Latent Problems With Universal Basic Income

October 1st, 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 earth-shattering crater that artificial intelligence and job automation will likely . . .

Tips for Using a Standing Desk Without Losing Your Mind

September 30th, 2016 | Health, 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 with a proper standing desk at work was with an Ergotron . . .

The Dangers of an Open Stack

September 29th, 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 talent, I feel that overall it can be very harmful for two . . .

The Difficulties of Developing a Custom Theme for Grav

September 28th, 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 that day came, and the theme I designed is the one . . .

Asking a Job Candidate for Their GitHub Profile is Shortsighted

September 26th, 2016 | 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” person, wherein we define “tech” to mean deeply comfortable . . .

The Current Twitter Ecosystem

September 18th, 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 writing an extensive breakdown of how I did this, which . . .

Ethical Implications of Companies Selling Leaked Data

September 17th, 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 an effort to help me stay ahead of the curve—or secure . . .

Stoic Indifference and Its Place in Everyday Life

September 12th, 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 hospital settings where I was close to people who received news that . . .

A Case Against Allowing Comments on Posts

September 12th, 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 was run, and since I sat on the same floor as the editorial . . .

The Universe Revealed in a Cup of Coffee

September 9th, 2016 | Philosophy, Physics
During my normal morning routine, I make myself a cup of coffee. It's not usually worth mentioning, but I observed an interesting effect that got my mind racing with today's Cup O’ Joe. I poured some half-and-half into my cup, and noticed the appearance of some minute chunks . . .