Ferguson Elsewhere

August 17, 2014

Max Fisher, writing for Vox, covers Ferguson as if it happened in another country:

Missouri, far-removed from the glistening capital city of Washington, is ostensibly ruled by a charismatic but troubled official named Jay Nixon, who has appeared unable to successfully intervene and has resisted efforts at mediation from central government officials. Complicating matters, President Obama is himself a member of the minority sect protesting in Ferguson, which is ruled overwhelmingly by members of America’s majority “white people” sect.

He spares no trope:

Though Missouri is infamous abroad for its simmering sectarian tensions and brutal regime crackdowns, foreign visitors here are greeted warmly and with hospitality. A lawless expanse of dogwood trees and beer breweries, Missouri is located in a central United States region that Americans refer to, curiously, as the “MidWest” though it is nearer to the country’s east.

The last time we did this…

July 17, 2014
Saddle Road
At Makapala, northern tip of Big Island

Time to Explore

July 17, 2014

The plan: cover 3,200 miles over four weeks, from Prudhoe Bay to Glacier National Park via Denali, the Yukon, BC, ferries, flights, roads, and (according to Beau) longboards. We leave, for better or worse, today. See you in a month!

The Sound of Inevitability

July 11, 2014

Greg Tracy took the EV record and 2nd place overall in this year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Next year, I expect electrics to take the overall record—and pretty much every other racing category by the end of the decade.

Greg’s Run


July 9, 2014

The Sound of Rain

Spoon & Tamago via Gizmodo

Houseboat 2014 Supercut

July 8, 2014

Cinematography: David Moss

The Best Answer

May 20, 2014

I find yes/no questions incredibly useful as filters to help guide complex decisions. Forcing a decision tree into a series of yes/no questions can help cut through the fog of apples-to-oranges comparisons, bias, or ambiguous data. Recently, with respect to product, I like to ask this one:

Have you created the best answer to somebody’s question?

In this question, “somebody” represents the customer, “question” the need or problem, and together they represent your market. If you can definitively answer “yes”—even for a narrowly-defined market (e.g. San Francisco smartphone owners looking for a ride on demand)—you’ve created the basis for a monopoly.

Similarly, growth means either changing the somebody or changing the question. And retention means making sure the answer to the original question stays “yes.”

Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand

March 30, 2014

Last week I spent a few days unplugged, hiking in the south island of New Zealand. A debt of gratitude to Michael, Allen, Yvonne, and team at Wilderness Lodge for the incredible welcome.

Shiny Hammers

March 23, 2014

Shiny Hammers, from two talks I gave in October 2013—Optimal Experience in Wellington, New Zealand and the H2O Summit at LinkedIn HQ.

10,000 Goodnight Kisses

August 29, 2013

Trans-Pacific flights + love songs for my better half @ 124 BPM.

Download “10,000 Goodnight Kisses” mixtape (120MB / 256kbps AAC)

Track List

  1. The Afro-Soultet — Afrodesia
  2. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi — Two Against One
  3. Karmon — Feel It
  4. Ultraísta — Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)
  5. Bonobo — Cirrus
  6. Foals — Big Big Love (Fig.2)
  7. Daft Punk — Giorgio by Moroder
  8. Steve Aoki — Heartbreaker (feat. Lovefoxxx)
  9. Miike Snow — Silvia
  10. The Fort Knox Five — Blowin’ Up The Spot
  11. Panthers — Goblin City (Holy Ghost! Disco Dub)
  12. Al Green — Let’s Get Married
  13. Breakbot — Why (feat. Ruckazoid)
  14. DCUP — I’m Corrupt
  15. Disclosure — F For You
  16. Breakbot — Shades of Black
  17. Classix – All You’re Waiting for (feat. Nancy Whang)
  18. Yelle – Que veux-tu (Madeon Extended Remix)
  19. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Version 2)
  20. Lady Danville – Kids
  21. Gotye – Easy Way Out
  22. Kidnap Kid – Thin Lines (feat. Lotti)
  23. John Newman – Love Me Again
  24. Peking Duk – The Way You Are
  25. Feed Me & Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got