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Thousands of people demonstrate in Cologne, Germany, June 6, 2020, to protest against racism and the recent death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

Photo by Eric Gay — Austin, TX — April 18, 2020

Or, A Conversation With a Man Who Tried and Failed to Buy My Property By Randomly Texting and Calling Me

(I refer throughout this exchange to a title of nobility. This is from a special holiday promotion put on by Cards Against Humanity, whereby they purchased a castle, Sensible Castle, and they were selling tiny parcels of that land, which in turn got you a fancy certificate with a title of nobility, and then you got to be king of the castle for 3 minutes.)

Grungy table. Fridge-made ice cubes. Plain glass. The New Fashioned I enjoyed is as unpretentious as it gets.


  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • 1 part Brandy
  • Squeeze of an orange wedge
    ( go nuts, use a clementine )
  • Dash of simple syrup
    ( maintain eye contact with any haters as you stir it in )
  • Serve over ice, and garnish with a small orange peel
    ( or twist of orange if you’re unapologetically fancy )


It’s much less complicated than… whatever is happening here.

The Product Development Team: Everything Flows from Here

  1. You are building a team.
  2. Your team develops.
  3. Your team develops products.

The Three Perspectives

The Argonath: The left hands of Isildur and Anarion are raised in defiance against the enemies of Gondor

If you’re not willing to fight and suffer for what you believe, what’s the point?

Brian Shef

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