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Dumpsterfire 2016: What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:40:33 +0000

After the last presidential debate, I wrote on Twitter that the whole experience had left me wanting to take a shower… in sulfuric acid. Looking for an anger beyond fear, anger and despair, I made four donations – to a … Continue reading

Going Solo – On hating and accepting change

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:26:59 +0000

I have not been writing much about my divorce on this blog – I’ve kept most of that discussion on Facebook. I thought this post, wrestling not only with the divorce, but unwanted change more generally, might be helpful for … Continue reading

Massive National Prison Strike! Maybe. We don’t know. That’s a problem.

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 03:07:23 +0000

Yesterday, prisoners around the US began a strike protesting unpaid, underpaid and forced labor. Maybe. We think. Led by prisoners in Alabama and Texas, incarcerated activists planned a nationwide labor strike yesterday, with prisoners refusing to report for jobs essential … Continue reading

Supporting Feyisa Lilesa, a remarkable athlete and protester

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:58:22 +0000

At the end of the Rio Olympic men’s marathon, silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa did something extraordinary, important and dangerous. As he crossed the finish line, he crossed his wrists in front of his forehead in a gesture that’s halfway between … Continue reading

When attention matters: Ethiopia crushes dissent in Oromia

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:58:34 +0000

As an advocate for Americans to pay more attention to international news, I often get the question, “Why bother? What can I do?” It’s a good question. Most of the time, there’s very little actionable in international news. Understanding the … Continue reading

Protected: The village of peace… and of coca leaves

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:45:18 +0000

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The worst thing I read this year, and what it taught me… or Can we design sociotechnical systems that don’t suck?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:33:24 +0000

Note: Shane Snow wrote a long and thoughtful email to me about this post. While we agree to disagree on some substantive issues, primarily our thoughts about the future of VR, we also found quite a bit of common ground. … Continue reading