The John Oliver Approach to Politicking

The 2016 campaign season is well underway, but perhaps unsurprisingly, I’m feeling underwhelmed.  It’s not that the candidates don’t resonate with me. Each in his or her own way has a flash of brilliance here and there, but it’s never convincing. In the modern mass-communication society, you’d think there would be a plethora of ways…

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You, Me and the Great American Coffee Revival

The art of coffee has not reached its peak, and I believe the industry is at a crucial tipping point of a cultural explosion, particularly in America. Despite its history of short-sighted coffee ventures, e.g. Dunkin Donuts or any brand of instant coffee, America has a burgeoning fascination with the finer elements of coffee.  Go…

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Wimberley Strong: Flooding in the Lone Star State

In mid-June I deployed with an organization called Team Rubicon to Wimberely, TX to support disaster relief efforts going on there since their epic, even biblical, flash floods of Memorial Day weekend. The sights were mind-boggling. The waters of the Blanco River rose so fast, and so high, that whole houses were picked up and carried…

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Why the Ideal Vacation is at least 10 Days

What’s the ideal duration for a vacation? I’m sure there’s loads of unpublished research on the matter, but somehow the conventional wisdom is less consistent. The trouble I think, is that it’s not easy to escape the pressures of daily life and properly enjoy a holiday. This, above all other reasons, is why every vacation…

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A Bridge to Anywhere

This is the first stage of a project that you might refer to as a “digital-free retreat”, but Nick might go so far as to call it ”a spiritual awakening through objectively mathematical architecture.”

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