Getting to Google
10.20.14

I was pretty unhappy at Amazon. In retrospect, I'm not entirely sure why. They gave me what I wanted out of college (a good title), promoted me in under a year, and basically let me work on whatever I wanted to work on. I think I always had my sights set on the next thing though -- and for some reason, I didn't see it at Amazon. I also had always wanted to work in "business" and Amazon gave me that chance. It was somewhat unrewarding though --...

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In Praise of the Jets’ Acquisition of Percy Harvin
10.17.14

UPDATE [Sat 10/18/14; 11:03AM PST]: Sources are reporting the pick is a conditional 6th round pick with conditions that could make it as high as a 4th round pick. If true, this trade just went from a really good gamble took an astounding deal.

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The Jets traded for Percy Harvin earlier today -- in exchange for a conditional 4th round pick (some to be announced conditions that could elevate that pick to as high as a 2nd round pick.) The...

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Jason Reitman + Casting
10.05.14

I went to a screening of "Men, Women & Children" at Landmark last night where Jason Reitman (and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson) spoke afterwards about the film. One of the questions asked to him was with respect to casting -- and Reitman said something that I thought was pretty interesting. I'm paraphrasing here (and hopefully not butchering it too much; Landmark typically posts these Q&As in their podcast so you can check it out in a week or...

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TV Shows Worth Checking Out
08.22.14

I watch quite a bit of TV and often ask friends (or even new acquaintances) what TV they watch -- there's so much TV out there that it's always helpful to get some recommendations. I thought I might share some of the TV that I'm watching / catching up on right now.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
An oldie but a goody. I've watched quite a bit of Big Bang over the years -- but never consistently (i.e. week in / week out). However, I just watched...

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The Shadow Between Conception and Creation
05.27.14

My brother is reading Walter Isaacson's wonderful biography "Steve Jobs" [link to Amazon] right now and he came across the passage that alludes to T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" (p98):

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There falls a shadow as T.S. Eliot noted, between the conception and the creation. In the annals of innovation, new ideas are only part of the equation. Execution is just as important.
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Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls...
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Thoughts on “Mitt”
02.01.14

Now available on Netflix is "Mitt" -- a remarkable documentary spanning 6 years -- from when Mitt Romney first started thinking about a potential presidential run to his eventual defeat in the 2012 election. Perhaps by now, I should no longer be surprised at the level of access some documentarians are able to get -- but it is remarkable that the campaign gave him seemingly unfettered access to so many personal moments during Romney's two...

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