My son is a gamer. And not a casual, XBox-playing gamer. He's a PC gamer. We seriously discussed getting liquid cooling for his CPU because he runs that baby hot. Overclocked. I kind of hate the bumper stickers I see on cars around town. "Proud Parent of an Honor Roll Student." "Proud Parent of a … Continue reading Proud Parent Of A Gamer
What a year. From running a marathon on Antarctica to running around the hospital as Erin used cancer to fake her way to insurance paying for a boob job (eat that United Healthcare!), we’ve been full throttle. Work. Kid’s activities. Except I wasn’t really working. And our kids aren’t in that many activities. So the … Continue reading 2018 Holiday Letter – Boobs and All
https://www.youtube.com/embed/hBWDIzHldPg?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Epicurus had a philosophy of happiness. He believed that we were missing the whole joy of living by ignoring the simple pleasures like freedom, nature, friends and contemplation. His message from 350 BC seems even more urgent today than it did back then. When you consider the Converor Belt Lifestyle of today where from … Continue reading REBLOG – The Rat Race~A suckers bet! — Seven Spheres
This morning marked the beginning of 30+ hours of travel to head from San Francisco to Cape Town, South Africa to participate in the World Marathon Challenge. I've mentioned the race a few times, so if you're sick of hearing about it, here is a link to a story about Fiona the Hippo's first birthday. … Continue reading Around the World in 7 Days, 7 Continents, and 183.4 miles. But WHY?
As the 2018 global Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wraps up in Las Vegas, power outage or not, I can’t help but reminisce about the years I spent there as we were creating SmartThings. Our first CES was in 2013. At the time we weren’t in production with our product, but that didn’t stop us from … Continue reading It all comes down to what you’re creating….
Fair warning.....this post tackles a more intense topic than normal. Today is April 2nd, which would be my brother Rick's 46th birthday. This post is about his death. On an early morning in November of 1995, I returned to my college dorm room from Taco Bell with a sack of tacos and a pretty furious … Continue reading When is it okay to die?
The year is 2016. The scene: A father and his 7-8 year old daughter are riding their bikes downtown. They need to cross the street in some traffic. Daughter: "Meow, meow, meow, meow..." (apparently pretending to be a cat. Kids are so frickin adorable aren't they? You just want to squeeze them until they can't … Continue reading A little experiment in time travel
I failed at a few things this Holiday season, including: Actually posting all of the historic Holiday Letters before Christmas. Assembling various children's gifts without swearing or drinking. Not calling an allen wrench 'you know, that weird hex wrench thing'. Actually having the right size allen wrench. Hey Schwinn, next time don't be assholes and include … Continue reading My Christmas Failures and the 2009 Holiday Letter
At this point we're just going to run out of time before December 25, but on the upside we haven't sent our 2013 letters yet, so get used to disappointment. For those just checking in, 2005, 2006, and 2007 are available. I am noticing the problem with putting these all together is some thematic consistency … Continue reading Brooks Post Year Re-cap Letter – 2008
A strange thing happens sometime between when you get married, have a kid, or turn 30. That strange thing is friends, family members, co-workers, the guy who picks up your trash and occasionally Barack Obama feel the need to send you a Holiday card. (Here’s a freebie for my more conservative friends…..you can modify the … Continue reading Holiday Letters Suck. How Ours Started.