On Nelson Mandela and Sport

What can we learn from Nelson Mandela's interest in Rugby?

Humans are tribal by nature, it seems. Sport provides a relatively harmless outlet for that. And when I say “harmless”, I mean, “better than war.”

Perhaps we ought to be breaking the tribal habit. At the same time, in a world with so much suffering and so many perils, perhaps we ought to embrace every opportunity for celebration.

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Was The NCAA Too Harsh?

Maybe that statue wasn't such a good idea.

You’d think that no penalty would be too harsh for the Penn State football program. Yet we’re seeing exactly that reaction from some in Big Media.

My normal cynical interpretation would be that Big Media never likes anything that threatens to undermine the institutions it reports on. God forbid, we all lose interest in college football altogether.

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Facebook Is The New AOL

Those CDs made handy compacts for the ladies.

Back in April, I wrote a little screed declaiming Facebook’s failures around privacy and why they had ultimately led me to delete my account. At the time, my blog was read mostly by friends and co-workers. I just wanted to convince as many of them as possible to follow suit, so that I wouldn’t miss out on any good parties.

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The Death Ray And The Lean Startup

First, a word from our sponsor, <a href="http://www.wetanz.com/holics/index.php?itemid=742&catid=4">Goliathon</a>, maker of awesome weaponry.

When I was but a fledgling entrepreneur, like most fledgling entrepreneurs, I became frustrated with the process of trying to raise money for my fledgling venture. Now, this was during the “dot-bomb” era, and so raising money was supposed to be easy. We also had an increasingly vocal contingent of curmudgeons, wondering why we couldn’t just earn our money like everyone else, with hard work and everyday construction materials.

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Why You Should Still Quit Facebook

It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to my post on why you should quit Facebook.

To those of you who shared your stories about leaving, or took the time to clarify some of the reasons for doing so, thank you. Apparently, I was hardly alone in making the decision to quit, or at least seriously considering it.

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Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

Let's all ban Facebook!

After some reflection, I’ve decided to delete my account on Facebook. I’d like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I’d like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I’m not missing anything. In any event, here’s my “Top Ten” reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.

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Geek Chic: Art Meets Technology At TEDx

Flower: Video Games As Art?

I’ve been meaning all week to blog about TEDx at USC because my mind was really buzzing afterwards. But, instead, I let the grind of the week get in the way. And it was an ugly grind, the kind that makes you wonder, what am I doing with my life? And looking all the worse for following on the heels of all the hope and possibility celebrated by TED. So now I can’t quite recall what it was that I was so excited about in the first place. But I’ll try anyway and hopefully it’ll be cathartic.

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The Ethics Of Innovation

I grew up in Detroit, but I’ve got no love for American automakers. I think bailing them out is a waste of money. I want them to die and for Detroit to move on and find an industry who treats them better. Like Eminem, for example.

Why do I hate them? Because they don’t innovate.

What’s wrong with that? Well, when your products spew megatons of pollutants into the air and you not only don’t try to solve the problem, you actively sabotage potential solutions, you’re, um, evil. You’re selling planetary cigarettes.

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