About

Well here it finally is, my very own blog. It only took, oh, forever to get this site started. In any case you can look forward to my musings about a variety of topics. Expect interesting tidbits about my varied (and never ending) hobbies: the culinary arts, flying, musical composition and performance, golf, and whatever the hobby du jour may be. You should also enjoy my elucidations concerning my professional pursuits: the Internet, web 2.0, dot-coms, venture capital, start ups, entrepreneurship and the like. I’ll also get downright geeky on you by diving deeper into some of these endeavors: software programming, linux, voip, hardware, storage, clustering, databases, ajax, php, ruby on rails, shell scripting, open source developments, embedded systems, and other fun stuff. If you can stay awake through all that, then you’ll no doubt enjoy my cogitations on cosmology, special relativity, quantum mechanics, the soon-to-be-unveiled “Stoner Paradox” (hint: has to do with special relativity’s time dilation and high speed space travel – exciting :) ), and much much more. And I’m sure to piss a lot of people off with my irreverent pontifications on politics, religion, philosophy, the state of humanity and the universe. And finally I’ll write some rants about things that piss me off (exclusive of the previous few items, that is). I’ll make some impertinent comments on linguistics (or lack of its use), urban sprawl, idiocy, inanity, and other morsels. It’s quite a lot to write about, so stay tuned while I hopefully prevent any deep vein thromboses or carpal tunnel syndrome and get cracking!

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

About the name

So what the hell does Beer have to do with Maslow and where did I get this name? Back when I was CEO of Houston’s leading business Internet Service Provider, Hypercon, in the mid 1990′s, we had weekly management meetings which were conducted at Hans’ Bier Haus over, you guessed it, beer. We also hosted monthly all-hands-on staff meetings there, complete with pizza, bocce, and beer. Every now and then we would have our meetings at the famous Valhalla at Rice University (our upstream Network Access Point interconnect was at Rice, one of the original 13 nodes of ARPANET which predates the Internet) with $.05 beer in hand. I hosted LAN gaming parties where we would play Doom and Quake into the wee hours, giving our opponents a severe beating as I led our gaming clan, Hyperdeath (really), to victory. What did we imbibe whilst undergoing such lofty endeavors? Yup, beer. You can see a common theme here. There was much beer to be had back then. One Friday afternoon, while text messaging back and forth (using ICQ) with my Director of Marketing, Erik Fowler, I was feeling particularly witty and musing what book titles I would use for my inevitable series of masterpieces on humanity and the universe. One of those titles I spouted that day was Maslow Forgot about Beer.

Abraham Maslow was a 20th century American psychologist and is most known for his hierarchy of needs. I felt, with my incurable wit, that he left out beer in his list of needs. Clearly if I was to ascend the hierarchy, beer would be a large part of that transformative journey. The true question, however, is whether beer is on the base of the pyramid (physiological needs: breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion, beer) or at the top (self-actualization: morality, creativity, spontaneity, lack of prejudice, beer). Perhaps it’s both. I’ll dive into this with further detail in my book. You’ll know the title.

Comments
MiYung on May 29th, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

Lake Travis was a blast! It was mad crazy out there…straight up drunkenness & debauchery…you should have been there!

Sean on May 29th, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

I know! I won’t miss next time for sure!

drmiggy on June 23rd, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

I am diggin’ this blog, especially the political/economic rants. Into the Reader it goes!

Fayza on September 21st, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

Yay!

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