A Plea to Homeschool Parents: Get a Bit More Tech-Savvy

I like homeschoolers.  I was one of them, grew up around them, and spend a decent amount of time interacting with them now.  I have tremendous respect for homeschool parents.  They have work-ethic, courage, and deep and genuine care for their children's well-being.  But they leave something to be…


Episode 1: Why Am I Doing a Podcast?

I've had so much fun listening to and being a guest on podcasts in the last year that I decided to jump head first into the medium and launch my own.  It's a little scary.  The usual questions and fears and doubts that accompany any creative endeavor exposed to the public come along with it.  It…


I'm Launching a Podcast

There are too many interesting conversations to have with too many interesting people.  A podcast is a great excuse to get some of these people for an hour to discuss a wide range of ideas.  Why not launch one? Like any new venture, the typical fears and doubts attend my decision to jump into the…


Why It's So Hard to Create

Yesterday in a blog post I wrote "LCD" when I meant LSD.  A commenter on Facebook was kind enough to point out the error.  It was a little funny and a little embarrassing, and an illustration of one of the reasons it's so hard to create stuff. Typos and errors here and there are no big deal.  But…


The Three Places to Get Drugs

I was listening to the Tim Ferriss Podcast yesterday where he interviewed James Fadiman about psychedelics.  Fadiman was talking about LSD and made an offhand remark that caught my ear.  He said LSD, like almost all other drugs, is very hard to get except in three places where it's…


Praxis is a New Combination

In an interview for This Week in Startups founder and investor Peter Thiel described three kinds of innovation.  The first is a truly breakthrough technology unlike anything seen before.  Bitcoin is an example.  The second is a marginal improvement on an existing technology or process.  The mobile…


Oil and Assumptions

Not long ago there was a crash involving a train full of crude oil.  It exploded and caused a great deal of damage.  In fact, this has happened multiple times in the last few months.  Of course reporters and pundits call for more and "better" regulation - as if somehow politicians and bureaucrats…


Things We Do To Our Children

I joined Albert Lu on The Economy Podcast to talk about things we do to our children.  We discussed whether and to what extent a parent can know what's good for a child and force them to do things for their own good, from sports to music lessons and beyond.  We also discussed the lack of…


Dreams and Human Sacrifice

I once had a powerful mental image of people taking their dreams, represented as newborn babies, to an altar to be burned.  It was horrific and it stuck with me. Dreams, goals, desires, a sense of purpose and what makes you come alive; these are akin to new life.  When you have a notion of…


A Few Insights on Institutions and Sports

One of the reasons I love sports is the opportunity they provide to see how formal and informal institutions and norms interact to create outcomes, often surprising.  When athletics and economic thinking intersect, I'm a happy man. An excellent article on Grantland by Brian Phillips got me thinking…