blog: Commit to something Put your balls on the line Then figure it out How bad do YOU want it?

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Who Are Your Best Friends, and How Long Have You Known Them?

I believe you can learn a lot about someone by asking one (I guess two) simple question(s). Who Are Your Best Friends, and How Long Have you Known Them? Sure, every now and then you find an amazing new friend and become BFFs overnight — but that’s not normal, and even those relationships take time. What I’m getting at (for those near my age – 31) is whether your best friends have been friends for 1 year or 10-15? Do you cycle through friend groups constantly (shiny object syndrome), or spend the time and effort it takes to keep in touch with past friends regardless of where you & they live and your relationship status? … Continue reading

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