Author Archives: Andrew Dickson

Now with pictures

This blog isn’t really working. Or at least not how I imagined it would. I’ve been writing long format essays that start with a personal story and spin it into a business insight. In an effort to concentrate on the … Continue reading

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Better Ways to Open Pandora’s Box

I love records. The problem is my young children do as well. And in an effort to allow our records to endure their childhood relatively scratch-free we’ve become a digital music household. Currently that means we move an iPod touch … Continue reading

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Microsoft Word and the NBA

A few years ago I saw Mike Daisy perform Monopoly at the PICA TBA festival. He sat behind a desk and told a two-hour monologue that wove together Nikola Tesla’s battle against Thomas Edison over electricity, the history of the … Continue reading

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Art on Display

Tonight, I’m auctioneering Disjecta’s annual fundraiser to benefit their curator in residence program. I’ll be auctioning off 20 or so pieces of art live, with another 30 or so available through the silent auction. This is the fifth year I’ve … Continue reading

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The Companies We Keep

Something is going on in America, and it’s exciting. Things have finally come to a point where citizens are angry, and we’re finally channeling our anger outwards and upwards. What’s especially interesting is that out of very similar senses of … Continue reading

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More Newspapers

Not too long ago I wrote about newspapers and why a big part of the reason I still subscribe to a physical newsprint paper is the editorial page. In short, I love that editors choose the very best letters to … Continue reading

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The University is Broken

When my parents went to college in the 60s four years of private higher education cost around 5k. When I went in the nineties the same degree ran 100k. Today, it’s around 225k. When my two-year old daughter is ready … Continue reading

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Bikes

After talking it about for close to a decade, I bought a bike. I used to bike everywhere. Then one day I stopped. If memory serves my tire got stolen and I never bothered to replace it. Life got busy … Continue reading

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Windmill Power

Wind, it’s generally accepted, is an important part of our energy future. Here in Oregon we have fields of 60-foot white wind turbines that provide clean green power for much of the state. But there are some downsides. They kill … Continue reading

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The Newspaper

I still get the paper. It comes to my doorstep every morning except for Sunday when I get two of them. For this privilege I pay $388 a year, $20 a month to the Oregonian and another $12 a month … Continue reading

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