Monthly Archives: December 2014

“The future is not the opposite of the past”

One of the things I try to show my students is that historical grounding does not exclude being contemporary. The future is not the opposite of the past. It’s easy to think that, because language sets it up that way: Day is the opposite of night, up is the opposite of down, and therefore the […]

Fuck the NYC Police

NY Post: Arrests plummet 66% with NYPD in virtual work stoppage: It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage. NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their […]

A Lot of Fumes in 2014

In 2014 I published 25 episodes of my podcast—Weekly Exhaust—with the help of my friend and grump-ass co-host, Bryan Larrick. Sure it’s just 2 guys in their late 30s yapping about bullshit, but there was also a lot of editing, promoting, tweeting and writing involved with WE when each episode got pushed to iTunes. I’ve […]

Steve Wozniak in 1984 on the “Hacker Ethic”

I stumbled upon a great interview with Steve Wozniak on the Merv Griffin Show back in 1984. My favorite part is around the 3:30 minute mark where Woz talks about how hackers have certain ethics around how and what they hack and that it’s impossible for kids to hack into large institutions. “There’s this big, […]


Headline at The Verge: Almost every single Xbox executive we profiled in this video last year has left the company It’s no secret I dislike everything Microsoft does (save for hardware, ironically). This is partly because I don’t think they understand making consumer electronics, partly because I don’t think they understand selling consumer electronics and […]

Weekly Exhaust, Ep. 25 – I’ve Never Had to Upgrade My Rolling Pin

This week Michael and Bryan discuss the holidays with family, Bryan’s holiday power outage, old tech versus new tech, NYC’s Blackout of ’03, the short life of an iPad, how Amazon has been treating authors, technology continuing to phase out human jobs, bad physics in the Avengers, the movie The Interview, regimes threatened by information, […]

Real Art is Transformation

Some people cover songs by other musicians and others transform the song into something completely new and different, yet also recognizable to the original. Joe Cocker did this with his version of the Beatles’ ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ he performed at Woodstock in 1969. When I watch the video of Cocker I […]

The Fucking Fold

Design Agency Huge did research on scrolling: We wanted to know how page design impacts these user behaviors and to what extent visual cues help users scroll below the fold. To find out, we conducted user testing with 48 participants over 3 days. We did so using unmoderated remote testing to see how this less […]

Weeding the Garden

Instagram makes teens and celebrities angry by killing millions of spambots: A crackdown on spam Instagram accounts has triggered a cataclysm in the world of low-grade social media celebrities. The event, which began today after the photo-sharing service made good on its promise to start deleting millions of fake accounts, has been dubbed the “Instagram […]

Weekly Exhaust Ep. 24: It Smelled Like 1995

This week Michael and Bryan discuss dog-sitting, picking up poo, changes in San Francisco, McLaren, the high cost of attending an F1 race, Michael’s horrible first two Lyft rides, basement rock performances with a 12-pack of Modelo, dive bars, movie theatres, the movie Whiplash, discipline in college and alcoholic writers. This episode opens with the […]