Doing an expense report for work? Here are some tips

I recently traveled to Brazil and Mexico for work.  That’s damn cool, I admit.  I’m lucky to have that opportunity, grateful to meet so many wonderful people on my journeys and see so many awesome sights. But, as with many things in life, there’s also a downside.  In this case, I am owed thousands of… Continue reading Doing an expense report for work? Here are some tips

Airlines charging by the pound (including your personal weight); good idea?

My friend Greg and I just had a fascinating and extensive discussion about the concept of airlines charging their customers by the weight of their bodies + luggage. The way we envisioned it, all airlines tickets would be composed of exactly two fees: a seat fee (fixed) and a weight fee (variable).  This is hardly… Continue reading Airlines charging by the pound (including your personal weight); good idea?

Tipping online — Stupid or brilliant or both?

Have you heard about TipJoy and the still-very-small phenomena of tipping (real money) on the web? It’s quite fascinating, in my opinion, and I certainly have very mixed feelings on this issue. PLUSES: I admire how the founder gets “out there” to talk about his service… but not only about his service.  I think there’s… Continue reading Tipping online — Stupid or brilliant or both?

An example of (usually) effective communications

I recently joined an interesting little aggregator / life-streaming sort of service called FriendFeed.  I’m finding both the service and the customer service to be admirable.  Here’s a recent set of comments on their support list from one of the founders: That is a very good point […] this was unintended […] This was a… Continue reading An example of (usually) effective communications

Zap ridiculous disclaimers, reform CEO pay in one fell swoop

Stupid disclaimers.  You know ‘em, and you probably either ignore them or laugh at them.  Slightly enhanced samples that are either spoken at 420 words a minute or that take up a bazillion lines of tiny tiny text on the back of ads in news magazines. “Warning: Stunt driver on stunt track in stunt car. … Continue reading Zap ridiculous disclaimers, reform CEO pay in one fell swoop