Brady Brim-DeForest
I am Brady Brim-DeForest. These are my thoughts.*

I am a serial entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel
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I was founding CEO of Tubefilter.

I am Managing Director
of Marx&Trotsky.

I am co-founder of GoSustainable.

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Quilt officially launched today!

Quilt officially launched today!

Has anyone else seen the Google inline search calculator?

Has anyone else seen the Google inline search calculator?

Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world. — Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole

Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world. — Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole

The loudest person is not the best leader.
— Me

411 Meta

These Nigerian 411 scams are getting very meta:

Federal Republic of Nigeria
Three Arms Zones P.M.B 141 Abuja FCT NIGERIA

Policy Code:2994-3855-0011
ATTENTION: Scam Victim,

On behalf of the entire members of the National Assembly including the Senate members and the House of Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we want to inform you that the legislatures (law makers) has set up a committee which will investigate and reimburse all foreign individuals and companies that have lost their funds as a result of internet scam by some Nigerian Citizens. This committee will be headed by me and want to inform you that We have already informed the United Nations officials here in Nigeria regarding this initiative and they have pledge to work with us promptly.

This committee is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and other government security Agencies. The committee is responsible to reimburse all individual/company government unpaid foreign contractors since the Nigeria Government has already approved US$50M for this project. In addition, we have already notified the U.S Embassy, British High Commission, Germany High Commission, and Canadian Embassy etc. all situated here in Nigeria. Every individual that may have lost their funds one way of the other is eligible for the process and will be reimburse inline with Section 203 of this project act.

However inline with the information we received from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), your details has been short-listed after a proper review by the committee and we have approved Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$750,000.00) only to be transferred to you as part of the reimbursement initiative. The entitlement can only be claimed after we have completed our routine verification by submitting your details as listed.

1. Nationality
2. Full Name
3. Date of Birth
4. Telephone number
5. Residence Address

Please be informed that this is not associated with lottery promo and please if you think you are not eligible for this process, kindly disregard by deleting this message.

Thank you,



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The Regents of the University of California Respond

On Saturday, I sent an email to the Regents of the University of California in response to the chilling events that took place on the UC Davis Campus on Nov. 18th. Here is their response:

On behalf of the Board of Regents, thank you for your email regarding the appalling incidents that occurred by police against protestors on the University of California Berkeley and Davis campuses. Please know that your concerns will be forwarded to the Regents shortly so that they are all made aware of your serious concerns.

Several statements have been released by the University regarding these incidents. We hope that the following statements and actions taken by the Regents, the President, the Academic Senate, and the Chancellors will help address at least some of the concerns you expressed.

– UC Board of Regents Chairman Sherry Lansing has released a video statement that she is “shocked and appalled” by the images of police actions during recent incidents at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, and that she supports President Yudof’s effort to review systemwide procedures so that students can engage in peaceful protests. Regent Lansing also informed the UC community that the Board of Regents will meet by teleconference next Monday, November 28 at four locations around the state. That meeting will include an expanded public comment period to allow students greater access to express their views to the Board. Regent Lansing’s video statement is available here: Please note that tuition increases are not on the Regents November 28 agenda:

– Regarding the situation at UC Berkeley, last week President Mark Yudof released a letter to UC students expressing his distress over the incident, and his confidence that campus leadership will conduct a fair review of the unfortunate events (

– Following the incident at UC Davis, President Mark Yudof issued a statement that he was appalled by the situation and that he will do everything in his power to protect the rights of UC students, faculty, and staff to engage in non-violent protest (

– President Yudof yesterday convened the chancellors of all 10 campuses, indicating that UCOP senior leadership will examine the incidents, thoroughly review police procedures and training, and recommend long-term practices to ensure the safety of those demonstrating peaceful protest (

– Regents Faculty Representative and Academic Senate Chair Robert Anderson has forwarded to President Yudof four statements adopted by the UC Systemwide Academic Council regarding the imperative that campuses should exercise restraint in responding to peaceful protests and that UC faculty support the right of free speech by all members of the UC community. The UC Academic Council also reiterated its opposition to the state’s divestment in higher education (

– Chancellor Linda Katehi has apologized for the incidents on the Davis campus ( and issued two media releases stating that the police chief and officers involved in the UC Davis incident have been placed on administrative leave ( She also released a letter to the UC Davis community indicating that a task force of faculty, students, and staff will be formed to review the events, and that the UCD Office of Student Affairs will review policies in relation to encampments and consider whether they reflect the current needs of students (

– Chancellor Robert Birgeneau issued a statement to the UC Berkeley campus that he has asked the Chair of the UCB Police Review Board to launch an immediate investigation into the police actions on that campus (

Again, we hope that these statements help allay at least some of your valid concerns. Though it was an egregious situation that prompted you to write the Board, the Regents always appreciate your taking the time to express your views regarding any issue involving the University of California. Please feel free to continue to do so in the future.  

Marsha Kelman
Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Regents

——-Original Message——-
From: Brady Brim-DeForest
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:37 PM
Subject: An Abuse of Power at UC Davis

Dear Regents of the University of California,

I watched with great dismay, videotape of the incident that took place
on the UC Davis Campus yesterday afternoon (Nov. 18, 2011) in which UC
Davis Campus Police fired pepper spray directly into the faces of a
line of peaceful, non-violent student protestors, locked arm-in-arm
sitting on the ground in defense of their first amendment rights to
free speech and peaceable assembly.

At the direction of UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi, who was
appointed by your board in 2009, UC Davis Campus Police used excessive
and unnecessary force against the students they swore to protect and
serve. This incident was a brutal demonstration of power that shames
the police force, the UC Davis administration that authorized and
encouraged these actions, and the broader University of California

As a concerned citizen of this great state, I urge you to launch an
immediate investigation into the actions of Chancellor Katehi, UC
Davis Campus Police, and any other agencies involved in this egregious
abuse of power.

Brady Brim-DeForest