For anyone who has had a revelation, they’ll probably recount that it involved a particular success or even failure, or maybe it involved some wise words from someone with many years of experience. For Tian Mu, an entrepreneur, video game designer, and philanthropist, one of the biggest turning points of his life involved a cereal box full of insects.

When Tian first founded Naked Sky Entertainment in 2002, he was living with his business partners in Sherman Oaks, California, and needed a few part-time jobs to sustain himself. He calls it a period of being a “starving entrepreneur” where he’d…


In 1988, I remember watching the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. If you have not seen it and had plans to excavate 80’s comedies, then I offer this Spoiler Alert: The film is about a kid who is magically transformed into an adult by an old school fortune-telling arcade game, but is still a twelve-year-old on the inside. Watching this as a kid around the same age as the lead character made a couple of strong impressions. The first was that I’m pretty sure Tom Hanks’ character had sex with an adult woman in the movie, which at the time…


My disdain for social media began long before the atrocities we all witnessed at the nation’s capitol on January 6th. It even began before Facebook had a viable ad platform, later to be fueled by misinformation and enragement. Years back, my early disheartening observations were mostly around this new phenomenon of virtual relationships replacing in-person ones. Users began to frantically collect friends and followers like a hunter might mount elk heads on their study walls. And even though these users might have been privy to what their “friends” had eaten for lunch or who had most recently vacationed in Mexico…


“People have no respect for impermanence. We take no delight in it; in fact, we despair of it. We regard it as pain. We try to resist it by making things that will last — forever, we say — things that we don’t have to wash, things that we don’t have to iron. Somehow, in the process of trying to deny that things are always changing, we lose our sense of the sacredness of life. We tend to forget that we are part of the natural scheme of things.”

— Pema Chödrön

Many moons ago, I was considering a tattoo…


Some believe life is a game. Quite literally. Elon Musk was quoted as saying the chances of us not being in a simulation were billions to one. Scientific American has since published articles stating that the chances are 50/50, and most recently published a piece two days ago titled “Confirmed! We Live in a Simulation.”

Others see life as a game in a more philosophical, and even spiritual way. For Aaron LeMay, his worldview was formed as a child, while watching a small cluster of pixels bounce between the Atari Pong paddles that he and his father were controlling. He…


I’ll have to start with my standard disclaimer that I’m not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. This post is lengthy, but reflects one of the most important transitions of my life. This story starts near the time of my birth. My earliest memories of my father involve his back pain. The restricted activities, the special chairs, ointments, gadgets and the lengthy daily ritual of corrective stretches on custom-shaped foam blocks. Oh, and the constant professional care. The doctors, chiropractors, surgeons, massage therapists, osteopaths, energy workers and acupuncturists. In 1970, my father was 28 years…


Sustainability is at the top of our list for ways technology and new media can create meaningful positive change. We recently had the pleasure to do work for The Ocean Institute and their Board Chairman, Vipe Desai. Founded in 1977, this community-based nonprofit organization educates students and public visitors across more than 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor, adjacent to a Marine Conservation Area, the site is ideal for hands-on learning about the sea.

One of the first things many of the new students learn is that beneath the oceans’…


On January 6th, 2021, I was ready to step away from working in tech and digital. Not in a contemplative way. I actually started writing my notes for the conversation I planned on having with my business partner. I wasn’t holding big tech entirely responsible for causing the attempted dismantling of American democracy and all the violence leading up to that day, but I could no longer ignore its involvement.

Digital had started feeling dirty to me long before it turned political. For years, I had been witnessing the addictive mechanisms in social media platforms through my friends, family, and…


And it’s not just apps. It’s professional websites, online stores, or really any type of digital product or software. The short answer is: time is money. Like building a structure, software requires teams of specialists performing very time-intensive tasks. Since software does not require any physical material, many people have a hard time wrapping their heads around the cost of piecing together bits and bytes when there are no atoms nor molecules involved. To better explain, let’s run with this building analogy.

Bike Sheds

The cost to build any structure depends on the size and complexity of the overall project. A bike…


My ten-month-old daughter reminds me so much of my now seven-year-old son. Like him, she really never stops moving, even in her sleep. When he was not much older than she is now, I was curious as to if I could include him in a well-rounded exercise routine for three weeks. Because — why not? If anything it would provide me with a fresh fitness routine, give my wife a much needed break, and best of all, give he and I some time together alone for twenty-one days. Imposing an unnecessary constraint on any scenario can be really interesting. For…

Elijah Szasz

Elijah runs a LA/SLC creative agency focused on the good side of technology. He’s also a mediocre athlete, father, and entrepreneur. https://www.spark6.com/

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