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Tim Kreider at The New York Times nails being “busy”
posted on Jul 2 2012

Two quotes the author highlights act as an executive summary of a solid article:

“It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do.”

“Our frantic days are really just a hedge against emptiness.”

NYT’s Kevin Roose lives like a billionaire for a day. Seems like part fun, part “no thank you.”
posted on Apr 12 2012

Living Like a Billionaire, if Only for a Day

Everywhere he goes, he gets four-star service. Doors are opened, luggage is carried away wordlessly, and at one point, warm chocolate chip cookies magically appear. When his brakes sputter and his convertible starts spewing smoke, he picks up another Mercedes.


I feel bad admitting it, but my billionaire day has been stressful. Without an assistant, just keeping up with the hundreds of moving parts — the driver, the security detail, the minute-by-minute scheduling — has been a full-time job and then some.

The Leap Year explained
posted on Feb 29 2012

If you only read one Internet comment today, read this one.
posted on Feb 19 2012

I have Internet access wherever I have a cellphone signal. my cellphone bill is paid by my employer. If I ever have an employer who does not pay for my cellphone bill, I, like most of you would be able to pay it myself.

We’re lucky, you and I.

Read this.

The digital divide isn’t just access, but also ability, and quality of information, and the common dignity of having equity of participation in our increasingly digital culture.

Living with a lion. No, seriously.
posted on Jan 5 2012

Lots more here.

Things that should not be on your list of New Years Resolutions
posted on Jan 3 2012

The photo above has nothing to do with anything below. I simply took it in Greenwood, Mississippi over the weekend and thought it might make you happy or sad or scared for your life.

  • Lose weight: By working out you will both gain weight (muscle) and lose weight (fatty fat). Jog around the block a couple times per week, do 50 push-ups 3 times per week, track your body fat and heart rate. You should be fine.
  • Blog more: Quality over quantity. This applies both to the number of posts your produce, as well as the amount of words in your posts.
  • Tweet more: [See: Blog more]
  • Talk less smack about rival sports team: Be funnier, thus getting your point across and losing less real life and Facebook friends.
  • Spend more time with friends: Meet new people, kick some of your dead-weight and poor-attitude high school and college friends to the curb, and spend time with the right friends. This will make people mad, though you will be happier.
  • Read more: Books are neat, but so is learning more than one thing at a time. Read more of the right things, and those which are summarized.
  • Increase your Klout score: What is Klout, again? Exactly.

  • Year In Beer, 2011: 146 Different Brews Consumed
    posted on Jan 3 2012

    The second edition of last year’s new annual feature is here, and I somehow managed to try less beers in 2011 than I did in 2010.

    How it works: I keep track of the different beers I drink through a iPhone app called Untappd. It’s free, and it does a good job.

    Most notabale are the obvious lack on Pacific Northwest beers (miss u Seattle) but an abundance of Southern beers and European beers due to both our move to Birmingham and our 9-day Euro jaunt.

    *Denotes a favorite.
    +Denotes the most interesting beers of the year.

    Abita Amber
    Abita Purple Haze
    Amstel Light
    Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA
    Avery 18th Rye Saison
    Avondale Brewing Battlefield IPA
    Avondale Brewing Belgian Pumpkin
    Avondale Brewing Spring Street Saison Ale
    Back Forty Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale
    Bayou Teche LA 31 Bière Pâle
    Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale (IPA)
    Bell’s Batch 10,000
    Bell’s Deb Red Ale
    Bell’s Winter White Ale
    Big Al Harvest Ale
    Big Al IPA
    Big Al Pale Ale
    Bitburger Premium Pils
    Blue Moon Belgian White
    Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale
    Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
    Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    Boulevard Wheat
    Brooklyn Lager
    Brugge Tripel
    Brugs Tarwebier
    Bud Light
    Budweiser Select
    Carta Blanca
    Centennial IPA
    Choc Last Laugh
    Choc Spring IPA
    Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
    Coors Light
    Copper Bell Light Beer
    Corona Light
    Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
    Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
    Good People Belgian IPA (cask)
    Good People Brett IPA
    Good People Hitchhiker IPA
    Good People IPA
    Good People Mumbai Rye*
    Good People Pale Ale
    Good People Snake Handler Double IPA*
    Good People Tornado IPA
    Great Divide 17th Wood Aged IPA
    Great Divide Chocolate Yeti (cask)+
    Green Man IPA
    Grimbergen Blonde
    Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night
    Heineken Light
    Highland Gaelic Ale
    Highland Kashmir IPA
    Highland St. Terese’s Pale Ale
    Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale
    Hopsicle IPA (cask)
    Innis & Gunn Highland Cask
    Jever Pilsner
    Karbach Hopadillo IPA
    Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out*
    Killian’s Irish Red
    Kronenbourg 1664*
    La Chouffe
    Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout
    Lazy Magnolia Southern Gold
    Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen
    Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
    London Pride
    Lone Star Beer
    Lone Star Light
    Magic Hat #9
    Magic Hat Wacko Summer Ale
    Michigan Brewing Company High Seas IPA
    Miller High Life*
    Miller Lite
    Moylan’s Hopsickle Triple IPA
    Moylan’s IPA (cask)
    NOLA Blonde
    O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer
    Ommegang Three Philosophers
    Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Palmetto Amber
    Pisgah Pale Ale
    Red Brick Blonde
    Red Stripe
    Redhook Longhammer IPA
    Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale
    Rogue Belgian Golden Ale
    Rogue Brutal Bitter*
    Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA
    Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
    Rogue Mom Hefeweizen
    Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
    Saint Arnold Brewing Amber Ale
    Saint Arnold Brewing Christmas Ale
    Sam Adams 48* Latitiude IPA
    Samuel Adams Boston Ale
    Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    Samuel Adams Octoberfest
    Samuel Adams Summer Ale
    Saporo Light
    Shiner Bock
    Shiner Hefeweizen
    Shiner Oktoberfest
    Shmalz Brewing Coney Island Lager
    Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (2011)
    Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
    Smithwicks Irish Red Ale
    Spaten Lager
    Sprecher Double IPA
    Straight To Ale Monkeynaut IPA
    Straight To Ale Stop Work 689 Kolsch
    SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale
    SweetWater IPA
    SweetWater Motor Boat Ale
    Tallgrass IPA
    Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA
    Terrapin Rye Squared DIPA
    Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout+
    Thomas Creek Brewery Oktoberfest
    Thomas Creek Class 5
    Trappist Witte (Wieckse?)
    Vedett Extra Blond
    Warsteiner Premium Verum
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
    Widmer Hefeweizen
    Wieckse Witte
    Yazoo Brewing Fresh Hop IPA
    Yellowhammer Miracle Worker Tripel
    Yellowhammer Saison de Le Chasse
    Yuengling Lager

    2011 Travel
    posted on Dec 31 2011

    Back for another year end wrap=up of travel. Years past are…

  • 2010
  • 2009
  • These are places that are a destination, not a “driving through” or “changing planes” visit.

  • No new states visited. I still stand at 47, with no sign that Alaska, Hawai’i, and North Dakota will be visited anytime soon.
  • No new countries visited, though going back to The Netherlands reminded me that I will have to move to The Netherlands one day and travel Europe on a monthly basis.
  • Most memorable trips include our 9 days in Europe, our weeks’ cruise to The Bahamas, and the 2-day Southern Miss Extravaganza in Houston, and a very classy (seriously) Las Vegas wedding.
  • Total states: 9
    Total countries: 4

    *Denotes a first time visit.

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Asheville, North Carolina*
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Auburn, Alabama
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Bruges, Belgium
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi
    Houston, Texas
    Jackson, Mississippi
    Jacksonville, Florida*
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Menlo Park, California
    Monterey, California
    Nassau, The Bahamas
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Oakland, California*
    Orange Beach, Alabama
    Palo Alto, California
    Paris, France
    Pebble Beach, California
    Perdido Key, Florida
    Sacramento, California
    San Francisco, California
    San Jose, California*
    Santa Clara, California*
    Stanford, California*
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    The short ‘2011 Year In Review’
    posted on Dec 31 2011

  • Bought our first house. (Luv u Homewood.)
  • Southern Miss with it’s greatest season ever, and one of it’s greatest victories ever.
  • New job, and one that’s pretty much perfect.
  • Trip to Europe, introducing Chelsea to Amsterdam’s FEBO, drinking Belgium’s beer in Brugges and Brussels, climbing the Belfry, and slamming some macaroons like a boss at Lenôtre in Paris.
  • Cruise with bros and their wives to Nassau, The Bahamas.
  • Trips to the Orange Beach. There were many, and they were fun.
  • Time with friends, because being out of your everyday lives for 4 years was painful. Being back in your everyday lives (especially at this stage) is joyful.
  • Time with family, because it’s more necessary than ever.

  • I’ve been to Chick-fil-A 110 times in the last 12 months.
    posted on Dec 22 2011

    When Chelsea and moved back to the South last year we arrived in Jasper, Alabama on December 17. From December 17, 2010 to December 17, 2011 I consumed Chick-fil-A 110 times. I know this because I’ve used Foursquare to track my activities for the last 2+ years.

    I love Foursquare because at the heart of my discombobulated life and ADHD-ish attention span, I am a number geek and map geek. I like to track my activities, and Foursqaure does a good job of that, despite the occasional this.

    Foursquare doesn’t yet provide what I would term “substantial analytics” tools to help me break down my activity into something more meaningful like the number of locations visited, the most frequented locations, or breakfast vs. lunch vs. dinner vs. snack binging… but 110 is n indicator nonetheless.

    Why the obsession? I wouldn’t call it so much an obsession and I would call it the lack of food and service quality across the board at other fast food chains and restaurants, and how Chick-fil-A has them beat by light years. I love the products Chick-fil-A makes, and how each one (aside from the coffee) is pretty much near perfect. I love the way they treat their employees, and how that translates into how their employees treat me. I love how fast and easy it is to buy something from Chick-fil-A. But at the end of the day Chick-fil-A is simply a great place to eat and always a pleasant, enjoyable experience.

    Before I moved to Seattle in August 2006 I faced the stark reality that the business I love the mostest was nowhere near Seattle. By “nowhere near” I mean 763 miles. When one opened about 2 hours north in the Western Washington University student union, I ensured that a weekend trip revolve around food… but the Chick-fil-A was closed the first time… but open the second… and the third, etc. I spent many days trolling them on Twitter to open a Seattle location, and sometimes they responded.

    They’ve yet to expand in to Seattle, but I hope they do because every time we drove north to Western Washington University we would always bump into other Seattleites equipped with coolers and dry ice, prepared to haul back weeks of sandwiches to quell their cravings. I’m not joking. That type of behavior makes my 110 visits pale in comparison.

    When someone says “I’m smarter than you, Landon” I’m going to ask them where they live.
    posted on Nov 16 2011

    According to some fancy statistics, I live in a pretty smart ‘hood, y’all. I’m sooo the 1%.

    Mountain Brook is the smartest mid-sized city in Alabama by a wide margin, according to a new report from on Numbers.

    The report, which looked at educational attainment data for communities across the U.S., said Mountain Brook ranks No. 14 nationally with a brainpower index score of 34.

    That’s nearly 10 points better than Vestavia Hills, which ranked second in Alabama, but only 130th nationally with a score of 23.9. Homewood ranked third in Alabama and No. 172 nationally with a score of 21.9.

    Happy Halloween from Marty McFly & Jennifer Parker
    posted on Nov 1 2011

    Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need… roads.

    Back To The Future is one of, if not my favorite movie of all time. I love the first, LOVE the second, like the third (trains? we needed trains to make this more compelling?).

    We were invited to an 80s themed Halloween party, and the choice was obvious: be everyone’s favorite childhood time traveler. However, I should note that we were worried that things might get heavy if no one recognized us.

    You can’t tell, but I’m wearing a maroon undershirt and my white collared shirt is checkered in blue… just like Marty’s. (I worked hard and want credit, y’all… which is sad.)

    Inspired by these…

    Halloween from years past is below.

    2010: Ralphie & The Leg Lamp, A Christmas Story

    2009: Eric & Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights

    2008: Joan Holloway and Don Draper Pete Campbell, Mad Men

    2007: Jim and Pam, The Office

    I was the 79,087,930,348th person to have lived since history began
    posted on Oct 27 2011

    Incredible little thingy created by the BBC and blogged by Gizmodo this morning.

    There were 161,376,427 people born between the date I was born and date between my wife was born.

    Thanks Facebook, but if I have to be reminded of this then I’m the worst husband ever
    posted on Oct 18 2011

    Forgive us wives and girlfriends if we seem a bit distracted.
    posted on Sep 1 2011

    College football is on TV.

    And yes, I understand that most of the wives and girlfriends out there enjoy football as well, though not many enjoy it to the sun-up-to-sun-down-OMG-there-are-WAC-games-on-at-2AM-and-I-must-watch extent that most of the male species do.

    In business, your role is to constantly reinvent the wheel
    posted on Apr 11 2011

    Note that it’s not “You break it, you buy it.” That phrase has been repeated so many times, and with such implied anger toward the customer, that it falls on deaf ears.

    Take a note from the Christmas Round The Corner store in Fairhope, Alabama and 1) change a cliché message, and 2) stop wagging your finger at a customer during their first interaction with your company.

    Learning to travel better
    posted on Mar 14 2011

    I’ll be traveling more than normal in 2011, therefore I’m doing my darndest to travel better.

    “Better” is defined as:
    – lighter suitcase
    – smaller suitcase
    – faster through security
    – faster at packing
    – faster at repacking
    – activity learning and practicing airport security tips/tricks

    Sound cheesy? I agree… until one has to get from DFW’s Terminal A to Terminal E in 16 minutes.

    To assist in my efforts I’ve been reading up on what others have to say about the ins and outs of business and personal travel.

    One of my particular favorites was this blog post, and the following snippets.

    I am very minimal when I travel.
    I never check luggage. I refuse to check luggage. I look down at people who check luggage. When I get on the plane I have a backpack with my laptop and a carry-on—that’s it.

    If you’re going to check luggage…
    you basically should just get back in your car, go home and not fly anywhere.


    When you fly: don’t wear sweatpants.
    Wearing sweatpants on a plane is like wearing a fanny-pack walking around Paris. It’s pretty much the same thing.


    I was on a plane once that lost all cabin pressure.
    We had to make an emergency landing in Buffalo. My nose started bleeding because there was no air-pressure…and then we realized that the only thing worse than crashing and dying was landing in Buffalo.


    One time I sat on a plane next to Britney Spears’ mom.
    That was hilarious. We talked about Britney for two and a half hours.

    Hello, Birmingham
    posted on Mar 7 2011

    We finally closed/moved into the house.

    We’re in Birmingham and it feels great.

    Happy super-awesome coffee Monday
    posted on Feb 14 2011

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  • Found stellar coffee in Birmingham at Primavera Coffee. Should come as no surprise to those who have been. They’ve even got the small batch roaster front-of-house.
  • Visit to Vulcan with what will always be the best views of Birmingham.
  • Drinks, chocolate covered sweet potato fries, slightly hoity-toity bartenders at Flip Burger.
  • Black Swan. Never again.
  • Daxko sales happy hour at Jackson’s in Homewood.

  • Happy post-Super Bowl Monday
    posted on Feb 7 2011

  • I’ve got some sort of ear infection! Hooray!
  • Niki’s West – I had three items, all fried.
  • Bill Cosby at the BJCC. He could never be not funny to me. Love that man.
  • I predicted Packers 31-27 with Aaron Rogers throwing for 300 yards. (Actual numbers: 31-25, 304 yards)