Why I Donate to Rice Part 2

18 months ago I responded to a Thresher op-ed that advocated for withholding donations. Now I find myself doing the same. The original Thresher article is here. My initial response was as follows: “As humans we fear change and we always long for our alma mater to remain the [often idealized] snapshot of our ownContinue reading “Why I Donate to Rice Part 2”

Selling Your Entrepreneurial Venture

In response to the news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer, I was asked for my opinion on whether this kind of “selling out” is good thing. The asker of the question cited concerns that the “big, grey corporation” might stifle the product, slow innovation, or in other ways ruin a good thing. Following is myContinue reading “Selling Your Entrepreneurial Venture”

Rice Centennial Celebration in Istanbul, Turkey

Katie and I spent last weekend in Istanbul, Turkey as part of the Rice Centennial Celebration there. When Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice’s first president, traveled the world collecting ideas for the institution he was about to launch, Istanbul was an important stop on his journey. Therefore, as one of many celebrations Rice has organized thisContinue reading “Rice Centennial Celebration in Istanbul, Turkey”

Traveling Recommendations for Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland

Recently I’ve had several requests from friends who have been traveling to Geneva on what to see/do. To avoid repeating myself, I’ve coalesced my responses into the following recommendations: GenevaGeneva frankly isn’t that much of a destination – it’s more of a place to live than it is to visit. While you’re there make sureContinue reading “Traveling Recommendations for Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland”

Buenos Aires: Part 1

For our one-year anniversary, Katie and I decided to go somewhere we’ve never been before: Buenos Aires, Argentina! Thanks to recommendations from many friends who have visited or lived there, we have more on our BA bucket list than we could possibly handle in a week, but we’ll certainly make a noble effort. After anContinue reading “Buenos Aires: Part 1”

A Life of Significance

In my last post I mused about my pattern of chronic overcommitment and speculated that a contributing factor might have been my father’s early death contributing to a sense of urgency to get something done before it’s too late. This is probably a bit simplistic as it neglects the motivation to do something significant in the firstContinue reading “A Life of Significance”

33rd Birthday Musings

Birthdays are always good times for reflection and this year I’m feeling particularly introspective. Perhaps it is because 33 is a number of great significance to one of my good friends or perhaps it is because my last multiple of 11 year was so impactful (graduating from college, meeting Katie) that this birthday feels .Continue reading “33rd Birthday Musings”

A Birthday Feast for the Ages

Last night capped off 36 hours of wonderful birthday celebration! Thursday evening my favorite wingman took me and a couple of other friends out to Experience Hendrix, a Jimi Hendrix tribute tour featuring several blues legend performers. It was a great show, covering the entire Hendrix canon. Some notable performers were Dweezil Zappa (son ofContinue reading “A Birthday Feast for the Ages”

Bayou City Classic 10k 2012 Race Report

Despite horrible running conditions, I PR’ed in yesterday’s Bayou City Classic 10k. I hadn’t raced a 10k for nearly a year but theoretically my fitness has improved since last March and I’ve been mixing in some 10k training runs since January. My goal with this race was to beat my 44:41 PR (set in lastContinue reading “Bayou City Classic 10k 2012 Race Report”