ben vandgrift · on living the dream

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old leaf

i don't feel healthy anymore. not even in an obstinate, in-denial kind-of way. i'm out of shape, and live my life poorly. continuing in this direction will lead to diabetes and heart disease as sure as the sun sets in the west. should the girl and...

Thoughts on an Evolving Morality

A preamble: this is non-technical, and may be more philosophical than useful for most people.

My brother wrote a bit on The Extinction of Morality–Explained. In his FB account, he asks "What's your thoughts?" Since he asked, I started a response...

LessConf Redux

Conferences weigh down the mind; you know it's a thick conference if at the end of the day, you find yourself back in your hotel room letting your brain unpack everything new you've learned rather than being social at the after-party. Possibly writing...

That's When The Wheels Came Off

Every other week, two nice hispanic ladies drop by my house at an obscene hour in the morning with a carful of cleaning equipment. If this seems extravagant for someone on my budget, recognize that they knock this out in 70-80 minutes and do so for...


Today is going to be an awesome day. It's certainly off to a stellar start.

More generally, every day you wake up, you get to decide who you want to be for that day. It is entirely up to you. Today, I am going to be legendary.

Who are you going to...

2011 Year In Review

It's that time again. Here's 2011, a short retrospective, for a year I will subtitle 'everything was going pretty well, and then summer happened'.


Began the year by hosting a New Year's party with a few friends, some of whom I've grown...

Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics

This type of things pisses me off. Forget for the moment that it's designed to make us feel either lucky or guilty, to make us feel pity for the less fortunate while we congratulate ourselves on our good fortune–in short, it's sentimental tripe....

2010 Year In Review


Left Lexington, KY. That was simultaneously the worst (personally) and best (professionally) decision I'd ever made. Still not sure if it was worth it.

Made a few new friends, lost a few old ones.

Opened and closed a coworking space. Helped...

2009 year in review

short summary: "change is good."

this year was eventful. here's the rundown.

the annual vegas trip was established as a regular thing. made the superbowl party in columbus as well.

worked for HP for a few months, and hated every single second...

Buster's Billiards and Backroom / 3B's

Friday marked the opening of Buster's Billiards and Backroom. Among my friends this was a momentous occasion, as we had been Buster's regulars for around a decade. Bereft of our home-away-from-home thanks to the short-sightedness of Lexington's leaders...



"there ought to be spinwheels," she said.

"spinwheels?" i smiled.

"those colored square flowers on a stick. foil and a straw, and they spin when the wind blows. you know, spinwheels."


"yeah, whatever."

"why pinwheels...

from the latin quarter, rue de le huchette

my first impressions of paris: there seem to be quite a few more visitors than parisians.

my second: it's good not to have to rush to the toilet every half hour. i'm still taking my anti-biotics though. and the malarone for that matter.

i've walked...

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