Archive for the 'Big Ideas' Category

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

Today our great nation takes a holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the date whereupon the founders of this enduring republic released a document declaring that their leader, an oblivious despot named George (who had the job largely because of his father’s influence), was unfit for the task and had generally pushed them too far. [...]

Internet Charisma Protocol:

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Have you ever noticed that it can be much nicer to see someone in person than to speak to them on the phone? Even in this age of technology, when it is easy to video-conference across the world and see and hear the person you are speaking to, it is still different to actually be [...]


Monday, June 26th, 2006

Where are you from? Is it a place that you have a real connection to, or is it just a name and a spot on a map, a set of familiar landmarks that make you feel at ease? I grew up in an urban setting; food came from the supermarket, the landscape was increasingly paved [...]

Earth Day

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I had a good time playing at the Skidmore College Earth Day Folk Festival. The earth wasn’t entirely supportive; it was a glum, rainy day and the festival was held in the charming student center, but there was a good turnout and many strong acts on the bill. I looked out at the crowd as [...]