Balance

Be visionary, yet practical, liberated, yet grounded, efficient, yet patient, organized, yet flexible, confident, yet humble, curious, yet content, critical, yet positive.

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100+ Practical Cognitive Exercises

100+ Practical Cognitive Exercises

I use the term cognitive exercise to encompass all activities that “exercise” the brain, including meditation, self-hypnosis, and diary-writing. The brain is a like a muscle, or a collection of muscles, just like your body. Similarly, you have to train these different muscles with exercise. There are many parallels between physical and cognitive exercise. You have to do it often. You want to hit all the muscles. There are a variety of ways to do it, some will …

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Two companies matching Brands to Startups

Big companies want to get involved with startups, as you can read about in this post about corporate accelerators. While I’m all about this method of engagement, since that’s what I do, there are other ways for corporations to partner with startups. And here’s two companies that help with that: https://www.partnered.com/ http://www.startupsforbrands.com/ That is all.

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A robot that draws on the beach.

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2015 Music Festivals

Wish I could go to all of them, clearly I can’t. But here are the music festivals on my mind, mostly around Southern California, mostly transformative, with a few I would consider travel to (I realize there are plenty more, but these are the ones my friends are going to/considering): Feb 6 ~ Feb  8: Gem & Jam Festival (Tuscon, AZ) Feb 26 ~ Mar 1: Envision Festival (Costa Rica) Mar 14 ~ Mar 17: CRSSD Fest (SoCal) Mar …

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2015 New Year’s Resolution

As you may know, I like writing down 10 New Year’s Resolutions and posting them on the wall in my bedroom by the door. It’s a constant reminder for myself throughout the year. I actually skipped last year, but here you can see what I had for 2012 and 2013. This year, I kept my resolutions simple. Less specific means I won’t “finish” anything in particular, but my goal here is “progress, not perfection.” Without …

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Dance Video: Boneless – Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and Tujamo

I’ve been a dancer before I can remember. Videos of me at 3 years old often involve me dancing. In high school, I had the opportunity to compete on one of the best teams in Japan. I’ve since then “scaled back” my dancing to purely on the dance floor. Recently, I’ve been inspired by the wonderful performers I’ve met to get back into it, or at least try to. Here’s a video of me dancing …

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How to solve every major problem in the world.

A bit of Christmas wisdom/random thoughts I put down in words. All feedback is welcome. TL;DR – have our kids do it. Every major problem in the world – hunger, poverty, environment, etc. – is rooted in a complex system of intertwined systems: culture, politics, economics, and so on. I assume there are major problems we have yet to realize (or accept as a society), but let’s focus for now on problems we agree upon. …

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Projection Mapping + Live Performance

Projection Mapping + Live Performance

I’m obsessed, so here are my three favorites. The last one is my #1.

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LA is Exciting for Tech & Startups

LA is very exciting for tech and startups right now, I don’t have to tell you. Everyone else is. If you attended today’s LA Tech Summit by Cornerstone on Demand, it kind of felt like a big circle-jerk, and I loved every minute of it. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Mark Suster/Upfront Venture’s article, “There’s Something Going on in LA“, start there. Here’s a few tidbits: LA is the 3rd largest …

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Sometimes I get jealous of trees

Sometimes I get jealous of trees. Because they never have to ask themselves, where am I going? They’re in one place, their whole life, and they don’t really have a choice. So I guess there’s no point in wondering if they’re in the right place. As far as they’re concerned, it’s the only place. Maybe I should be glad I have a say in where I’m going to be. Or do I?

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Life is all about balance.

When it comes to life, it’s all about balance. At least that’s what I’ve come to conclude based on my current life experiences. As with anything, it’s subject to change. For every piece of advice I’ve read or received, I’ve heard the opposite. Given the context, they usually both make sense to me. When a Texan tells me to eat steak, that’s great advice. So is the advice from a vegan yogi not to eat …

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Desert Hearts 2 Year Anniversary

Desert Hearts 2 Year Anniversary

On the first night, I walked back to my car to get something and saw two women struggling to carry their stuff, so offered to help. I ended up dragging this heavy suitcase for them, running out of breath by the time I reached their camp. Coincidentally, it was the healing camp, and I was promptly treated to the most amazing massage. These are the kind of interactions that happened over and over again at …

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Are billionaires becoming Burners? Or are Burners becoming billionaires?

Are billionaires becoming Burners? Or are Burners becoming billionaires?

I’ve seen a lot of articles pop up recently on how the rich are “ruining” Burning Man. Two people often mentioned in these articles are Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google. What I don’t see in these articles are mentions of how Larry and Sergey have been Burners since long before they were billionaires. 16 years ago, in 1998, a year after Google.com was purchased, a month before the company was incorporated, the first …

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9 Ways to Measure Your Heart Rate (on the quest for continuous monitoring)

I’m obsessed with the idea of continuously measuring my heart rate: when I’m resting, working out, and sleeping. Unfortunately, there aren’t any great solutions at this time. I haven’t given up though, there are plenty of ways to measure your heart rate today. Thought I’d share the different types I’ve found. Chest Strap Models When it comes to heart rate monitors, the chest strap model is the original. There are plenty of models out there, …

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LA Tech 2014: Get Involved!

It’s an exciting time to be a technologist in LA. Our tech startup community is rapidly growing, we’re seeing an ever-strengthening bond between the tech scene and Hollywood’s massive entertainment space, and the social entrepreneurs and politicians in LA are looking for technologies to help solve their problems. So, how and where do you get involved? This doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a pretty solid start. LA Startup Community If you’re new to the LA …

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2013 Events: A Photo Essay

2013 Events: A Photo Essay

I wish I had more pictures from events I went to. But in no way do I wish I spent more time taking pictures. I’m usually having too much fun. Here are some random pics from events I enjoyed this year.

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Review: My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

Review: My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

At the beginning of 2012, I wrote down 10 New Year’s Resolutions and taped it on my wall. At the end of the year, I reviewed my resolutions. I started this process without a specific outcome in mind, but found that I learned a lot about myself, not just from reflecting on my resolutions, but by also taking notice of my reactions as I reflected. 2012 New Year’s Resolutions Review: My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions …

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Modular Eyewear

Modular Eyewear

Losing screws on my sunglasses is the bane of my existence. Well maybe not quite, but I have over 20 pairs of sunglasses that’s missing one of the ear pieces. Eyewear screws are the worst: they’re tiny so you lose them and you need a screwdriver so you can’t fix them when you’re out and about (which is the only time I ever lose screws on my sunglasses). So I did a little research, and …

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Hack for LA – Civic Hacking in Los Angeles

Hack for LA – Civic Hacking in Los Angeles

Earlier this month, we hosted our second Hack for LA at the Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights. We had over 100 designers, developers, idea people, mentors, city employees, and students building apps and websites to help make LA a better place to live. The venue and many of the non-hacker attendees set a tone to the event that was unlike other hackathons. We were all excited to be there and the weekend wasn’t …

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