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Venice under the influence

I was walking down Venice Blvd. today and found a yellow iPhone XR in the gutter. It was unlocked and the Notes app was open. This is what was written inside.

Friday September 13th 2019

My father was an influencer.
His father was an influencer.
And his father before that.

Three generations of my family, working in the like mines of Venice Beach.

These days though, there are so many influencers that there’s hardly anybody left to influence. I spend most of my afternoons sitting in the influencers union hall, known to the locals as Intelligentsia, drinking matcha and checking my DMs.

More of the old timers are getting sick. Filter face they call it. But neither instagram nor snapchat are willing to acknowledge it or kick down a single dime for us. So we wait.

We take selfies and we wait…

Not everybody waits though. The smart ones left a long time ago. I can still picture my dad at...

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I bought a 1969 Porsche 911 less than two months ago. Here are a few things that have gone wrong:


  1. The front calipers were stuck with corroded pistons. Replaced pistons, resurfaced calipers and resealed.
  2. It seeps oil between the two halves of the crankcase. Not really fixable without a $15,000+ rebuild. Living with it.
  3. The oil filler cap leaks a tiny amount of oil, but it drips it onto the exhaust so once every drive a giant white puff of smoke pours out of the car for about five seconds.
  4. The differential leaked oil from old seals. Replacing the seals involved finding a rare bolt that stretches during use, which is no longer available anywhere.
  5. The hand throttle – a little lever that makes the idle higher to warm up the car – broke.
  6. The heater doesn’t work because a tube that connects it is missing.
  7. The tubes connecting the washer jets are corroded and disconnected.
  8. The temperature gauge light bulb is out.
  9. The ring gear of that connects the starter to the flywheel was wearing...

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This Bernie Bro is Ready for Hillary

[Update 11/9]: Well, fuck

(This is my laptop. Anybody got a Hillary sticker for me?)

Tomorrow is my state’s primary. In California, Bernie Sanders – the candidate I’ve been supporting this election, the one I’ve donated money to, one of my favorite public servants ever – has a real chance to win. It would give his campaign a final, potent boost leading into the convention, where he plans to use the democratic party’s byzantine rules and processes to wrangle the delegates necessary for the nomination. This is his last big moment.

And I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of him. I want her to win; I want him to lose. And I want all of my Bernie Bros (and sisters) reading this to consider doing the same.

Here are the three reasons why:

1. Hillary Clinton’s nomination best reflects the will of the people

Even if Bernie has a stellar turnout, it is a near statistical...

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Last Night I Inadvertently Menaced Michael Moore and We Had a Moment

My friend Julia works for the George Lucas Education Foundation and every now and then, she invites me to one of the mind blowing events that happen regularly at Skywalker Ranch. This one was a sneak preview of Michael Moore’s newest movie Where to Invade Next, followed by a Q&A with the man himself.

Without giving away its absolutely delightful premise, this is not a movie about war. It’s not even a bummer! It’s actually incredibly positive – Michael’s most optimistic movie, by far. And also my favorite. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

So we watch the movie and then Michael comes to the front for the Q&A. It starts out as a moderated affair, but quickly unhinges into the audience shouting funny things at him, and him saying funny stuff back, and all of us cracking up.

Michael: “My French in the movie was pretty good, right?” (Then, he said some ear-punishing, incomprehensible...

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I drove some cars one day.


Yesterday my girlfriend got me a present. For the price of a booked-kinda-at-the-last-minute flight to New York, you can drive a million dollars worth of supercar at this place called Club Sportiva in San Jose. It’s a pretty good deal.

I drove an Audi R8 V10 Spyder, Ferrari F430, Maserati MC, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche Cayman GTS. The drive took place on 50 miles of uncrowded, windy mountain road. Epic.

Before I give you my impressions, I’d like to point out up front that the VW GTI is a phenomenal car. Good power, handles well, luxurious inside, and beautiful. Most of the cars I drove are completely superlative in every way, but only a couple are meaningfully better than a GTI. There’s only so much fun you can have in a car, and only so many things you can do with leather and plastic to make it feel special inside.

And the GTI crushes this. It makes a great $30K...

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The Apple Watch Form Factor Will (Probably) Never Change

Disclaimer: I have a couple of friends working on the Apple Watch. They don’t tell me anything, and I’m smart enough not to ask. This is my speculation.

Lots of people are talking about the prospect that the Apple Watch costs fancy watch prices, upwards of $10,000, and how that makes no sense for consumer electronics, which improve (and go obsolete) to the drumbeat of Moore’s law. So perhaps the watch will upgradable.

I think this is true. And I’d like to offer an idea to support it: Unlike phones, tablets, or computers, the Apple Watch is already at the ideal size. Or put another way, unlike those other devices, the size of the Apple Watch is entirely dictated by ergonomics, and not technology.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

First, the screen size: It’s mostly dictated by the size of the human wrist, and cultural customs around watch sizes. I think Apple’s two choices of watch...

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Let me take care of that

I’m trying to do this new thing when I work with people: Rather than helping out with things, I try to take care of things.

Here’s what I mean:

Merely helping somebody with a thing keeps the responsibility diffused between you. You’re each on the hook for it – and more importantly – you’re each worrying about it.

Now, I’m trying to take the other person’s responsibility to zero. You stop worrying. I’ll take it off your list. Reverse delegation.

Let me take care of that.

This is a powerful way to work. It does a couple of cool things:

First, it forces me to reframe my work in terms of what I can take care of. Do I have the knowledge/skills/time to cross something off of our list? Can I break a project into smaller pieces that can be crossed off? It’s a very good mental heuristic for breaking up work, GTD-style.

It’s also a good hedge against laziness. I have half-assed demons that...

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