Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox is the contradiction between the high possibility of life existing outside our planet and the lack of contact with those forms of life. Wait But Why has a truly great (but long) post explaining the Fermi Paradox. It’s a great read and something to think about the next time you stare up at the sky.

My favorite part: 

Possibility 9) Higher civilizations are here, all around us. But we’re too primitive to perceive them. Michio Kaku sums it up like this:

Lets say we have an ant hill in the middle of the forest. And right next to the ant hill, they’re building a ten-lane super-highway. And the question is “Would the ants be able to understand what a ten-lane super-highway is? Would the ants be able to understand the technology and the intentions of the beings building the highway next to them?

So it’s not that we can’t pick up the signals from Planet X using our technology, it’s that we can’t even comprehend what the beings from Planet X are or what they’re trying to do. It’s so beyond us that even if they really wanted to enlighten us, it would be like trying to teach ants about the internet.



Lessons From A Solo Year Of Travel

Keegan Jones took a year off after working at Facebook to travel. He wrote a piece on the things he learned. The part I liked the most:

We are all incredibly similar. Everyone just wants love, validation and a sense of peace about their future. I met many folks who were in the midst of making major life decisions like where to live or work. The reality is nobody has a clue what they are doing. Some people are just better at pretending to know what they are doing than others. We’re all human and playing the game of life. This is reassuring.

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★ Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn passed away from cancer last week. He was 56. While it was surprising that he passed away so young, what was even more surprising was the outpouring of respect from everyone, not just in the baseball world. I follow a lot of people in the tech world and as soon as the news hit, a large number of people acknowledged his impact. Jason Snell of Macworld, a Giants fan, called Gwynn his favorite baseball player of all time. John Gruber, a Yankees fan, posted a piece to his highly trafficked site, Daring Fireball. Jason Kottke posted a collection of links on his site. The French Laundry also honored Tony Gwynn.
The sport that I first loved was baseball. And to love baseball growing up in the 80’s and 90’s in San Diego meant you idolized Tony Gwynn. I memorized his stats from collecting his baseball cards and I even started batting left handed to try to be just like him. You’ll be missed Mr. Padre.

PDX Food Guide

Never Mrgn, of Panic notoriety, also appreciates great food. He lives and works in Portland, which is fast becoming a destination for craft beer, coffee and good food. He has put together an awesome list of places to try while in Portland. 

You can follow Neven on Twitter.

Humblenerd – An Update

If you haven’t visited in awhile, you may have noticed a few changes around here. To be quite honest, the consulting never really took off so I wanted to find something else to do with this site. I figure, switching things up a bit would encourage me to write and post more. I decided to put less of an emphasis on the consulting aspect of this site and wanted to concentrate more on linking and sharing cool and interesting things I find on the internet. It won’t be limited just to technology things either. I have a lot of interests and I plan to share them here. These include, and are not limited to, tech, Apple, food, coffee, cars or just anything I think people may find interesting. I’m still tweaking a few things but for the most part, the layout of the site is still the same. I hope you enjoy and keep coming back. Thanks.

Ugmonk Slim Card Case

Ugmonk, maker of fine clothing and goods, recently released a new line of leather wallets. There are three new models, but the one that matches my style is the Slim Card Case. It is made of natural leather and beautifully ages with time. Starting at $46, you can find them here.


There are many ways of making coffee. The pour over method is on of the easier ways to brew coffee. The Chemex is considered one of the superior pour over methods due to the special shape of the decanter and the conical filters it uses. It is also a beautiful piece of hardware that is a conversation starter to those who have never seen one before. 


$44 on Amazon