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2009-12-31

Last Post of the Decade

I don't know anyone who says anything other than “good riddance” to the first decade of the 21st century. I know lots of people who hope it was the anomaly, that the rest of the century will get better 

2009-12-01

Time isn’t Holding Us

If a really strange kidnapper ever asked me at gunpoint to name my favorite song, I think I’d say “Once in a Lifetime”Everyone knows this song as an anthem of midlife crisis. (“This is not my beautiful house 

2009-09-01

Most People Don’t Know How To Drive

By which I mean: they don't understand basic principles of operating a motor vehicle.This has been a painful realization for me. For most of my life, most bad drivers were people who either knew the law but chose 

2009-05-28

A Young Friend is Graduating High School This Week

Which occasioned me to reflect that this year is my twenty year high school reunion. The year I graduated from college: The big summer movies were Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, the first Batman movie (with Michael Keaton), and 

2009-05-27

The shocking thing about the non-profit biz

The shocking thing about the non-profit biz is that we have to fight the same battles as for-profit businesses, but with both hands tied behind the back. Imagine trying to run a business where you can’t compete with the 

2009-05-13

Mercy Corps’ Four-Quarter Full-Court Marketing Press

Crossposted from the new Mercy Corps Blog. In a recent New Yorker article, Malcolm Gladwell wonders why more basketball teams don’t employ a full-court press. Instead of dropping back to your own net and defending, you press the other 

2009-04-01

No Fooling

We just launched the redesign of MercyCorps.org. Like half an hour ago. I've been itching for this change since I started ... 18 months. The project has been in the works since last summer. We've had to shelve 

2009-03-12

“I cannot be a liberal:” An open letter to Andrew Sullivan

“I do not have liberalism’s confidence in government activism, I do not share its collectivist instincts, I find its interest groups unappealing.” — Andrew Sullivan, “Clinging To The Wreckage” Neither do I, or most of my “liberal” friends. It is 

2009-02-06

The Most Insulting Preference Pane in the World

... because the hardest part of using MySQL is turning it on? Seriously, the only GUI they cared to provide for a production grade database was a single button. This is like making cars easier to drive by writing “put hands