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Archive of posts published in the category: Vents

The Culture of Interruption

You’re finally making some progress on that thing that you owe that person on that date. Maybe you’ve got headphones on with music that helps you focus, or maybe you prefer to work in total silence. You’ve been putting off this particularly complicated…

Giving It All Away 

“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” – Eric Schmidt I finished Deep Work by Cal Newport last week and started The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to our…

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I often think about this idea to implant the codes for a nuclear attack in someone’s chest. pic.twitter.com/ESqfNizAXg — Canongate (@canongatebooks) August 9, 2017

The United States of Wabi-Sabi

I spent three days in Washington DC last week. It was only my second visit, and the first was so brief and condensed that it barely counts. DC is a suitable capital city for the United States. It’s broad, diverse, beautiful, ugly, deeply…

The Customer Must Always Be Fleeced

Verizon's Head of Customer Service

Last week I went online and agreed to pay a little more for faster Internet. There are three adults in the house, and we all make pretty regular use of the ‘net for a variety of activities, so it seemed worth another $15…

Caveman Politics

This video describes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and how it relates to his theories of government and his Theory of Forms. It’s also a video with TED Talk branding that doesn’t have a twentysomething single hipster telling you that you should quit…

Scummy Marketing

I’m sure you’ve seen them. The ads for the online “information products.” I wish I could say I’m surprised to see the writing community filled with this stuff, but I’m not. I’ve been around the ‘Net long enough to know that all communities have…

Your Personal Data Will Be Sold

(assuming it isn’t being sold already) Last week the House of Representatives passed a bill that makes it possible for your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to save your Internet usage history and sell it or mine it for data to use for advertisements. By…

Is Civil Disobedience (still) Effective?

Everything old is new again. From the video description on Youtube: “In November 1970, after my arrest along with others who had engaged in a Boston protest at an army base to block soldiers from being sent to Vietnam, I flew to Johns…

Making it Hard for Everyone

If you follow my twitter feed, you know that commuting from New Jersey to New York is terrible. Especially if you have the misfortune of needing to take the bus. There are a couple of reasons for this, the primary two being NJ…