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Boy Scouts of America Revising Anti-Gay Stance

(picture of me and my fantastic Scoutmasters of Troop 101)

Today I was reading that the Boy Scouts of America may begin accepting openly gay boys into Scouting nationwide. This is a real step forward for the organization. 

I am an Eagle Scout and I have many friends who are gay. There was even a gay scout in my troop. I remember finding out about this one particular individual because I was attempting to reconnect with past Eagle Scouts from my troop. I was curious to see what they were up to. His Mypace page back in 2006 or so was all glittery-stars in the background and there were pictures of him with his boyfriend. I was not surprised to learn this about my old Scouting partner. In fact, I was really proud of him for just being himself. He was in his 20s and no longer had to hide behind a facade. Once he left high school and Scouts he could finally be honest with himself. I dare say, that he should not have been forced to wait so long.

Since then, I have come to learn that there were even more gay scouts in my troop. I can’t imagine it would have been easy being surrounded by all these teenage boys - who are young, obnoxious and for many homophobic and unrelenting. Scouts across the country should be thrilled that the national organization is FINALLY doing something forward thinking. I know that this reinvigorates my support. There are thousands if not tens of thousands ( or more no doubt) gay scouts who deserve proper recognition and reconciliation. 

Should Scouting wish to remain a relevant developmental tool for millions of young men around the country for years to come, it will have to evolve. And to this end, I salute the Scouts for doing the right thing. We can not right the wrongs of the past, but we can move together towards a better and brighter future.

I am always inspired by my walks in the forest. This past weekend I made it out to Druid Heights for my annual pilgrimage. This time around, I found a tree house. Literally a house built 20 feet off the ground with tree trunks. 

Pretty neat. 

More pictures to follow.

I am always inspired by my walks in the forest. This past weekend I made it out to Druid Heights for my annual pilgrimage. This time around, I found a tree house. Literally a house built 20 feet off the ground with tree trunks.

Pretty neat.

More pictures to follow.

Give Praise and Be Proud

In this self-absorbed era of twitter, blogs and instagram, I think its of vital importance to tell people that you care about how much they mean to you. We all play off of each other in one way or another. We share ideas as entrepreneurs. We share our couches, coffee, laptops, office space. We should also share praise.

Nate Westheimer - You rock man. I have known you throughout our start-up careers. Its only been a short time since we have been involved in creating and mentoring, but I am excited to see where this journey takes us. From Bricabox all the way to Picturelife and your investment of time and energy in the NYC community to your eagerness to learn code - it is all hard work and I hope that it is paying off for you and everyone around you. So happy for you.

Kyle Bragger - Dude. Wow, you have been kicking ass with your ideas and code. I wish I could turn my ideas into Sets as well as you do on a daily basis. Having met you through Nate and watching your world expand has been an awesome experience. There is a robust community of coders in NYC and you are at the top of the list. Sets is in its infancy and Forrst has helped to spark work and camaraderie amongst people who design and build complex ideas. It gives designers and developers an essential feedback loop that was once missing. Allowing people to share their ideas is your specialty. Working together is something you breathe. 

Michael Galpert - Hey Man, Well how can I not include MSG in the mix of people who have helped and inspired me over the years? You are always tinkering with what comes next. How can we make this better, where are services needed and how can we connect the dots. I view you as a spirited individual with a burning desire to make things better. You think outside the box. From Aviary to Superhuman you are constructing tools that people need and use on a daily basis. We need better services and will always need a helping hand. Keep it up. I am proud of you.

There are many many more people who I feel deserve praise. I am just recounting my NYC colleagues who I battled with back in the good ole’ days of 2007-2009. We were all in our early 20s, figuring everything out. Now we are a little older, maybe wiser and have a few start-ups under our belts. 

Here’s to the next 30 years of innovation.

Stages of production. We shipped out 7 coops today across this vast country. It felt at moments as though it was a Herculean effort. 

The team powered through and we finished just in time. 

Another win for Laughing Chickens.

Stages of production. We shipped out 7 coops today across this vast country. It felt at moments as though it was a Herculean effort.

The team powered through and we finished just in time.

Another win for Laughing Chickens.

More Williams-Sonoma News

Introducing the Reclaimed Redwood Window Box offered exclusively by Williams-Sonoma.

You can buy the product here online. Or if you can find a January Williams-Sonoma catalog you can find us on page 99.

This box is the culmination of months of labor, design work and finally build out by the team at the Urban Garden Workshop/Laughing Chickens in Mill Valley.

Cael initially came up with Harvest Boxes as a means for consumers to grow their own gardens in small-contained spaces. We had had this program running with varying degrees of success. I decided through some research and development that we could build on our knowledge of reclaimed redwood and begin making additional products that were tailored to garden enthusiasts.

During late summer, I prototyped a number of square boxes in the 4”, 5”, 6” ranges. We next took this idea and started to build out boxes that were more longitudinal in nature. Expanding to 7” x 14” and 7” x 22” boxes. As a nice finish we incorporated a semi-circular rounded/sanded edge to the boxes. We found hardware that would give the boxes some bling’ with self-tapping screws. 

Finally we finish the boxes with light sanding and apply a linseed oil mixture - to give the box depth and magnificence. 

Green PR, Marketing, Graphic Design Internship

Hello Intern(et) World,

We are looking for a kick-ass intern to help boost our online presence over at Laughing Chickens and the Urban Garden Workshop.

If you know anyone with Illustrator/InDesign/Photoshop skills and a knack for copywriting/editing then I think I have a fun internship for you or your friend.

This lucky soul will report directly to me and my co-founder. 

We will work together 1-2 days a week in San Francisco. 

We offer a stipend, school credit, lunch and any travel expenses.

For more information check out the craigslist ad I have posted here.

or Email ME!!!!! kristian at laughingchickens dot com

Good Bye Horses 2012, Hello Chickens 2013

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Its been a spectacular year. I hope that all of my friends and family have been enjoying themselves throughout the last twelve months. 

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Laughing Chickens has really taken off, in large part to an amazing team and a fantastic rock-solid co-founder - Cael! 

We are really looking forward to 2013. 

Stay Healthy, Stay Kind and Enjoy Yourself!

Today I went snowshoeing. It was quite an adventure with two wily dogs in tow. 

We really enjoyed ourselves.    

The US National Forest surrounds everything out here. No wonder it is so scenic and untouched.

Today I went snowshoeing. It was quite an adventure with two wily dogs in tow.

We really enjoyed ourselves.

The US National Forest surrounds everything out here. No wonder it is so scenic and untouched.

Its been a laid back couple of days here in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The air is crisp, cold and ethereal. You can see your breath melt into the air. 

There are horses, chickens and rabbits. Not to mention the wildlife that is abound. Last night I saw a pack of 20 moose or maybe it was elk? It was late and dark. What do I know as a city slicker?

Ernest Hemingway died here. He also wrote some books and hung around town. I am beginning to understand why. There is little pretention here. Its not some hobnobbing, “look at how rich or famous I am” type of area. Its predominately blue-collar, with a mixture of travel and farming industry to balance out the yahoos that swarm this place during peak travel times. 

The Mountains encapsulate you all day long. Either you are shredding the slopes and Kind/Queen of the World or you are down in the Valley staring in awe at the magnitude of this geographic oddity. The moments following the sunset, the temperatures drop precipitously. You better come prepared for cold with scarf, gloves and plenty of thick socks. 

Tomorrow I will head out for cross country skiing. A sport my father endeared to me during my childhood. 

Will take some pictures and post soon. 

Signing Off…

Cold Snow In Sun Valley Idaho

The Hansen Report is busy up in Idaho for the remainder of 2012. I am here documenting life in Sun Valley and its surrounding towns until January 1st when I fly back to the SF Bay Area. My friend Jessie had a spare seat and extra room at the Ranch, so on December 26th it was hard for me to deny an awesome trip out of California. A wonderful respite from reality. Huge Thank You for the invite!!! 

Observations are that it is rather cold, lots of white snow, horses, open land, valleys, mountains and chickens. That’s right! Chickens! At my friend’s ranch there are some cute chickens who are being housed during the winter in the barn. Barns are amazing, they are large, warm, protective and awesome. If you can have a barn on your property I would recommend it. A sound investment. 

We played Apples to Apples tonight ( I won the first round) and had a healthy, vegetable laced dinner to boot and a kale salad with candied walnuts! 

Tomorrow we will head to the slopes. I am a bit rusty on snowboarding, but I hope to fall back into it. We’ll see how this goes, but I know I am not 18 any more.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday time, regardless of their beliefs or disbeliefs.

More to come…