Friday, November 24, 2006

What is up with TypePad?

Is it just me, or is TypePad choking on comments recently?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Quote of the Day: Guns and Ideas

"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?"

--Josef Stalin

Let people have ideas, and they can change the world. Hat tip to

Headline of the Day

I just can't add anything to the perfection of this headline:

Well-fed Crickets Seek Sex Incessantly, Die Young

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Star Trek Dating Site Offers New Hope

In a world of niche dating sites, it's nice to see someone tackling the underserved market of hard-core Star Trek fans.

After all, without any new Trek movie premieres to sleep out for, where is the passionate Trekker going to find a mate?

On most dating sites, being a 5'4", 210 pound, 47-year-old man with an income of less than $25,000 per year would mean certain doom, but on TrekPassions, friends like aldeygirl and vixi can help him get a life.

I kid because I love. After all, I can name almost every TOS (that's The Original Series, full of Shatnerian glory) episode--there but for the grace of circumstance go I!

And all joking aside, this kind of niche dating is a great business model. If you can identify another such audience, you could build a pretty nice business.

Three Questions About Your Life

Lee Eisenberg's book, "The Number," contains an interesting exercise which I thought I'd share with you. Eisenberg describes his time with financial planner George Kinder, one of the pioneers of "life planning," a discipline that tries to go beyond simply helping you figure out how much money you need, and into why you need it. The climax of his training occurs when he asks three simple questions:

1) Assume you have all the money you could ever need. What would you do with it? How would you live?

2) Your doctor discovers that you have a rare illness. You'll feel perfectly fine, but you will die within 5 to 10 years. What would you do?

3) Your doctor tells you that you only have 24 hours to live. What did you miss? Who did you not get to be? What did you not get to do?

According to George Kinder, who asks these three questions, the first two questions produce long lists and concern material wants. The third question is almost always about something qualitative, and that is the answer that really matters.

How would you answer these questions?


I noticed that nobody has answered the questions yet. To provoke some thoughts, I'll give you my answers:

1) If I woke up rich, my life would be pretty similar except for three things:
a) I would take a nap every day.
b) I would never wash a dish, mop a floor, or pick up dog excrement again.
c) I might actually blog more often.

2) If I discovered that I was going to die in 5-10 years, I would put two things at the top of my priority list:
a) Spending time with loved ones
b) Writing and otherwise securing my legacy
Of course, I would probably also try to funnel billions of dollars into research for a cure!

3) If I discovered that I had only 24 hours to live, I would miss not being able to help my children grow up. I would miss not being able to see my grandchildren. I would miss being able to spend the time with my wife that we always assumed we'd be able to spend later in our lives. And I would regret all the things that I'd have to leave undone, including a number of things that I hope would have had an impact on making people's lives better (as opposed to just increasing shareholder value).