Blog: Dug Song

Start ups, skate parks, hacker culture... these represent the future of Ann Arbor if Dug Song has anything to say about it. The VP of engineering at virtual cable provider Zattoo, Dug will be writing about where we need to go and what we need to do to keep the best and brightest here in Tree Town.

Dug Song - Post 1

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.