Archive for July, 2009

An Entry in Photographs

An Entry in Photographs

Recently, a friend of mine named Arthur sent me this link to some photographs he took during a trip to Colombia a few weeks ago. I know that when I get photographs from Arthur, I’m getting something special. Although he’s just an amateur photographer, he has an amazing eye for light, life, and texture. I […]


Effective Contests

Lately I’ve been spending about half of my brain power thinking of ways to promote TypeTribe. I want to take an unorthodox method of marketing the site–rather blast the vast internet with advertisements and promotions, I want to organically build a tribe of people who believe in the mission of the site and want to […]


The Latest from Max and Francesco

As you may recall from a blog entry last year, Max and Francesco are two Italian brothers who my brother met when he was studying abroad. They seemed particularly passionate about America and proceeded to call my family throughout the years on key holidays (Christmas, Independence Day, Arbor Day…what do we celebrate on Arbor Day? […]


Wax On, Wax Out

I have a somewhat gross story to share with you today. Nothing compared to the ultimate gross story, but gross enough to assure Nancy that no other woman will ever want to nibble on my earlobe again (damn I love earlobe nibbles…). The story actually starts a little over a year ago when I was […]


Ideas from Last Night

Every once in a while I stumble upon a website that is so clever, so brilliant, and so perfectly designed–and yet so obvious–that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. Today’s example of my shame is www.textsfromlastnight.com. The first part of its brilliance is that you know right away from the URL exactly what […]


Google to Discontinue Gmail

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) – Search engine behemoth Google announced today that it will no longer continue to offer one of its beta products, Google Mail (widely known as “Gmail”). “We test out many different products in an effort to diversify the Google brand,” said spokesperson Linda Antello. “This is one experiment that just didn’t […]


Let TypeTribe Roll Out Your Red Carpet

I’m beginning to understand that I can’t write two blog entries a night, one for each blog. So on occasion, when applicable, I’m going to publish the same entry on the same day on both blogs. Here’s today’s: A few images have floated across my field of vision recently: The fake but reality-inspired movie premiere […]


To Hold or Not to Hold?

A few weeks ago, Trevor sent me a query for the blog that got pushed back by my infatuation with happiness last week (by the way, did anyone try that exercise? I’m really quite curious if my results match up with anyone else’s. The exercise itself is quite gratifying). Here it is: Trevor was pumping […]


The Fourth Secret to Extreme Happiness

The Fourth Secret to Extreme Happiness

This week I’m exploring the secrets to extreme happiness based off a list of the happiest, most gratifying, most joyous, most awestruck experiences of my life. You can read more about the premise here, the first entry in the series here, the second entry here, and the third entry here. Today’s entry concludes the series. The last entry of […]


The Third Secret to Extreme Happiness

The Third Secret to Extreme Happiness

This week I’m exploring the secrets to extreme happiness based off a list of the happiest, most gratifying, most joyous, most awestruck experiences of my life. You can read more about the premise here, the first entry in the series here, and the second entry here. The third category I’m going to analyze is whether or not other […]


The Second Secret to Extreme Happiness

The Second Secret to Extreme Happiness

This week I’m exploring the secrets to extreme happiness based off a list of the happiest, most gratifying, most joyous, most awestruck experiences of my life. You can read more about the premise here and the first entry in the series here. The second category I’m going to talk about is where these experiences happen. […]


The First Secret to Extreme Happiness

The First Secret to Extreme Happiness

This week I’m exploring the secrets to extreme happiness based off a list of the happiest, most gratifying, most joyous, most awestruck experiences of my life. You can read more about the premise here. The first category I’m going to delve into is when these experiences of extreme happiness happened. There are a few that […]


The Secret to Extreme Happiness

Recently I wrote about the idea of spending 15 minutes a day doing something creative that has no chance of being profitable (see here). Since I wrote about that, I’ve seen two things online that gave me an idea for such an activity. One of the blog entries was about one man’s “wow” experiences–moments that […]


Singing with the Sopranos

As I’ve written about here in the past, HBO’s The Wire is the best show I’ve ever watched. Impeccably written and plotted, painful and heartbreaking characters, and great mysteries along the way. It’s an amazing show, all 5 seasons of it. For a while now I’ve been wanting to watch HBO’s other epic show–no, not […]


Should've Used TypeTribe

Should've Used TypeTribe

I’ve been encouraged by the early signups for the TypeTribe launch e-mail (sign up directly here–the 100th signup gets $25!), many of them motivated by an aggressive Twitter campaign I’ve been working on for a few days (see the bottom of the TypeTribe business page on this blog for more info on how I’m using […]


My One-Person Fan Club

As I wrote about a few days ago, I am the featured writer in the great online literary magazine Reflection’s Edge this month. This news came as a suprise and an honor. An even bigger surprise came a few days after my story was published. I got fan mail. My first-ever piece of fan mail […]


What Would You Have Done?

What Would You Have Done?

In today’s “What Would You Have Done?”, an ongoing segment that I just made up, I pose the following situation to you: Today I was walking across my gated parking lot to the back door of my apartment building when I noticed something strange. There was a two-door car parked near the door–I’ve seen this […]


TypeTribe Pre-Launch Giveaway!

TypeTribe Pre-Launch Giveaway!

Last night I was up late doing what most Americans do on the night before Independence Day: I was creating a pre-site blog and signup page for my new company, TypeTribe. If you’ve been curious about what TypeTribe is, go to that page and be one of the first to know. Also, sign up on […]


Pet Please #10: The False Alarm

Tomorrow night, millions of people across America  who have a holiday Friday will forget to turn off their alarm for the following morning. When the sun rises, millions of alarms will disrupt REM cycles. Millions of people will wake up to turn off those alarms, grumbling to themselves because they have to get ready for […]