I know that sounds like a philosophical question, but I’m not really into that sort of thing when 1) I’m the only person in the room (there’s a dog here but when I ask her a question she just wags her tail), 2) it’s too early to drink, and 3) my friend who brings ganja when he comes over moved back to L.A. [sigh]

Actually, I’m just trying to figure out what you’re into so I know what to write about. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I have a pretty broad range of interests, but I have zero interest in boring you. So I just want to know why you come here.

So take the poll below. After all, it’s for your own good. Check all that apply (there is a limit but don’t ask me what it is, I really don’t remember).

WHY ARE YOU HERE? (on the blog, not the planet)


Wait, that was fun. Let’s do one more:


WHAT DO YOU DO? (for a living, not for kicks)


Anything else you’d like to tell me — questions, answers, why the sky is blue, topics you’d like to see me cover, what you like, what you don’t like, what makes your skin crawl, what you just can’t seem to understand about why the two-legged creatures who walk the Earth do the dumbass things they do — you know where the comment section is.

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  • Pierre Monteil

    Limiting your first question to 5 ticks only is… restrictive.
    Otherwise answers to the second question are more surprising than the ones to the first one…

    • Steve Tobak

      Yeah, but here’s a tip: you can vote more than once. Up to three times, I think. Yes, definitely an interesting demographic spread. Lots of “…preneurs”

  • Steve Tobak

    Re: comment in the “Other” category about why Amazon defies conventional investment wisdom, working on an upcoming column for my Fox Business ValleyBeat column that will hopefully answer that question. Stay tuned.

  • Maria Camila

    Tell me Steve, how do I get serious about studying math, when I know I am never going to be as good as any other mathematician that has ever lived? you once wrote that one has to focus in what one is good at. I know I am not good at math, but I also know that I need it to succeed in my career.

    • Steve Tobak

      You have to focus on being the best at your chosen career, but the key is to choose wisely. Are you saying that math is key to your chosen career but you’re not good at it? Well, I was premed in college but couldn’t get thru chemistry, so I segued to physics, then engineering, and, well, you know the rest. Sometimes you have to pivot. Be flexible.