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Richard Branson Wins Again

From the latest Google newsletter, Think Quarterly, comes this brilliant excerpt from an article about Richard Branson, CEO of, well, many things:

Plenty of billionaires tout humble roots involving lemonade stands and assembly-line factory jobs, but few are as adamant as Branson that all their employees know what it’s like to be part of a […]

Melk? Melk!

Another day biking the Danube! The main attraction on this day was Melk, a town which is purportedly one of the first places to be referred to as an “Austrian” place, and home of the nearly 1,000-year-old Melk Abbey. My notes in my journal call this place “outlandishly huge and ostentatious”, but I’ll let the […]

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, The Good Again

Picking up where my last blog left off in the town of Enns…we left the next morning to this sign:

I love seeing signs in other countries. I think they really reveal something about the way of thinking of a culture. Or maybe the sign designs are just the result of a peer-reviewed study […]

Eferding, Linz, Enns…

Traveling is awesome in large part due to unexpected events, and since I’m the kind of person who spends a lot of time planning and researching and in general attempting to eliminate the unexpected, I like to think that traveling is healthy, even therapeutic, for me. This is a line of thinking that can only […]

So It Goes

These might be the most beautiful two pages I have ever read:

Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this:

“American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France a few German fighter planes flew at the backwards, sucked bullets and […]

8 Spruce Street

A Frank Gehry building just opened in NYC…

…and with over 900 residences, if you can handle $2,650/month for 500 sq ft, there’s probably room for you.


Missed It

Somehow, I didn’t feel this 4.5 magnitude earthquake yesterday at 6:20 pm. Strange.

Conference Championship

This week’s predictions – and for the record, I don’t actually want the Steelers to win, I just think they will.


One of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read, Zeitoun follows the life of a New Orleans family through Hurricane Katrina and into the terrible aftermath. Without spoiling the plot, I’ll give a brief review.

Things I knew before reading this book:

1) The storm was very strong. 2) The breached levees left the […]

The Seattle Seahawks Made The Playoffs!!

I realize this news is at least 5 days old, but it still seems headline worthy. The NFL Playoffs start tomorrow, and I have some predictions: I wish I wasn’t predicting the Seahawks to lose, but entering the playoffs with a 7-9 record, either a new QB or an injured QB, and the worst running […]