Monthly Archives: August 2016

“…if progress is ever to be made, some opportunities and discoveries will be inconceivable in advance”

My brother Mark wrote an essay on current uproar over ‘No Man’s Sky’. He, like many others, bought the game, but he’s not angry like them. He makes a distinction between buying something that is and investing in what something can become and draws a great comparison to one of his (and my) favorite scenes […]

Errors, Snap Judgements, and Manufactured Outrage

Last week, on August 26th, Facebook announced they were automating their Trending feature and phasing out the people who previously wrote the descriptions for the trending news items. Then, earlier this week, things started getting screwy: First, there were the hilarious mix-ups. Yesterday a video of a dog reacting to seeing its owner for the […]

Our Shitty Political System Doesn’t Allow For More Than Two Parties

Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight explains why Gary Johnson Isn’t Fading: Why is Johnson’s support proving more durable than past third-party candidates’? The most obvious answer is that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are extremely unpopular for major party presidential nominees; if third-party voters eventually settled on a major party nominee in past campaigns for fear […]

Remember: If the App is Free, You’re the Product Being Sold

Relaxing Privacy Vow, WhatsApp Will Share Some Data With Facebook: When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, one of WhatsApp’s founders, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service’s millions of users. “We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address,” Mr. Koum […]

Vesper Vacates the App Store

Vesper, the note-taking app created by John Gruber, Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus, is shutting down: What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money. Why we didn’t make enough money, what we should have done differently to make more money — those are complex questions (which I’ll tackle below). But what actually […]

Dirty Boulevard

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em That’s what the Statue of Bigotry says Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death And get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard —Dirty Boulevard by Lou Reed

Watch Those Decimal Points

Ars Technica: Kansas couple sues IP mapping firm for turning their life into a “digital hell”: Ever since James and Theresa Arnold moved into their rented 623-acre farm in Butler County, Kansas, in March 2011, they have seen “countless” law enforcement officials and individuals turning up at their farm day and night looking for links […]

High Fives

This video made me smile. It also made me think about how archaic the act of sticking out our hands to summon a vehicle is. “Grandpa, what’s a taxi cab?” “Oh they were these yellow automobiles, driven by humans, that would take you where ever you wanted to go in New York and you would […]