As some of you know, debate has been a big part of my life. I was a nationally competitive debater in high school and college. In the early days of my poker career, I founded and ran a debate league serving the Boston Public Schools. All told, I’ve been involved in competitive debate for over … Read moreCan Argument Change Minds?
As I did last year, I’m once again raising money this holiday season for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, a non-profit organization I’m deeply involved with as a Board member, volunteer, and donor. Debating in high school and college changed my life, and in the 15 years that I’ve been involved with the urban debate … Read moreChange Lives and Unlock Free Strategy Videos!
This was a surprising little moment for me in reading The Autobiography of Martin Luther King: King was a gun owner prior to and in the early days of his involvement with the Montgomery bus boycott! After a bomb exploded on his front porch, his friends and family urged him to keep an armed guard … Read moreA King Among Men: Gun Ownership
I don’t often talk in terms of heroes and role models, but if you forced me to name one, I would choose the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I’ve written here before, I believe that he represents about as well as anyone in history what it means to be a politically engaged American … Read moreA King Among Men: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
I was not directly effected nor especially traumatized (no moreso, that is, than the vast majority of humans who were horrified by the suffering, death, and destruction) by the attacks of September 11. Far more traumatic, for me, was what took place in the weeks that followed, specifically the adoption of the Patriot Act, the invasion … Read moreNever Forget
Sorry for the lack of posts here. As you’ll see, I’ve had a busy few weeks. It started nicely, with a trip to visit some old friends. As much as Emily and I have enjoyed living in San Francisco, there are some downsides, most notably the fact that most of our family and friends are … Read moreComing to Montreal
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” That’s something my girlfriend repeats often; a quick googling attributes it to Jim Rohn, a “motivational speaker and self help guru”. Human beings are social creatures, and we take a lot of our cues from the people around us. They affect our mood, … Read moreCarlos Was Here
If you listened to Episode 34 of the Thinking Poker Podcast, then you know that Gareth Chantler was in Istanbul during the recent protests in Taksim Square. The following is a guest post by Gareth about the experience. He didn’t provide any specific context for the photos he sent, so I inserted them somewhat arbitrarily … Read moreDispatch From Istanbul