Asia Trip

Kabuki and I travelled to Thailand last week for part I of our trip:

1a) Bangkok for 2+ days to check out what is apparently “the most visited city in the world now”. That title I suspect is in big part due to the amount of Chinese toursists who travel there but regardless it is a dynamic, fast paced city and it was tons of fun walking around.

1b) Chiang Mai. The largest city in Northern Thailand it is noticeable much smaller than Bangkok and has a totally different vibe. We headed to Chiang Mai for Christian and Linda’s wedding which also coincided with the anual latern festival. Linda made sure everyone had lots of fun things to do including seeing/bathing with elephants, message, good food, cooking classes, etc. It was also really nice to meet and hangout with the others who could make it … an all around great group!

Today I’m writing from Hanoi, Vietnam. We are in Vietnam at large for a week but sadly today I’m holed up in the hotel with a nasty cold. Tonight we head to Saba on a overnight train. Fingers crossed I can recover by then.

Can’t Wait to Vote

In the days and months ahead we need to help the masses understand better what their government is doing but right now we need to vote! Democracy is at risk.

I can not wait to vote tomorrow! I know everyone in their own time feels that the current moment has outsized urgency, risk, and impact but in my lifetime (now at the half-century mark) I know for sure I have never felt this strongly that this vote matters.

For the health of our country and our democracy I hope that my interest in voting is shared by the masses (polling suggests it is). “The People” need to learn to feel a part of the political process and start to understand the health of the democracy starts with them. The good news is that we still live in a country where there are beliefs about “the people” having control. The bad news is that the people never really have and over time the infrastructure to understand how government is actually run is getting less and less accessible making people unaware and unable to form their own views.

Going forward we need to demand better information infrastructure to allow the citizenry to understand and speak with authority on issues we care about. The current state of affairs makes knowing what government is doing a full time job and the people need better access than that. Sure the traditional media will continue to be a great asset to this country but we also need bigger investments from government to liberate information about our government so that the people learn and form opinions from more than just marketing campaigns.

Micro-Repesentation

I’ve thought a lot in the past 2 years about what could be done to help democracy modernize and improve. It’s hard in this day and age to imagine that democracy — as it exists today — is effective. Today while riffing with a fellow entrepreneur I came up with the term “micro-representation” to represent an idea which I’ve thought about through several lenses over these last 24 months (its probably been longer) but now that I have a name I feel I need to put pen to paper and define this.

This is my attempt to put down on paper that I need to do this. Hopefully soon I’ll have more text on what it actually is.

An Odd Correlation

So it turns out that the size of my chest muscles is correlated to the cleanliness of my ear. In fact it’s not only correlated but there is causation too!

What say you? Have I finally lost my marbles? Actually no. I do pushups as my primary exercise for my chest muscles and when I do Jose and Cuervo find the need to endlessly lick my ears.

Jose gets his bits removed

Having your dog neutered is considered an important operation for dogs who are living in the city. It makes them much more calm and greatly reduces their chances of running out into the street (after a female companion). When we adopted Jose and Cuervo, Cuervo had already been neutered as part of the process for sheltered dogs looking for new homes but little Jose was given a pass as one of his balls had not yet dropped. Sadly for him, his second ball dropped and his number came up.

Jose went to the vet yesterday and did “the needful”. Today he’s trying to get used to his new crown of shame to limited success. His brother still really wants to play and seems to kind of — but not fully — understand that Jose isn’t quite ready for it yet.