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A Modest Proposal on Freedom of Speech

There are a couple interesting tests of our National love of Freedom of Speech on my radar screen this week. They’re remarkably similar, but my reaction to them is viscerally different, so I thought them worth comparing: First, there’s the tale of a professor at a University of Wisconsin outpost who got called down for […]

A long-overdue update…

When last we checked in on Our Hero, he was taking a sabbatical after a long and bumpy startup ride and had lots of plans and ideas for his newly-found spare time. ┬áResults were mixed, largely because consulting work started finding me almost immediately. At the same time, we were flirting with perhaps picking up […]

I think Apple's making a big play for the business market

While there’s all sorts of chatter about how Apple is (or isn’t) extending its reach in the consumer electronics space with its shiny new OS and a slew of rumored new i-devices, I think there’s an at least equally strong strategy in play to become a much bigger player in the business space. As someone […]

I've got the magic power of the music in me

I passed a personal musical milestone this weekend, which inspires me to rhapsodize a bit about the importance of music, particularly my music library, to me. Yesterday, I added the 50,000th track to my library: “No Expectations” by Tom T Hall and Earl Scruggs, from the album The Storyteller and the Banjo Man. I added […]

Smart travel

Although we’ve occasionally indulged in some luxury travel (usually when I was on a YPO-sponsored trip), in general I try to find a balance between being extraordinarily cheap and not being in danger of robbery, vermin or disease. I’m known to stay in a nearby hotel to avoid an inflated conference rate and to spend […]

The value of interlocking services (managing information overload revisited)

One of the all-time most popular posts on this blog was lengthy discussion of the tools I used to manage information overload, circa 2009. Obviously there are lots of new services since then, and hardware like the iPad yielded changes in my workflow. I’ve been meaning to do an updated version of that post, but […]