Critical MAS is the blog for Michael Allen Smith of Seattle, Washington. My interests include traditional food, fitness, economics, web development, and learning Spanish.

I’ve had a web presence since late 1995. CriticalMAS was launched in March 2000 and for a few years, I wrote crappy snarky posts. I shut down the blog in 2004 and deleted all those posts. In December 2005, I restarted this blog with what you see today.

In May 2018, the domain for this blog changed from to

You study other men and you find out what makes them weak and then you don’t do that. — Jay Leno

I’ve learned more by not following bad examples than by following good examples. – Paulo Coelho

Your success depends far less on your own skills than on the mistakes of others. – Nassim Taleb

Yes, no, maybe. I don’t know. Can you repeat the question? – They Might be Giants

Victory through attrition. – Laird Hamilton

Impatience with Actions, Patience with Results. – Naval Ravikant

The way to win is to first not lose. – Me


My other websites include:

Support This Site

This blog is not a side hustle. I don’t need to make money on this site. It is a hobby site that was started over 20 years ago. I blog to learn and share information. I want to share wisdom as well as learn from my readers.

The best way to support this site is by leaving a comment that furthers the discussion. Sharing posts is also appreciated.

No Guest Posts, Sponsored Posts, Link Shares or Infographics

Do not ask me to post your infographic, I won’t. Any requests for link exchanges will be marked as SPAM and deleted. Emails from SEO or social media experts offering their services will be marked as SPAM and deleted.

If you send me an email requesting that I send you an email in order to see something I never requested, your email will be deleted. If you then send me another follow-up email, that email address will be added to a blacklist filter.

I do not allow guest posts. Those requests will also be marked as SPAM and deleted. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but between this site and INeedCoffee, I get hammered with these requests.

Contact MAS

Please do not message me through social media or texting. I likely will not respond to you or respond with as few words as possible. I prefer email. Email is the greatest messaging app ever. I can filter and search however I like and I can use a full-sized keyboard to respond with clarity.

If you contact me with a business request for INeedCoffee to this email, your email will be deleted and blocked.

Everyone else is welcome to email me.

Gmail: digitalcolony

My Instagram account is criticalmas101. I’m back on Facebook for now, but I do not share blog posts there. I accept all Friend requests from real profiles. I peek at Twitter for a few minutes each morning but tweet very little.

Advertising Policy

I do not accept advertising.

Review Policy

At this time, I am not reviewing any products. This includes e-books.


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