Creating Half-Formed Content Is Superior to Creating Nothing at All

October 2, 2016 | Blogging, Philosophy
Evergreen content is a term I first heard while working at a newspaper. It means content that can (or will) evolve or change over time, making it continuously useful, as opposed to content about specific events or …

Latent Problems With Universal Basic Income

October 1, 2016 | Economics, Technology
Universal Basic Income (UBI), in a nutshell, is the idea that everyone should receive a guaranteed income—and in the case of “technological unemployment,” is critical to offset the awesome and …

Tips for Using a Standing Desk Without Losing Your Mind

September 30, 2016 | Health and Wellbeing, Technology
As someone who has tried using a standing desk and stopped, and now does so successfully, I’ve come across a couple of tips that really help with the long-term strategy for making this habit work. My first experience …

The Dangers of an Open Stack

September 29, 2016 | Cybersecurity, Startups
A fairly recent trend for startups is to describe the technology stack they’re using via a site like StackShare, StartupStack, or even AngelList. While at first glance, this can be helpful for potential engineering …

The Difficulties of Developing a Custom Theme for Grav

September 28, 2016 | Blogging, Technology
My strategy for designing my blog’s layout/theme was to start with a decent and minimalist theme that would tide me over until I had the time to develop a skeleton theme I could periodically upgrade over time. Eventually …

Asking a Job Candidate for Their GitHub Profile is Shortsighted

September 26, 2016 | Cybersecurity, Startups, Technology
I want to further emphasize the importance of having technically savvy people interview tech candidates at an organization (or startup). Here’s why, in a nutshell… . Of course you want someone who is a “tech” …

The Current Twitter Ecosystem

September 18, 2016 | Data Analysis, Social Media
A long while back, I implemented a Twitter experiment—I wanted to grow my following from zero to 1,000 followers, and I wanted to do so scientifically, to understand how the process works in a repeatable way. I ended up …

Ethical Implications of Companies Selling Leaked Data

September 17, 2016 | Cybersecurity, Ethics
I use myFICO from time to time to monitor my credit scores, etc. I recently noticed that they began offering a rather new service, designed to notify me when my personal information or “identity” had been compromised, in …

Stoic Indifference and Its Place in Everyday Life

September 12, 2016 | Essay, Philosophy
On Mondays I volunteer for a few hours at the Stanford Cancer Center, and my formal title there is “Ambassador.” I decided to pursue this position because of some very personal experiences I had in various …

A Case Against Allowing Comments on Posts

September 12, 2016 | Blogging, User Experience
Many years ago I worked at a large newspaper. My role was to design, develop, and run their entire online presence, which was a huge learning opportunity for me. It was my first real exposure to how a news organization …