Simons Mall Free WiFi Killed my Gmail Account

It was early in the morning as I walked the perimeter of the mall to avoid the remnants of the tropical storm that rolled through the north east this week. As usual I connected to the free WiFi graciously provided by Simons Mall, but there was one subtle difference. The log in screen had changed requesting my name and email address or cell phone number. Not quite awake I entered my actual email address and connected, completely unaware that I had just unleashed Lovecraftian horrors out of Pandora’s Box.


Today I fed a few fish

Quality time with my Pop

This morning my father picked me up on our planned fishing trip which embarked out of Port Jefferson harbor. The crisp early sea air was delightful as we made our voyage from one fishing spot to another aboard the Celtic Voyage IV. Overall it was a perfect day to be outdoors and out on the sound.


The wiggle in world economies plays a critical role in value estimation

Harsh economic conditions instruct our sense of value

After reading Mark Suster’s guest post on TechCrunch (here’s the same post on his blog), I was reminded about the necessity for economic fluctuations. If economic activity only went one way (grew or contracted smoothly) there would be no secondary effects to observe. In other words, we would never know if values (or valuations for companies) were relatively or absolutely reasonable. The variation of economic conditions plays a critical role in the estimator that continual informs our sense of value.


What I learned in a couple weeks off line

  1. The world keeps on spinning with our without us pushing. It’s natural to step away from the wheel to refresh a struggling perspective. Especially when life feels upside down.

  2. Take a break and come on in, the water feels fine. Don’t forget to bring a friend.

  3. Soak in some sun, but not too much. There’s a quality of sunlight that both refreshes and centers.
  4. Look around for a paradise not far from home. My house is just a half hour away from the ocean, and in the summer it’s a great place to cool off and relax.

    The sounds of the waves are calming, there are quiet stories in the breezes, and beacons along the shore.
  5. Let yourself unwind. Even those with the most voracious appetites know how to relax.
  6. Share your space with others. I’m continually astonished at how beautiful a place can become when filled with life.
  7. Literally alter your perspective by moving to a different vantage. Just a couple of weeks ago we paddled along the surface of the Peconic river by kayak. Yesterday we viewed the same passage from high up above, revealing the riverside environment.