Zen and the Art of Quitting Football

An Inquiry Into Happiness "We have a choice — in everything we do — between creation and destruction, yin and yang." John Moffitt was shouting wisdom over the jazz ensamble playing at High Dive in Fremont Seattle only a week after leaving rehab. With every club soda ordered, he left an overly…

Seeing Through The Fog

I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it arduous and unnecessary. At least that's what I kept telling myself. So today, I'm putting it in writing and not looking back. I'm gay. I'm also…

Wisdom from Dylan Meier

Cleaning out my car this morning, I found a quote from Dylan that rang especially true with me. Dylan would have been 30 years young last Friday. He was wise well beyond his years. I'm truly grateful to have the family I have. Seeing and being with them is what…

Freicoin and Square

A Match Made in... Austria? Freicoin is based on the concept of demurrage was first introduced by Silvio Gesell and implemented successfully in Wörgl, Austria. I think it could be used by Square to help drive urban development. First things first, WTF is Freicoin? Freicoin is a peer-to-peer (P2P) currency…

A Better Spring Game

Have you played college football? If not, let me tell you a little secret: football practice in the Spring is the worst. Seriously. Fall camp is really brutal, but there's an end goal. In Spring Ball your only goal is to be done with Spring Ball. I'm heading back to…

Innovative Sports Media Strategy

Yesterday I wrote about how football dying could kill college athletics. Today I'm going to share part of an email describing a media strategy I suggested to a D2 school. During my fairly unsuccessful job search in 2012, I decided to email an athletic director about starting a football program…

Dear Mark Cuban,

Football will die, you're right. For all the reasons you stated, probably more so from number 1 than you let on. I played the game for 15 years and love it, but it's not hard to see the writing on the wall. Unfortunately, football funds Division 1 college athletics. Sure…

My Friend Jenny

I recently moved to SF. It's been mostly great. The food and drink are diverse, the people are ever-interesting, and the weather is far better than the Wisconsin winters I'm used to. One thing that really gets me down is the state of homelessness in the city. A lot has…

Coinbase and E-Commerce

How Bitcoin Gains Mindshare I've had this blog sitting unfinished for quite some time. Today's annoucement that Balanced and Coinbase are partnering spurred me to wrap it up. Shtick to Serious Raise your hand if you're tired of seeing PR headlines reading "X is now accepting Bitcoin!". If you're not…

Cryptocurrency, Urban Development, and Square

Those three things seem really unrelated, but stick with me for a few minutes and maybe I can make some sense of them. There's definite holes in my ideas, but it's a start. Cryptocurrency... What? Think Bitcoin. If you haven't heard of Bitcoin by now I'm amazed. Regardless, it's actually…