Sonoran Desert Spaceport

After decades of failed promises and false starts, we finally have a thriving space launch industry emerging from new and traditional players in the United States and abroad. Multiple satellite operators—including Google, SpaceX, Amazon, Iridium, and more—have the financial wherewithal to develop constellations of hundreds or thousands of small … [Read more...]

Tucson and the U.S. Space Force

This is Part IV of "Tucson after the Coronavirus"… but it's not really triggered by COVID-19. The idea of bringing substantial Space Force operations to Tucson has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a couple of years now. This series of posts is engaging in a little soul-searching about how Tucson will recover from the pandemic, and we've already looked … [Read more...]

Nearshoring after the Pandemic

Part III of "Tucson after the Coronavirus" First, let me add a link that I found after posting Part II earlier this week: Tucson Ranks #1 in U.S. in Google Search for “Homes for Sale” Since COVID-19 I suspect some of those Google searches are from professionals beginning to explore the Pandemic Diaspora. There will be more of … [Read more...]

The Pandemic Diaspora

Part II of "Tucson After the Coronavirus" When I left my office on March 11, I had no idea that I wouldn't be returning for months. It's now been 74 days since I had a normal schedule… 74 days since I've shaken anyone's hand... 74 days since I've swapped business cards with anyone. It's disorienting, and I can't believe this will remain the … [Read more...]

Tucson After the Coronavirus

Back when I was blogging regularly, one of my rules of thumb was: if I have the same conversation with three different people in a week, it's worth blogging about. Maybe I can try that again. One conversation I've had a lot over the last seventy days of quarantine is "What does Tucson look like after this?" I have a few different directions … [Read more...]

Surplus Domains Available

Well, it's time to start blogging again. Twitter has robbed much of the time and mental energy that I used to devote to this blog, but maybe the Great Coronavirus Pause is a good opportunity to add some new content. In the meantime, though, I decided to log into my domain management account and bozhe moi! … [Read more...]

Scary Error Messages

Apple literally wrote the book on Human Interface Guidelines. I have a copy of the original paperback, published in 1987. It's still worth reading. But the current version lives online. Check out the guidelines on alerts. … [Read more...]

Happy Blogiversary!

Ten years ago today, prodded by some of the more-connected folks in the Atlanta technology community (hi, Jeff!), I secured the "academicvc.com" domain, pestered Mike Schinkel to teach me a minimally-viable subset of WordPress, and began blogging.  It's been an interesting ten years. Ten years ago today, I still carried a Palm Treo phone; I … [Read more...]

Go West, Young Man!

About a year ago, I left Georgia Tech and embarked on a new journey as an innovation consultant by launching Boostphase. It's been a fun and successful year — I've met some great people, visited some fascinating places, and paid the bills. But I've found that I miss being part of a team... and I miss working on the sorts of projects that only a … [Read more...]

Beltline Lantern Parade 2016

One of the best things about living within walking distance of the Beltline... The "official" parade took a full hour to pass our spot, but there were plenty of illuminated revelers before and after. … [Read more...]