For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday I post probably the best photo ever taken of me. It was shot in Victoria, Texas in 2010 by my old friend and tremendously talented shooter, Marie. 
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Exposure: 1/60th
  • Focal Length: 35mm

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday I post probably the best photo ever taken of me. It was shot in Victoria, Texas in 2010 by my old friend and tremendously talented shooter, Marie

Last month I lost my wallet in the Atacama Desert.  For months before that I’d been shopping to downsize from a wallet to a card sleeve but found no card sleeve that I loved.  A card sleeve at Jack Spade in Georgetown came close; but the tight fit mangled my business cards’ edges.  So I shopped on.  Then, last week a company called Bellroy sponsored one of my favorite tech blogs.  The resulting shoutout intrigued me.  The pull tab for accessing cards sealed the deal.  My friends Z and Maria on point helped me pick the color.  And so my new card sleeve wallet arrives in cognac (pictured) in 2-3 business days.  Review to follow.

Ran 5.2 miles last night. Visited Jefferson Memorial for the first time ever. Great spot. I’ll be back. (at Jefferson Memorial, Washington D,C.)

Might as well post this while Arturo Vidal is still with Juventus.  His family put their Turin home on the market over the weekend as the Chilean superstar entertains offers from Manchester United and Real Madrid.  The more I think about it, I think Vidal will have a greater impact at ManU where he’s virtually guaranteed to start as the team rebuilds after an off year.  

"Other details of the case were murky, like a good Hefeweizen."


Anton Troianovski:

As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer.

"Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?" police in the city of Krefeld said in a news release. "Can anyone provide information on a possible storage area?"

The equivalent of 140,891 six-packs. Someone had a fun night.

Making big mistakes is the occasional byproduct of making big strides. Big mistakes can only occur when you’ve planned and thought things through. If your carefully laid plan turns out to be a mistake, it may cost you. But it will also give you exactly the information you need to modify your strategy or change your course. You learn, you adjust, and you come back with a stronger, more impactful strategy that works. In the long run, big mistakes are the best feedback we ever get. The most successful people in life are those who make the best use of their mistakes.


"We were twenty-five and twenty-eight, but we acted like fifteen year olds. Fighting over little things, storming off, breaking up for a week and then getting back together. But developmentally, we were fifteen year olds. We’d been in the closet our whole lives, so we didn’t have any practice with relationships. He still hadn’t come out to his family and a lot of his friends. We were on one of our ‘little breaks’ when he died suddenly from a seizure. And nobody in his family or circle knew I existed. It took me four months to find out that he died. I thought he’d just decided never to talk to me again. His family never found out about me. Or him, for that matter."

Hat-tip BLM for sending me this powerful, chilling testimonial.  

An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register.

– This is a brilliant and timely write-up by Tasneem Raja for Mother Jones about the history of unaccompanied child immigrants to the United States.

Not a lot gets written about wars unfought and cruise missiles unlaunched. But history unwritten may turn out to be Obama’s great achievement.

– Obama didn’t exactly have a tough act to follow on foreign policy, but he did a great job at getting the US back toward a respectable track in how and when we use force and deal with conflicts abroad.  As it stands, the low hanging fruit in foreign policy for the last two years of his administration is addressing the unaccompanied minors crisis in Central America. (quote via newyorker)

(Source:, via newyorker)