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Jun 8, 2024

Father's Day Gift Guide!

The definitive father's day gift guide for discerning fathers!

1. TECHNIVORM MOCCAMASTER – really the best coffee machine out there. No timer. No clock. No buttons. Just one switch. A coffee machine your grandfather would approve of.

2. HIGH WIZARD "NUCLEAR FAMILY" T-SHIRT – it's time we celebrate the nuclear family.

3. ORSLOW 107 2-YEAR WASH DENIM – I buy these out at Canoe Club in Boulder. They are the best jeans and every dad should own a pair.

4. RALPH LAUREN BLUE OXFORD – the older I get the simpler I want things to be. If the occasion calls for something more than a long sleeve black or navy t-shirt, I am wearing this simple blue oxford. I've had my blue oxford for years and it gets better and better the older (we) it gets.

5. ZEN MIND BEGINNER'S MIND – one of my all time favorite books – "little by little."

Jun 1, 2024

Right Back To It

I highly recommend investing in premium mineral water for your home. We'd been using a Lifestraw filter, but this is way better. Mountain Valley Spring Water is delivered every few weeks in this killer glass 5 gallon glass bottle. It's sort of like a gym – you pay for it and it forces you to go – you're paying a premium for it so you drink it more often.  

We saw Waxahatchee last week. One of the best songwriters making music right now (right there alongside Big Thief!). 

Not so sunny Mother's Day weekend in Santa Barbara. After a week in San Francisco for a work trip.

Starting to see a lot of Cybertrucks around. I saw this one in San Francisco. I had a chance to buy one a few months back but I'm sort of glad we passed. There is something off about the ratios – specifically the backend. The whole thing looks sort of janky. Feels like you are paying a lot of money to drive a meme.

Picked up this killer backpack for Sonny at the San Francisco MoMa Museum store. VERY COOL. 

I wrote about "Offline Experiences" a few weeks ago, and High Wizard is a great example of what I was referring to. They send out a mailer – a sort of comic book – mixed media collage thing with some great graphics, funny copy, and a scratch-away code that gives you access to the online store. They only sent out 450 of these books and I like how the code is a sort of barrier to entry. The whole experience felt less like "shopping" or "buying" and more like participating. This is where things are going.  

It's been just over a year since we moved, and this spring has been spent trying to dial in our landscaping. 

This last weekend, we installed 38 plants, 2 trees, and a drip system. Outdoor lighting was also put in a month earlier.

Steph is really into craft ice. I went out to an ice distributor to get her 25 perfectly cut ice cubes. Spent 30-min. talking with the owner of the operation. Seems like there is a market for retail here. We're gonna investigate – stay tuned.

May 28, 2024

The Algorithm

It wasn't always like this.

The screens. The scrolling.

We had the sky and at night the stars would come out.

You could see them back then.

That was before the algorithm and everything that came with it.

We didn't even know what an algorithm was. 

The same way we didn't have the internet.

For awhile it was good, it made things easier.

But we didn't know what it would turn into.

May 25, 2024

May 23, 2024

Motorcycle Diaries

Third Eye Blind performing at the Minna Art Gallery in San Francisco

Third Eye Blind is Steph's favorite band. She's always liked them. The lead singer, Stephan, had a Bill Murray vibe about him—super self-aware and dry. He made jokes about San Francisco and called other bands sellouts as they played for a small room of investors and tech startups. It was subtle, perfectly timed and very funny. He seemed genuinely amused by the audience and the scene. At the same time, he was very gracious for the opportunity. I was invited backstage after the show to meet him, and he was VERY cool

Everyone knows Third Eye Blinds bangers, Semi-Charmed Life, Jumper, How's It Going to Be... but my favorite song by far is Motorcyle Diaries. It reads like a beautiful poem.

I made several How's It Going to B2B jokes.  

May 22, 2024

Brain ROT

Phones and social media have been compared to cigarettes in terms of addiction.

I think we'll find out they are MUCH, MUCH worse.

Especially when it comes to brain development.

Children are spending more time online than offline, making it increasingly challenging for them to differentiate between what is real and what is not (we see this in adults, too; remember the Qanon movement?). This cognitive dissonance is leading to more depression and anxiety. 

Although there are a lot of factors here, I think the root cause (in addition to poor parenting) is clear. It's social media.

Social media platforms have been weaponized with algorithms that study habits and vulnerabilities to generate engagement (at all cost). So kids, with their brains not fully developed, spend all day mindlessly scrolling through memes and videos that gradually erode their cognitive abilities, alter their thoughts, and change their behavior. Prolonged exposure to this brain-rotting sensory overload shit distorts their perception of reality and diminishes intelligence. Test scores are waaaaay down, and I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg here.

We should have been more concerned when kids were eating Tide Pods or killing each other because of Slender Man. These were warning signs that we all ignored.

Apr 28, 2024

Offline Experiences

Future brands will be built almost entirely offline.

Offline experiences will be a new luxury.

Direct mail correspondence. Obscured website links. 

No Instagram. No online following. No social footprint.  

Word of mouth. Invite only. Impossible to research. 

"Professional Managers"

There is absolutely NOTHING worse than people who actually WANT to manage other people.  

The bigger the company gets, the more these types of people start showing up. They typically are NOT BUILDERS and they seem to spend more time in meetings, managing up, and sending emails that nobody reads. They don't make build anything... they just... "manage." They share biiiiiiiiiiig visions and spend most their time talking about the vision, presenting the vision, and hiring large teams to execute the vision... but the vision never happens because the vision requires a lot of work and not just a bunch of delegation. The bigger the vision the more work is required. And a lot of work requires people to actually be motivated and inspired to do the work... Very few people are inspired by people who just delegate all day long. People are inspired by leaders who work really, really hard.

Apr 27, 2024

Apr 19, 2024

Nuclear Power

Compute power and energy constraints — nuclear energy will be the only answer.