Archive for February, 2008

A Jimmy Kimmel follow-up

I posted a video from the Jimmy Kimmel show a while back. It was a video that his girlfriend (Sarah Silverman) had made for him, and featured a song that got stuck in my head for a while. That is, until I saw the video below. Now I can’t get this song out of my […]

How to survive an earthquake in London

Step 1 – Stare curiously at the couch, trying to figure out if it’s moving because the neighbor downstairs is doing something strange. Step 2 – Realise that it’s rather late at night, so neither your neighbor downstairs nor the empty flat next door is responsible. Step 3 – Remember that it feels strangely like […]

37signals is one hell of a profitable business

[UPDATE]: Based on a number of comments below, via e-mail, and through additional research I’ve updated my original estimates.  I think 37signals had revenue of ~$4million in 2007 and ~$8million in 2008.  Please read my new post for details and to download the updated spreadsheet to play with the model on your own. Inspired by […]

There’s more to Obama than many people believe

I believe that Barack Obama is the best candidate to succeed George W. Bush as President of the United States. I wanted to highlight three recent articles on Barack that I found interesting. (Then again, it’s easy to find an article interesting when it shows “your” candidate in a positive light.) Vanity Fair recently ran […]

Weekly round-up

Here is a weekend round-up of stuff I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while. Hope you find it interesting. Ever wanted to buy or at least ride a Segway? If you don’t want to ride one across the United States like these guys, maybe you should consider building one yourself. Some UMich engineering […]


To drinkerthinker and the unstoppablerobotninja on their engagement! (My sister-in-law and future brother-in-law, though they’ve been family for years.) Well done! Flickr photo by DrinkerThinker.

Good quote

I found this great quote today from an ancient New York Times Magazine piece on Bill Parcels. Don’t confuse routine with commitment. I think I’m going to have to remember that in my rowing training. Just showing up because I’ve always shown up isn’t enough; I have to always push myself.

Random notes and weekly round-up

Here are a few notes and links from this week… I think I’m an 80%’er. From Simple Bits: [...] I mentioned a fantastic book: Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. Yvon founded the expensive-but-awesome clothing company, Patagonia. [...] The book covers the history of the company, Yvon’s philosophy on design, and being a […]