Monthly Archives: October 2017


Two friends suggested that now is a bad time for me to be posting cheesecake photos, with the #MeToo campaign highlighting awarenes of women’s sexual harassment. I went through my queue of upcoming social media posts and deleted any that I thought might make people uncomfortable. I was surprised at how many there were.

Maybe I’ll change back again in the future, but for now the cheesecake photos seem like a bad idea.

Can we stop talking about AI and machine learning now? The phrases have ceased to have any meaning. Every press release and PR pitch I get is about AI and machine learning. When that happens, there’s no differentiation anymore. It’s all just noise.

Usually it’s no big deal to have to go outside to get from my house to the home office. But when it’s 94 degrees out and I’m bringing myself hot coffee, I rethink that choice.

I literally do not know what “thought leadership” is

A PR person recently asked me for sample questions for an interview (something I dislike doing but accept as often necessary) and I provided a few. The PR person said, in a disappointed tone, “So you’re not looking for thought leadership then? Because the spokesman is looking to provide thought leadership.”

Being the veteran journalist that I am, I handled this comment deftly and with great alacrity. I said, “Huh?”

Once again looking to AirBnb for accommodations in SF because I booked too late for a conference. This time it’s for DreamForce.

I can rent a camper van for $75/night.

What does it mean to be a man?

John Robb has said that the opioid epidemic and terrorism are two examples of the collapse of models for manhood. I rejected that at first. Now I think it’s dead right. 

Western women have spent the last 60 years in deep thought about redefining the nature of womanhood. Men have done virtually none of that. And when we try we are often ridiculed or called misogynists, or both. 

That is one way the red-pill/men’s rights/PUA movement is significant. These are men who feel they don’t have a significant model for manhood, and are trying to figure it out on their own.

I went through something similar in my 20s, and found the Robert B. Parker Spenser books extremely helpful. I’m rereading them now, primarily just for fun but I find myself highlighting passages that I’ve nearly memorized over the years.

Ultimately, I think the worst fears of social conservatives might be dead right: Gender is going to become unimportant in the future, outside of romantic and sexual situations.

Similarly for white nationalism in America. Sure, a lot of it is just plain racism with a new name. But it’s also legitimate for white people to ask themselves what their ethnic identity will be now that they are on their way to being a minority in a country they founded.