A very short story

Man: There’s nothing magical about the couch. It just helps people to be comfortable. So they can focus on their thoughts.

Death [lying back, fidgeting]: I know there’s nothing magical about the couch.

Man: Okay. Great. So tell me what’s on your mind. … More A very short story

MyFreshLocal on IndieGoGo

IndieGoGo is a website that helps individuals or startups raise money to accomplish a goal. Some of the projects are altruistic, others artsy, and so forth. My wife, who started learning about the US food system a decade ago to address health issues, is aiming to raise enough money to rebuild MyFreshLocal.com as a faster and … More MyFreshLocal on IndieGoGo


Hydroponics is raising plants in water rather than soil. Aquaponics takes that concept a step further. Raise fish or other aquatic organisms in the water and you can make a largely self-sustaining system. Fish waste adds nutrients to the water, feeding the plants. And at the end of the day you can have tilapia with mixed … More Aquaponics

Before Google

Google seems like a revolutionary company in some respects. Google Labs is just being shuttered, but it’s been chock full of experimental tools and toys for years, all free. Very cool. Employees are encouraged (required?) to set ridiculous quarterly performance goals for themselves – point being that if you think small and incremental, that’s all … More Before Google

A short summer story

For years Mark has been driving by an expensive private beach club that has a dock going out into the ocean, and a diving board off the dock. Mark’s got three kids; a swanky membership isn’t in the budget. But every year he looks at the dock and says, we gotta get in there. That … More A short summer story

Statistics smackdown

Old joke: An economist is someone who wanted to be an accountant but didn’t have the personality. Fairly or not, statistics shares this reputation. Intermittantly, haltingly, I have been reading Statistics for Dummies. And unfortunately it is indeed kinda boring. But if you take statistics and throw in a dash of discord, an argument, a few … More Statistics smackdown