Dr. Pete's Obligatory Bio

I was hunting for the perfect photo to put on this page, and then I took this one. I know what you're thinking – that's the best you could do? The thing is, that photo is about as accurate as they get.

Sometimes (read that "daily"), I pick things up and I think "What if I put that on my head?" I was born a scientist, and if I'm sure of one thing, it's that insatiable curiosity is either my greatest strength or a sure sign of total insanity (probably both).

What can I say about me? Should I say it in the 1st-person or the 3rd-person? How do I/he craft that perfect blend of sophistication, wit, and subtle pretension that will make me/him look like a humble but unappreciated genius?

I could start with a list - lists are popular. I'm a psychologist, entrepreneur, marketer, and dad. I am not a guru. I am also not a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. I'm not even sure what a candlestick is, actually. Is that the holder thingy or just the actual candle? I haven't used a candle in a while. Actually, I do occasionally cut meat and mix flour and water to make bread, but calling myself a "butcher" or "baker" seems a bit over the top.

I started this blog because, like a lot of people, I'm easily distracted. I'm sure that comes as a surprise. Did you see that YouTube video where a bunch of kittens ride around on a Roomba? That was awesome.

I was born in 1970, which means the 80s pretty much defined my formative years. I learned that a montage, a rock anthem, and a transforming robot could solve just about any problem. Unfortunately, I've found those lessons hard to apply as a businessman and dad. Hard problems never seem to magically montage themselves away, and Optimus Prime is never there when you need him.

So, I'm trying to grow up. There are days when, as you can probably tell, I don't get it quite right.

This blog is a personal blog, but I hope it's also a shared experience. It's about trying to get back to the basics - not relying so much on technology, but on willpower and focus. It's about finding out what you're capable of if you shut out the noise and really pay attention to what you're doing. Hopefully, we all learn something along the way.