Posts

Who Needs Foundations?

8 Nov 2021I’m thinking about cryptocurrency, but also everything else.

Dick jokes

17 Apr 2021What to do when you realize things aren’t the way they ought to be.

Endless forms most beautiful

23 Jan 2021A meditation on my place in the universe

The work of the listener

6 Jun 2020Reflections on the art of paying attention.

Self as Process

6 Nov 2019Evan Thompson’s response to “neuro-nihilism”.

Getting started with complexity science

2 Nov 2019A handful of online courses, books and other resources to start learning about the field of complexity science.

Technologies of the Self: A Short Introduction

23 Sep 2019One of Michel Foucault’s late interests provides a rich framework for understanding self-transformation and meaning-making.

Managing Oneself

18 Sep 2019An outline of Peter Drucker’s “Managing Oneself”, a short but essential book for navigating your professional life.

Copenhagen versus the universe

14 Sep 2019The trouble with the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics.

Reductionism can explain neither carrots nor consciousness

11 Sep 2019Trying to understand a whole as simply a sum of its parts hasn’t worked out well in nutrition or many other fields of science.

Hereditary

7 Sep 2019The true horror of Ari Aster’s Hereditary.

Confronting the burden of consciousness

29 Nov 2018In response to Zapffe’s famous essay, ‘The Last Messiah’, I offer two perspectives which confront the darkest parts of consciousness while still affirming the possibility of a life well-lived.

What happened to ebook innovation?

26 Aug 2018Due to pervasive DRM and closed ecosystems dominated by Amazon and Apple, the possibilities of ebooks are nowhere near fully realized.

Designing self-sustaining systems

14 Dec 2015Technology and design both share a concern for creating solutions to problems. What causes them to diverge is a matter of ethics.

Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect

3 Nov 2013A meditation on the concept of wabi-sabi and it’s connection to questions of mortality and meaning.

Creative work cannot be managed

29 May 2013Traditional management strategies are useless for problems that require creative thinking.

Beautiful code does not make a beautiful product

27 Mar 2013If the purity of a codebase would suffer from a change that enhances the experience of users, then the code should suffer.

What to know before joining a startup

18 Mar 2013Your stock options are unlikely to make you rich, so make sure you enjoy the work enough to make it through the tough times.

The advantages of design in the 21st century

14 Feb 2013A summary of the paper ‘A Cautious Prometheus? A Few Steps Toward a Philosophy of Design’ by Bruno Latour.

Guns as technology, guns as culture

18 Dec 2012Debates about gun rights must acknowledge that guns are not only technology, they are culture and symbol.

Design & Hacking

22 Nov 2012In order to meaningfully shape the future, design must challenge and overturn entrenched systems, not simply create new packages for yesterday’s ideas.

Don’t Make Me Wait

8 Nov 2012Web-based apps that match the speed and responsiveness of native apps are better for users, but they require more investment from product and engineering teams.

Going from Zero to One

1 Nov 2012Zero to one is the process of creating new things while 1 to n is ‘copying things that work.’

The Design of Design

9 Oct 2012An overview of several main ideas from Fred Brooks’ book The Design of Design.