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Spinning Wheel Got to Go Round

If you’ve seen unusual photos on Facebook, it’s not a blast from the past or a glitch from the matrix. I just spent the long weekend in San Francisco with Susie. You’ll never guess what happened first!

posted at 1:52 am on Mar. 31, 2016
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Spirit of the Game: What The Hell Is It?

Here’s the problem: even long-term players like me have a hard time explaining what SOTG is. So I set out to explain it to myself. Then I figured, as long as I’m cleaning up the inside of my head, where these thoughts have percolated since 1987 when I started playing as many do, as part of a group of energetic kids on a big grassy field—I probably ought to get this down somewhere permanent and shareable, so here we are.

posted at 2:39 pm on Oct. 15, 2015
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A Short Piece on Ad Blocking, aka Your Business Model Broke Today

There’s a lot of hand-wringing today about ad blocking on the Web, tied to iOS 9’s new functionality that brings the ability to block ads to the iPhone and iPad.

posted at 1:57 pm on Sep. 18, 2015
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“I Am Charlie”: Thoughts on the Freedom to Offend

So this horrible thing happened, and lots of people are upset, and fingers are being pointed, and vigils are being held, and hands are being wrung, and I changed my Facebook profile picture to “Je suis Charlie” in condemnation of the murder of 12 people who worked at, or protected, the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine offices in Paris, France.

posted at 11:31 pm on Jan. 9, 2015
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I’m in the Canadian Ultimate Championships

I am competing in the 2014 Canadian Ultimate Championships this week in Waterloo, Ontario, with Legion, a Vancouver masters ultimate team. Just reading that sentence astonishes me!

posted at 10:43 pm on Aug. 12, 2014
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147 Days Ago, I Stopped Posting Online

I don’t know why I did it. But on October 15, 2013, I simply said “Goodnight.” to Twitter and Facebook, and stopped. This is what I learned.

posted at 9:59 am on Mar. 11, 2014
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Special Guest

I had a special guest last weekend.

posted at 4:51 pm on Sep. 13, 2013
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“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

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“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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