Hi, I'm Dug Song
. Long-time reader, first-time poster. UM alum, startup exec
, hacker, skater, and erstwhile graffiti and zine writer. Yes, I'm actually from the Internet, having lived most of my adult life online. And to paraphrase a Radiohead song:
" I'm a geek. I'm a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here."
After 15 years here, and seeing a ton of friends and companies come and go, I'm at a crossroads, trying to determine if I should keep my family here. While I've proven most of my family and friends wrong by staying this long, I can no longer ignore the giant sucking sound as the best, brightest, and most amazing people I've met here continue to be siphoned off to the coasts - and with them, the culture and community I've loved.
I figure I have two more years to figure this out, before my 3-year old son starts school. So I've embarked on the ruthless execution of a completely self-serving agenda to fulfill my own nobrow,
capitalist-pig hierarchy of needs by then:
And have been fortunate to find many other like-minded souls with similar goals, interests, and missions. A community of malcontents (maybe all the refugees from Ann Arbor Is Overrated). In the posts to come, I look forward to discussing these topics with Concentrate's readers, either publicly or privately:
If Ann Arbor had a slogan, I'd sign off with it here. I wish it was "Keep Ann Arbor Weird", but alas, we're a little late for that.