Making an Impact via Mental Hooks and Conceptual Frameworks
My daughter used to pay very careful attention to my driving. But it wasn’t really just about road safety or even sightseeing—it was about information…
Ephemerality vs. Impact
Alchemy, Computation, and the Complexity of Modeling the World
In the first half of the Twentieth Century, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius began publishing Little Blue Books in a small town in southeastern Kansas. These…
In recent years, there has been lots of writing about the idea of progress, including within a burgeoning field of “progress studies.” One aspect of…
Embracing Errors in Technology
Finding the misfit research + tech organizations
Bringing back the tastes of Food of the Ancients
There is a certain delight to finding facts and bits of information that don’t quite make sense. Whether it’s the discovery of a weird signal from…
I’m a sucker for generative analogies when it comes to computer programming: the kinds of analogies or metaphors that get you to think about code in a…
How do you demonstrate that you know something—or discovered something first—without giving away your secret? This was an issue that loomed large in the…