Startups and Something Completely Different

It the weekend again and a break for some fun (sorta) subject. Startups. I have seen many, been in them, studied entrepreneurship formally and live them. I just love so much about creating new businesses, the energy and dynamics and interactions of a (good and quality) young, mid-age and old working together team. Seattle and Bellevue are all about startup and innovation.

I have also decided to be a bit less formal and share more personal experiences along with professional posts.  Some experiences may be more or less interesting, odd, off and I have had some out-of-this-worldy ones. It is a blog after all, but not The Lawfare Blog.

Startups are one place where personal and professional intersect for me. Great start and segue!

I just came across some stuff — a mix of ephiphany and flashback to some odd events that followed. And hey, there is also an unexpected bit of nobility in the story.

I met this guy Daniel “Crash” a few times at a Starbucks back in 2014. He was there often working with a crew which he was running, mostly in 20’s and 30’s. It started with casual conversations and then he tried to slowly suck me in his startup. Military background, pilot, and shot in the back, he talked 24 hour clock for meeting and call times. The kind of guy with a story that gets respect and can intimidate at the same time. He was also articulate and seemed to be a nice guy, given my limited interactions. The optics were not bad.

He was the COO and invited me to meet his CEO at a Microsoft telepresence room to tell me more about the business which was in somewhat of a stealth mode at the time. There was no Microsoft involvement, only the room use by someone with access. So, just a startup role definition; sometime in the late 90’s many idea-level company people started with C-suite titles.

I met the CEO only that one time, who Crash introduced as a nobility; his Twitter and other social  media do include the title Lord. Seemed to be a nice guy. There are sure more nobility in the area than I assumed; also some of this Lordy stuff going up in Vancouver but then it is so British.

I wanted to find out more about the idea after the meting but Crash completely disappeared, not even returning emails (after just about total of 4 or 5 non-casual contacts.) Poof, like a Genie, I did not hear from or see him again and I did not care as there were very basic errors in the concept-execution, which surprised me, and which he could not answer. The business seems to have never taken off and closed by early 2015. I forgot about the whole thing.

Now come the odd Twilight Zone stuff. Fast forward to later in 2015, I do not know why it comes form someone else that Crash took  my unrelated graphic literary posting personally. Scary and I  brushed that away by denial — which was true.

Then there was more latter. A shop regular who is BTW very detail oriented, methodical, smart, cautious, business and legally savvy — albeit constantly mad at someone or something, with a tendency to go ape-shit on a short fuse — and whose wife actually feels spirits (he is fine with that) —  started getting Crash in conversations, leading to gas and ovens, with locked jaws and veins popping on his neck and forehead … went full Jekyll and Hyde and just got really scary. Wow!

I am not sure why, but that poor Crash guy, people that I was not aware also knew him, would drag his ass in way out-of-place contexts for no reason!? What did he do to these people? I have to ask him next time I see him, if and after I pull the Genie out of the lamp.

But enough negativity. This below looks the startup way, natural, genuine laughter and fun with the hashtags like behindthescenes and killing it!

Add crushing it and crashing it.

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Know Thyself: Learning Leadership through Poetry

The shades of reality that can be articulated in verse resemble the qualities of intuition and instinct that rest more on the relationships between discrete facts than on the facts themselves. When poems are both inductive and meditative, they make self-knowledge honest by capturing those aspects of both perception and understanding that defy concise description or quantification. The insights produced in this way are less subject to biases and the manipulations that are sometimes applied to serve one’s preferences.

Source: Know Thyself: Learning Leadership through Poetry

Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks

Terrifying or exciting? Ultra violet could be either.

IT’S AN ULTRA-VIOLET WORLD

“Complex” doesn’t begin to describe it. We’re wrestling with an administration that wants to reverse decades of progress in civil rights, economic justice, environmentalism, and more. We’re confronting the ugly truths about gender inequality and abuse. But just as fast as some forces are yanking us into the past, we’re careening even more rapidly into the future thanks to powerful innovations in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.

Purple, of all the colors in the spectrum, embodies this situation best, as Pantone explains. “[Ultra Violet] is a very provocative shade, but it’s also a thoughtful color–it sounds like a bit of an oxymoron,” Eiseman says. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking. These are the elements we need to create a meaningful future. Inventiveness and imagination is something we seek in our personal lives and business worlds. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is the perfect shade to lead right into it . . . It’s intriguing, fascinating, and magical.” …

Source: Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Here, And It’s As Nebulous As 2018 Looks

The CIA studied the impact of space storms on psychic powers

 

Those darn space storms
And EM field variance
Slow some telepathic norms
Like pre/post crisis experience

We set θ =  zeroes
And nulls got rejected
But our unsung heroes
Were wrongfully injected!

What was n? Size of sample?
Are some participants dead?
Was the warning to them ample?
Did they waive sudden-death?

It is critical to know
That senses are heightened
In a shit-storm or show
It is likely to be frightened

When then-President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on geomagnetic storm preparedness, spiritual side effects of space weather events were criminally neglected. Apparently the Central Intelligence Agency took the issue of solar flare-induced psychic phenomena more seriously, however, dedicating part of of its 824 page risk report on it.

Source: The CIA studied the impact of space storms on psychic powers

That time a CIA director told a mustache joke at Bohemian Grove

Skull and bones, globe-devouring reptiles
Freemasons, Knights  Templar & their secret stash
No weaving webs here, only burning piles
Yo! DARPA! Make a high tech mustache

From child sacrifice to Reptilian overlords, Bohemian Grove is the stuff of many a wide-eyed conspiracy theory. But as a speech uncovered in the Central Intelligence Archives shows, for one newly-minted CIA director it was simply a venue for a few jokey anecdotes and some redacted bragging.

Source: That time a CIA director told a mustache joke at Bohemian Grove

Here’s why there’s a flyer for a creepy wax museum in the CIA archives

I am making an FOIA request, whereby
I’ll be asking … or as some say axing
Time travel to a barn? Tell me why?
A case so hairy, it needs some waxing

The unknown, uneasy feeling, very thick smoke
Just as it looked it was going downhill
A circling green light, to me thus spoke
It’s only a zoo, few chickens, and a bald Buffalo Bill!

Back in January, when it was first announced that the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives would finally be made accessible to the public, media outlets searched for strange and notable documents to pique said public’s interest. One document in particular that received considerable coverage was the seemingly inexplicable flyer for a wax museum. We did a little digging, however, and it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the flyer: time-traveling psychics.

Source: Here’s why there’s a flyer for a creepy wax museum in the CIA archives

The Pentagon collected research that warned Soviets with “super-human abilities” could shoot lightning out of their hands

Goes without saying – so have no doubt
Super-sensitives are – oh so thin
‘ts not condoms,  that I’m talking about
But electrovalents on their skin

Super human, what an organism!
Yanking his sword, it was frightening
30 hours a day,  practiced onanism
And got fiery balls of lightning!

As late as 1990, reports collected by the Pentagon show the U.S. Government was willing to take seriously reports that the Soviets were able to manifest “ball lightning” by using the brain as a “superconductor.”

Source: The Pentagon collected research that warned Soviets with “super-human abilities” could shoot lightning out of their hands