My First Trip to New Zealand

By | June 12th, 2017|Adventure, New Zealand, The Good Stuff|

It all started with LookSee Wellington. This program offered all-expense-paid trips for 100 people working in the Tech industry to come and visit Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 48,000 people applied. Only 0.2% of those who applied were invited, and I was not one of them. Still, applying for a trip to New Zealand [...]

“Heck yeah!” My WDS Experience in 2015

By | July 29th, 2015|Adventure|

This was the last big year. Starting in 2016, the World Domination Summit will limit ticket sales to 1000 people, instead of the 3000 people it's been for each of the 3 years I attended. Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios and Chris Guillebeau My friends organized themselves into 3 groups of people this year: Ticket [...]

The Breath of the Neutral Mask

By | November 9th, 2014|Adventure, The Good Stuff|

Who are we before we become the character? That is the question that the Neutral Mask seeks to answer. "There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common." - Jacques Lecoq It has been years since I have studied the deep and [...]

The Merits of Failure

By | March 25th, 2014|Adventure|

Danger Man was the greatest failure of my life. (And in a life as adventurous as mine, that's really saying something.) This week I entered the Don Quixote Windmill Contest, a video competition for a $10,000 prize. The hosts of the competition are looking for the Best Bad Idea. The purpose of the Quixote's Windmill Prize [...]

An Eternal Moment Onstage

By | February 7th, 2014|Adventure|

For that one moment, I stretched far into the future. We stood in a circle, about fifteen people at the east corner of the room, holding opposition against a group twice the size of ours, standing far on the other side. We had been asked by the leaders of the Oregon chapter of the National [...]

Thank You, America: Kings of Convenience

By | November 25th, 2013|Adventure|

I have been back in America for only a week, and I must confess: I love it. Everywhere I go, everything is laid out to make it easy to do what I want to do, or to have what I want to have. After living for three years in the secluded jungles of Costa Rica, [...]

Sugar is good for your BRAIN!

By | July 22nd, 2013|Adventure|

One of the peculiar novelties about Costa Rica is the cultural belief that sugar has lots of health benefits. This could be due to copious planting and harvesting of sugar cane within the country, or it could be because there are not very many country-wide communications except for advertising. Unlike the United States, you can [...]

End of the World Domination Summit – Day 3 #WDS2013

By | July 7th, 2013|Adventure|

An Exceptional Experience. (You can read about Day One and Day Two of my time at the World Domination Summit if you need to catch up.) The volunteers, in particular, really rocked it. In addition to high-fiving everyone as they entered the Schnitzer concert hall, and maintaining the atmosphere of fun and frolic, they were masterful [...]

Thank you, Mercury Retrograde – Day 2 #WDS2013

By | July 6th, 2013|Adventure|

I now accept the unexpected during Mercury Retrograde, which has given me the ability to ride its currents into magical new places. I'll give you an example. (It's a long story, so stick with me.) I missed my MAX stop at the end of a long day at the World Domination Summit, and a series [...]

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