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Personal Drone Camera

We are absolutely living in the future. Watch this video.

SaneBox Week

A couple of weeks ago I started using SaneBox to help me manage my email. I love the weekly report that it sends me, including the graph of email I’ve received. This is from my personal mailbox.

“New” Cable?

We got rid of cable TV a long time ago. Over 6 years ago actually, and technically we got rid of satellite TV. Every TV we have has an Apple TV attached to it and we still have one OTA TiVo Roamio we use to grab TV for free, the way nature intended it to be.

We do subscribe though to some services. I recently activated the 1-week free trial for HBO NOW. I’m impressed by the programming and it’s appealing to have access to the HBO original programming. We end up buying some of it in iTunes anyway. Maybe I’ll finally catch the Game of Thrones fever.

It feels like the “new” cable is forming.

Netflix + Hulu + HBO NOW

It’s not quiet the ala carte of show-by-show programming, but definitely a whole new world.

I find it notable that my kids can both pick out the Netflix anywhere, but they have no idea what NBC, CBS, ABC or FOX are.

Hammock Time

Apple Watch Ordered

Apple Watch Stainless Steel 42mm

After some debate I placed my order at 3:56am CT for the Apple Watch. I’m eagerly looking forward to experiencing a new user experience and brand new category of device. I went with the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet.

Kubb at the Cabin

Tammy and I played our inaugural game of Kubb at our cabin. Seemed appropriate to do so with an official USA Kubb set!

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.

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