Extinction Level Event

December 9th, 2013

Here is more detail on how SpaceX is wiping out launch industry dinosaurs with its recent Falcon launch of a communications satellite.

Realistic Monopoly

December 9th, 2013

These are great revisions to the classic Monopoly board game. I especially liked:

These rule changes create opportunities for cooperation, as well as the possibility of crises. That’s because most players will probably end up owing far more than they can hope to repay if they ever have to cover all of their debts at once. A few unfortunate throws of the dice can create situations where there literally isn’t enough money in the game. This creates a great opportunity for players to learn how debts get restructured, as well as the importance of knowing everyone’s place in the hierarchy of the capital structure.

Everyone Around Me Is An Entrepreneur

December 5th, 2013

An interview with the 11 year old girl, Madison Root, who was barred from selling mistletoe in Portland, Oregon, but was told that she was allowed to beg. The future is looking bright.

SpaceX Brings On The Competition

December 5th, 2013

SpaceX successfully launched a commercial satellite to geostationary orbit for a dramatically lower price than the international competition. This was part of the point of having a private space industry, after all, but it’s great to see it get real.

Blue Origin Milestone

December 4th, 2013

Blue Origin has successfully tested their new, American-made rocket engine.

Oil Game Changer

December 4th, 2013

Perhaps the biggest discovery in 50 years, in Australia, on top of the ridiculous amounts of oil now known to exist in the United States.

The Shipping Container

December 4th, 2013

It’s an amazing invention, now ubiquitous.

Not Only NOT Piratical…

December 4th, 2013

But also not trademark infringement, in my decidedly “I am not a lawyer” opinion.

Founders Agreement

December 3rd, 2013

How to create a meaningful one. This hits home for me, given my experience starting a business with partners in 1996 in a far too casual fashion.

Shoney’s

December 2nd, 2013

I was intrigued by this news about Shoney’s reviving. I hadn’t heard the name in years, which itself is telling, if not as much as it would be if they existed in New England.

I first heard of Shoney’s from the CPA I worked for in 1985. He had a place in Florida and went there for an extended time twice each year, after tax season ended, and then in October. He just loved Shoney’s, and had been investing a lot of money in their stock. The very next year, I stayed in Florida for six weeks, so I went to Shoney’s once or twice. One in Raleigh, NC was my first exposure to a breakfast buffet. Yum.