Saturday, November 23, 2013

Random Travel Update 99

Last Locations:
Miami, FL: November 5 - November 8, 2013
New York, NY: Perpetual

Present Location:
San Francisco, CA: November 14 – November 24, 2013

Next Locations:
Phoenix, AZ: November 24, 2013
Tucson, AZ: November 24 – November 28, 2013

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I am in San Francisco. Tomorrow Phoenix, and then to Tucson. If you happen to be in one of these places, and we don't already have plans to meet up, connect!

I am intentionally allowing the distance between updates to grow. I originally started these updates as a project to prevent my writing skills from growing rusty while I was out of school. Having an audience keeps me accountable in a way that journaling does not. The length of time that I have kept up with them—over 6 years now—is a tribute to the power of inertia. A habit formed is a habit kept.

I have recently however, found new outlets for both writing and staying in touch with people. One is Evernote, which I recommend for keeping notes, journaling, or writing stories. The other, is Twitter.

I love Twitter because it forces me to record my thoughts in 140 characters or less. I am using it as a place to keep track of and share epiphanies, and to engage in witty banter with friends and strangers. In law school, a few friends got together to form a short-lived email forum to chat about values, philosophy, moral virtue, and life goals. [This is where I would tag @Adamanteau if we were on Twitter.] I want to use Twitter to create a more lasting and more public version of that forum in which anyone who is interested can participate.

I am going to ask you all to follow me on Twitter. Even if you don’t currently use Twitter, please sign up to follow me. Three reasons: 1. Having followers makes it easier for me to make followers, which I need to have an impact, 2. I may want to tag you in something at some point and I can only do that if you have a Twitter handle, and 3. I will be moving many of the thoughts that I had previously expressed via these updates to Twitter.

If you have a Twitter account, chances are, I am already following you. Login, follow me, and log back off if you really don’t care to use it. Or, check out some of my past tweets and engage!

Following me on Twitter is superior to receiving updates because I can tag you in content that I think you are specifically likely to enjoy and relate to. You can immediately engage me back, and you get all the benefits of keeping in touch without having to skim through multiple paragraphs of text (case in point.)

Some things you should be aware of if you follow me. I use Twitter to engage with all of the communities in which I am a part. That includes the animal advocacy community, the startup community, the model/fashion community, the LGBT community, the travel community, the legal community, and the intellectually inspired. Not all of the content is 100% PG. But most is at least 99.98% PG.

Twitter creates a facade of privacy, not unlike having a conversation at a crowded bar. Everyone can technically hear you, but the sound of all the other conversations drowns out the volume of your own. That said, everything you post on Twitter is 100% public, unless you use a filter so that only approved followers can see your content.

My present Twitter handle is @coaset. It is pronounce “coast.” You know, for west coast to east coast. Or because the highest level of success is to make it look easy, like “I’m just coasting.” But really, it is the shortest available way to pay tribute to Prof. Ron Coase and the theorem named after him which states that, in the absence of transaction costs, bargaining will lead to an efficient outcome. This theory is one that has presented itself in every stage of my education, from learning how to solve for environmental externalities as a Poli Sci and Environmental Studies major in college, to learning how not to over-negotiate during my travels (the time spent negotiating is a transaction cost), to allocating rights in law school, to immersing myself in the world of business, which is what I am doing now.

More on that later. Remember, you can change your Twitter handle as often as you want. I recommend if you have a long one, making it short so that you are more taggable. Handle characters count towards the 140 limit.