Web-log entries from 2009


Last Post of the Decade

I don't know anyone who says anything other than “good riddance” to the first decade of the 21st century. I know lots of people who... more


Time isn’t Holding Us

If a really strange kidnapper ever asked me at gunpoint to name my favorite song, I think I’d say “Once in a Lifetime”Everyone knows this... more


And motorists wonder why cyclists are so combative...

So this morning a guy yelled at me for signalling a legal lane change.I made a (signalled, legal) lane change into the far right lane... more


Most People Don’t Know How To Drive

By which I mean: they don't understand basic principles of operating a motor vehicle.This has been a painful realization for me. For most of my... more


An open letter to Patrick Appel (writing on Andrew Sullivan's blog about cars and bikes).

Responding to Ryan Avent on the subject of cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, Patrick tosses out this old chestnut:but the roads for bikes wouldn't exist without... more


Don’t Ride Your Bike on the Sidewalk (A Public Service Announcement)

Yesterday saw a dad with trailer in tow on the sidewalk (presumably b/c the bike lane is “unsafe” i.e. near cars). I’m thinking to myself:... more


A Young Friend is Graduating High School This Week

Which occasioned me to reflect that this year is my twenty year high school reunion. The year I graduated from college: The big summer movies... more


The shocking thing about the non-profit biz

The shocking thing about the non-profit biz is that we have to fight the same battles as for-profit businesses, but with both hands tied behind... more


Mercy Corps’ Four-Quarter Full-Court Marketing Press

Crossposted from the new Mercy Corps Blog. In a recent New Yorker article, Malcolm Gladwell wonders why more basketball teams don’t employ a full-court press.... more


No Fooling

We just launched the redesign of MercyCorps.org. Like half an hour ago. I've been itching for this change since I started ... 18 months. The... more


“I cannot be a liberal:” An open letter to Andrew Sullivan

“I do not have liberalism’s confidence in government activism, I do not share its collectivist instincts, I find its interest groups unappealing.” — Andrew Sullivan,... more


Bicycle Accessories: Dorkiness vs. Cycling Efficiency



The Most Insulting Preference Pane in the World

... because the hardest part of using MySQL is turning it on? Seriously, the only GUI they cared to provide for a production grade database... more


New Year 2009 at Washington Square Mall

For the New Year, Jenny, Orion and I took a trip to Washington Square Mall. This marks the first time I’d been to an indoor-style... more