Archive for May, 2011

Most Things Don’t Work Out

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When I was in college I started a business called College Card. It was 1987. Hedge fund manager (then Morgan Stanley chief strategist) Barton Biggs invested $30,000. It was combined with a delivery business. I delivered everything from pizza to gyros. College Card was a debit card that offered discounts to every store that accepted […] Read On…

The Nine Ways to Guarantee Success

I really blew it and everyone knows it. I’ve even spoken at conferences on Failure. I might’ve even deluded myself into thinking I was the keynote speaker. By the way, my favorite technique in public speaking is to slightly slur my words but that’s another post. I’m like Dr. Failure. I know exactly what you need […] Read On…

Yasser Arafat’s $2mm and My Upcoming Comic Book

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In January I wrote one of my favorite posts on this site: How I Screwed Yasser Arafat Out of $2 million (and lost another $100 million in the process)   In December I have a comic book coming out based on this blog (Round Table Comics is the publisher. Here’s a page they just showed […] Read On…

When I Wanted to Run Away

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I was about eleven years old and I was on the phone with the woman from the Runaway Hotline. We both sort of stood there on the line while she was waiting for a “counselor” to get on the phone with me. “Is there something specific you want to talk about?” she asked. “No,” I […] Read On…

203-512-2161

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203-512-2161 That’s my phone number and has been for the past eight years and will be presumably, for the next eighty. Until they make the Google Chip for my brain. Initially it lived inside a blackberry. I vaguely remember ordering it online from a company that sold blackberries to deaf people. I’m not deaf. For […] Read On…

Name Me a Single War that was Worth It?

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Ugh, it’s Memorial Day (when I am writing this). I’m one of those people who for four generations at least have zero experience at war. I was too young or old to be in any Gulf War. My dad was 5 when WWII started so too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam. And […] Read On…

Why and How I Self-Published a Book

I just self-published a book. “How to Be the Luckiest Person Alive”.  I published it in paperback form, kindle, and free PDF (see directions below to get free PDF). The entire process took me three weeks. Using an established publisher would’ve taken over a year. [Important note:Since this post was written I have also self-published […] Read On…