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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

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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

That’s _Professor_ Bozo to you, Pal

Tue, 10 May 2016 13:01:48 +0000

Something odd about teaching at a university – everyone wants to call you Professor, or Doctor. I am always flattered by the upgrade, but I sometimes feel a little miffed. There’s lots of people who teach at universities who haven’t … Continue reading