A Unique Real Estate Market Observation

The end of this week, leading into the weekend, I have been barraged by a huge number of “open house” and “newly listed” marketing messages. It’s a completely subjective analysis, sure, but reinforces many of the messages I’ve been getting lately: this summer’s Puget Sound real estate market is hot.  As a seller, expect multiple Read More …

Reflecting on a decade + of blogging, change, consistency and uniqueness

Just read Om Malik’s “In 12 years of blogging, the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Though I launched this site nearly 10 years ago, I’ve been blogging longer. Whether more than 12 years, I’m unsure. His article, though, gave me pause. Lately, I’ve been distributing my interests across multiple sites. The Read More …

Modern Business, Social Media, and @Taylorswift13

Inc. has a great piece looking at Taylor Swift and her uber-successful social media dialog with Apple. I’ve been very impressed with Ms. Swift. Her savvy social media execution has helped build her into a powerful brand. This is a woman who will have a powerful impact for years to come. The article sums up Read More …

Zorpia Blues

I’m seeing a bunch of emails from friends and colleagues from Zorpia. It ostensibly seems to be a social networking, but clearly is a phishing scheme. They will look like invites from a friend. Do Not Open The Messages From Them! Here’s a blog post that sums up the joy. Along with this, always double Read More …

Overcoming the rage filled life

I find it far too easy to give in to rage. Focusing on difference, allowing frustration to overwhelm tolerance, these smooth the path towards anger, if not rage. Our culture elevates this sensibility, and it’s hard to break free. Every direction, seemingly, comes laden with outrage. Escaping this requires a deliberate effort. I continue to Read More …

TEDTalk: Teaching In North Korea

We watched this TED Talk last night. Very powerful, especially if you care about North Korea. It’s very helpful to remember that those North Koreans we’re talking about are people, with families, with loved ones. The ideal regime change would factor those elements in. Sadly, I expect that freeing North Korea will involve a significant Read More …

Normal is Subjective

When this notion first drifted into my mind, it was meant to be silly and sarcastic. Yet, the more I think about it, the more striking it becomes. Most informal definitions of “normal” invoke an unconscious selection, a small statistically erroneous sample of society. Generally, this is the subculture which one interacts with. “Normal” is Read More …