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June, 2021

Storytelling / June 28, 2021

My plan for my mother’s Christmas present this year was to write her a novel. Despite her failing eyesight, she devoured books: I bought her a Kindle, which allowed her to increase the font size to an almost comical level, and an iPad, which she used to listen to audiobooks. ...

The crypto elephant in the open banking room / June 25, 2021

I’m convinced that one reason Americans embrace the cryptocurrency ideal of “programmable money” is that the domestic banking system is such an unmitigated disaster. Some of the features crypto enables - near-instant cross-institutional transfers with low fees, for example, or comprehensive API access to banking features like balances and transactions ...

The alternative retirement plan / June 15, 2021

While I’ve been away from work, we’ve made some big announcements about something I’ve been helping to work on for a while as Head of Engineering. Over in Fortune: The platform, called Alt 401(k), will allow workers in participating companies to transfer up to 5% of their [401(k)] account balances into a ...

Grief / June 11, 2021

Gravity doesn’t work the way it used to. Some things are too heavy, and some too light. There’s a great weight, but it’s like a dark cloud; sometimes dense, sometimes not. It’s like someone took the laws of physics and put them in a blender. I’m beginning to get used ...

Ma / June 9, 2021

We lost my mother, Deborah Monas, on Sunday evening. I was giving her a head rub; my sister Hannah held her hands; my dad Oscar and her brother Steve were at her feet. How is this possible? The world doesn’t feel real. When I was a small child, we used to pull ...

Reading, watching, playing, using: May 2021 / June 1, 2021

This is my monthly roundup of the tech and media I consumed and found interesting. Here's my list for May, 2021. Books Wintering, by Katherine May. Unmistakably written from a position of privilege, I nonetheless found this book to be a kind of warm hug; the written equivalent of a cup of ...

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