You Can’t Uncut a Tree

March 16, 2018

A very nice video about The Broccoli Tree…


My Hair is Itchy, or the 29 Stages of a Twitterstorm

January 19, 2018

It’s long, but you have to read it all. It’s hilarious down to the tiniest details. From BuzzFeed, The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm in 2018.


Culture Can Be the Antidote To Selfishness

January 12, 2018

I read Seth Godin’s blog pretty much every day. Today’s hit home with me:

The witnesses and the participants

Every history student knows about the tragedy of the commons. When farmers shared grazing land, no one had an incentive to avoid overgrazing, and without individual incentives, the commons degraded until it was useless.

We talk about this as if it’s an inevitable law, a glitch in the system that prevents communities from gaining the benefits of shared resources.

Of course, that’s not true.

Culture permits us to share all sorts of things without having them turn into tragedies. People are capable of standing up to the short-term profit motive, we’re not powerless. We can organize and codify and protect.

It requires us to say, “please don’t,” even more than, “not me.” Culture can be the antidote to selfishness.

In fact, it’s the only thing that is.

A Really Good Movie

December 27, 2017

We don’t get to the movies a lot. Busy/Kids/etc. pick your excuse. We obviously skew towards family movies. When we saw Despicable Me 3 there was a preview for Coco that looked good and we put it in our “ought to see” list.

My wife and I took the day after Christmas off, and a movie was on the agenda. Pitch Perfect 3 and The Greatest Showman are also on the family’s list, but Coco came out at Thanksgiving and probably won’t be around long, so that was our choice. I also happened to check the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Name a movie out today with 90% or higher in both the Rotten Tomatoes reviewers score and audience score. There is exactly one. Coco has a crazy 97/96 rating.

And we saw why. My wife cried, the audience applauded at the end. It’s just good.

Google Year in Search

December 21, 2017

It’s funny how a company like Google can be tone deaf in many areas, but every year they nail the year in search video…


Possibly the Best Tweet Ever

November 28, 2017

Yelling Upstairs

November 21, 2017

Seth Godin has a short smart blog post every single day.  That by itself is impressive. Despite living in a single floor apartment, today’s post hit home with me:

When you’re cooking breakfast and the school bus is coming in just a few minutes, it’s tempting (and apparently efficient) to yell up the stairs. If a recalcitrant teenager is hesitating before heading off to school (I know, sometimes it happens), go ahead and yell.

Good luck with that.

The alternative is to turn off the stove and walk up the stairs. Catch your breath, then have a quiet conversation.

Not efficient, but effective.

This is an almost universal metaphor. We keep finding ways to rationalize various versions of yelling upstairs instead of doing the difficult work of engaging instead.