January 15, 2013
“As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people literally feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.”

“As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people literally feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.”

January 2, 2013
A screenshot from the summer when I really learned C, 2005. My current work setup has 8 browser tabs open to Hacker News and one terminal window with a compilation failed message. Progress!

A screenshot from the summer when I really learned C, 2005. My current work setup has 8 browser tabs open to Hacker News and one terminal window with a compilation failed message. Progress!

October 12, 2012
On Swarthmore’s Sorority

Tim Burke writes regarding my alma mater’s first sorority in recent history:

This is the space where college communities like Swarthmore can fall pretty flat in their aspirations to diversity. We have students who will go all around the world to meet, live among and humbly try to understand a community of people whose history, culture and material conditions are very different from their own previous experience. Those same students can balk at understanding or negotiating the immediate presence of anyone whose unfamiliarity is not so customarily different, who is not an expected or presupposed sort of “diverse” person.

September 24, 2012

Written regarding Mark Suster’s rebuttal to Paul Graham’s essay about startups and growth.

I agree that the question is better asked “who should be raising VC funding?” vs. “what companies are startups?” What do you get by defining what a startup is? I don’t know.

But if you’re gonna be VC funded you need growth otherwise they’ll eat you alive. PG acknowledges this, so does Suster. That much is clear.

PG also admits that there are many companies that do not grow fast enough and take time to percolate that are worth pursuing. They just tend to be different kinds of companies, still worth pursuing, just different. In the second footnote of his essay, PG says:

One year at Startup School David Heinemeier Hansson encouraged programmers who wanted to start businesses to use a restaurant as a model. What he meant, I believe, is that it’s fine to start software companies constrained in (a) in the same way a restaurant is constrained in (b). I agree. Most people should not try to start startups.

What PG is saying that YC will almost only fund companies that will grow fast, this is a reasonable investment model for them, shouldn’t keep you from building your company and building it without YC.

August 22, 2012
"I’m so close I can taste it. It tastes like chicken wings from last night."

http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1848

August 21, 2012
"According to legend, Almon Strowger, an undertaker, was motivated to invent an automatic telephone exchange after having difficulties with the local telephone operators, where the wife of a competitor was one of them. He was said to be convinced that she, as one of the manual telephone exchange operators was sending calls “to the undertaker” to her husband, who ran a competing undertaker business."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strowger_switch

July 23, 2012
"Hank: Lord? Hank Hill here, Methodist. Sorry about missing the homeless prayer service. Now, about Bobby, I’m pretty sure we’re on the same page about this lama thing. I was kind of hoping you could have him fail this test tomorrow, you know, like you’ve had him fail so many tests in the past. Oh, and the starving kids. Gotta go, amen."

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