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April, 2021

The DEI rollback / April 27, 2021

Yesterday, Jason Fried, Basecamp’s CEO, shared an internal memo he’d written about changes at the company. In it, he details how political discussions are no longer acceptable at work, and how benefits he considers to be “paternalistic” - like gym memberships and farmer’s market shares - are being removed. It’s weird ...

The user's journey / April 26, 2021

I’ve been lucky to get some productive, actionable criticism on my short stories, both from writing classes I’ve been a part of and journals I’ve submitted to. The most common criticism goes something like this: “your line to line writing is solid, but you let the idea become the story”. In ...

The return of the decentralized web / April 23, 2021

I’ve been having a lot of really inspiring conversations about decentralization lately. Decentralization doesn’t require the blockchain - and pre-dates it - but the rise of blockchain technologies have allowed more people to become comfortable with the idea and why it’s valuable. Decentralized platforms have been part of virtually my entire ...

Trying out live discussion / April 20, 2021

I'm experimenting with adding live discussion to every post. Comments are powered by Cactus, which in turn is powered by the decentralized Matrix project: they're not monetized or tracked, and you can choose to take part using the Matrix client of your choice instead of on my website. Comments are pseudonymous ...

The door / April 18, 2021

Daniel found the door to another world the day his father died. It sat behind the ugly painting of a hillside in France that his dad bought at a second hand shop a few years ago; he hung it proudly in his bedroom, despite Daniel’s mother’s protests. It was hanging at ...

I just want a computer that works, man / April 10, 2021

I have a persistent, infuriating problem with typing. The only laptop I own with a functional keyboard is my iPad Pro - the one device in this form factor that doesn’t actually ship with a keyboard. Even my work laptop suffers from the notorious broken butterfly keyboard problem. Keys stick. They misfire. ...

On the eve of immunity, 10 reflections / April 6, 2021

1: I get my first vaccine jab tomorrow. Pfizer. I’m excited: by my reckoning that makes me about five weeks out from being immune. I’m privileged in that the pandemic has been inconvenient at most, but I miss hanging out with my friends and extended family. I can see the ...

Reading, watching, playing, using: March, 2021 / April 1, 2021

This is my monthly roundup of the media I consumed and found interesting. Here's my list for March, 2021: a month where, at least in the United States, mass vaccination started to present the light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic. Books The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke ...

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