Archive for 2010

Snow Coasties – There Really Is A Difference

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

  My coastal friends often needle me about my fly-over state sensitivities, and rightly so. The issue sometimes becomes more of a cause than an observation for me, and that's always a dangerous slipperly slope. However, in my defense, I offer this tweet by Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief of PC Magazine. Interesting Idea: ...

What we’ve really been up to

Monday, December 27th, 2010

  The views were impressive looking out of the mansion, across the expansive lawns and down to Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean spanning the western horizon. I don’t think I ever knew how many rooms were in the place. More rooms than Steph has shoes, of that I’d wager confidently. But, ...

The Seekers

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Back in 2004 I wrote a holiday message about our Christmas tree titled The Seekers. It turned out to be one of the most popular essays of that era.  Since then, it's turned into a bit of a holiday tradition, with old friends asking early in the holiday season if I'm going to post it again. As I ...

How to Reduce Taxes by 40%

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

There's a lot of heated political rhetoric about taxes these days, particularly U.S. federal taxes. Some people want to abolish federal taxes. Just about everybody would like to pay less federal taxes. I think it's safe to say that everyone would like to see federal tax dollars used more efficiently. I don't ...

Complexity, its burdens and its risks

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

  I read a good article on the radical re-making of the advertising market today: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/151/mayhem-on-madison-avenue.html The article referenced a classic post by Clay Shirky that I'd read before, but was worth revisiting: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2010/04/the-collapse-of-complex-business-models/ Clay, in turn, referenced a book by Joseph Tainter,  The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter makes many compelling observations, as summarized by Shirky: "Complex ...

Comments on Six Lessons

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

  I had an interesting exchange of Facebook comments with my friend Lee Wochner  regarding the post Six Lessons. Since I keep my Facebook world pretty cloistered, I thought I'd share the comments with the wider world here on Autopsis. 10/16/2010 Lee Wochner commented on your post. "I'm not sure your metaphor applies to politics or governance. Capitulation and ...

Great post on lessons learned from world travel

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

As most of you know, we spent most of the time between 2003 and 2009 exploring the world.  We've got our own list of lessons learned from those travels here: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/index-lessons-byarea.htm Gary Arndt, who spent the last three years doing the same, was recently interviewed by Tim Ferriss and gave his 20 ...

Six Lessons

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

(This post available as a PDF document here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/6lessons.pdf  )   I learned six lessons today. The lessons came from over the bridge.  (click on photos for larger image)

Sunrise, Many Glaciers Lodge, Glacier National Park

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This was the sunrise view from the balcony of our room today at the Many Glaciers Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. (click on image for larger size) This is a panorama created in Photoshop CS5 64 from nine separate shots. The photos were taken handheld with my Canon S90 pocket camera ...

One for OJ

Monday, July 19th, 2010

19 July, 2010 While Scott is out wandering the world, we are left to more pedestrian, plebeian pursuits. Devoid of exotic destinations, we must settle for the typical, the mundane, the merely domestic. (click on image for larger size) That’s not to say it is without its simple pleasures. (click on image for larger size) And ...