2018-12-21Free software and the revolt against transactionality
2018-12-11Announcing the 2019 No-Budget Film Contest
2018-12-10We all know about social constructs vs reality, but there are levels of spookiness (and no upper…
2018-12-10Tech’s Masturbatory Historiography
2018-12-10Good design for developers & good design for non-developers don’t operate by different rules.
2018-12-03What is the character of internet technologies?
2018-12-03I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Vallee is among the most lucid of the mid-century ufologists.
2018-11-27It was not intended to present a list of alternatives, because I have covered alternatives…
2018-11-25I’d probably start with Jef Raskin’s book The Humane Interface.
2018-11-24The buttons on that type of radio (and on cassette walkmans) have other, tactile indicators of…
2018-11-20This is a good point.
2018-11-20Structural typing (and its integration with prototype OO) might be one way to address the platypus…
2018-11-17Sorry, that’s my Canon Cat article. I meant to link to this one.
2018-11-17“Predictable” means that the user, before performing an action, can imagine the results of that…
2018-11-17Predictability refers to the ability to be predicted. Uniformity refers to being the same.
2018-11-17> My mom isn’t dumb, but she has not and never had any interest in learning how tech works.
2018-11-17> In short it seems that for you “predictability” refers to output while “uniformity” refers to…
2018-11-17I’m in favor of breaking down artificial barriers that make modifying applications artificially…
2018-11-17And, I disagree on that count.
2018-11-16Worse, and when & how it can be ‘better’
2018-11-16Science fiction movies are extremely rare
2018-11-16Durarara as a moral laboratory
2018-11-14Programming as expression
2018-11-14Computing and craft among the end users
2018-11-05When we impose our philosophy on users, we create things that don’t work out of the box for those…
2018-11-05Uniform UIs are the enemy. Problems are not uniform, and solutions should fit their problems.
2018-11-05The interface should be predictable, but that is not the same as uniform.
2018-11-05Commercial success is almost entirely a matter of luck.
2018-11-05Absolutely.
2018-11-01The Flawed History of Graphical User Interfaces
2018-11-01Let’s pretend this never happened
2018-10-28On Funimation’s recently-announced licensing plan change
2018-10-24You’re very welcome!
2018-10-24A short glossary of tech industry terms
2018-10-23Hill House vs Hill House: two different kinds of hauntings
2018-10-22Scuttlebutt quickstart guide
2018-10-22I, too, get more traffic & more responses on Quora (except, of course, when I cross-promote my…
2018-10-17If you’ve got a head-mounted (or head-mountable) HDMI display and portable keyboard, the pi zero…
2018-10-15Is it? I’ve heard mostly positive things about it since it came out.
2018-10-11The whole “programmers are a special genetically superior elite of deep thinkers” meme really…
2018-10-11I was excited for the Haunting of Hill House series (though curious how they were going to turn it…
2018-10-11For a couple years i the early naughts, I mostly ran DOS with various experimental / unusual…
2018-10-10Automation & philosophy
2018-10-05Think about what you’re claiming for a second.
2018-10-03Programming a computer is nothing like building a car, and everything like changing your oil.
2018-10-02We segregate licensed medical doctors based on their licensing, and do not allow non-doctors to…
2018-09-22A periodic reminder
2018-09-21Today I was in couple good threads on programming/metaprogramming and on the design of universal…
2018-09-21On alternatives
2018-09-18Jamming the Signal: Better Living Through Subliminal Messages
2018-09-18Composability, homogeneity, and language-based systems
2018-09-18Alternate Computer Universes: Jef Raskin’s Macintosh
2018-09-14Cyberdelia reading list
2018-08-31Generally speaking, the best solution is one of the solutions not yet explored (simply because it…
2018-08-30John M. Ford’s Web of Angels bears the same relationship to Neuromancer as Cordwainer Smith’s…
2018-08-28Warren Ellis’s Planetary is a great comic — good to read along with Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles…
2018-08-28Hard pills to swallow
2018-08-23Winners for the 2018 No-Budget Film Contest
2018-08-21I think we need to apply social pressure on two sides: against people who don’t assume interactions…
2018-08-19A context-centric culture isn’t the result of everybody being always fair, but the result of most…
2018-08-18You might get more out of the third article in this series, then.
2018-08-18I wrote a book
2018-08-18Context-centric cultures & call-out cultures
2018-08-10Conditions for the possibility of exit
2018-08-08On revolutionary ideas
2018-08-08On infohazards
2018-08-08How much bad UI design comes from a focus on making the UI consistent with underlying code that was…
2018-08-07Pulp media is a goldmine for culture for the same reason that a latrine pit is a goldmine for…
2018-08-06I thought this was going to turn into a full rejection of the representativeness heuristic, and was…
2018-07-30I don’t remember writing this but it looks exactly like my writing style.
2018-07-30Fiction generator post-mortem: mythology generation
2018-07-28One of the most underrated parts about proper skepticism is avoiding or circumventing idea…
2018-07-27The House on Foulness
2018-07-24This experiment might prove an interesting basis for the artistic use of transclusion.
2018-07-06Thoughts on generating mystery & heist stories
2018-07-03The problem with meaning
2018-07-02There are links to the PDFs of the three generated comics in the third-to-last paragraph (the one…
2018-07-02Post-mortem of a fiction generator: asemic writing with some properties of natural languages
2018-07-02Fiction generator post-mortem: comic book generation
2018-06-25XANA & iX: A history & post-mortem of two small operating system projects
2018-06-15Exocortex tools part I: social media automation with very small shell scripts
2018-06-15Enough to be Dangerous
2018-06-11As an engineer (identifying with the engineering attitude moreso than the artistic one) I think…
2018-06-06An Engineer’s Guide to the Docuverse
2018-06-05Microsoft, Github, and distributed revision control
2018-06-05Have you tried…
2018-06-01Invisible Architecture III
2018-06-01Invisible Architecture 3
2018-06-01Fantastic, as always. Maybe even better this time.
2018-05-31Software vs Capital
2018-05-27We should kick this off with a bang, by writing RP fanfiction in the form of a listicle of rhyming…
2018-05-26Trendism & cognitive stagnation
2018-05-26Joke generating AI has been an area of research since at least the 1970s — so, around the same time…
2018-05-26> I took some time to look through what you said and checked around the internet.
2018-05-22I have my own version, in pure shell, using /usr/share/dict…
2018-05-15Perhaps a good model for a “left-wing game”, if we take seriously the idea that right/left division…
2018-05-11Small computing, artisanal computing
2018-05-11Honest AWS ad copy
2018-05-11Don’t say “technology”
2018-05-04The WTF Awards / sketching a map to an escape from steam engine time
2018-05-04How to contribute to open source without stress
2018-05-03I’m being a little more prescriptive than descriptive, & that’s probably why my categorization is…
2018-05-031850, but faster
2018-05-02Ultimately, when you’re in a business context, you need to please the people above you in the…
2018-05-02The language around free speech in civil-libertarian circles is flawed
2018-05-01The problem with Electron
2018-04-26Yeah, I think that if a hiring manager or human resources person is grading people on whether or…
2018-04-25The uncanny practicality of impracticality
2018-04-24There was never an ‘open web’
2018-04-20I find subscribing to medium worthwhile if only because it gives me the equivalent of a…
2018-04-17Yup, this is exactly what I meant!
2018-04-16What people get wrong about Xanadu
2018-04-16We may be talking about different things.
2018-04-13I always wonder a little bit why dependency-tracking systems that don’t strictly require ordering…
2018-04-13Do you listen to the Desert Oracle Radio podcast?
2018-04-12Kaukatcr: an experiment in language design for multi-dimensional spaces
2018-04-10I’d argue that the BEAM needs a prolog-y language too — erlang is prolog-like in syntax only…
2018-04-03I worry about the tendency of large institutions to coalesce power & apply that power toward their…
2018-04-01The manufacture of steam-engine time
2018-04-01Software utopianism in a flawed universe
2018-04-01On tackiness
2018-04-01Meditations on morality
2018-04-01How to fail at culture jamming
2018-04-01Big and small computing
2018-04-01Against UI standardization
2018-04-01Against trendism: how to defang the social media disinformation complex
2018-04-01Ad-tech and fatigue
2018-04-01A design for a hypothetical undergraduate CS curriculum
2018-03-02Baudrillard reified the spectacular nature of Desert Storm’s media coverage with his famous phrase…
2018-02-26There’s another problem with ‘trending’ — it gets the value-distribution relationship of…
2018-02-25The best description of it is probably still in Licklider’s Man-Computer Symbiosis & Englebart’s…
2018-02-22Invisible Architecture II
2018-02-22Invisible Architecture 2
2018-02-21Do you find that there’s a difference in effectiveness between films with a supernatural focus &…
2018-02-20It’s easy for automatic habits to take over even when doing things that seem like ‘original…
2018-02-20I’m with you here, Gutboom.
2018-02-19So much of debugging is about playing the game of lists (and so much debugging is still necessary…
2018-02-16Un-Jobsifying software development
2018-02-15There’s another reason why bad films are particularly beloved by cinephiles: they illustrate (by…
2018-02-13This essay feels like two essays combined: the first about the importance of erring on the side of…
2018-02-13News and Lies 2:
2018-02-13I hope so!
2018-02-09Guidelines for future hypertext systems
2018-02-02I always maintain that a good, thoughtful, well-constructed review of a very flawed work is more…
2018-02-01I’m happy that somebody’s finally starting to address some of the web’s big design oversights.
2018-02-01I’d like to defend the idea of putting plop art specifically in places that the pieces…
2018-01-27I don’t know where the number 2501 comes from.
2018-01-17Some tentative guidelines for GUI composability
2018-01-09Quick OmniStage history
2018-01-08Orality, Literacy, Hyper-Literacy
2018-01-05Mycroft — A Predicate Logic Language — Overview / Post-mortem
2018-01-02Trajectories for the future of software
2017-12-31Transclusion is…
2017-12-31My hypermedia history
2017-12-11Announcing the 2018 No-Budget Film Contest
2017-12-01Being intellectually engaged by your job is a rare privilege — one that is really only possible in…
2017-11-20As he brushed past a cluster of hyper-dandies, their tattoos glowed and squirmed, pantomiming…
2017-11-20Are you familiar with the concept of “transpointing windows”?
2017-11-19“Thank you for being Prime,” the impossibly-beautiful anime hologram stewardess says, as six-axis…
2017-11-10The only path out, as far as I can see, is to use system 2 thinking to perform analysis on…
2017-11-09She Awaited the Turkeys
2017-11-09I wonder if this was the inspiration for the famous scene in Scanners…
2017-11-08I’ve never understood Turkle’s rationale for this idea.
2017-11-06You mention a study where 12 volunteers were subjected to E.
2017-11-06OK, but what do you gain from misrepresenting the papers you are using to support your argument as…
2017-11-06It might be reasonably controlled; it might not.
2017-11-06Doesn’t this really seem more like speech-to-phoneme-stream?
2017-11-03Those of us working in prose generation have come to the conclusion that neural nets and other…
2017-10-13The way to the hangins that spiders liked breaking over holloway’s was satisfyingly gothic in…
2017-10-03Prize money is sent. If you don’t receive it, leave another comment.
2017-09-12If you decide to collate the results, I’d find that fascinating.
2017-09-09I think that people asking the wrong questions really saved us here.
2017-09-08I never noticed any of these things. I am so excited for a rewatch now. Thank you!
2017-09-08I have standardized on giving everyone exactly one clap — equivalent to a recommend.
2017-09-08Do most students really start their undergraduate experience completely ignorant of the vast…
2017-09-06Yeah. Just as I think honest economists are aware of & careful about these myths (supporting them…
2017-09-06In my experience:
2017-09-03Market Myths: Good, Bad, and Bazaar
2017-09-02The winners have been announced: https://medium.com/@enkiv2/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2017-no…
2017-09-02The winners have been announced…
2017-09-02Congratulations on third place.
2017-09-02Congratulations on second place
2017-09-02Congratulations on first place.
2017-09-01Announcing the winners of the 2017 No Budget Film Contest
2017-08-31The Lone Gunman
2017-08-28Fun fact: if we go by formal declarations, Japan is still at war with Russia.
2017-08-18Is this the first high profile example of a unicode homoglyph attack in the wild?
2017-08-16Are legendary generals just lucky?
2017-08-04The thing about pair programming is that it’s similar to other closely-collaborative creative…
2017-08-01Hostility, inclusivity, and target mismatch in open source community management
2017-07-26Punk & cosplay
2017-07-14Some chess variants
2017-07-03Is popularity even desirable?
2017-06-27This comment wasn’t intended as snark.
2017-06-27Criticism that’s primarily transmitted by teachers is limited in scope; after all, most people who…
2017-06-22Labor in Japan
2017-06-22I don’t think this is an internet thing per-se.
2017-06-20The perils of identity
2017-06-20Contributor represents the easiest way out of our adtech dystopia, and it’s a shame that it was…
2017-06-15The community around the newsletter is still pretty active on slack, right?
2017-06-14Luckily, businesses (and business concerns) are basically completely irrelevant.
2017-06-07Lol Koibito Cafe.
2017-05-31Tempting Fate: an asymmetric card game for psychics
2017-05-30The Mythic Function of the Zombie Apocalypse
2017-05-24ANTLR may be superior in some way; it’s also strictly unnecessary.
2017-05-23If you can solve your problems without actually changing the syntax, then you don’t need to build a…
2017-05-22If you understood this essay as advocating for some language, you didn’t read it carefully.
2017-05-22Considerations for programming language design: a rebuttal
2017-05-08The end-game of the voice UI (like that of the chat UI) is the command line interface.
2017-05-03All fat middle-aged white guys are secretly the same person, like Saint Gulik.
2017-05-02Visible & Invisible Architecture
2017-05-02Invisible Architecture I
2017-05-02Invisible Architecture 1
2017-05-02I came to the same conclusion from another direction:
2017-05-01Maybe it’s because “Marine Antoinette” sounds so much more natural that “Macron Antoinette” is…
2017-05-01Folk horror as speculative sociology
2017-04-21The return of the No Budget Film Contest
2017-04-21If your goal is to find out how people on reddit actually talk about it (rather than what kind of…
2017-04-17Federation favors large numbers of temporary non- or partially-intersecting identities, rather than…
2017-04-08Portable identity is useful only insomuch as single-stable-identity is useful.
2017-04-03While your analysis of control structures here seems accurate, I can’t really agree with the idea…
2017-03-27The biggest argument against total dismissal of the remake is the existence of remakes that…
2017-03-24How Mamoru Oshii ruined the Ghost in the Shell franchise
2017-03-24Having signed up, you can tell us exactly what we all want to know: is the premium content Ev’s…
2017-03-20So, there’s a nuance here, regarding UBI.
2017-03-17It seems like what Medium is doing is creating a subscription-only publication of their own…
2017-03-16How Seiren re-engineers galge stock characters
2017-03-14Clues about Medium’s business plan
2017-03-13It really is better to ask for permission
2017-03-06Spanning problem-space
2017-03-02Slowly creep backwards while speaking more softly and with a greater number of increasingly-long…
2017-03-01Some less modest provisions:
2017-03-01I realize that your post isn’t meant to be a coherent argument, but — the only way we can tell that…
2017-03-01A modest proposal related to firearm safety
2017-02-28I’m not the author of the original piece.
2017-02-28I’m not familiar with anything Nelson might have written on the storage of navigation histories…
2017-02-28Here’s a heuristic: if a task is made significantly easier by a framework, it shouldn’t be done in…
2017-02-23Did somebody unload a time machine from 1998 into this comment thread?
2017-02-22The hype around javascript is representative of a more general and widespread problem, which is…
2017-02-20The only response I can think of for this is that, while Putin almost certainly wants to think of…
2017-02-20One way to avoid people using eponymous laws to pull a bavarian fire drill on you is to produce a…
2017-02-17When the best option for providing a service is awful, that indicates an opportunity for…
2017-02-16If you want to get a job in tech & be qualified for it, you need to first be self-taught and then…
2017-02-16Has this only been rolled out on mobile? I don’t see anything like this on the desktop site.
2017-02-15Details of how this subscription model will work seem scarce.
2017-02-14The web is a glorified marketing platform, sure, but do we want it to be?
2017-02-14The religious right is a strange beast, with strange internal contradictions mirroring the greater…
2017-02-14If you are selling your site to design hipsters, I have no problem with the bloat: they have plenty…
2017-02-13On the web, size matters
2017-02-06While large corporations have the resources to do large, cross-cutting messages, the profit motive…
2017-02-03Belief is the enemy.
2017-02-03Agreed: lack of perspective is the real M.
2017-01-30This fits into a wider pattern.
2017-01-25If we can do this (and it’s certainly technically possible), we can break siloization by doing the…
2017-01-23As much as I’m loathe to heap praise on Second Life & Linden Labs, I think they at least got this…
2017-01-18The Value of Subtle Communication: Toward a Secular Materialist Model of Chaos Magick
2017-01-18I’d definitely say the web is a bad tool for most of the things we use it for.
2017-01-18For Medium, the most sensible monetization policies would probably be:
2017-01-17The command line and GUI replaced voice as an interaction model decades ago, because for most tasks…
2017-01-17Medium started out with the goal of fixing clickbait, and the (correct) understanding that an ad…
2017-01-17Medium started out with the goal of fixing clickbait, and the (correct) understanding that an…
2017-01-14Hiring is a whole different mess.
2017-01-13Ramifications of nearsightedness in tech
2017-01-13I always thought “borked” was derived from “borken”, the early 1960s era humorous mistyping of…
2017-01-13Berners-Lee had a project that did many things correctly that the web did incorrectly.
2017-01-09Our systems (even on relatively longread-friendly platforms like Medium) disincentivize nuance.
2017-01-09I think you’ll find that web browsers can, in fact, render hand-written plain HTML.
2017-01-09Cyberpunk, sadly, died in infancy. What’s worse is, it was replaced by a changeling.
2017-01-05I think we can tag him. Ev Williams
2017-01-05I think the time might be right for micropayments as a publishing monetization model.
2017-01-04I’m not kidding.
2017-01-04I mean that, ideally, facebook, medium, and youtube wouldn’t be websites, because the web is a poor…
2017-01-03You don’t really need to go to 4chan for this.
2017-01-03This is why I always say that if we want an idea of how life will be under UBI, we should look at…
2016-12-30Ive is very much acting in line with Jobs’ legacy.
2016-12-29Where Wizards Stay Up Late would be a great addition, but I haven’t finished it, so I didn’t feel…
2016-12-29The tragedy is that this feature is easy to implement if you work for Medium (or Facebook, or…
2016-12-29There’s a culture (and I think it’s a relatively new one — even as recently as fifteen years ago…
2016-12-28On the other hand, it seems to encourage rabbitholes.
2016-12-28I hypothesize that the chumbox gets populated by items that intersect along the lines of author or…
2016-12-2818 book reading list for computer history
2016-12-27The CS/IT world seems to have an unusual absence of understanding of its own history, compared to…
2016-12-22Lack of political sophistication is often a side effect of being sheltered.
2016-12-21I feel like some of this material is covered in transactional psychology, though my understanding…
2016-12-20One’s career is rarely a vocation.
2016-12-20News to me.
2016-12-20A qualified defense of slacktivism
2016-12-19There are a couple misunderstandings here.
2016-12-19Lots of people don’t — or can’t — distinguish between knowing how to solve simple problems in a…
2016-12-19Any solution that’s ineffective unless 100% of the population is morally upright is unusable.
2016-12-16Supporting this facility is the medium staff’s design decision, sure, but it’s also clearly the…
2016-12-14This essay was more entertaining when Robert Anton Wilson wrote it.
2016-12-13There are different right-wing tribes, with distinct values.
2016-12-13I wonder how much of this effect has to do with the mixture of pseudo-neutral & centralized media…
2016-12-05With regard to sample size, small sample sizes in studies that are taken at face value is an issue.
2016-12-05This article sort of represents a straw-man version of the reproducability crisis.
2016-12-05There’s a tradeoff to code reuse, insomuch as code written for a different problem is often a poor…
2016-12-05It’s very strange that widespread high-speed internet access would coincide with increasing…
2016-12-02The problem of a lack of free public indoor spaces isn’t limited to New York City; I live in…
2016-12-01I don’t have any problem with self-help articles per-se, but I definitely have a problem with…
2016-11-30Monochrome Vertex Chapter 2
2016-11-30Monochrome Vertex Ch. 1
2016-11-29There seems to be the assumption that “fake news” shouldn’t be consumed.
2016-11-29Soylent definitely wins, when the choices are between Soylent, a candy bar, and nothing at all.
2016-11-29An alternate web design style guide
2016-11-28I develop quite a bit of open source software.
2016-11-28Considering that the root cause is the essential incompatibility between optimizing for truth and…
2016-11-23News and Lies 1: In Defense of (some) Propaganda
2016-11-23News and Lies 1:
2016-11-21The idea that major religious figures are ambassadors from outer space goes back at least to…
2016-11-14Clearly, the only thing that can defeat Trump now is the veneration by chaotes of an even older…
2016-11-11Stories I won’t write (but you can)
2016-11-07On communities
2016-11-07I’ve never believed that clickbait had anything to do with audience preferences.
2016-11-07Early attempts at implementing transcopyright (essentially, a system by which quote attribution is…
2016-11-05Yeah. It’s useful as a rule of thumb for who you should probably be extra careful not to mock for…
2016-11-03The Lazarus Pose
2016-11-02Other things happening in November:
2016-11-02Books that should be made into movies, but never ever will
2016-11-02As a follow-up, I’d like to reiterate that, as Charlie Stross says, “bigotry is fractal”.
2016-10-31While I agree with the sentiment, I think you misplace the blame.
2016-10-31This kind of thing has been Apple’s MO since 1982.
2016-10-31Package dependency hell is *primarily* a function of unfamiliarity, and it’s not like it doesn’t…
2016-10-31Microsoft is no longer actively bad, the way it was under Ballmer.
2016-10-31If you want a professional quality development machine, buy a 2008 Thinkpad on ebay (cost is about…
2016-10-28There’s a potential link to folie au deux here.
2016-10-27Mirai was appropriately named
2016-10-26There’s a difference between constructive cynicism and edgelordism.
2016-10-26Does innovation have anything to do with commerce?
2016-10-25Mr. Rheingold, thank you for reposting all of these.
2016-10-24Yeah. (I haven’t recommended this for McDonalds before, because I think that the case for food is a…
2016-10-24The ideal chatbot is not a butler or a puppy, but an elder god
2016-10-23I don’t deny that there are social norms surrounding the elevation of bad design.
2016-10-21With the procedural-OO hybrid, we see it applied in industry a little more often because it’s…
2016-10-20There’s something strange going on with Russian intelligence & the internet security / civil…
2016-10-20Ham sandwich for president
2016-10-19Web design over time has gotten less and less connected to accessibility & utility, and more and…
2016-10-19An Alternate Medium Style Guide
2016-10-17To “compete” in web search results is somewhat absurd.
2016-10-17The legality of the provenance of the material is irrelevant to the ethics of reporting.
2016-10-17I was once on cleanup duty, in a particularly unfortunate situation.
2016-10-17Intellectual property is the strongest it’s ever been, more or less worldwide.
2016-10-17I for one appreciate your resistance to cutting down your articles.
2016-10-14Javascript won’t save the web. Javascript is part of the problem.
2016-10-14In defense of contempt
2016-10-13I switched to NaNoGenMo because of similar commitment problems.
2016-10-12You’re struggling with some of the same conundrums as I am.
2016-10-11Upending the system requires effort and planning.
2016-10-11The way I think of it, trying to learn computer science without learning C is like being a medieval…
2016-10-10You missed one *big* factor in why SV isn’t good to emulate: SV is mostly “show business” — big…
2016-10-06You had me up until “short but complete”. Lessons of less than ten minutes? Come on.
2016-10-06Please badmouth CSS more in developer talks
2016-10-05I wish I could recommend this article multiple times.
2016-10-05If your graphic design is optimized for impact at a distance without scrolling, your use case is…
2016-10-03I agree that “For You” used to have a much better signal to noise ratio.
2016-10-03How to shoot yourself in the foot with good worldbuilding: two methods
2016-10-03Good vs iconic art
2016-09-30I was taking executive orders into account, here.
2016-09-30I completely understand the desire to make big changes.
2016-09-29Trump doesn’t know what he wants, or how to get it.
2016-09-29The political post I’ve been avoiding writing
2016-09-20A method and device for becoming a property owner himself
2016-09-20A device and method for escaping the universal truth
2016-09-01A Qualified Defense of Jargon & Other In-Group Signifiers
2016-08-31That’s sort of my point: there’s no technical reason why feature length film budgets should be…
2016-08-30What?
2016-08-30The gatekeeper idea you mention is one of these elements that I feel is self-reinforcing.
2016-08-30So, you think the tail end of that pull quote was intended to be “we need to stop building…
2016-08-30On second thought, the article is slightly above the average stupidity of a tech article on medium.
2016-08-30Nope! Changing ‘responsive’ to ‘reactive’ doesn’t explain why we’d specify a server-side Microsoft…
2016-08-30I’m unfamiliar with Schiffer.
2016-08-30ASAP stands for As Soon As Possible.
2016-08-30“ASAP as possible” is redundant.
2016-08-29I have to agree with all of your points here.
2016-08-26An alternate wizard/cleric distinction
2016-08-24OK. There’s a pretty big gap between scheduling the announcement of a leak to maximize press (and…
2016-08-22Zizek (along with a handful of other figures in media criticism that are full of ideas but short on…
2016-08-22The trademark issue is pretty cut and dried: a trademark holder must show due diligence in…
2016-08-22Saving the magic system of Familiar of Zero from itself
2016-08-22I’ve always been suspicious of how much companies that brand themselves as “tech companies” are…
2016-08-22It’s a mistake to consider Wikileaks as a media organization, because they are generally anti…
2016-08-22It’s a mistake to consider Wikileaks as a media organization, because they are generally…
2016-08-22I don’t think Wikileaks is choosing their timing.
2016-08-22Caffeine takes about 20 minutes to metabolize to the point where it can suppress adenosine reuptake…
2016-08-22Caffeine takes about 20 minutes to metabolize to the point where it can suppress adenosine…
2016-08-17Spoiler alert: I don’t hate you for being immune from spoilers; in fact, to the extent that this…
2016-08-03tl;dr verison: original article is a dumb rehash of stuff that was proven wrong thirty years ago…
2016-08-03It’s important to note that Wikileaks itself doesn’t choose what information to grab & host; in…
2016-08-01I don’t know where you got any of the ideas in this article.
2016-07-26I always make this argument, and it usually falls on deaf ears.
2016-07-25General purpose, in my view, is an overstatement.
2016-07-25A lot of the ideas about OO that are mentioned in Mr Scalfani’s essay were pushed and popularized…
2016-07-11Bots are wonderful.
2016-07-08Have you determined how much non-book content you are reading during the day?
2016-07-06There’s another path here that you haven’t mentioned: take advantage of content generation…
2016-07-05As much as I hate to rain on your parade, I’m afraid I can’t agree at all with your premises.
2016-07-01Novelty, Perversity, and Randomness
2016-06-23There’s a difference between the Lake Woebegone effect and the Dunning Kreuger effect.
2016-06-23Regarding the ‘preferred music service’ example, it’s a bit funny that Amazon is not extending the…
2016-06-23One small complaint: you mention Moore’s Law as one of the reasons ML is having a rennaisance…
2016-06-13The author of this piece managed to write an entire article about the concept of slack without once…
2016-06-06Another possibility: do nothing, and allow ad quality to degrade.
2016-05-17This isn’t a feature of some new revision of UML.
2016-05-16If you’re going to replace regex half-way with UML and expect people to use a graphical editor, why…
2016-05-06How Bots Were Born From Spam
2016-04-25I’d like to point out that Project Xanadu (which, btw, is still going on) is, at its core, an…
2016-04-25Bots are only interesting when they aren’t expected to be consistently useful or make money.
2016-04-19Bot capitalism will fail
2016-04-14The bigger the bot hype grows, the more apparent it becomes that when it comes to bots, for now at…
2016-04-11It’s kind of funny that your way of dealing with branching narratives of this type is to play…
2016-04-08Dear Recruiters,
2016-04-08A quarter page of cliches about how bubble gum media is bad pitched at an imaginary audience who…
2016-04-04OK, OK, but a lot of these things are still toys.
2016-03-22I’m going to have to point out that this survey will be biased.
2016-03-21I’m less concerned about actual scientists falling into this trap, because often they don’t (and…
2016-03-17> But the reality is most people don’t want just a universal basic income.
2016-03-16There’s a problem with people recommending ‘smart guns’: they clearly haven’t looked at the…
2016-03-11Talking about Dribble is undercutting exactly how stupidly static the western idea of ‘good design…
2016-03-11Talking about Dribble is undercutting exactly how stupidly static the western idea of ‘good design’…
2016-02-26MMOCs/MOOCs are probably the wrong match for the kind of learning technology presented in The…
2016-02-11I find this post significantly funnier than I should.
2016-01-28Read Intuition Pumps by Dan Dennett.
2016-01-25I wonder if your experience is typical.
2016-01-21Right on.
2016-01-21A cutup of Palin’s Trump endorsement speech
2016-01-20The idea of a Bowie
2016-01-19To be sure, these hollywood formulations are male-centric.
2016-01-19Paranoia as a design choice
2016-01-19If you find the others on the road, kill them
2016-01-13Why you should care about generative text
2015-12-21Absolutely in agreement with you, here. This is a major pet peeve.
2015-12-17Scene/Sequel: Post-Mortem of a Fiction Generator
2015-12-17One peeve I have with this analysis is: even if you consider a dysfunctional government to be…
2015-12-15Something not mentioned in the article is that OpenAI is in direct competition with several other…
2015-12-15I don’t buy the idea that these kinds of restrictions will ever become universally (or even nearly…
2015-12-07There are a couple of models for self-directed learning resources that are useful to look at…
2015-12-07I keep on being reminded of “Sirius Cybernetic Corporation” — the company in the Hitchhiker’s Guide…
2015-12-04Yes, but not all of us physically assault our employees and then are lionized for it.
2015-12-03Jobs is interesting insomuch as he’s a figure who is inextricably associated with industries that…
2015-12-03How to become Steve Ballmer: implement stack ranking, throw chairs at people during meetings, yell…
2015-12-01The thing about cultural niches is that they are created by and for ‘mass media’ as a novelty…
2015-11-30Novel UI systems have a lot of the same problems as other novel pieces of media.
2015-11-19This is not ‘no UI’ — it’s ‘text-based UI’.
2015-11-19I’m not sure that decision anxiety is the sole or even primary source of ‘prestige television’.
2015-11-10You’re complaining that a free VR device came with your newspaper, even though by no means do you…
2015-11-09But, again, what reason do we have to believe that other humans have interiority if we ignore the…
2015-10-21A second issue with the ‘uber for…’ model is that it’s a tax evasion scheme that also, in the minds…
2015-10-09To be honest, the closest thing to an interest feed as you describe it is tumblr — not because it…
2015-10-08The hidden benefits of NaNoGenMo
2015-10-06Gelman’s characterization of his opposition is more than a little reductive.
2015-09-29A big problem here is that advertising — particularly advertising on the internet (by which I mean…
2015-09-28I’d be interested in seeing how ebook sales trends match up with the shift from epaper to OLED/LCD…
2015-09-18Alternatives to advertising
2015-09-15The origin of many of our most elaborate models of corporatism, advertising, and how these things…
2015-09-09I’m not sure I buy that this is the result of increased usability.
2015-08-20Peter Watts and p-zombies
2015-08-12Interacting with Fiction
2015-06-09While I’ve seen lots of snappy, short, intelligent, and witty pieces of academic writing, I feel…
2015-06-03Another great music podcast (which may or may not be still running) is Solipsistic Nation.
2015-05-29Myths of competence and specialization
2015-05-29It’s a mistake to call Uber a tech company.
2015-05-27The key thing here is not that this time is different than the 60s, or that the people writing…
2015-05-24Failure modes of science fiction
2015-05-24Against certain naive varieties of transhumanist sentiment
2015-05-21Initially, my machines were named after classical philosophers and mathematicians (starting with…