Comcast: Everyone secretly knows our Time Warner merger is good for customers | Ars Technica.



5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once | TechCrunch.


One of my favorite bands, @TheNewPornographers recently released a new album. I’m going to see them at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia soon.

NPR gave a sneak peek of what I should expect with this shortened version of their concert, played at the historic Brill Building.


“You may not be responsible for causing what happens to you, but you are responsible for what you do to correct it.” – Michael Durst


I’m moving and selling some yard stuff

I’m going to put this up on Craigslist soon but figured I’d let friends know about it first.

I’m moving and in the process of cleaning out my shed. Here’s your chance to get a hold of some great outdoor tools for cheap.

  • Echo GT-200R Gas powered trimmer $50
  • Ariens ST8 2 stage snow blower $500 OBO
  • Leaf blower $25 Beat up
  • Craftsman 20 inch mower $25
  • Lawn Claw great for pulling weeds $20
  • Scotts Spreader $15 RL
  • Flomaster sprayer – $15
  • Wheel barrel – $20
  • Frisker branch trimmer $20 Homelite chainsaw (needs chain) $20
  • Axe – $10
  • Shop broom $10

You can see pics of the stuff in this Flickr gallery.


Rework Book Summary

I recently finished the excellent book Rework by the guys at 37 Signals. If you’ve read Getting Real, most of this is old hat. However, if you are interested to see how their product development principals are applied to running a business. Check it out. Here’s my outline.

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Three keys to success from Elon Musk: Work very hard, pay attention to negative feedback especially when it comes from friends, and study physics to learn how to reason from first principles instead of by analogy.

via You Can Easily Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes Which Most People Need 70 Hours For.


Thoughts on being a life long learner

I went to the grocery store today to buy ribs for a cookout. I generally like to buy ribs with the back membrane peeled away so I don’t have to go through the effort of doing it while prepping.

I haven’t purchased ribs from this grocery store before so I ask the butcher.

“Do the ribs have the membrane still attached to the back of the ribs?”, I ask.

To which the butcher repiles, “I have no idea. People ask me that all the time and I don’t know what they are talking about.”

If you don’t know what the membrane is and customers continue to ask about it then it’s your job to find out.

It doesn’t matter what field you work in. The only way to consistently knock it out of the park is to be hungry for knowledge.

Oh, and for the curious, here’s the deal with the membrane.


Last December I started DE shaving. People that do this tend to go a little nuts and buy a ton of soaps, blades, lotions etc. So far, I have resisted this urge.

Then I came across The Holy Black Trading company. They sell, small batch aftershave and soap. With names like Bay Whiskey Lime and Gunpowder Spice I had to give it a shot.

The Holy Black Trading Company | The Holy Black Trading Co.


Best-Ever Barbecued Ribs – Bon Appétit.