ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

May 12, 2011

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

I think of Emily Dickinson’s poem as I reflect on the shockingly sudden passing of my dear friend Omar Ahmad, who left this world on May 10, 2011. 

Omar was a great optimist who made me think about possibility, and he made me want to do something great and live everything

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the question now. Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually without even noticing it, live your way in to the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. by Stephen Mitchell (via Kristen Collins)

The past few years I’ve felt the pain of loss of several close friends.

It hurts. I miss Omar. A lot. Even as I watch Omar’s memorial.

I remember from ten life lessons: Don’t take yourself too seriously.

I do feel like I didn’t spend enough time with Omar.

And neither did Rohit. Or our little friend. Though we be successful.

I loved Omar. He was truly a friend who inspired me to be kind.

I will watch Omar’s TED talk again and again as a reminder to be active.

I truly miss you, Omar. I truly do. And I still feel connected to you.

Thank you, Omar. You and Steve Jobs inspire me to do something great — to design something simple that brings great happiness to others with what is left of my life…

Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

It’s worth repeating what Steve Jobs said. “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”


May 6, 2011

Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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Apparently that line is not from Goethe.

We shipped the pre-alpha (alphalpha?) of PandaWhale on Cinco de Mayo 2011.

Our alphalpha is at 106miles.net so startup folks can have conversations.

Every week we simplify and improve PandaWhale for 106miles.net …

For now, we need more time. And more pandas

May 2, 2011


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When we know better, we do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

It has been a wonderful weekend of conversations.

From Royale with Cheese, through Zoya and Sharks, to Osama on Obama action, conversations meandered…

Oh, the humanity!”

America, fuck yeah!

“Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? … Well turn it up, man!”



Speaking of conversations, in case you were wondering…

We’re knee-deep developing PandaWhale, since 1/11/11:

We will ship as soon as we can.

PandaWhale, fuck yeah!

We’ve proudly proclaimed fuck yeah from PandaWhale’s start.

Naturally, we’ll build this affirmation into our coat of arms.

And an awesomesauce family crest is inked in Latin…


So how does “fuck yeah” translate into Latin?

To the Qloud!

A friend asked a friend who is trained in the classics.

There’s “SIC FUTUE” which translates to “THUSLY, FUCK!” as if it were a command.

Which doesn’t seem quite right.

Nor does “COITUM ITA” which translates to “SEX YES” as if it were a lifestyle choice.

Not quite right, either.

Which brings us to “CONFACIMUS” which is literally, “Fuck it!” but in the first person plural, kind of like a royal “We fuck it!”, or “LET US FUCK
” …

AMERICA, CONFACIMUS!!” has a nice ring to it as it rolls off the tongue…

Let’s try confacimus on for size.

PandaWhale? Confacimus!

Mike Brown tweets? Confacimus!

My friend Scott’s son plays hard? Confacimus!


Fuck yeah, I could get used to confacimus in my vocabulary.

Let’s try a more intermediate use of the word.

“Confacimus Navegamus” could mean “Fuck it, let’s go sailing!

But isn’t “SAILING, FUCK YEAH!” significantly awesomesaucier?


Btw, I think the pronunciation is “con FACK i mus“.

I’ve checked with a few scholars familiar with “street Latin”. 😉

I do know there is a wonderful world between profound and gibberish.

So let’s try an advanced employment of confacimus.

Chalant and plussed and gruntled, cogito ergo confacimus.

Come to think of it, confacimus has myriad uses…

Conversations? Confacimus!

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2? Confacimus!

Barbie Computer Engineer? Confacimus!

Kittens in bowls? Confacimus!

Dreams that go to 11? Confacimus!!!


I dream of organizing public conversations for 106 Miles.

I dream of PandaWhale.

Fuck yeah!

It’s the dream that we all share. It’s the hope for tomorrow…


Alpocalypse‘s “Perform This Way“? Confacimus!

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold? Confacimus!

Fear and Consumption? Confacimus!

Apple’s ToS is a PoS? Confacimus!

Enlightenment? Confacimus!

Happiness? Confacimus!

Love? Confacimus!

Marvelous. 😉


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