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Problems with my Secret Identity

It’s not just for superheroes anymore

I have previously written about the Masculine Mongoose and Startup Founders’ Secret Identities.

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Now it is time to talk about my problems with my secret identities.

Recently I wrote The Unicorn-Powered, Faster-Than-Light, Perpetual-Motion Time-Machine and wanted to share it with my other audiences. I think many of them would at least be amused by it.

But they don’t know who I really am. Some think I am a small white Gund stuffed polar bear collecting colored highlighters. Others think I am a superhero. Or maybe a supervillain. Hard to tell them apart these days. Many know me as the odd old guy who gives deep advice on some narrow area of forbidden knowledge.

I think back to the gal falling for the superhero while the guy with a secret identity has been pining for her since season one. I remember Bruce Wayne struggling not to cry out, “I am Batman. I am Batman.”

I think I may be finally starting to understand it.



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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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