Category: the daily column

  • Ideas from HBR

    I’ve started listening to podcasts recently, and one that seems to work really well for me is the Harvard Business Review Ideacast. Ok, it’s a little bit B-School, a little bit world-of-work, but it’s surprisingly interesting despite the apparently staid context in which it exists. Here’s some interesting episodes I’ve listened to recently, along with […]

  • Google now tracking more personally

    Google’s relaxing a previous barrier between DoubleClick, their online ad division that controls 75% of the market, and the rest of Google’s data that can track you directly tied to your Google account, as reported by ProPublica. What does this mean? Well, up until now, you could have a DoubleClick tracking cookie and it would […]

  • Photos from NASA

    These photos of NASA robots and vehicles in a minimalist cleanroom style is just gorgeous and perfect – and there’s more with context here on Wired. Couldn’t ask for better. These are fascinating and beautiful.

  • The importance of context

    This post on Stratechery is focused on the emergence of wearables, particularly with the new Snapchat Spectacles, but its opening makes a brilliant point about why the iPhone defined the modern smartphone – it was all about timing it right: Think about everything that happened between 1992 and 2007 that, at least at first glance, […]

  • Under the Ice

    Free diving under ice lakes: What an amazing world under there. That’s still planet Earth.

  • Jury Duty

    Thoughtfully written behind-the-scenes peice from a juror serving on a homicide trial: At some point, one of the older women gets out her makeup kit and gives Ally a makeover. This is literally a scene from The Breakfast Club. Edith looks up from a game of solitaire and casually mentions that she actually thinks the murder […]

  • The Little Mermaid for the 21st Century

    This is brilliant: A photo posted by Rich McCor (@paperboyo) on Oct 9, 2015 at 11:33pm PDT Great photos from this guy, holding little cut outs in front of monuments to transform the scene.

  • Patrick Rothfuss’ Thoughts on Pratchett

    Patrick Rothfuss writes on Terry Pratchett’s passing – and interestingly, he’s writing as a fan, not a “fellow writer”: Odds are, if you know much anything about me, you know I’ve been a fan of Pratchett for years. If you follow me on goodreads you’ve seen me write reviews so gushy that they border on the inarticulate. […]

  • Elon Musk, The World’s Raddest Man

    Part 1 of a multi-part series, profiling Elon Musk: In college, he thought about what he wanted to do with his life, using as his starting point the question, “What will most affect the future of humanity?” The answer he came up with was a list of five things: “the internet; sustainable energy; space exploration, […]

  • The Ripple Effects of the price of Oil

    An analysis of the ripple effects of cheap oil – The [1974] oil shock altered power relations between the world’s main geopolitical players and created new ones. Higher oil prices had many unexpected consequences—from breeding oil wars to fueling the international spread of Islamic fundamentalism thanks to funding from newly super-rich countries like Saudi Arabia. Today’s […]