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Meditative Coffee

Making morning coffee with using a Chemex can be a meditative process. Certain series of steps. Same each time. Moving hot water from one step to the next. And at the end your treated to something delicious.

Stuck in Driveway

There is a lot I really like about my Mini Cooper. Getting stuck on a patch of ice on my completely flat driveway isn’t one of them. Let’s see if the sun solves this problem for me.

I recently upgraded my Comcast cable modem and for the first time ever it looks like I’m connecting out via IPv6!

Last login: Sun Jan 25 20:07:50 2015 from 2601:2:5e80:491:4454:cac:b1a5:7271

Very cool!

Update: Sure enough, a visit to this IPv6 test site confirms IPv6 capability!

I’m really enjoying watching Casey Helbling and the team at Software for Good evolve their mission and business. They just transitioned to a B Corp structure.

We’re celebrating the new year in a big way: Today, the much-anticipated Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act went into effect, and Software for Good was one of the first to file as a benefit corporation in the state of Minnesota.

If you are not familiar with a Benefit corporation, Wikipedia of course has a great overview.

The purpose of a benefit corporation includes creating general public benefit, which is defined as a material positive impact on society and the environment. A benefit corporation’s directors and officers operate the business with the same authority as in a traditional corporation but are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on society and the environment. In a traditional corporation shareholders judge the company’s financial performance; with a B-corporation shareholders judge performance based on how a corporation’s goals benefit society and the environment. Shareholders determine whether the corporation has made a material positive impact. Transparency provisions require benefit corporations to publish annual benefit reports of their social and environmental performance using a comprehensive, credible, independent, and transparent third-party standard. In some states the corporation must also submit the reports to the Secretary of State, although the Secretary of State has no governance over the report’s content. Shareholders have a private right of action, called a benefit enforcement proceeding, to enforce the company’s mission when the business has failed to pursue or create general public benefit. Disputes about the material positive impact are decided by the courts.

Allowing a company to pursue things beyond pure profit and shareholder return, without having to be a non-profit, makes a lot of sense. It provides an opportunity for companies to be better citizens.

Creek with Snow

Pretty lucky to have this scene just across the street from our house.

Lego Firetruck

Modern Legos seem so very different than the generic shapes I remember when I was a kid. Did Legos take over the plastic model scene from my childhood? These pieces are so specific to each solution. Very proprietary, in software terms. :-)

Blokus

I got Blokus (Amazon) for Christmas in the brother-in-law swap on the Olson side (thanks Max!). It’s a really fun game. Ultimately best suited for 4 players with a graceful way to play with 2 players. 3 players works but its not a great fit. The strategy of the game is to block other opponents off as they try to lay tiles down on the board. While Go players would probably cringe at the comparison it seems loosely related.

One Smoothie, Two Straws

I finally got Tyler to try a fruit smoothie and he decided he liked it.

A couple of weeks ago I submitted an account deletion request to Facebook, logged off and erased my Facebook cookies. If you’re looking for me there, trying to tag me, or otherwise wondering why I’m not reading your Facebook posts this is why.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Stages Theater

Today we went and saw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Stages Theater in Hopkins. It was a really great show, the best production we’ve seen there. I highly recommend catching it before it ends on Jan 3. The kids loved it and the costumes were great too.

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