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September, 2021

Planes, trains, and automobiles / September 29, 2021

I’m writing from around 33,000 feet above Wyoming on a flight from San Francisco to Boston. I feel guilty flying: it’s not something I’m particularly pleased to do, and not only because I don’t enjoy the experience. We’re destroying our planet, and by taking the easy way out and boarding an ...

Mining on the crop-fields / September 29, 2021

A short flash fiction piece about blockchain: There was someone like this every few months, it seemed. They couldn’t just get on with it. They had to break the pattern somehow; fight the algorithm, as if we weren’t all working for ourselves now. They didn’t seem to get it. This was ...

Thoughts and actions for the week of September 27, 2021 / September 26, 2021

Thoughts The web is no longer the platform. If anything, it’s become a sort of connective middleware: a place to be shared through. The actual work is happening in apps, devices, and other levels of the stack, and I think, to some extent at least, that’s where a lot of the ...

The status is not quo / September 26, 2021

“I’m sorry to bother you,” the person on the end of the landline call - obviously a scammer - said to me in a clipped Indian accent. “I’m calling from Medicare health insurance. I’m hoping to speak with Deborah?” “I’m afraid she’s passed away,” I told him. “For real?” he said. I ...

Fairness Friday: helping migrants at the border in Del Rio, TX / September 24, 2021

I’m posting Fairness Fridays: a new community social justice organization each week. I donate to each featured organization. If you feel so inclined, please join me. Like many people, I was appalled by the pictures of horse-bound border patrol agents corralling Haitian immigrants in Del Rio, Texas. Although the horse patrols ...

Drops / September 23, 2021

I’m kind of into MSCHF’s drops: a new project every fourth Monday. I’ve bought a few - my favorite is Spotting Plutes, a field guide for spotting plutocrats. More than anything, it’s just a lot of fun. I’ve noticed that a few other groups have been inspired by MSCHF’s example: Party ...

Hiring senior Ruby on Rails engineers anywhere in the US / September 21, 2021

I'm looking for a senior Ruby on Rails engineer to join me at ForUsAll. ForUsAll was established to help more Americans reach financial safety in retirement. If you're employed by a Fortune 500 company or a well-funded startup, you probably have lots of retirement options; ForUsAll is for everybody else. The small ...

Changing my policy on affiliate links / September 20, 2021

Going forward, I may include affiliate links in my posts when I'm linking out to products I recommend, including in my end-of-month link roundups. You can be assured of several things: I won't link to products I wouldn't have recommended anyway, and I'll never link to a store I believe isn't ...

Thoughts and actions for the week of September 20, 2021 / September 20, 2021

I’m going to start kicking off my week with a list of thoughts and actions. Join me! Thoughts There was a time when the web was really fun: a new medium that people approached with a sense of play. Even TechCrunch, back when it was a blog run by Mike Arrington, seemed ...

Looking for a writer’s group / September 19, 2021

I’m looking for a writer’s group that meets some or all of the following characteristics: It’s completely private. Everyone agrees that nothing leaves the group. It’s almost all asynchronous. No Zoom write-ins, etc. Every month there’s a check-in where you can read aloud if you want to, but contributors are from all ...

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