Monday, April 23, 2007

A good rule of thumb

When someone is talking about the world or the environment, the amount of actual meaningful content is inversely proportional to the number of times they use the word 'dynamic'.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Elected leaders and the internet

I predict that at some point we will elect leaders (even the President) without need for them to be part of the Republican or Democrat parties. In the age of Google and Youtube, articulate ideas and charisma will be able to spread quickly without the need for CNN to package it up for consumption. And even if someone manages to get 20% or so of the popular vote, but doesn't win the election, the Republican/Democrat two party stranglehold will start to loosen, and they will know that in the next election they could very well lose.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


All the ideas we have to unlearn are insidious because they tend to be mixed up with good ideas (and from people with ideas that are usually good).

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Two ways to make real money

1) Make something that scales amazingly well. Example: writing the server for an MMO that can service a million players isn't that much more expensive than servicing 100,000. Software is ridiculously easy to copy and distribute so economies of scale here are much easier than trying to achieve economies of scale in say, manufacturing.

2) Or you can be a troll that sits on a bridge and demands a toll for every deal that takes place on that bridge. Example: credit card companies take a 2-3% cut from the merchant for every purchase. The merchant has to either raise their prices and pass this cost on to consumers, eat the cost or have the cash and check paying customers subsidize the credit card users. Why are credit card companies so successful? I would rather not see this extra transaction fee in the marketplace, but it's crazy not to take advantage of the rewards the credit card companies share with you and fund with those fees and also not to earn interest on your money before paying the credit card bill (the float).

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Rules for online dating

1. Stay away from any girl with "Princess" in her name.
2. Ditto for "Maneater".
3. "Princess Maneater" earns double points.
4. Girls LOVE receiving pictures of men without their shirts on. Do this on your first contact.