September 21, 2010

I am speaking at WTIA event monday

I will gather in Seattle with many other great speakers at TechNW on Monday September 27th.  It's a day-long event featuring innovative technology companies in the Northwest.  At TechNW you'll hear from industry thought leaders, hot start-ups, successful entrepreneurs and local technology company executives on topics including how do Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook determine which companies to buy; where is mobile headed over the next few years; what's the latest in gaming (with execs from PopCap, RealNetworks, WildTangent); trends in social networking/consumer internet and more.  I hope to see you there - register before September 23rd to get a better rate.

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December 21, 2009

Tis the season for

We launched last year after Christmas in Seattle.  I was surprised to see that the first item posted was a Christmas tree and Christmas decorations.  When I think back, it makes alot of sense.  What to do with all that extra stuff after Christmas?  All the extra trimmings, all the old things that you now have new ones of, the double gifts you received, the wrapping paper, boxes, etc.  Thoughtful people look to reuse and recycle all that and along came  I expect a similar trend this year. 

Interestingly though, we have seen quite a spike in traffic, membership and postings this year BEFORE Christmas.  Not sure if it is people making room for all the new stuff coming, or looking for free Christmas presents, but traffic is up about 30% this last week and over 5,000 new members have joined in the last month.  Many new people are finding us through our recent partnership with RecycleBank.  Many members are also finding holiday shopping deals through our partnership with eBates to get cash back web shopping.  I have also found our partnership with NextWorth personally useful as they sent me cash for an old cell phone!

Merry Christmas all and to all good reuse and recycling!

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December 2, 2009

Great promotion over at Citizen Coffee.

My friend Susanna over at Citizen Coffee has decided to do a get in on this group buying craze (see Groupon) and is offering $10 of coffee and yummie grinds for $5 (no joke).  But you can buy direct from her.  I bought two already.  Check it out.

Shout out to Citizen Coffee

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October 21, 2009

thinking about the Dollar

I have been thinking about the sinking dollar lately.  Kudlow MR. Supply side has been saying the low dollar is the end of America economy and leadership worldwide.  Not sure.  I agree if people stop buying it and stop buying Tbills.  But that hasn’t happened yet.  I asked a friend of mine who runs a hedge fund about it and being a hedgie he answered like this

the question with the dollar is against what?

dollar v gold = short
dollar v ag = short
dollar v oil = short
dollar v AUS/CA = short
dollar v Yen = long
dollar v Euro = long
So if you are going to trade the trend versus another commodity, those are your trades.  That doesn’t help me, a guy with alot of dollars and all my expenses in the US decide if I should diversify or not. 

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May 11, 2009

Reading my interview over at Curious Office

thanks Kelly.

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May 6, 2009

What is REALLY looking for in a Ruby Developer?

Well, we have a pretty high bar and a great team.  The job descriptions on-line are broad on purpose.  I have been doing allot interviews and code screenings lately and (with Troy’s help) have decided to explicitly publish five specific minimum bars that we apply during the screening process.  If you want to work at as a Ruby Dev, here is what you will need to have done/do to make the cut. 

The whole Rails stack (2.2/2.3+) – unless you can point to a Rails app you have been responsible for building from top to bottom chances are you don’t have enough experience


GitHub and git - you have an account, you've forked and sent pull requests, hopefully they've been accepted.


You test.  A lot.  Preferably with shoulda.


Stuff that evolves from operating a large Web app -- full-text search (Sphinx, Solr), async job queues (ActiveMQ, delayed_job), DB sanity (foreign key enforcement, migration)


Consumed enough APIs to explain the ones you've liked and the ones that were just endless frustration



Pluses: Happily spent an entire day ‘building a slice’.  Don't need to ask what EBS means or how AWS probably implemented it.  Done role-based capistrano deployment.  Geocoded a million rows.

Go ahead, apply, it is fun

or direct to the Ruby job

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February 24, 2009

A little lesson from history on how gun control actually INCREASES crime

from history and from RECENT experience in Australia.


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

List of 7 items:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson:  With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.

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January 19, 2009

Forget the Cadillac Limo for Obama, get me one of these Suburbans

Cadillac One

Gatling Gun-Equipped Suburban

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January 6, 2009

0% of 42,993 people who have taken the quiz are like me

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Money Managing Traveling De-Clutterer

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January 5, 2009

just set up a Gravatar

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December 21, 2008

more snow pics around the house today








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snowboarding down Queen Anne Ave, Seattle

i didn’t do it last time it snowed enough.

So I did it three times this morning.

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December 18, 2008

white Christmas

Seattle is finally getting one


Our purple Christmas tree



snow at the office



snow at the office

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December 2, 2008

Yes sir it is Christmas

Finn and I brought out Karaoke Santa.  It must be the season.

  martin and santa sing

Martin Sing’s along with Santa, Jingle Bells

martin interviews santa

Hello Santa, what do you think of this economic slow down?

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October 29, 2008

A nice couch is a good thing

Over at a friend's house. One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is read the paper and maybe nap on the couch. This is one of the most comfortable I have found. Dania. Reminds me of when I used to run the Seattle Couch Museum, but that is another story entirely. IMG_0030[1].jpg

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October 1, 2008

trying out windows writer

martinoffice 10 small

i really need a drag and drop editor that makes it easier to add photos and doesn't require me to edit the tags. w.Bloggar has served me well, but fails in this area. With more media being posted, I am trying windows Writer.  I like the GUI so far. 


ok, first default publishing using the MT upload api for images gave the wrong path.  So i changed uploading to FTP. Windows writer did a VERY good job of navigating the FTP site and letting me click through directories to pick the right one and to choose the link path.  It even validated the link path. Way better than w.bloggar where this part is never explained.  I am thinking I am going to switch to windows writer for now. 

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September 16, 2008

wow glasses, i must be getting old

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September 14, 2008

Alt-A mortgages, the other shoe to drop

Ok, we have all heard of sub prime. But did you know that there are only about $855B of them? The next level up the rung (from the bottom) of easy to get mortgages are Alt-A mortgages. Those are also called "stated income". Basically no W2 required. Mostly made to small businesses or to people with lots of non wage income, they just said "my income is XXX" and there was little verification. Estimates of overstated income range from 5-50%. And then these small businesses are not doing well in the current environment. In the second quarter default rates of this kind of loans went into double digits. Hummm... More coming.

See where all the bones are in Alt-A mortgages over at Bloomberg.

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trying google talk

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September 2, 2008

some things are better done in person

just spent half an hour trying to use USAA deposit at home to scan and deposit a check for $7.39 (my 1.1% of the securites fraud class action against 360 Networks). It failed numerous times with driver conflicts with the Dell scanner and color problems. three checks deposited fine about 3 minutes each. Some things are better done in person at the bank.
oh well.

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August 30, 2008

Martin Tobias: parking lot slayer

Some people have no sense of irony or humor. I hope you do, the Stranger does:

Martin Tobias, the developer seeking to destroy Madrona’s beloved parking lot, dismisses the neighborhood concerns. “An asphalt parking lot is not worth saving,” argues Tobias. “There’s nothing to save. Nothing.”

It’s thanks to attitudes like Tobias’s that photographs are all that remain of most of Ballard’s beloved parking lots and Belltown’s historic parking lots; they may be all that remain of the parking lots in your neighborhood one day, too.

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July 22, 2008

Wow, another great article on my house

Sounds like a fun place to live.

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June 25, 2008

Tobias Foundation Sumba biodiesel project report

Just finished a post about the project over on the Foundation web page. All the dirty details.

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June 23, 2008

thinking about sheds again

thinking about small sheds for storage of toys at my surf camp.
Looking at KitHaus (too expensive pre sq ft), modern-shed (good prices, a little small) and moderncabana (less modern, slightly more expensive). I will probably go over to the modern-shed offices here in seattle and see if they can do something slightly larger for me.

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June 17, 2008

Your Last Lecture

If you had to give one final lecture in your life, what would you say? If you knew you were dying. Randy Pausch gave such a lecture. Watch it here. One of the pioneers in Virtual Reality, his talk is not about that, but about what his childhood dreams were and how he progressed on those in this life. Very inspirational. Very positive in a way you wouldn't expect from a guy dying. He does one handed pushups! Watch it if you have an extra hour.

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May 20, 2008

Have some free stuff for summer

A couple free things if you live in Seattle. Electronics and a pool that I am done with but don't want to put in the land fill just yet, they still have legs. Reuse!

HP LaserJet 2100TN

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May 1, 2008

thinking about virtual data rooms

just doing some due diligence on a deal. They have a virtual data room at V-rooms. I have just used sharepoint before for this kind of thing. Sharepoint has less logging features and less workflow, but is free. I like v-rooms, but it is expensive. and they have full logging of everyone who looks at everything. sometimes that is not what you want (according to the lawyers).

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February 25, 2008

Update bio

I know you have all been waiting for this. Complete with hyperlinks!

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Bubble chart in Wired

People keep asking for the bubble chart, showing the key influencers from technology going into clean tech. Wired did a good job here.
Here is a link to it. (careful 12.5MB download).

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February 13, 2008

Thinking about Lent 2008

I have been posting about my Lenten observances since 2003. Getting started a little late this year due to being in Mexico at a wedding. I did go to the beautiful church of Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mex, on Ash Wendnesday. Many people give up something for 40 days. In recent years I have tended to commit myself to something for 40 days. This year it will be fasting each day (one full meal and two smaller snacks not to equal one meal) and not eating any meat on fridays. This is a traditional Catholic observence. Started it today.

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February 12, 2008

new top key word leading to dgc

I am happy to say that a quick check of the web stats just now shows that searching for "martin tobias" has edged out "buy cocaine" as the leading search term of origin bringing people to Deep Green Crystals. Whew...

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My Oaxaca, Mexico Flickr stream

just got back. see the photos here.
Morgan and Sarah had a beautiful wedding!

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February 3, 2008

ummm more tech chocolate

Thanks Joi for the tip over to TCHO Beta. Good to see what Louis is up to now. Ever since Timothy Childs did Cabaretchocolates, I am stuck on pure high end dark chocolate. It seems that they have changed their model and are back in research mode because you can't buy their chocolates on their site anymore. I just ordered some TCHO so look for the review soon.

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January 25, 2008

renderings of my building I am building

I am building a 14,000 sq ft mixed use rest/office/live/work space in Madrona near the corner of 34th and Union. Check out some of the new renderings from the architect today. It should be ready middle of 2009.

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January 23, 2008

My Birthday goals

Ok, today is my birthday. 44 years young. Here are two goals I have every year, this is the third year I have done it.

1. ride my bike at least as many miles as you are years old. Today I rode 45 mi (overachiever that I am).
2. Surf for the number of hours in the first digit of your age. 4 hours. Paddling out in half an hour on the stand up board at Waikiki. If I surf till sunset it will be more like 5 hours.

now if I can only keep that up into the 70s.


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January 14, 2008

More pictures of my clarion 310C auto pc

On Ebay I am selling a Clarion AutoPC 310C. Here are some more pics.

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January 11, 2008

New Year's resolution

Only two this year.
1. Use only reusable shopping bags, NEVER take a plastic one.
2. Spruce up my German.

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December 21, 2007

Want to see the Sonics in my seats?

I have had season tickets for 15 years. First row of bleachers.  Great seats.  I have a couple games up on stubhub if you want them.

Event: Dallas Mavericks at Seattle SuperSonics Tickets
Venue: Key Arena
Date: April 13, 2008 06:00 (PDT)

Section: 107
Row: 1
Seats: 14,15
Price: $250.00

To check this out, just follow this link -

StubHub is your place to buy tickets.

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December 19, 2007

or use this link

to my segment on KIRO Profiles.

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Look mom, an extended TV interview with Martin

Just watched the KIROTV profile of me.  Kinda creepy to see myself larger than life on the 16 ft TV screen.  Oh, well, there is a small screen version here for those who are interested. 

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December 17, 2007

More tech people going green

ZDNet has picked up on the story (welcome late guys).  I like this part:

Although it's in a different industry, Microsoft's heavy presence in
the Seattle area could be helping boost the creation of green

Former Microsofties, who either cashed out or simply moved on, have
founded green-tech companies. Perhaps the most successful Microsoft
veteran so far is Martin Tobias, CEO of biodiesel maker Imperium

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My profile on KIROTV

KIRO TV is doing a news program on people in the NorthWest.  Apparently there is  a segment on me coming up Tuesday Dec. 18 at 10PM.  Set your TIVO.

Making the world a better place—and making a profit while doing it—is
Martin Tobias’ latest venture. The founder and CEO of Loudeye
Technologies wants Americans to kick their fossil fuel addiction and
switch to environmentally-friendly biodiesel. In 2004 he joined a group
of investors to lay the groundwork for the construction of the nation’s
largest biodiesel refinery; in August, Imperium Renewables began
refining and selling biodiesel worldwide.Tobias tells KIRO 7’s
Chris Egert the only thing that matters to him is solving the critical
problems facing America. First it was conquering computer technology;
now it’s supplying alternative energy.

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December 12, 2007

Liberal/Republican holiday wishes

Received this from a friend today. It is brilliant:

To all myLiberal friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the wintersolstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To all my Republican friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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October 1, 2007

Rainy day in Portland

Thanks to everyone who supported me and the other Imperium Renewable team members in the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong ride yesterday in Portland. It was 50 degrees and driving rain with a 10 mile headwind! But most everyone made it and even smiled in the end. The team raised over $12K for the foundation and LAF raised over $1.7M in the entire event. Thanks!

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July 20, 2007

some new art I just bought

From Argentinean artist Karina El Azem

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June 1, 2007

Pre-order 50 Great Walks in Florida

My mother, Lucy Tobias has gotten her first book published, 50 Great Walks in Florida, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I helped with a few of the walks and data gathering, it was fun. Check it out.

From the press release:

"50 Great Walks in Florida is divided by geographic regions and each section includes at least one beach or wetlands walk, a historic walk, a garden walk, a place to see wildlife, and one locale with an unusual natural feature. Included are the Vietnam Memorial, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Coca-Cola Town, Ybor City Fresh Market, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and even a ghost tour!

Tobias recommends additional activities for each walk and offers suggestions for where to stop nearby, including local restaurants, to enhance the regional and cultural experience. This handy guide includes comprehensive locator maps, listings for trip essentials, and useful warnings about possible dangers such as poinsonwood sap.

Lucy Beebe Tobias, now retired, is an award-winning reporter, environmental writer, and photographer for the New York Times newspapers in Florida."

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May 29, 2007

The first chain mail I have ever posted

I get lots of spam. And lots of "whacky, silly" mails forwarded by other people. Even urban myths. This one below is attributed to Jay Leno, but I have no personal confirmation. I may call him tomorrow and ask him personally. If i get him to comment, I will post about it. From my personal conversations with him, I have heard him say a number of times "stop the whining", so I wouldn't put it past him to write something like this. But it does have a few more references to God than I would expect. The reason I am reposting it though, is that regardless of who wrote it, I agree that America is the greatest nation on earth and most people are totally ungrateful and unappreciative of the freedoms and prosperity we have. Reading the NYT and watching CNN is bad. Try reading European press. You would think America is the root of all evil in the world and Pres. Bush is the devil incarnate. America is the greatest nation on earth and I think my lucky stars every day to be a part of it, whoever is leading it. Turn off the TV, stop reading sensationalist stuff. Make up your own mind.


"The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine
and came across some poll data I found rather hard
to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of
Americans are unhappy with the direction the country
is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy
with the performance of the president. In essence,
2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started
thinking, ''What we are so unhappy about?''

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24
hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the
result of having air conditioning in the summer and
heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of
these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability
to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more
food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean
to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification
papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the
hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the
way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having
thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around
the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when
we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide
services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you
to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans
who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that
in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained
firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch
equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you,
your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home
watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or
prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a
bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your
family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of
a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and
pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent
of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political
freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the
world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful,
spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the
world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens.
They see us for what we are. The most blessed people
in the world who do nothing but complain about what we
don't have, and what we hate about the country instead
of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took
us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president
who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the
same president who guided the nation in the dark days after
9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy
out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been
called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all
the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks?

The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army
that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how
bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news
affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't
take a look around for yourself and see all the good things
and be glad?

Think about it......are you upset at the President because
he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the
"Media" told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful
behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases
may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft
in this country. They didn't have to go.

They are able to refuse to go and end up with
either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable''
discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable''
discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the
minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you
want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads
and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch
a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch
kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows
this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They
offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend
their actions by "justifying" them in one way or another.
Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J.
Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife,
but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Stop buying the negativism you are fed everyday by
the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the
New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then
start being grateful for all we have as a country. There
is exponentially more good than bad.

We are among the most blessed people on Earth and
should thank God several times a day, or at least be
thankful and appreciative."

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control,
mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up
the country from one end to another, and with the
threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is
a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

Jay Leno

Please keep this in circulation. There are so many
people that need to read this and grasp the truth of it all.

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May 16, 2007

I need to reset Google keywords somehow

I make one post one time about auctions where you can buy drug-lord cast-offs and forever the #1 search term leading to my blog is "buy cocaine". Anyone have any idea how to reset that? Yikkes...

Search Keyphrases (Top 10)

Full list
2382 different keyphrases Search Percent
buy cocaine 73 1.7 %
biodiesel impala 72 1.7 %
martin tobias 65 1.5 %
where to buy cocaine 44 1 %
biodiesel motorcycle 42 1 %
herf gun 41 0.9 %
green crystals 37 0.8 %
whipple supercharger 37 0.8 %
home nas 36 0.8 %
1000 hp 33 0.7 %
Other phrases 3688 88.4 %

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May 5, 2007

who is that?

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January 5, 2007

Hollywood does Harley road trip

Not exactly Easy Rider, but should be pretty funny: Touchstone Pictures -- The Official Homepage

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December 23, 2006

Pop Psycology for the new year

There is an e-mail going around called "getting to know you" for the new year. Many of you may have gotten it. The idea is to answer a bunch of questions that may be revelatory to your person. My mother sent it to me and I have answered and re-posted on my blog. Write up yours in comments....

Martin Tobias

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:10 a.m. Oahu Hawaii time.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Neither. Not very manly.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Nativity Story.
4. What is your favorite tv show? TV? What's that?
5. What did you have for breakfast? Kashi instant oatmeal with raisins and Kona coffee.
6. What is your middle name? Gabriel (as in the Angel)
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican fish tacos
8. What foods do you dislike? Sushi
9. Favorite chips? Corn tortilla
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Screaming Trees
11. What kind of car do you drive? VW Beetle diesel on biodiesel
12. What is your favorite sandwich? Turkey club with avacado
13. What characteristics do you despise? Laziness, people without obvious passions or interests in life.
14. What are your favorite clothes? Shorts and teesirts
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? Sayulita Mexico
16. Favorite brand of clothing? Prada
17. Where would you want to retire? Did that twice already, it is boring.
18. Favorite time of day? Sunset in Hawaii
19. Where were you born? Seattle, WA
20. What is your favorite sport to watch? Tour de France
23. Pepis or Coke? Diet Coke with lime and Spenda.
24. Beavers or ducks? Beavers, go OSU!
25. Are you a morning person person or a night owl? Night owl
26. Pedicure or manicure? Manicure, clear.
27. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? It is never too late to start surfing.
28. What did you want to be when you were little? Rich.
29. What is your best childhood memory? Hiking with the family in the Pacific Northwest.
30. Piercings? Nope
31. Ever been to Africa? Nope
32. Ever been toilet papering? Of course
33. Been in a car accident? Yes, won them all.
34. Favorite day of the week? Thursday
35. Favorite restaurant? Wahoo's fish taco (or in Seattle Taco Del Mar)
36. Favorite Flower? tulip
37. Favorite ice cream? Cookie dough
38. Favorite fast food restaurant? Taco Time
39. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Twice
40. From whom did you get your last email? Jerry
41. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Barney's New York.
42. Bedtime? 11 or later
43. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Finn
44. Last person you went to dinner with? Ray Iwamoto
45. What are you listening to right now? SOMA FM Groove Salad
46. What is your favorite color? Black
47. How many tattoos do you have? One
48. How many are you sending this email to? A few.
49. What time did you finish this email? 9:05am Hawaii.
50. Favorite magazine? Dwell and Men's Fitness

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September 15, 2006

My mother win's a photo contest

My mother is an outdoor writer. She just finished a travel book on walks in Florida. Last week she was in the keys at a conference that also had a photo contest with it. Very cool shots of Key West! FOWA Photo Contest 06

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April 23, 2006

My new home page

thanks Kevin for the | popular urls to the latest web buzz. All the metafilters in one place. 10 minutes a day and you get all the relevance filters from various different communities in one place. I would like to move the priority around on the screen though.

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November 13, 2005

roller Derby is back

Last week I went to a couple of the NW Film Forum's events showcasing films about Roller Derby. Let's Roll - Films on Wheels. They also showed highlights of the first season of Rat City Rollergirls which was a blast! Seattle Biodiesel will be sponsoring the champions of the league, the Derby Liberation Front next year. Look for announcements of the schedule.

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October 17, 2005

congratulations to Derby Liberation Front!

Saturday night was the big Thriller in Magnuson Park. The new Rat City Rollergirls league crowned the Derby Liberation Front as champ! The Seattle Times: Derby dames crown winner. I went to one of the first ones this year with around 200 fans. Saturday night was sell out over 2,000 fans. This is the new hot ticket in Seattle. Does your town have a rollerderby league?

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September 19, 2005

slide show from New Orleans

Received this slide show from a friend today. slideshowYou may have already seen it going around the net. Very graphic pictures of the huricane in action set to a song about New Orleans. This is THE great American tragedy. On the scale of the tidal wave last year that now seems so far away. I am giving through these people, I am sure you all are doing your part as well.

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July 29, 2005

Some useless facts from the past

Dear readers, sorry for the lapse in posting. Last weekend I moved into our new house that we have been building for 2 years. Still partially in boxes. Only got the internet and phones working today. Ouch. I have also been going through alot of boxes of stuff. Most of it is familiar having just moved from our most recent house. But some of it is much older. From the "storage locker" which I pledged to empty with the new house. Some of it I packed after college (86/7). Most of it is from my move with Microsoft to Germany (92) and hasn't been opened since. These are the little "treasures" that I have been keeping for "when I have enough room". Well now I do. So over the next week you may get a few of the more interesting ones here.

Just ran across a couple of useless but somewhat interesting tidbits.

1. A yellow legal pad on to which in 1988 I had drawn a grid with a ruler and made a manual spreadsheet of my income and expenses (I was a nobody without a computer at Andersen Consulting). There was a whole year of the budget vs actuals written in pencil with a colum for each week.
2. On page 4 was a list of my "long-term debt". To wit:
US National Bank Visa $1,700
First Interstate Bank Line of Credit $1,300
First Interstate Bank Visa $160
Seafirst Bank Line of Credit $2,000
Far West Bank Master Card $600
American Express $400

Total $6,160
Ah the good old days.....

3. A tax delinquency notice from Washington State for a company I started called the "Triathlon Supply Store".
4. A Pacific Northwest Sleep/wake center intake form for sleeping disorders. I swear it was copied on mimeograph and written with a manual typewriter! It turns out I was just working out too much too late at night and getting my heartrate up. Silly boy.

Isn't this fun?

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May 30, 2005

NYT missed some Microsoft guys

Funny the news behind the news. This weekend, the NYT did a story: The Microsoft Millionaires Come of Age - New York Times with many of my friends in it. Now I don't subscribe to the Treason Times, so a friend had to send me the link with the following very nice commentary:

It's a shame they don't drill down to the next level and talk about
how you msft millionaires helped others get a life!

Take me, for example.

I'm running a business that is kicking ass thanks to a couple of
years at

That was the best education I ever had.


Paul Clark - Walkthrough Media, LLC
13322 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 405, Seattle, WA 98133
Tel: (206) 696-3334 Email:

No thanks required Paul, you are the best! Great to see my partner Rich and Ignition Partners in there as well. One way to read the article would be to conclude "isn't that nice those people can now do what they want after working so hard." Another, more appropriate way in my case, would be to conclude that now many people have the resources to persue their passions. The most interesting stories are of people who have passions that involve helping other people (start companies for example). What fun is it to be so smart if all you do is use it to play around? I much prefer energizing others to follow their passions as well.

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