I found a LEGO me!

He's called "traveler." The hair isn't quite right, but it's pretty close. They even included my man-purse. My 6yr old cousin will believe me...

Speaking of which, while I can custom build entire LEGO kits to be sent to my home, box and all, can I also get custom LEGO people? This would be killer. Alert Denmark!

My day at Book Expo America a success!

I met with a lot of interesting folks, many of whom were interested in xkcd: volume 0, which we (breadpig) published last year. I don't want to spill any beans yet, but let's just say you might be seeing more of that fine book in the near future.

I'd like to take a moment to thank Christopher Hitchens for remembering me - or feigning it really well - as well as for complimenting me on my Animal Farm shirt. Thanks! I'm enjoying your memoir, though it's making me want to sip Johnny Walker Black every time I pick it up.

Oh, and please disregard the "Berkeley" written on the pass (long story, but we're now actually Maryland-based now!).

NYTimes article on why reddit (and modern tech lifestyle) is ruining a 16 year old's grades

Researchers worry that constant digital stimulation like this creates attention problems for children with brains that are still developing, who already struggle to set priorities and resist impulses.

Connor’s troubles started late last year. He could not focus on homework. No wonder, perhaps. On his bedroom desk sit two monitors, one with his music collection, one with Facebook and Reddit, a social site with news links that he and his father love. His iPhone availed him to relentless texting with his girlfriend.

When he studied, “a little voice would be saying, ‘Look up’ at the computer, and I’d look up,” Connor said. “Normally, I’d say I want to only read for a few minutes, but I’d search every corner of Reddit and then check Facebook.”

OK, that headline isn't the thesis of the article, but there are quite a few reddit mentions in here. While I'm thrilled to have Connor and his dad as avid redditors, finding the right balance in life is key -- Steve & I needed to be able to pull ourselves away from WoW if we wanted any chance of creating reddit in the first place. Connor sounds like the kind of kid who could grow up to create a tech startup of his own, I'd hate for sites like reddit & facebook to get in the way of that.

We designed reddit to be addictive, which isn't really fair because -- unless it's changed since I was in high school -- homework is generally rather torturous. Most kids have trouble focusing on homework, which may or may not have been related to his recent slump in grades (I made the mistake of taking Calc 1/2 way too early, which doomed me for a semester).

But as much as I'm supposed to encourage the addiction, I'd rather see redditors, especially young ones, developing the discipline that'll make them great friends/parents/startup founders in the future. We love technology, but we're also supposed to be its master (for now at least, until it becomes self-aware).

I've been using RescueTime (a fellow YCombinator company) since they launched and find their "Get Focused" feature (which blocks distracting websites for a user-selected period of time) quite effective. I'm sure we could get their family a pro account...

If any of you know Connor or his family, please pass along this note from me, a reddit co-founder. I'll send him a reddit shirt, too, as long as he promises to wear it outside to go exploring one day.

Reason #248 why I only fly Virgin American (if I can help it)

Take a good look. The upgraded seat (all premium tv shows/movies are free and all the free booze & food you can consume) is actually cheaper than the regular seat (9861 pts) on the same flight. This is  in points, but the same goes for when you're paying, sometimes Virgin America gives you a pleasant little surprise like this. If this is a bug, please don't fix it.

It's as good of a feeling as when Zappos "surprises" me with expedited shipping every single time I order something with standard shipping. Hey Richard [Branson], I know you don't need it, but if you ever need a Virgin America investor...