The March Madness Draft – An Alternative to the Bracket

March Madness is upon us. Due to the NCAA Basketball Tournament “First Round” (commonly referred to as play-in games) starting on Tuesday, everyone is frantically trying to fill out and submit their brackets for their office pools today. I’ll be filling out a bracket or two this year as I always do because it’s fun, but over the past handful of years I’ve spent less time on my brackets and more time preparing for something different: a March Madness draft. The basic idea is that… Continue reading


This One Goes Out to Anyone Who Has Ever Cleaned a Blender

I like smoothies. I hate blenders. They are such a total pain to clean, to the point where I avoid making anything that involves a blender because I hate cleaning the damn thing. For Christmas, my girlfriend’s mother got me this Cooks 5-in-1 Power Blender. The thing has amazing reviews, but of course I really only care that it’s dishwasher safe. There is hope yet. This morning I was craving a smoothie. I went out into the kitchen to try the new blender, when I… Continue reading


Guess What I Got in the Mail Yesterday?

My Sports Illustrated. They’ve sent it every week since I canceled a few months ago. At the time I wrote: After I picked it up and started flipping through, I began to wonder: would they be better off if they just kept sending me the magazine anyway? It’s no secret that the subscription fees barely cover the cost of printing. The real money is in the ads, and for ads you need eyeballs. Declining subscribers = declining ad revenue. A few people over on the… Continue reading


Should Magazines Keep Sending Issues to People Who Unsubscribe?

Last month I decided not to renew my subscription to Sports Illustrated. I love the photography. I love the feature stories. There is probably one “great” story every other week, and at least one “absolutely amazing holy crap I have to tell everyone about this” story ever year. BUT since it’s a weekly publication it costs ~$100/year, a very steep price for a magazine. Especially one that you can read online for free. As far as I know, my subscription ended at the end of… Continue reading


The Challenges of Working From Home

In the April issue of Inc. Magazine they did a great feature story about virtual companies, actually going as far as turning Inc. “virtual” for the production of the April issue.  The entire article is a great read and touches upon many of the aspects of running a remote company, but I found the reactions of some of the Inc. staff who were working from home to be particularly interesting. Here are a few quotes from the article: …”The hardest aspect was just getting my… Continue reading


Being an Employee Sucks Right Now

I am very grateful to be in the position that I am in with our company.   Our business hasn’t been impacted hardly at all by this recession – we’ve still been growing very fast, which probably would have been happening irrespective of the economy at large, much like I predicted. However, it seems like everyone else around me is sweating bullets about their job situation.  It’s pretty nuts.  It stresses me out just thinking about it.  If they don’t have a job, they can’t seem… Continue reading


Do They Do This On Purpose?

I have had a few friends, former co-workers, and former roommates who have gone on to work jobs for the FBI or do defense contracting for private companies.  As part of the interview process an investigator calls basically everyone they have ever associated with and asks a million personal questions that I usually don’t know the answer to (have they ever done drugs?  have they ever had an altercation with a co-worker? are they a patriot who is loyal to the US?  are they easy… Continue reading