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Dave Cortright
Silicon Valley, CA
Technologist · Designer · Environmentalist · Conservationist · Vegan · Singer
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I recently left my full-time job to contract. This meant I needed to get my own health care plan. I ended up going with Kaiser since it was very highly rated, and literally ½ the cost of the next cheapest option. Sorry, PAMF. I like you but not that much.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you travel a lot, like most of the wildlife conservationists I support, then you will likely want a Kindle or other eBook reader. Amazon makes its easy to manage books purchased on the Kindle or at, but not so much for books you aquire outside their ecosystem (like... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Info Tech for Non-Profits
On this MLK day, the one thing I am reflecting on for my own life is non-complementary behavior. There was a fantastic Invisibilia podcast on this about 18 months ago called Flip the Script. I highly recommend listening to it. This is a cornerstone to the game plan of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just watched this TED talk by Joel Jackson about his company Mobius. The concept is simple and brilliant: design a vehicle specifically for the rough roads in Africa, leave out all non-essentials to keep costs low, and build it locally (in Kenya) to avoid import duties. There's also an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I was talked to my friend Kerah about champing vs. chomping and tack vs. tact, and that got me thinking there must be a canonical list out there of the most common of these. I did find this list, which is very thorough. A little too thorough in my opinion.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this one out. I regularly buy freshly-squeezed orange juice (or tangerine when it’s available; Yum!). It comes in HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic containers, which have a seam where the two halves of the injection mold came together. The seam... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
My previous non-profit supports dozens of international wildlife conservationists, who come to the states 1–4 times each year for about 1–2 weeks each. As we all know, it is super useful to have a working mobile phone with data plan, especially for on-the-go logistics planning. FreedomPop is a good solution... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Excuses deny responsibility. Explanations allow for responsibility to be acknowledged, and also for the situation to be explored and understood. From Psych Central. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I was always a big fan or Warby Parker's concept: cheap, stylish glasses from a company that had good values. The only problem was I never really found a style from them I like. I did end up getting one pair, but I actually went back to my previous pair... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
One of my favorite comedians is Myq Kaplan. He recently posted on Facebook asking his fans to comment on a memory of meeting him or hearing his material. He made the point of responding to each comment, including mine. And now I see his posts all throughout my feed. So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
I absolutely love this scene from L.A. Story. It so perfectly captures the moment. The music is also a perfect match. On Your Shore by Enya. Strange how my heart beats To find myself upon your shore. Strange how I still feel My loss of comfort gone before. Cool waves... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I love this concept: Instead of Saying “I Don't Have Time,” Say “It's Not a Priority” We all have the same amount of time and attention. It's simply a matter of how we choose to spend it. Which reminds me of this great exchange in the excellent coming-of-age movie, Lady... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture. Still treat each... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Since the non-profit I worked for helped wildlife conservation worldwide, finding cheap international fares was important. I found Scott’s Cheap Flights to be a great resource. They look for flights to pretty much all destinations. But at least every week or two a deal will crop up for one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Info Tech for Non-Profits
Spills on the floor of the kitchen happen. It's a fact of life. About half of mine are just water, but the other half are food. I know most people either use paper towels, a mop, or a cleaning sponge for such clean up. But they are wasteful or inconvenient.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I was a relatively early adopter of the iPhone. I didn't get the original in 2007. But I did get the next one—3G—released the following summer. I worked for a VC incubator at the time, and we were working on mobile apps (like every entrepreneur on the planet was back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
As you may have seen, the Trump administration issued a list of words forbidden in CDC documents. They have followed this up with a list of words and phrases that are now required in all CDC documents. Donald J Trump, the BEST president clean coal green fracking abstinence faith-based fake... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
So first off, kudos to Apple for finally making it relatively easy to disable Touch ID or Face ID on an iPhone: when the phone is locked, press the power button 5 times in a row. So if you are entering a country, I recommend doing this before you get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
It really annoys me when customer service reps ask for my address, and then require me to also tell them the ZIP code. The ZIP code is not a part of the address. It is a convenience created by the US Postal Service to make their own sorting and delivery... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
Patreon recently announced a new fee structure starting later this month. The gist is that rather than take the fees out of the pledge behind the scenes from the supporter, the fees will be tacked on as a line item to the supporter’s bill. There are several reasons why this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
If you're looking for accurate and local weather, look no further than DarkSky. They have a mobile app as well. Or you can get a different app that is powered by the Dark Sky data feed. The one I use on my phone is Weather Line. I think they used... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
I just spent a bunch of time with my nieces around Thanksgiving, and it was a real blessing to do so. They are 12 and 15 (soon to be 13 and 16) and despite the occasional hormone-fueled reaction (hey, no judgement; we've all been there), they are happy, well-adjusted kids.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
AT&T finally hiked my bill one time too many. I was on the original unlimited data plan from 2008, and with the corporate discount I had, it was about $62/month for the longest time. Then they raised it $5 last year and another $5 this year. I guess they hope... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright
There are a bunch of online stores that sell contact lenses. Apparently Google Shopping is a big driver of their traffic, so they compete heavily on price in the Google Shopping results. For example, if you search for Acuvue 1-day moist contact lenses 90 pack, you’ll see the prices start... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at KPAO by Dave Cortright