The Flying Carpet, Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, 1880 Obviously, coding is not sorcery. But there are some fun and thought-provoking parallels, so I a…
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What is this artwork? A seascape with a farmer in the foreground. But look closer, specifically in the water. Check out the water in the foreground of …
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Here’s a bizarre arbitrage opportunity I discovered in the Legoland gift shop: Free money! It’s next to one of those machines that extrude a penny into…
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HyperCard, a Macintosh program from the late 1980’s, was my gateway into computer programming. It allowed a smooth on-ramp into the world of code, atte…
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I was recently browsing the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology, published in 1980 (not considered canon any longer, but super-interesting) and noticed th…
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Ever since I read Tim Carmody’s post in 2017 about digital humanism, I couldn’t get his ideas around preserving information out of my head: In the meta…
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You might have noticed that I’ve moved this newsletter to Substack. This was done for a few reasons: cleaner interface, easier-to-read archives, and be…
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In my last email, I wrote about a simple tool I built to assist me in revisiting books that I own. Well, I've also built another tool—very early still …
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I've recently been exploring the idea of "tools for serendipity": pieces of software that basically super-charge the mind's ability to connect interest…
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People love to talk about how artificial intelligence and machine learning is becoming more democratized. But it really is becoming a lot easier to wor…
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