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I Made This on a Mac

I made this on a Mac. That statement is pretty common these days. But there was a time I would have never imagined creating something on a computer. Sure, I had some friends type up one of my essays or a college application on their parents’ Compaq computer, the glowing green letters clicking across a …

Start-ups, VCs and Assholes in the Age of the Personal Brand

In my corner of the web, the big conversation these days is about a guy named Michael Arrington and his new $20 million Internet start-up fund. Arrington has made a name for himself (both good and bad) as the founder and voice behind the start-up world’s go-to blog, TechCrunch. Over the years, TechCrunch hired a …

Does the Internet Make You More Connected?

The other day my friend Mordy asked me this question: Are you more or less connected since you started spending so much time on the Internet? I’m more connected to people I don’t know. I’m equally connected to the people I do know. I’m less connected to myself. The other day, I was watching Arcade …

The Action Movie Blog Post

I’m twelve stories up and being chased by two guys with four guns and I’m running out of roof which leaves me with two choices: I duck and cry, or I take a flying leap for the adjacent building’s rooftop. Without breaking stride, I jump for it. My hands make it to the next rooftop. …

I Wish I Could Be More Like My Avatar

I wish I could be more like my avatar. The other day I accidentally loaded the wrong version of a podcast I had been working on. About a minute in, I heard myself stumble over a few words, and then ramble, “What are you doing wasting your time with this? You’re a grown man with …

The First Rule of Tweet Club

I had been writing a political blog for about six months when my wife and best friend sat me down to give me some unsolicited advice: “Dave,” they explained. “You need to start swearing in your commentaries.” They both argued that I was more funny, irreverent and interesting in person than I was on my …

I Don't Care if You Read This Article

I’m still not sure what precipitated it, but the other night at San Francisco’s Jackson Fillmore restaurant, over a couple large bowls of linguini with butter and cheese, my four year-old son raised his fork and tried to stab my two year-old daughter in the head. His mother quickly restrained him while I checked the …

Calling the Internet Police

A few months ago my friend Hudson was working on a new and promising internet business. He hired contractors for most of the work – design, graphics, engineering. Once the site was done and ready for launch, his engineer called him and demanded more money. After Hudson rightfully said no, the engineer responded by hijacking …

Buried Under an Avalanche of Options

Looking back on it now, the first time I truly felt the need for a note-taking app was when I started researching note-taking apps. I was just looking for a simple tool to save ideas about upcoming articles or jot down an occasional to-do list. Stop. Do not send me your pick for best note-taking …

Jimmy Wong Saves the Internet

It seems like a great time to be a bully. When I was a kid, even the most productive bullies could only manage a handful of victims at a time. What used to take a lot of effort can now be handled with a couple thumbs and some wifi. A hateful rumor can spread a …