Monthly Archives: May 2015

Shameless Self-Promotion

What’s the point of contributing to a website if you can’t use it to sell your shit? With that in mind, I hereby announce that my second book, The Blasted Lands, is now available in the Kindle store for $3.99 in the U.S., and adjusted in other markets. The Blasted Lands is a followup to […]

The Land of Opportunity!

This map, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, “represents the hourly wage that a household must earn (working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year) in order to afford the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom rental unit, without paying more than 30% of their income.” via LifeHacker

“It was always Tim Duncan.”

Laredo Lloyd on Tim Duncan: Shaq won three titles with Kobe, one without him, was All-NBA 1st Team eight times, and was the most dominant presence in the game. Kobe, of course, won those three rings with Shaq, two without him, was All-NBA 1st Team 11 times, and was the best post-MJ wing in the […]

Mary Meeker Knows Wussup

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015 Report is out. If you’ve never seen her report, I encourage you to do so. You might see a lot of statistics you either already know or consider obvious, but it’s an extensive and extremely thorough look at the state of the Internet. Here’s just a few slides that stood […]

It’s Not Okay to Work Yourself to Death

The other day I saw this article from the New York Times: In Busy Silicon Valley, Protein Powder Is in Demand Here’s a quote: Boom times in Silicon Valley call for hard work, and hard work — at least in technology land — means that coders, engineers and venture capitalists are turning to liquid meals…While […]

Broken Gold

I will never forget the first time I realized we were ripping people off. It’s the one and only time in my life that my older brother, a very gentle person by nature, swore at me. A pretty young woman, maybe twenty-three at the oldest, with one baby in her arm and another in a […]

Tapping a Maple

Well I’ll be damned. Ken Cosgrove got a story published in The Atlantic: The south side of the tree, Fitz had once explained, gets the most direct light from the sun. The heat, day after day, would warm and soften the sap, making it more pliant, more easily yielding to our desires—as if, I thought […]