Valediction, Memorial Day

Thanks to all the military veterans out there. You put your ass on the line, be it for freedom or some politician’s folly. You risked life, limb and long fits of boredom for we the safe and only occasionally grateful. It is because of your sacrifice that we can...

Home Alone on Thanksgiving? I Saved You a Seat.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! If you’re in San Francisco and alone on this special day, drop me a line. We’d love to have you! Twitter: @MattMireles Email: iwantbeer@swigme.com My girlfriend is making cranberry sauce, stuffing and sweet potatoes to go...

Becoming a Father

On March 7, 2012, I became a father. I think often of what this means. I look at my son in awe. I was once him. My father was once me. To be honest, I feel shame. When I was 15, I challenged my dad to a fist fight. He whacked me with the vacuum hose in return––man...

Mémoires of My Early Twenties

I ran across Chateaupia this week. It’s a documentary about Le Chateau, a place I lived as a UC Berkeley student in 2001-2002. It was shot during the time I lived there. I dropped out of Berkeley for the second and final time in May 2002. As the video suggestes,...

Coming of Age as an Entrepreneur

Well it was just a dream Just a moment ago I think back to the Winter of 2008-2009. SpeakerText was a few months old. I was still living in New York. The city was cold at night. It snowed like 2 feet in one day. Back then, for all intents and purposes, SpeakerText was...

Why I Love Hip Hop, America

I grew up in Orange County. I was corn fed on punk rock. When I was 17, I saw Rage Against the Machine at Irvine Meadows. The mosh pit was gigantic. Actually, it started off as two pits. They ultimately merged. There was a fire in the center. I ran against the grain....