Posts made in May, 2014

Creating a Culture

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Diary of a Startup, Kid Stuff | 0 comments

Just an illustration of creating a culture, and how it all comes from the top down. Somehow I ended up coaching The Barbarian’s soccer team. I played soccer for many, many years, but The Barbarian had not played before. He had played football in two different leagues, and we much preferred one league over the other because one league emphasized sportsmanship and having fun, while the other did not. The football league that did not emphasize sportsmanship and fun ended up being a league where people wanted to win above all else. This is not great when you’re a little kid. I played AYSO when I was little and so I had naively believed that all non-club (read: you don’t have to try out) soccer leagues would be like AYSO, where “everyone plays” and it’s a positive environment that emphasized fun and sportsmanship. Since I’m coaching, this is what I emphasized with The Barbarian’s team, but I guess the other coaches and parents didn’t get that message because apparently it’s really all about winning at any cost. Although I was always one of the best players in my age group, The Barbarian hasn’t yet shown any inheritance of my athletic talents. The Barbarian mostly spends his in-game time daydreaming near the goal. After the team lost a game by like 20 points, he decided that eventually the ball would make its way over to the goal, and he would be there to defend it. His long-term strategy of patience and physical existence has paid off big time. Meaning we have only been losing by like 7 points instead of 20. I’ve told him to move up and away from the goal sometimes, but apparently it’s a pretty good place for spinning in circles, and just all around a great place to be. Especially after¬†he broke a tooth during a game and became afraid of the ball. So you can see, he’s not exactly a ringer. I have to take genetic credit for his daydreaming, spinning, patient existence, since I did the same thing for the first two years that I played soccer. I grew out of it, so we’ll see what The Barbarian does in the next year or so. He believes he’s great, and he’s having fun, and that’s the point for us. He knows he’s not the best player, but he sees himself as part of the team and he likes that. When he doesn’t want to play any more, then he doesn’t have to play. Finally, our team won a game by one point. It was a hard won victory. Technically, we “don’t keep score” but the kids are 7 years old, not 2, so they can count and they certainly do keep score all by themselves. And a parent on another team complained to the commissioner about my daydreaming Barbarian “guarding” the goal. This, when the kid is clearly afraid of the ball, can barely kick it, and half the time when the other team took a shot on goal, he was happily looking entirely the other way. I think he only purposely got in front of the ball one time during the whole game. Any other time he connected with the ball was clearly involuntary pure coincidence. This. After I have spent every other game watching the other coaches say negative things to the players, having parents yell negative things from the sidelines, dealing with multiple missing players who are missing the soccer games/practice because their parents also signed them up to play baseball and the games are at the same time, ¬†watched coaches...

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Dropped my laptop. Boo.

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Diary of a Startup | 0 comments

A few months ago I replaced my Macbook Pro with a Lenovo U530. I specially ordered it from their website, etc. I turned down the drop protection. I’ve dropped my other laptops multiple times over the years and I’ve never had one break. I ordered a Lenovo because I thought they were supposed to be more sturdy than a lot of other laptops. I use my laptop daily as my regular computer, and I take it to my office and back and all around my house. My Lenovo lasted three months before I dropped it 12 inches (from the height of the floor of my van). It was inside a backpack surrounded by soft folders and papers at the time. The corners of the screen and bottom pushed inward so that it doesn’t close any more, and the touch screen is ruined. Apparently a laptop with a touchscreen is more delicate. I don’t know. I’ve never had another laptop that would have not been able to take a 12 inch fall onto a corner. My other laptops have all taken falls like that, or worse. I replaced the laptop with an HP Envy. I like the feel of the HP better. The touchpad is more similar to my old Macbook Pro, which is a plus for me. The corners of the HP seem like they’re built in a way that’s better reinforced. All the disruption has cost me a lot of time. I had everything backed up, and I was able to disable the touch screen and pull stuff off that way, too, but it was a major pain because of the huge amount of files I have to work...

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