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It’s Time to Change Langley High School’s Mascot and Branding

Nicholas Kosar Culture, kosarlife

In 793 CE, “on 8 January the raiding of heathen men miserably devastated God’s church in Lindisfarne island by looting and slaughter.” And thus the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle documents the first Viking raid on the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, in northern England. What does this have to do with Langley High School? Well, quite a lot. It’s a simple issue that …

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Start Me Up: Keith Richards’ Startup Advice

Nicholas Kosar kosarlife, Tech

Guitarist Keith Richards is infamous for heroin addiction and supposedly snorting his father’s ashes. Those topics should pale in comparison to his incredible musical accomplishments with the Rolling Stones. But, he also is an illuminating source for startup inspiration and advice. Richards has the answers to questions such as, “How do you get it started when you’ve never done it …

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Early Stage Failures: The Path to Success?

Nicholas Kosar Digital Products, kosarlife, Startups

I’m in the early stages of some digital product ideas, one of which is approaching what I will call the official “startup” stage. This particular idea is my “Big Idea,” and therefore it’s the one that has potential “Failure” written all over it during my darker moments. That’s given me some time to reflect on the subject of Failure – …

If England Is to Win Tournaments, They’ll Need Expat Players

Nicholas Kosar Culture, kosarlife, Soccer

I’m not even English, and I’m tired of seeing the under-performance of this team at the World Cup and European championships. They never deliver on expectations. Are the expectations too high? I don’t think so. A semi-final, a quarterfinal, even a final should happen every dozen years at least. So what is the problem? One commentator today – after Iceland’s …

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Rethinking Maps: Colonial Waterways > Interstates > Digital Mental Maps

Nicholas Kosar Culture, kosarlife, Tech, Travel

I’ve been road-tripping a lot through Virginia in the last few years. Like many, I’ve also been road-tripping around the internet. A strong coffee while waiting for my two youngest daughters to get their annual homeschool end-of-year testing, and I came up with this … my Medium-based ruminations on the connections between American colonial ideas of geography, the (increasingly less …

Coffee Promotions Now, and in 1650s London

Nicholas Kosar Content Marketing, kosarlife, x

So we know how coffee is promoted these days – there are all kinds of inventive ways. Three cool versions are shown here. But how was coffee promoted and regarded in 1650s London? Well, there’s this description which I found via Bryant Lillywhite’s 1963 London Coffeehouses (George Allen & Unwin), while reading an interesting biography of the great Christopher Wren: “in …

Questioning the No Cell Phone Rule

Nicholas Kosar Culture, kosarlife, Tech

Earlier this week I had the good fortune to meet a friend at his club – one of those nice, 100+-year-old, private clubs that give off an air of gentility and professionalism. Over the years, I’ve been to this club numerous times for events, lunches, and drinks, and always felt refreshed by the quiet, stately atmosphere. The food is good …

The Startup Creator’s Dilemma: Fear and Learning

Nicholas Kosar Content Marketing, kosarlife, Web Design, x

DC TechDay was invigorating yesterday. Better put: the more you engaged in it, the more you got out of it. Talking with so many marketers, designers, founders, and coders yesterday made me grateful that we live during the exciting world of smartphone-centered, cloud-based technological power. Prior to 2007, it was never so much fun as it now is to be …

Travel Bloggers, Where Art Thou?

Nicholas Kosar kosarlife, Travel

World-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson, in this morning’s particularly fine FT Weekend, is refreshingly honest about the changing role and status of “experts” like herself in today’s society and economy. A couple quick quotes by Ms. Robinson succinctly state today’s new reality: “In the 21st century, the internet and now, particularly, the smartphone have changed everything.” “I have gone from …