Tuesday, July 31, 2012



Welcome to my website.

I've blogged on and off since the late-1990's. I've hosted my own blog on the now-defunct twise.com, used Blogger, Tweeted, Google+'ed, and used Facebook as my primary forms of blogging over the years. This site is a repository of many of my posts, thoughts, and links.


I was born at a young age, in a hospital located in a small town. I remember a lot of bright lights and screaming (mostly me).

I attended public primary and secondary schools. I studied Political Science at San Jose State University. I attended law school at Santa Clara University School of Law. After law school I wrote a website to help law students prepare for the bar exam called the California Bar Exam Primer.

I spent nine years specializing in international corporate tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.


I am an attorney specializing in international corporate taxation. I work as Senior International Tax Counsel for Google LLC in Mountain View, California. I live in San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am gay. My passions include photography. Photographs I have made are featured on my Flickr site and have been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, including the Huffington Post, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Scientific American, and TechCrunch.

My interests include health and fitness, minimalism/GTD, geocaching, technology, photography, and traveling. I drive a Chevy Volt.

Longform Writings
General Interests
  • Health and fitness: walking, running, swimming, weight lifting, skiing, snowblading, hiking, camping, coffee, tea. 
  • Minimalism: GTD, inbox zero, efficiency, clean space, cloud computing 
  • Technology
  • Photography
  • Traveling: Recent trips to: I go on two to three international trips a year, and many domestic trips. I usually visit New York City two to three times a year. Other favorite repeat destinations are Seoul, Seattle, San Diego, and Yosemite. 
  • Audiobooks and podcasts 

I am a registered Democrat, but I lean socially liberal while fiscally conservative. LGBT rights are particularly important to me.


I am an atheist. I believe in science.


Google, Chromebook, Pixel Phone, Chevy Volt


Music: All types.

Drama: The West Wing, Designated Survivor, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, 24
Reality: Amazing Race
Comedy: Modern Family, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live
News: This Week With [current host]
Learning: This Old House

Movies: Comedies, Independents, Documentaries, Dramas, (not horrors)

Books: Audiobooks, Biographies, History, Legal thrillers


Favorite Quotes


This blog is my personal content. The views I express here are mine alone and not those of my employer.

The contents of this site, including all blog posts, are copyrighted by Travis Wise. Although some postings pertain to legal topics or are made by a lawyer, nothing on the site should be construed as legal advice. Neither postings nor conversations on the site are protected under attorney-client privilege nor create an attorney-client relationship.

Updated December 30, 2018. I can be contacted by email at twisesq@gmail.com.

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