Totally Unfounded Speculation About Alex Rodriguez

There is almost zero percent chance that this hypothesis is accurate. But suppose... Rather than release him outright, the Yankees offered Alex Rodriguez the role of "Special Advisor" because they could make sure the contract he signed and the $20+ million they still owe him would be contingent on him actually being a Yankee Special Advisor. …

The Meat-Free Experiment is Underway

I've never contemplated vegetarianism. And no matter how long I live in Seattle, I can never see myself paying an extra $3 for a "sustainable" sandwich. But I like experiments, so I have one underway. From May 17 - May 30, I'm going meat free. I'm trading the steaks for salmon, bacon for yoghurt, and sandwiches for salads. Just to see how my…

A Dumb Idea for Gun Control Compromise

If there's one thing I know for sure about the gun control debate, it's that none of the sides are absolutely right.In a country of 350 million people from hundreds of thousands of different cultural backgrounds, you aren't going to find a solution that appeases everyone. Rather than discuss this point, I'll direct you to this very well written pie…

Saving Greece and Soccer at the Same Time

In case anyone wonders, this is a completely facetious comment. I don't honestly believe this is a good idea... But in a make believe world, here's how you could save Greece and International Soccer at the same time. Qatar buys Greece. Think about it. It's win-win-win-win. Win 1: Qatar gets the recognition it desires. Qatar has a ton of m…

My Crazy Idea For the Month

So it's been a while, but here's a new and ridiculous idea that might not be so ridiculous. 1) The problems with trying to build a profitable business delivering food or items with same day service (such as Eat 24), are the extreme set up costs to buy a fleet of vehicles, the complexity of hiring drivers who know the area, and the ability to lau…

The Fanciful Vision of a Combined US and Mexican Professional League

So here’s an idea that will never work… My friend Luke is a supporter of the Mexican National Team. He brought up a great point – Both the USMNT and El Tri get screwed because everyone else in Concacaf stinks. Sure, every once in awhile Honduras or Costa Rica may beat the US or Mexico, but really, our fellow confederation mates are the equ…

My Dumb Idea to Help with Homelessness

If you were to line up all the causes I wish I could support more, Homelessness comes to the front.  It's not that I think it is more or less worthy than others, but it feels like something we should be able to make more progress against. Every time I go into my neighborhood QFC, I pass between 1 and 3 homeless people asking for money.  One ma…

Big Move in the Scrabulous vs Hasbro Battle

So, just when you thought Scrabulous was dead.....when you thought they had no letters left to play, the team of Rajat and Jayant came back with "Quartzite" for a Bingo Triple Word Score.It seemed like the war was over when the guys behind Scrabulous bowed to the legal pressure from Hasbro and pulled their wildly successful application from Faceboo…

Behind the Scenes at an Original Planning Meeting for the White River Amphitheatre

I recently attended a show at the White River Amphitheatre.  I was curious how the thing was conceived, so I found some notes from an early planning meeting.... ------------------- (Setting: Starbucks, 2001)Melvin: Well, Tommy, Carline, you say you have a proposal for the new outdoor concert venue? Tommy: We do.  Can we show it to you now…

People, You Cannot Control Social Media

One of my favorite things to watch is when businesses choose to ignore a technology or shift in human behavior, and honestly believe that if they ignore it well enough, it will simply go away.We saw this in the music industry, where executives refused to believe that anyone would rather listen to thousands of songs on a device the size of a credit …