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September 07, 2019

Tsutomu Yamaguchi The Economist Tracked down for posterity; the nijyuu hibakusha, surviving of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. September 07, 2019

August 07, 2019

The Iceberg Secret, Revealed Joel Spolsky It's easy to mistake mocks for something near completion. August 07, 2019

August 05, 2019

The Real Problem At Yale Is Not Free Speech Natalia Dashan ...it's class-performance, severing advocacy from its cause. August 05, 2019

August 04, 2019

The Fleshy Frontier John Semley Deals mostly with Kristeva's 'abjection,' but dovetailes nicely with Negative Ecstasies. August 04, 2019

July 27, 2019

On The Mueller Report, Vol. 1 Mark Greif "cA criminal accusation that lost its original referent, except that it concerned emails or hackers and servers." July 27, 2019

July 24, 2019

The Brutalism Post, Part One: Introduction Kate Wagner A prospectus for some posts on Brutalism, incl. some good takes on what it means for architecture to be 'good.' July 24, 2019

June 22, 2019

How to Write About Africa Binyavanga Wainaina "Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness or 'Safari' in your title." June 22, 2019
A Fan's Notes Kate Wagner The anticapitalists love John Bois. June 22, 2019

June 19, 2019

What Really Happened to Malaysia's Missing Airplane William Langewiesche Compelling argument, told rivetingly: Malaysia may have under-investigated the pe pilot. June 19, 2019

June 06, 2019

'Studies in Power': An Interview with Robert Caro Claudia Dreifus, Robert Caro More notes on how Caro writes: by hand! June 06, 2019

May 31, 2019

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives Robert A. Caro A glimpse into how Caro works: like a madman, and for decades. Two biographies, a life's work. May 31, 2019

May 29, 2019

Apply Directly to the Forehead Kate Wagner The weirdness of an ad is linked inextricably to the loneliness of television. May 29, 2019

May 27, 2019

Mother Nature's Target List Michael Krepon Some convenient discussion of NUKEMAP/environmental concerns May 27, 2019

May 22, 2019

How San Francisco broke America's heart Karen Heller More decent SF-pessimism. May 22, 2019

May 13, 2019

Evaluating scholarship, or why I won't be teaching Shoshana Zuboff's The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Blayne Haggart A response to Morozov's review: Zuboff mischaracterizes the novelty of her scholarship and hyperbolizes its subject. May 13, 2019

May 09, 2019

Special Journey to Our Bottom Line Elizabeth Schambelan Suggests an intertwined history to American military torture and fraternity hazing. May 09, 2019

May 06, 2019

wE’rE a rEPuBLiC nOt A dEMoCRacY Ed Burmila Constitutional republicanism is a bad-faith counterargument to democrattic principles. May 06, 2019

April 20, 2019

What Jordan Peterson's Followers Don't Know About Zizek or Postmodernism Charles Mudede A brief topology of modern anticapitalism and bullshit categories April 20, 2019

April 04, 2019

Stick to the Plan Brendan James Suggests tech advancements make central planning feasible, like planning in tech corps, and even suggests utility against ecocrisis. April 04, 2019
Capitalism's New Clothes Evgeny Morozov Zuboff's "Surveillance Capitalism" is fine on data disciplinarianism; nott aparadigmatically new, though. April 04, 2019

March 31, 2019

What You Need to Know about Gustav Klimt Alexxa Gotthardt Super brief, but I appreciated the overview. March 31, 2019

March 28, 2019

The Digital Humanities Debacle Nan Z. Da If digital humanities hold promise, it is at the threshold of computer science; for now, lots of junk. March 28, 2019

February 16, 2019

A Suspense Novelist's Trail of Deceptions Ian Parker It's like Anna Delvey, but literary-pretentious. February 16, 2019

January 30, 2019

If San Francisco is so great, why is everyone I love leaving? Diana Helmuth The Californians in Portland are an exodus from San Francisco. January 30, 2019

January 11, 2019

Elizabeth Lynn Dunham: May 12, 1961–Jan. 16, 2011 Nigel Jaquiss Obit for E. Dunham, "Susan" from the WW Goldschmidt stories. January 11, 2019
The 30-Year Secret, etc. Nigel Jaquiss WW's investigation into Goldschmidt's repeated rape of a teenager deserves a re-read after The Power Broker. January 11, 2019

January 09, 2019

There's No Such Thing as a Free Watch Jenny Odell Baudrillard dreamed of instagram dropshippers. January 09, 2019
A Business With No End Jenny Odell A network of Amazon-fronted dropshippers run by a christian university. January 09, 2019

January 07, 2019

Gluten Free Antarctica Maciej Cegłowski Conflicts and bonding over food en route to Antarctica. January 07, 2019

December 21, 2018

Conversations with Bongjun Christina Nichol Bongjun, from South Korea, argues South and North share a tendency towards political absurdity. December 21, 2018
Everybody Knows Elizabeth Schambelan The relationship between group rape, athletics, and social status, in light of Kavanaugh and Glen Ridge. December 21, 2018
Base Culture Lyle Jeremy Rubin Militarism off-base in the US mirrors militarism off-base in Afghanistan. December 21, 2018

December 17, 2018

Eigengrau Wikipedia Eigengrau is black with retinal background noise. December 17, 2018

December 01, 2018

Remember Me on This Computer A. S. Hamrah Angsty: argues the internet is gutting film criticism. Good enough that I bought Hamrah's book. December 01, 2018

November 27, 2018

#GorsuchDictionaries: Into the lexicographic weeds Neal Goldfarb Scalia really didn't like Webster's 3. November 27, 2018

October 20, 2018

Violence and the Sacred: College as an incubator of Girardian terror Dan Wang Observes violence for differentiation. I disagree entirely with the subtext about the value of college, but the analysis was enjoyable. October 20, 2018

October 18, 2018

Private BitTorrent trackers are markets John Backus Light summary of a late paper. Incentives can be adjusted to increase availability of old files. October 18, 2018

October 05, 2018

Decision Engines John Menick Probably the form of the first self-driving car movie. October 05, 2018

October 04, 2018

Orthodoxxed! Greg Afinogenov Criticism of Sokal-style academic hoaxes. I don't agree with it entirely, but it points out correctly that the role of acadmic publications is more complicated than determining value. October 04, 2018

September 05, 2018

I have impeached myself Richard Nixon, David Frost Richard Nixon's retrospective on his presidency, and especially its end. September 05, 2018

August 29, 2018

The New Reading Environment n+1 Editors Online reader interaction, reaction, and regurgitating dramatically change writing in the first place. August 29, 2018
George Soros on George Soros George Soros A response to the noteworthy n+1 review of Soros's philosophy. August 29, 2018

August 27, 2018

Future Cyberwar Bruce Schneier, Mark Cancian A hypothetical unconventional attack, via the credit scores and preputations of members of the military. August 27, 2018

August 21, 2018

Death in the Nuclear Age Hans J. Morgenthau "We continue to think and act as though the possibility of nuclear death portended only a quantitative extension of the mass destruction of the past and not a qualitative transformation of the meaning of our existence." August 21, 2018

August 20, 2018

The Perils of Small-Group Thought Michael Krepon Optimism plagues the small group and individual decisions that would precipitate nuclear war. August 20, 2018

August 11, 2018

Little St. Don George Saunders Shouts & Murmers highlight: trump as a petit saint. August 11, 2018

July 24, 2018

Increasingly Tenuous Strategic Stability Michael Krepon Nuclear outcomes in intermediate use––not just in huge retaliation––are important in decisionmaking. They are in flux. August 19, 2018
Piss Trump Mark Doten Satire: Hannity fantasizes about Moscow tapes. August 19, 2018

June 24, 2018

An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS William Langewiesche Most interestingly, it suggests that drone warfare is more personal than crewed high-altitude bombing with smart bombs. June 24, 2018
The Death of a Once Great City Kevin Baker New York hyperluxury developments are frequently left empty. TDisplacement produces a kind of cultural void. June 24, 2018

June 20, 2018

The Globalist Daniel Bessner Discussion of George Soros's political and philosophical mission. Pretty compelling, if par for the n+1 course on capital. June 20, 2018
He Was a Crook Hunter S. Thompson Obituary of Richard Nixon. "Evil in a way that only those who believe in the physical reality of the Devil can understand it." June 20, 2018
The Church of Food: On Anthony Bourdain, 1956–2018 Collier Meyerson, Elias Rodriques Bourdain did food writing without condescension, and wavered between political optimism and a bleak realism. Favorite part: discussion of his Beirut trip, in 2006. June 20, 2018
In Search of the Last Great Video Store Kate Hagen The disappearance of video stores, coupled with online streaming's focus on OC, means movie availability is sharply and suddenly decreasing (esp. for the unremarkable). June 20, 2018
Ex Machina and the Art of Character Identification FILM CRIT HULK Ex Machina's excellence lies in its moral neutrality; that the final action is morally opaque leaves room for interpretation on gender and AI. June 20, 2018

June 02, 2018

How Anna Delvey Tricked New York Jessica Pressler Kind of a slow heist: a faux-socialite finances a debauch lifestyle with credit and art-world fraud. Super New York. June 02, 2018

April 26, 2018

We're the Good Guys, Right? Daniel Immerwahr Argues Marvel's latest round of superhero revivalism is bleakly nationalistic. April 26, 2018

April 25, 2018

Chiropractors are Bullshit Yvette d'Entremont Chiropractic is largely based on pseudoscience, and its spread outside of pain management can be seriously dangerous. April 25, 2018

April 19, 2018

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet Michael Jordan "AI," inasmuch as it suggests the immitation of human intelligence, is a often a misnomer. Also, AI-style research is more interesting for solving kinds of problems human intelligence can't. April 19, 2018
Is Comey Helping or Hurting #TheResistance? FiveThirtyEight Comey's book and press tour erode the reputation for impersonal precision that made his testimony so strong. April 19, 2018

April 18, 2018

Day of Memory Bela Shayevich Reflection on the investigation of Soviet mass-executions. April 18, 2018

April 13, 2018

Richard Turley creates a characteristically hilarious cover inspired by Jonathan Ive Ruby Boddington Just hilarious art writing. April 13, 2018

April 05, 2018

"The Clock is Ticking": Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades William Langewiesche Polished postmortem for the SS El Faro; big issue was preference in attractive data streams over inconvenient but accurate ones. April 05, 2018

April 04, 2018

Cryptographic Right Answers Latacora Rundown of a bunch of information security best practices. April 04, 2018
Phantasmic Phoenicia Josephine Quinn A distinct phoenecian national identity was invented via nationalism in the 19th, 20th centuries. April 04, 2018

February 23, 2018

Worst Roommate Ever William Brennan Story about a serial bad roommate. February 23, 2018

February 11, 2018

Sandboxed Mac apps can record your screen Felix Krause Part of the Mac OS screenshot API is unrestricted. February 11, 2018
Few things are as dangerous as economists with physics envy John Rapley Fundamnetal laws of economics are fuzzy at best, and the search for fundamental laws can be misleading. February 11, 2018

February 06, 2018

Why Paper Jams Persist Joshua Rothman Paper jams are inevitable with unpredictable inputs (paper) to finely-tuned systems (printers). February 06, 2018

February 03, 2018

Until They Inevitably Find and Kill Each Other n+1 n+1 reviews video games, with typical n+1 bleakness. February 03, 2018
Fix the F.B.I. Don't Politicize It. John Yoo The FBI has become increasingly political, but current reforms mark a trend towards further politicization. February 03, 2018

January 29, 2018

How a malicious seed generation website stole $4 million Alex Studer By obfuscating javascript in image data, reading certain bytes in, and evaluating them; using a different image in production. January 29, 2018

January 26, 2018

How Schopenhauer's thought can illuminate a midlife crisis Marina Benjamin Suggests crisis is connected to repetition in activities that have an endpoint, rather than a focus on process. January 26, 2018

January 24, 2018

Oscars 2018: Here Are Our Early Predictions Walt Hickey Oscar predictions generated by weighting the prescience of other awards. January 24, 2018

January 18, 2018

The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought Eric Newcomer & Brad Stone A chronicle of Uber's constant turmoil in the past year. January 18, 2018

January 12, 2018

In the Eating Disorder Unit Hannah Brown A pretty shocking experience with the NHS's eating disorder support services. January 12, 2018

January 10, 2018

Deep Inside: A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars and Their Careers Jon Millward 2013 analysis of porn star demographics and career statistics. Surprisng: similar racial makeup to the United States on the whole. January 10, 2018

January 09, 2018

Collision Course: Why This Type of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists Bez Constant-speed intersection approaches can lead to tracking blind spots. January 09, 2018

December 27, 2017

Vieth v. Jubelirer Justice A. Kennedy Kennedy looks for a clear and consistent standard for court intervention in redistricting (2004) December 27, 2017
Gerrymandering Is On Trial Galen Druke Breakdown of Gill v. Whitford into the central questions; context for Vieth v. Jubelirer December 27, 2017
How the Efficiency Gap Works Eric Petry Brief on the math behind the Efficiency Gap from Gill v. Whitford. December 27, 2017
Conspicuous consumption is over. It's all about intangibles now. Elizabeth Currid-Halkett Inconspicuous consumption is premium mediocre for the upper class; counterpart to Venkatesh Rao's bit on premium mediocrity. December 27, 2017

December 19, 2017

Artwork Personalization at Netflix Netflix Technology Blog Netflix uses contextual bandits to select promo artwork for each user. December 19, 2017
Google Maps's Moat Justin O'Beirne Google Maps is way ahead of competitors on building shapes, areas of interest. Ends up being data-defensible. December 19, 2017

December 18, 2017

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook Josh Meyer The Obama administration deprioritized Hezbollah-cartel ties to focus on the Iran Deal. Complete with amazing animated illustrations. December 18, 2017

November 07, 2017

Something is wrong on the internet James Bridle A very postmodern and very disconcerting trends in algorithmically-generated YouTube videos. November 07, 2017

November 06, 2017

Not Every Kid-Bond Matures Gabriel Winant I disagree plenty, but an interesting observation of a uniquely neoliberal mimillennial subjectivity. November 06, 2017

November 03, 2017

America is facing an epistemic crisis David Roberts Paranoid epistemologies might impede Mueller's investigation; is "real news" characterized by self-correction? November 03, 2017
Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous Jeremy Adelman Assange champions a declinism that pairs with palingenetic fascism. Declinism is a misunderstanding of, barrier to change. November 03, 2017

October 31, 2017

When we only hire the best means we only hire the trendiest Dan Luu Tech companies hire for trendy traits rather than raw ability, which isn't productive. October 31, 2017

October 27, 2017

Silicon Valley: a Reality Check Scott Alexander SV pessimism stems from undercoverage of the best work (early science, nonprofit endeavors), which doesn't trade off with Juicero. October 27, 2017

October 17, 2017

The Supreme Court Is Allergic To Math Oliver Roeder High courts do poorly with metrics and measures, e.g. in Gill v. Whitford. Or are they masking biases? October 17, 2017

October 03, 2017

How the Elderly Lose their Rights Rachel Aviv It'spretty shocking how permanent legal disenfranchisement is; this whole article was terrifying. October 03, 2017

September 14, 2017

Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost? FiveThirtyEight For the most part, yes. September 14, 2017
Explaining White Polarization in the 2016 Vote for President Schaffner et. al. Racism and sexism indices suggest an better explanation for the college education voting gap among whites than economic satisfaction. September 14, 2017

September 13, 2017

The Outside Man Malcolm Gladwell Snowden's leaks are unlike effective whistleblowing, which is much more strategic and evenhanded. E.g. Ellsberg. September 13, 2017

September 11, 2017

Movies, patriotism, and cultural amnesia Lindsay Ellis Pop culture since 9/11 has frequently had to address it, with various results. September 11, 2017
The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial Venkatesh Rao There's a 'premium mediocre' class of products for class-aspirational millenials (think Sweetgreen) September 11, 2017

September 02, 2017

Keeping Kids Frenetically Entertained is Ruining our Museums Brian Switek Common places for study have tended towards entertainment instead. September 02, 2017

August 30, 2017

Can A Third-Party Ticket Win In 2020? FiveThirtyEight Less likely than a celebrity ticket, and conditional on a weak dem ticket and a splintered right. August 30, 2017
How Not To Sort By Average Rating Evan Miller Sorting by ratings is best done with Wilson score/Bernoulli parameter. August 30, 2017

August 29, 2017

Fast inverse square root Wikipedia A super counterintuitive approximation algorithm. August 29, 2017
A Need to Walk Craig Mod A very sentimental but reference-heavy post on the magic of walking places. August 29, 2017

August 28, 2017

Fairouz in Exile Matthew McNaught Fairouz as the soundtrack for Syrian diaspora. August 28, 2017

August 22, 2017

Remote Diagnoses Greg Afinogenov Espousing irrational actor theories makes belligerence intuitively attractive; maybe mis-applied with North Korea. August 22, 2017

July 31, 2017

The Rise and Fall of the "Freest Little City in Texas" James McCandless A Texan "liberty city" fails miserably July 31, 2017

July 26, 2017

Beat the Clock Georgia Cloepfil Notes on the struggles of women international athletes and of aging out oof a competition/identity. Makes me think of debate. July 26, 2017

July 24, 2017

Trello CEO Offers Advice on Working Remote Nate Swanner Assign folks to take point on meaningful social events: coffee, board games... July 24, 2017
Eagles Don't Flock, Elephants Don't Dance Venkatesh Rao Kairos: R2R 1.0 to "get eagles to flock." Reminds me of Bayes' Impact problems as well. July 24, 2017

July 15, 2017

The Lawyer, the Addict Eilene Zimmerman Lawyers have elevated rates of drug use. Professional stress and culture contribute to mental health issues. July 15, 2017

July 14, 2017

Semicolon-shaped People Venkatesh Rao I'm not as all-in-hyped as Rao, but learning via difference and unstructtured curiosity is cool. July 14, 2017

July 05, 2017

Fear of radiation is more dangerous than radiation itself David Ropeik The mental health impacts of nuclear preparedness harms more people than radiation-related illness. July 05, 2017

July 02, 2017

How the Left Lost Its Mind McKay Coppins Conspiracism is rising on the left, just as it did on the right; it's just not as mainstream yet. July 02, 2017

July 01, 2017

The Rise of the Thought Leader David Sessions Thought leadership is frequently a shallow appeal to markets. July 01, 2017

June 23, 2017

My Father, in Four Visits Over Thirty Years Dina Nayeri The stepwise change in her relationship with her Iranian father June 23, 2017
A Letter To My Mother That She Will Never Read Ocean Vuong Vuong's letter to his illiterate mother about the aftershocks of the Vietnam War in his childhood. June 23, 2017

June 22, 2017

Why So Many Top Hackers Hail from Russia Brian Krebs Russia's information security superiority is a product of its primary and secondary informatics education. June 22, 2017

June 13, 2017

The Poverty of Entrepreneurship: The Silicon Valley Theory of History John Patrick Leary This article's mannerisms locate it in reactionary marxist neo-luddism, but it convincingly gives my criticism of mental models in other terms: history is reduced to comforting analogies for the present. June 13, 2017

June 09, 2017

Monstrous, Duplicated, Potent: On Donna Haraway Alyssa Battistoni A good overview of the evolution of Haraway's cyborg feminism. June 09, 2017

June 05, 2017

Ghost in the Cloud Meghan O'Gieblyn Transhumanism's heavy overlap with christian eschatology. June 05, 2017

June 04, 2017

Frankenstacks and Rhizomes Venkatesh Rao The metaphor is a little mangled, but tech org (software, peopleware) is increasingly rhizomatic; Burglar's Guides are the only guides. June 04, 2017

June 01, 2017

A Student's Guide to UC Berkeley's Startup Ecosystem David Tao An aight overview. June 01, 2017

May 31, 2017

A Very High Degree of Certainty in Future Military Operations Daniel Bessner A largely shoddy article, but fascinating breakdown of what sets McMaster apart. May 31, 2017

May 26, 2017

The Conservative Mind Has Become Diseased Michael Gerson Suffering has been politically commodified. May 26, 2017

May 17, 2017

My Family's Slave Alex Tizon Immigration and modern slavery. May 17, 2017

May 16, 2017

3 Approaches to Improving Happiness Smitha Milli Environment, emotions, and meta-emotional evaluations of emotions. Simple breakdown, but easy to grok. May 16, 2017
What made Bell Labs special? Andrew Gelman Competition is great for incremental innovation, but its absence at Bell led to more dramatic inventions. May 16, 2017

May 10, 2017

Betting the Spread on Inexorables Venkatesh Rao Unfocused exploration biased towards value is a better MO for work than klong-term planning. May 10, 2017

May 06, 2017

On Campuses Far From China, Still Under Beijing's Watchful Eye Stephanie Saul Rumor has it the Chinese government works with student orgs. May 06, 2017

May 05, 2017

Your Patek Philippe Caliber 89 Now Needs A Service Jack Forster It's super complicated to mechanically calculate the date of Easter. May 05, 2017

April 23, 2017

Biopower in Space: Technology, Reproduction, and the Alien Agenda Stephanie Kelley-Romano Alien abduction stories could have utility for resistance against biopolitics April 23, 2017

March 31, 2017

Evolution Strategies as a Scalable Alternative to Reinforcement Learning Andrej Karpathy Evolution strategies can outperform reinforcement learning in training: no backprop and they're parallelizable. March 31, 2017

March 27, 2017

How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump Ezra Klein Ryan got Trump to fight for the AHCA, which ended up tanking his credibility. Very Frank Underwood. March 27, 2017

March 24, 2017

Five Deaths at Dammasch Hospital: a Question of Responsibility Oregon Advocacy Center Tragic postmortems for five patients at a mental health facility in Oregon. March 24, 2017

March 23, 2017

As Goes the Media, So Goes Scholarly Publishing Jeff Pooley Open access movements apply tectonic pressure to academic publishing. March 23, 2017
Can't Disrupt This Jason Schmitt There's lots of support for open access, but disrupting academic publishing starts with a niche underserved area. March 23, 2017

March 15, 2017

The power thinker Colin Koopman A good explanation of Foucault's continued significance. March 15, 2017

March 06, 2017

America's opioid epidemic is worsening The Economist Data Team Opioid deaths (prescription, heroin, synthetic) are waup 600 percent since e 2000 March 06, 2017

March 04, 2017

Berlin Living Rooms Dominique Nabokov & Darryl Pinckney A loving description of the flexibility of German living spaces; designed for potential March 04, 2017
While the Iron Is Hot Dayna Tortorici A pretty compelling argument in favor of the Women's Strike (March 8). March 04, 2017

February 08, 2017

Fire, hatred and speed! Jay Griffiths Alt-right inherits lots from fascist Italian Futurism; technoutopianism and transhumanism might, too. February 08, 2017

February 06, 2017

Executive Power Run Amok John Yoo Yoo thinks the Trump administration is overreaching. February 06, 2017

February 02, 2017

Whitey on Mars Andrew Russell SpaceX is maybe an isolated drive for perfect isolation from everyday problems February 02, 2017

February 01, 2017

Why Hollywood As We Know It is Already Over Nick Bilton Hollywood is being outperformed on all fronts by tech; an upmarket collapse is imminent February 01, 2017

January 31, 2017

Lessons for the No-Budget Feature The Royal Ocean Film Society Maybe this will come in handy! January 31, 2017

January 30, 2017

In the Booth Greg Afinogenov Trump's policies constitute a paradigmatic shift from legality towards nationality. January 30, 2017

January 18, 2017

Who is Anna-Senpai, the Mirai Worm Author? Brian Krebs Mirai was born out of a Minecraft blackmail underworld. January 18, 2017

January 04, 2017

Drugs du jour Marina Benjamin Drugs like modafinil allow people to tie their happiness to their producttivity January 04, 2017

December 23, 2016

Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People Maciej Cegłowski AI obsession makes tech people worse for the world. December 23, 2016

December 16, 2016

The Obama Speeches George Blaustein Good Obama speeches focus on a moment of transcendence of division, like clockwork December 16, 2016
The Moral Economy of Tech Maciej Cegłowski Tech exceptionalism is constructing a surveillance dystopia December 16, 2016

December 13, 2016

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Scott Shane NYT investigation of DNC server hacks. But please stop saying 'cyber'... December 13, 2016

November 30, 2016

Night's Nirvana Ben Parker Investigating Norwegian Black Metal as a series of misreadings November 30, 2016
Safety over sanity J Jung A trans friend of mine woponders the interaction bof personal identity, family, and history. November 30, 2016
How to Hide $400 Million Nicholas Confessore It takes a divorce proceeding to crack open the world of offshore finance November 30, 2016

November 23, 2016

The Last Unknown Man Matt Wolfe Tracking down an identity for an extreme amnesiac over ten years. Interesting re. biopolitical subjects. November 23, 2016

November 15, 2016

Four Poems Roman Osminkin Awesome poems about Russian politics and the relationship between poet and proletariat. November 15, 2016

November 12, 2016

Disqualified Charles Petersen The democratic party alienates via a political rhetoric of competence. November 12, 2016

November 09, 2016

Reprogramming the Navy Joshua Hampson Large, complex systems like the Zumwalt warrant scriptability for different scenarios November 09, 2016

November 06, 2016

My Journey to the Center of the Alt-Right Luke O'Brien A big investigative project examining how white supremacy is going mainstream, ack! November 06, 2016

November 02, 2016

The real problem Anil K. Seth Director of the Sackler Center: the real problem is to piecewise link conscious phenomena to physical phenomena, which indicates that perception corrects prediction. November 02, 2016

October 22, 2016

When a Chinese PhD Student Meets a German Supervisor Keshun Zhang & Shuang Song Describes approaches to tackling cultural differences; the difficulties are pretty incredible. October 22, 2016

September 24, 2016

Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the 'Net Dan Goodin Unsecured IOT become a huge DDoS engine, shutting down security writers. September 24, 2016

September 20, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. Is His Father's Id David Graham As the Trump campaign gets careful, Jr. goes more alt right. September 20, 2016

September 19, 2016

Making Sense of Modern Pornography Katrina Forrester Democratized production is killing porn as an industry September 19, 2016
The Art of War: Deleuze, Guattari, Debord and the Israeli Defence Force Eyal Weizman The IDF turns high theory (DNG) into a smart weapon, walks through walls.. September 19, 2016
Debunking the Cul-de-Sac Emily Badger The graph theory of suburbs makes them more dangerous for traffic. September 19, 2016
The Free-Time Paradox in America Derek Thompson Examines why the rich don't work less. September 19, 2016

September 15, 2016

A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art Blake Reynolds When consumers don't understand piel art as a deliberate choice it doesn't achieve its intended effect. September 15, 2016

September 11, 2016

A journey along Japan's oldest pilgrimage route Barney Jopson Reminds me of the Kumano Kodo; interesting discussion of post-fascist spirituality September 11, 2016

September 10, 2016

Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated? Joel Spolsky Interesting look at how early dev priorities don't jive with extension development September 10, 2016

September 09, 2016

Pete Wells Has His Knives Out Ian Parker A really intense and wonderful profile of the NYT food critic. September 09, 2016

August 31, 2016

Typography is impossible Marcin Wichary A lot of problems come from putting text in boxes because text flows. August 31, 2016

August 22, 2016

What I Assume Honore de Balzac Thought After Drinking Each of His Fifty Daily Cups of Coffee Brendan O'Hare Hilarious stream of consciousness. August 22, 2016
Build-a-brain Michael Graziano Attention is the essence of consciousness that builds a self/other divide, and computers could theoretically learn it August 22, 2016

August 18, 2016

How I wrote and published my novel using only open source tools Gabriel Gambetta Markdown, Pandoc, and CreateSpace. August 18, 2016

August 16, 2016

Emptiness Kristin Dombek Do I have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)? August 16, 2016

August 14, 2016

Mimesis, Violence, and Facebook: Peter Thiel's French Connection Geoff Shullenberger Social networks are successful because of mimetic (meme) desire; they shape mimetic violence and, power (says Giraud via Thiel) August 14, 2016

August 12, 2016

Spiritual Emergency James Carpenter Short clinical trials are bad at gauging long-term impacts of drugs on the brain. August 12, 2016
Datagasm Mark Hay Porn is turning to data to target niche fetishes, which is a necessaryy response to piracy. Data is upmarket. August 12, 2016

August 10, 2016

Image Completion with Deep Learning in TensorFlow Brandon Amos Very good breakdown of how CNNs can recreate images; super well-explained. August 10, 2016
Generating fantasy maps Martin O'Leary A quick guide to generating realistic fictional maps. August 10, 2016
Generating naming languages Martin O'Leary How-to for generating a simple language that sounds consistent August 10, 2016

August 07, 2016

In Nuclear Silos, Death Wears a Snuggie John Noonan What it's like to man an ICBM silo; they try to get comfortable. The job is outdated. August 07, 2016
Seek, but shall ye find? The Economist Submarines are getting quieter, so underwater drones should track them constantly. More on how carriers are out. August 07, 2016

August 06, 2016

Everything is Broken Quinn Norton Aka the "everything is fucked" article; nobody knows computers well enough to make them properly secure. August 06, 2016
I Peeked Into My Node_Modules Directory And You Won't Believe What Happened Next Jordan Scales Hilarious and almost believable parody of npm import hell August 06, 2016

August 03, 2016

Welcome to Airspace Kyle Chayka "Neutered scandinavian"/midcentury modern style is taking over anything; it's sterile, and there's a lot of value hat gets lost in having Eames chairs everywhere. August 03, 2016

August 02, 2016

The Hollow Men Jeffrey Goldberg Ranking republicans could've stopped trump and have consciences. Why didn't they? (Ryan, Christie, Cotton) August 02, 2016
America's Electronic Voting Machines are Scarily Easy Targets Brian Barrett Many even still run XP. August 02, 2016

August 01, 2016

Why I Quit the Congressional Research Service Kevin R. Kosar The CRS needs more support and shouldn't be stifled by Congress itself. August 01, 2016

July 31, 2016

A History of Capacity Challenges in Computer Science Eric Roberts CS education moves through cycles driven by faculty shortages. July 31, 2016

July 29, 2016

Charles Freger's enigmatic island of scary monsters and super creatures Jamie Green, Charles Freger Photography of figures from Japanese mythology July 29, 2016

July 22, 2016

Stalking your Facebook friends on Tinder Literally Words (Tumblr) Sniffing the Tinder API; bad security practices July 22, 2016

July 20, 2016

Star Spangled Geeks Steven Levy Good coverage of USDS and its opposition July 20, 2016
Your Terrifying Dreams Could Be Rehearsal for Real Life Jim Davies Dreams simulate crisis response; maybe debate is the same. July 20, 2016

July 18, 2016

Sex workers have created the perfect method for keeping people honest online Allison Schrager Online mediation services help sex workers vet clients July 18, 2016
The End of a Republican Party Clare Malone After 2016, the GOP might swing centrist or tear itself to pieces July 18, 2016

July 05, 2016

A civic disgrace San Francisco Chronicle Best report on SF homelessness I've read yet. Lots of focus on mental health. July 05, 2016

July 01, 2016

Can Topology Prevent Another Financial Crash? Bob Henderson More institutional interactions are more robust, but harder to follow and regulate July 01, 2016

June 30, 2016

The link between language and cognition is a red herring Frans de Waal Animals think, but don't speak; we think without linguistic signification. This seems obvious... June 30, 2016

June 28, 2016

Bushido: Way of Total Bullshit Rich (Satsumaimo) Duffy The samurai class was only romanticized by a Japanese author in exile; very orientalist, revisionist June 28, 2016

June 22, 2016

The 'Cloned Consciousness as Continuous Consciousness' Fallacy Sonya Mann Perfectly copied consciousnesses are ontologically distinct June 22, 2016
Typography for User Interfaces Viljami Salminen Very comprehensive guide for fonts in UI. Should rework blog along thesee guidelines... June 22, 2016

June 20, 2016

Branding Vice Daniel Voshart Vice is a front for sponsored content June 20, 2016

June 18, 2016

Is Masculinity a Death Cult? Andrew Ryder Fantastically written reflection on the death-drive in the worst parts of masculinity; reflection on Orlando. The conclusion is pessimistic self-inquiry. June 18, 2016

June 16, 2016

Zombies Must Be Dualists Sean Carroll Cool ontology; I'm a poetic naturalist, I think all consciousness is a physical state June 16, 2016

June 12, 2016

United States of Paranoia: They See Gangs of Stalkers Mike McPhate Article about "group stalking;" very film noir, closely linked to the city (NYC), also to the new right/left conspiracies; self-reinforcing through rejecting establishment June 12, 2016

June 09, 2016

Uncanny Silicon Valley Rex Sorgatz Hilarious explanation of who inspired the Silicon Valley characters June 09, 2016

June 08, 2016

Math: An Illustrated Guide Megan Amram, Liana Finck Hilarious cartoons about math June 08, 2016
California Screaming Nathan Heller A good, if unopinionated, breakdown of cultural conflict in SF June 08, 2016

June 02, 2016

Art Garfunkel on Paul SImon: 'I created a monster' Nigel Farndale Only remarkable because the interview is written without giving the questions; they're only reflected in Garfunkel's answers. June 02, 2016

June 01, 2016

America's Workforce Runs On Narcotic Stimulants Kate Bielamowicz Workes have taken uppers forever, and "ADHD" is the perfect hush-hush branding June 01, 2016

May 28, 2016

Taking the Robots to Design School, Part 1 Jon Gold Uses geometry to classify fonts, uses a graph to crunch their use. May 28, 2016

May 22, 2016

One Month on the World's Longest Train Ride for $1,000 Derek Low Took train from China to Moscow, looks incredible and inefficient. Thinink he went to Cal. May 22, 2016
Hell's kitchens The Economist Homemade weaponry and automation are making civil conflicts more dangerous (Syria, FARC, terrorism) May 22, 2016

May 21, 2016

Principles of Bot Design Emmet Connolly Intercom's very sensible guidelines for good bots. KISS. May 21, 2016
How Technology Hijacks People's Minds--from a Magician and Google's Design Ethicist Tristan Harris Checking your email is like a slot machine. May 21, 2016

May 18, 2016

How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump Nate Silver A cautionary tale re. assessing event probability with a lack of data. Interesting: bayesian uniform prior. May 18, 2016
Unearthing the Secrets of New York's Mass Graves Nina Bernstein An incredible investigation into New York public cementaries. They can't find shut-ins, and now this... May 18, 2016

May 11, 2016

Dance, Off Charlie Brooker A very funny bit on why dancing sucks. May 11, 2016

May 06, 2016

Too Big to Nail Venkatesh Rao Some companies are extreme platforms, supernovae, that validate huge ideas they can't caputre. Craigslist supernova'd Airbnb. May 06, 2016

May 02, 2016

The Value of Multi-Typeface Design Bethany Heck Awesome guide to font choice. Choose the fonts you need for communication; if that means lots, do it. Use this as a guide! May 02, 2016
The government Github ecosystem Emanuel Feld Stats on the way government agencies code/share via Github May 02, 2016
Analyzing the SciHub data Bastian Greshake There's SciHub data, and it's rich and cool! People download papers at work/school, not on weekends. May 02, 2016

April 28, 2016

Uncanny Valley Anna Wiener "Venture Capitalists have spearheaded [...] this generation's very worst prose style." Caustic and very good criticism of tech via anecdote. Brutally funny, 10/10. April 28, 2016
Four Poems Sophie Robinson These poems are sick, esp. Where the Heart is Streaming April 28, 2016
Slow Wars Moira Weigel "Is this how cinema transcends itself?" Slow art cinema has become the counterpoint to hollywood pace; this analyzes the counterpoint. April 28, 2016

April 21, 2016

Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps. Dan Grover Bots are just doing what OSs should be. Text is too clumsy, but might push OS to catch up to apps. April 21, 2016

April 20, 2016

How to Use Math Words to Sound Smart Sarah Cooper What's the delta here? April 20, 2016

April 19, 2016

I Have No Idea What This Startup Does and Nobody Will Tell Me Sam Biddle A shell org that does nothing April 19, 2016

April 14, 2016

Why Thieves Steal Soap Alex Mayyasi The mystery resolved! Locked up because easy to sell on black market April 14, 2016

April 13, 2016

The Inherent Problem with Anonymous Apps David Byttow The value in social is community, which takes identity. April 13, 2016

April 10, 2016

Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Hanah Anderson and Matt Daniels Massive disparity between male/female spoken lines. Also, beautiful data viz. April 10, 2016

April 09, 2016

19 things you need to stop saying (because you sound like a corporate robot) Kamara Toffolo Send this to people who say dumb things April 09, 2016

April 08, 2016

I'm not a human: Breaking the Google reCAPTCHA Suphannee Sivakorn et al. Uses ML to characterize the semantics of images; when there's a limited pool of possible captchas, this is not too expensive. April 08, 2016

April 07, 2016

Broken Promises: The Housing Market in San Francisco (And Ten Ideas to Fix It) Zac Townsend Basically, ten policy guides for increasing development targeting density and affordability April 07, 2016

April 05, 2016

A Simple Web Developer's Guide To Color Laura Elizabeth Very simple five-color scheme April 05, 2016

March 31, 2016

How a fluke video game called the Eternal War became a cultural phenomenon; and changed its creator Rosie Cima A guy reached stalemate in Civ II that lasted a real life decadea March 31, 2016
More Chinese Mobile UI Trends Dan Grover Follow-on from the last article; apps are better personal ID than gov't March 31, 2016

March 26, 2016

Github: 8 things you didn't know it could do Jasmine Anteunis Tracking civic code changes, blogging via issues, and more. March 26, 2016
The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. Matt Might Actually read this long ago, but reference it a lot. March 26, 2016

March 23, 2016

The Future of Blogger, from 2000. Meg Hourihan The future of Blogger is working with syndicators March 23, 2016

March 17, 2016

Another Way Of Looking At Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo Jacques Mattheij AI can win, but the brain's energy consuption is unrivaled. March 17, 2016
How a Ragtag Gang of Retirees Pulled Off the Biggest Jewel Heist in British History Mark Seal Storry of the Great Hatton Garden heist (2015) March 17, 2016

March 15, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson: pedantry in space Sam Kriss Tyson squeezes the fun out of stuff and makes us feel good about knowing more than others March 15, 2016

March 13, 2016

Why do we work so hard? Ryan Avent Work has become identity; both because we want to, and because we have to. March 13, 2016

March 10, 2016

Playtime: 'Tativille' and Paris (from The Hieroglyphics of Space) Iain Borden Beautifully written examination of Tati as an exploration of the whimsy of modernist space March 10, 2016

February 24, 2016

Blood Spore Hamilton Morris A 17-part series on a man who lived and died by psilocybin February 24, 2016

February 15, 2016

How to Write a Sales Email People Want To Respond To HubSpot Really good advice for cold email copy; worked for Hoya Hacks and Bayes February 15, 2016

February 10, 2016

Stop Asking Me to "Sign Up" Grigoiy Kogan "Sign up" buttons are bad conversion; unspecific February 10, 2016

January 24, 2016

The software engineer's guide to asserting dominance in the workplace Daniel Wu #workplacedominance January 24, 2016

January 23, 2016

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman MVP means finding the smallest ways to test your riskiest assumptions January 23, 2016

January 19, 2016

Simulating the World (in Emoji) Nicky Case Emoji for agent-based modeling; "thinking in systems" January 19, 2016

January 14, 2016

The Controlled Deflation of the Bubble is Almost Complete Jason Calacanis Silicon Valley has been so self-aware that there's been a gentle retreat form the bubble January 14, 2016

January 07, 2016

7 Trends that Will Shape the SaaS Industry in 2016 Clement Vouillon SaaS is going to be a platform for other SaaS, and focus on vertical industries (instead of general software) is the place to be January 07, 2016

January 04, 2016

Existential Riddles Ethan Kuperberg These are really funny January 04, 2016

January 03, 2016

Let's Move Beyond Open Data Portals Abhi Nemani ODPs don't actually make data acessible; split data up by experiences January 03, 2016
The Website Obesity Crisis Maciej Ceglowski Web is chickenshit minimalism; keep aweight down, that should be the metric January 03, 2016
The Tail End Tim Urban Consider the time you have left with things as a proportion; prioritize! January 03, 2016

January 02, 2016

Economic Inequality Paul Graham Ugh, PG... But rethink inequality as a symptom of bad causes January 02, 2016
Design like an astronaut James Archer Keeping cool is really key; if your work ever gives you an adrenaline rush, you need to reevaluate your approach. January 02, 2016
The Hamburger Menu Doesn't Work James Archer Data says hamburger menus decrease engagement because they hide what's s inside; no hints! January 02, 2016

December 31, 2015

Dear Parents: Everything You Need to Know About Your Son and Daughter's University But Don't Ron Srigley "Intelligence" is not the priority of universities anymore. Very long explanation of that shift, and the student/administration relationship that's to blame. December 31, 2015

December 29, 2015

The Five Uncommon Habits of Highly Productive People Lauren Moon Trello blog: make timeboxes, forgive yourself, create margins, find balance, view finish lines December 29, 2015

December 27, 2015

Stuff Paul Graham We're experiencing a stuff glut. December 27, 2015

December 26, 2015

Debunking the biggest myths about artificial intelligence Rupert Goodwins AI is developed narrowly, to *do* and not to *think*, so no crisis! December 26, 2015

December 24, 2015

What Is Spacetime, Really? Stephen Wolfram Fundamental theory of phyiscs: universe as network December 24, 2015

December 23, 2015

When a Unicorn Start-Up Stumbles, Its Employees Get Hurt Katie Benner VIPs get paid off before value gets distributed to employees; common/preferred shares different. December 23, 2015

December 22, 2015

Rethinking the airline boarding pass Peter Smart Boarding pass redesign; very good, describes process December 22, 2015

December 21, 2015

Campus Protesters Aren't Reliving the 1960s Josh Zietz 1960s protests focused on decreasing regulation of students; now, the opposite. December 21, 2015

December 19, 2015

The best icon is a text label Thomas Byttebier Icons tend to be unclear in new contexts; text can be less efficient, but will always be clear December 19, 2015
Why 451? Mark Nottingham HTTP status code for censorship December 19, 2015

December 16, 2015

Dark patterns in action Luca Benazzi Design to take advantage of users' absentmindedness December 16, 2015
How Do I Into Git? mplewis Git shortcuts for useful stuff December 16, 2015
I was denied admission to a PhD program because of my political views José Duarte There's an anti-conservative bias in social science that leads to epistemological error December 16, 2015

December 08, 2015

Trello for Mobile developers Mehdi Sakout Trello columns built around release workflows; rotate the kanban flow to vertical, with labels December 08, 2015

December 04, 2015

Tech Is Eating Media. Now What? John Herrman There's even more conflict of interest when distributors control the production of their own criticism December 04, 2015

December 03, 2015

How to be like Steve Ballmer David Barnes You're probably mediocre; that means you'll need hustle and faultless enthusiasm. December 03, 2015

November 30, 2015

Gored The Economist A private funding readjustment won't be a catastrophic bubble; it'll just subject companies to public scrutiny, up discipline November 30, 2015
Permutations and solutions of a childrens trainset Mark McConnaughay Interesting structure for testing spatial permutations November 30, 2015

November 29, 2015

Coding is boring, unless... Burno Marnette Short list of things that turn programming not-fun November 29, 2015
Why Hackers Must Welcome Social Justice Advocates Coraline Ada Ehmke Open Source is more consistent with a system of protected rights than a violent anarchy; social justice is key to optimization November 29, 2015

November 24, 2015

Animated SVG vs GIF Sara Soueidan SVGs can be used for drawn web animations November 24, 2015

November 23, 2015

The Consumer Isn't a Moron Ali Mese Consumers are kicking social marketing's ass November 23, 2015
The End of the Internet Dream Jennifer Granick Securitization killed the internet's liberatory potential November 23, 2015
Agony to ecstasy John Lanchester A beautiful story about museums November 23, 2015

November 20, 2015

How to Design a Better Pitch Deck Kevin Hale Very graphic November 20, 2015
The Quality of Life Venkatesh Rao QOL is a bad concept; it's better considered a freedom to find quality than a set of valuable properties November 20, 2015

November 17, 2015

Patronizing Passwords Joel Califa How do you guide users to create good passwords? November 17, 2015

November 02, 2015

Asian American WOmen in Tech: Lawsuits and Lived Experiences Michelle Lee A laundry list of issues November 02, 2015

October 30, 2015

Our first-ever college rankings The Economist Looks at value add v. expecation (median); Georgetown does v well, Cal susucks October 30, 2015

October 27, 2015

We've finally agreed: Techpocalypse is coming. Sarah Lacy Tech bubble imminent. Is it better for me if it happens right now, so early growth when I graduate? October 27, 2015

October 26, 2015

Homejoy at the Unicorn Glue Factory Christina Farr Growth-first business planning fails for some industries; Homejoy failed because it doesn't work for cleaning. October 26, 2015

October 25, 2015

Own your words Matt Gemmell Rec'd by Conrad Kramer: Medium is bad because you lose all control of the experience/meaning of your text. October 25, 2015

October 24, 2015

My Dark California Dream Daniel Duane California is always changing, the (naturalist) Californian dream constant lost and rebuilt. October 24, 2015
The Genuine Article John Herrman More push-feed apocalypse! Outside content is slowly being absorbed into the structure of the feed (Facebook Instant Articles) October 24, 2015

October 22, 2015

The Sea, or the Poet at Work Agnieszka Taborska The sea in creativity through history; a love story October 22, 2015

October 21, 2015

Re:designed Eli Schiff Logo redesigns are happening, and the shift is towards flat and more colorful. October 21, 2015
Humanist Interface: Introduction Eli Schiff Aesthetics are not a compelling enough reason for flat/modern UI trends; need functionality October 21, 2015
Fall of the Designer Part I: Fashionable Nonsense Eli Schiff Last Schiff link; seems to try to dodge the arg that consistent design is more usable because no re-learning... October 21, 2015

October 19, 2015

Raiders of the Lost Web Adrienne Lafrance More about disappearing web content; gives actual figures for the rate of disappearance October 19, 2015

October 18, 2015

The Lonely Death of George Bell N. R. Kleinfield A very careful obituary, produced by the investigation of a loner hoarder's life October 18, 2015

October 17, 2015

Broken links Alana Massey Surveillance is the flipside to keeping content online; also "ad infinitum" is clever re. advertisment October 17, 2015

October 16, 2015

Murder she wrought Melanie McGrath Women aren't allowed to be murderers. Murderers are no longer women. October 16, 2015

October 12, 2015

The future of UI is text Partyline This is marketing and it sucks, but it argues slack means CLI-style is the future. Fits into the single feed push-style apocalypse. October 12, 2015

October 11, 2015

Blowing the Whistle on the UC Berkeley Mathematics Department Alexander Coward The math dep't selects towards impersonal, and away from good instruction. October 11, 2015

September 29, 2015

Telebears Neue Shawn Park Gorgeous redesign of the registration process; much more qualified than me September 29, 2015

September 28, 2015

How to build an honest and useful professional network Ivan 'Vania' Smirnov Has good concrete tips for follow up with and reaching out to people September 28, 2015
A New Soft Technology Venkatesh Rao Software eats: it turns everything else into software accessories. We underestimate this. September 28, 2015
The Secret of Apple's New San Francisco Fonts Akinori Machino Explains the purpose behind different San Francisco font families September 28, 2015
Introducing: U.S. Web Design Standards Mollie Ruskin Material design for government websites September 28, 2015

September 24, 2015

What Happens Next Will Amaze You maciej Ceglowski Radical opposition to the current state of privacy in online markets, and more on how SF treats the world. September 24, 2015
Database as a Symbolic Form Lev Manovich Suggests that database is the mutually exclusive opposite of narrative; problematizes Landow's ideal networked texts September 24, 2015

September 22, 2015

The dimming of the light Sudhir Hazareesingh Domestic racial insecurity is the death of the tradition of french intellectualism September 22, 2015

September 20, 2015

Transcript: @Chamath At Strictly VC's Insider Series Semil Shah In particular, Chamath's theory about the necessity of churn in SF startups is fascinating. Didn't consider it from the employee perspective. September 20, 2015
The Two Types of Knowledge Shane Parrish When you're a writer, you have an obligation not to pretend you know. September 20, 2015
In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed Shane Parrish WHy I write in other terms: to slow down and generate meaningful thought. It's okay that my essays take weeks. September 20, 2015
What it's like to be on the data science job market Trey Causey How to prepare for DS interviews! September 20, 2015
What we break when we fix for Ad Blocking Tony Haile Contrary to other adblocking stuff I've read, beliees that publishers will move away from what benefits readers September 20, 2015
De Facto Veto Power John Gruber The Browser Wars are over, in a sense September 20, 2015
Selling Out and the Death of Hacker Culture Rodney Folz Berkeley hacker/organizer thinks hackathons have gone too corporate, and that kills community September 20, 2015

September 19, 2015

Mind the Gap: A Gap In The Mind "Autism John Doe" Says there needs to be more neurological study of autism, not just psychological September 19, 2015

September 18, 2015

We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants David Pierce Voice interfaces; connected to China, and what does this mean for design? September 18, 2015
Chinese Mobile App UI Trends Dan Grover It's actually old, but super quality reference September 18, 2015

September 17, 2015

Why do we admire mobsters? Maria Konnikova Explains why we romanticize distant violence September 17, 2015

September 16, 2015

Subcompact Publishing Craig Mod Reads like an ad at some point, but the principles of SP are very cool; how can I apply them? Incumbent publishers? What technology is needed? September 16, 2015
The Man Who Got No Whammies Zachary Crockett Sorta junk, but why randomness is important September 16, 2015
Why Futurism Has a Cultural Blindspot Tom Vanderbilt Future predictions don't easily predict cultural change; what does culture to do Film Noir? September 16, 2015

September 14, 2015

Visualizing Algorithms Mike Bostock Beautiful visualizations and critical categorizations and guidelines fofor how to make visualizations useful September 14, 2015
Why Scrolljacking is a Problem Jordan Koschei Capturing and modifying scroll behavior in browsers is repulsive. September 14, 2015
How To Scroll Mike Bostock More on scrolljacking, but with pragmatic alternatives for directed focus September 14, 2015
A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning R2D3 Beautiful intro to decision trees, like visualizing algorithms September 14, 2015

September 13, 2015

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ad Blocking Anthony Ha AdBlocking is unethical, but it's an avenue to inform what advertisers do with ads going forward... even as a consumer September 13, 2015
Uderstanding Hitler's Anti-Semitism Edward Delman Interview: Hitler's ethics turned ethics on their head, needs to be evaluated as a ecological thinker September 13, 2015
Who Will Own the Robots? MIT Technology Review Smart machines won't destroy labor; it's more important what/how we do with them. This author would intervene to change aims of development. September 13, 2015
The Non-Existence of Norway Slavoj Zizek Zizek's take on the Syrian refugee crisis: a consequence of neoliberalism September 13, 2015

September 12, 2015

Software You Can Use "Glyph" Sums up my frustration with Python user distribution September 12, 2015

September 10, 2015

Evolving the Google Identity Alex Cook More detailed look at the design process and how brand intentions informed decisions September 10, 2015

September 08, 2015

The Myth of Quality Time Frank Bruni Set aside in-person time for important relationships. It takes grunt work. September 08, 2015
Digital star chamber Frank Pasquale A case for accountability in algorithms that impact people. September 08, 2015
Enough Said: The False Scholarship of Edward Said Joshua Muravchik Blends good critique of scholarship with fervent zionism; dangerously conflates the two. September 08, 2015
Admit it, you love Uber Max Chafkin Uber hate is popular, but the company and its founder aren't uniquely bad September 08, 2015

September 06, 2015

Helsinki Bus Station Theory Oliver Burkeman Don't fetishize originality; find greatness by pushing through what others have done before September 06, 2015
Empty Cities Pico Iyer Pyongyang and Vegas are both faking it. September 06, 2015
Phage-oriented Programming Sam Bleckley Software by treating a codebase as an ecosystem, and production as natural selection September 06, 2015

September 05, 2015

We're At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution Ross Baird There's hope for VC yet: investing more ethically, in new kinds of projects, and that'll save us from the bubble September 05, 2015
Slow Ideas Atul Gawande Knowledge imperialism is good sometimes, and it's best done in a human way to change norms (medicine) September 05, 2015
Arses "Jesper" RSS isn't dead, it's just for power users. It needs better sync. September 05, 2015
Idea for alternative RSS syncing system Brent Simmons Rough/thought-through outline of how to fix RSS syncing––could work with it, the split between local/remote operations is where to innovate (?) September 05, 2015
Python: UnicodeEncodeError:... Mark Needham Solves using click + write, though not for html September 05, 2015

September 04, 2015

No One to Rescue Me From My Drinking Kera Yonker A very beautiful account of her struggle with alcoholism and its interaction with a bit of romance September 04, 2015

September 03, 2015

Software: Immaculate, fetid and grimy Bryan Cantrill Software is usually grimy, and how to deal with bugs; good categories September 03, 2015

September 02, 2015

The lottery is a tax, an inefficient, regressive, and exploitative tax Max Galka Advertising that specifically targets the poor, profits don't go to educaiton. Compelling. September 02, 2015

August 31, 2015

Google Votes: A Liquid Democracy Experiment on a Corporate Social Network Steve Hardt Notes on a Google experiment with delegated voting August 31, 2015

August 30, 2015

A Good User Interface GoodUI.org Careful, some of these border on cliche! A good long checklist of common UI improvements/problems. Might be good for blog criticisms, definitely good to evaluate any UI design I do. August 30, 2015

August 29, 2015

The end of walking Antonia Malchik Contains latent ableism, but nicely addresses classism/racism/etc. LSimulacrum: as walking disappears, replaced by treadmills to simulate it. Also, the liberation I find in walking/biking, why I don't drive. August 29, 2015

August 26, 2015

Installing Linux on a Dead Badger: User's Notes Lucy A. Snyder Funny! August 26, 2015

August 23, 2015

HyperText: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology George P. Landow The intersection is networks. For parts 2 and 3, substitute for the 1 in the URL. August 23, 2015

August 22, 2015

The Plague of American Authoritarianism Henry Giroux Finally read Giroux! Pessimism meets a kritik of fascism meets Baudrillard--totalitarianism is no longer central, and is inevitable in America August 22, 2015

August 20, 2015

Literate Programming Donald E. Knuth Talks at a cool high level about a language that puts documentation and code on equal footing, then gives technical specifics for how to W"WEB" makes it happen. August 20, 2015
How to lose $172,222 a second for 45 minutes Knight Capital, others Deployment processes gone horribly wrong. Comically wretched postmortem, reminds me of sensor error in nuclear accidents. August 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

Why Founders Fail: The Product CEO Paradox Ben Horowitz Cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz on how to be an involved CEO with ahigh technical involvement previously August 19, 2015

August 12, 2015

The Decline of International Studies Charles King OK justification of IR education, some kick-ass heg cards August 12, 2015

August 11, 2015

The hacker hacked Brett Scott Perfectly sums up my thoughts on corporate "hacker culture" August 11, 2015

August 10, 2015

Towson Debate: Welcome to the Slaveship Korey Toddae Scathing criticism of Towson's administration. Powerful stuff re. desperation and pessimism. August 10, 2015

August 09, 2015

Anniversary Kris Wallsmith Creator of First Kiss; also read his other posts about his family's experience with breast cancer; heartbreaking and heartwarming. August 09, 2015

August 08, 2015

Speed matters: Why working quickly is more important than it seems James Somers I need to start writing blog posts faster. I think it also means my thoughts are more cohesive. August 08, 2015
More people should write James Somers Resonates with me. Very pretty. August 08, 2015
Should search algorithms be moral? A conversation with Google's in-house philosopher David Webber Google: "we don't have to give ethical answers. Too hard, lots of bias." This is criticism. August 08, 2015
On Bullshit Harry Frankfurt Really techical; best quote: "It is just this lack of connection to a concern with truth--this indifference to how things really are--that I regard as of the essence of bullshit." August 08, 2015

August 06, 2015

Disruptive versus Radical Innovations Venkatesh Rao Counter my intuition: marginal changes are more likely disruptive than radical changes August 06, 2015

August 05, 2015

Tech's Enduring Great-Man Myth Amanda Schaffer Very specific indictment of Musk, light on impact; cares a lot about government subsidies in innovation August 05, 2015
Should Prison Sentences Be Based on Crimes That Haven't Been Committed Yet? Anna Maria Barry-Jester Would be interesting to look at summum bonum; how does this play into the paradigmatic aims of a justice system, not just practical? August 05, 2015

August 03, 2015

Redesigning Chrome Android. Part 1 of 2 Sebastien Gabriel Very thorough overview of the implementation of material design, design goals that blur the line between app and OS August 03, 2015
Material Design: Why the Floating Action Button is bad UX design Teo Yu Siang Just some criticism of Material Design. It's function following form. August 03, 2015
Magic Ink Bret Victor Kind of dated work on design, but very thorough -- big fan of static design over dynamic August 03, 2015
The Web We Have to Save Hossein Derakhshan Great article on the power of hyperlinked text, and how social media automation kills the user's control over their texts. August 03, 2015
Web Design: The First 100 Years Maciej Ceglowski Backwards compatibility in how we use the internet. August 03, 2015