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June 2013

Traveling Light


It's my first trip to Iceland, so I'm not sure what to expect other than, uh, ice. Weather says it's about 12 degrees, but I'm not sure whether that's Farenheit, Celsius or Kelvin.

So I'm packing my parka, rain pants, fleece, flashlight, bass, tuner, multi-stomp effects pedals, guitar cables, wireless cables, portable amp, not-so-portable amp, noise cancelling headphones, other headphones, headphone amp, digital audio recorder, drum machine, iRig, Ampkit, digital SLR, digital compact camera, video recorder, portable hard drive, laptop, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod, iPod shuffle, Big Jambox, not-so-big Jambox, Digital-Audio-Converter, line splitter, y-cables, Kindle, reading light, GPS, charger, optical cables, sync cables, non-sync cables, backup batteries, backup backup cables, heart rate monitor, Fitbit, alarm clock, Nespresso machine, smartwatch, stop watch, dumb watch and getting away from it all. Just the essentials. Also, some hiking boots, but I'm not sure I'll really need those.

As they say in Iceland: Haltu kjafti og drekka Brennivín þína.

Yak Whisperer Goes to Iceland


It's been a couple of years since I've been active at Yak Whisperer.  But just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.  The braintrust over at Kleiner Perkins has been amping up their socio meets loco strategy and they've bought a new stake in  Turns out over the last few years, there's been rather a rapid growth in social networks for yak herders.  Oddly enough, they're sending me to Iceland to check out some opportunities for expansion and potential collaboration with some geothermal-powered MMPORG banking simulation startups.  

Sounds totally disruptive!  So I'll be updating the site for a few weeks, while checking out the local surfing and blues bars.  Iceland and blues seem to go together like fermented shark and black death.