Power Gradients and Spherical Cows

by Jordan Peacock 05.15.2014

Jordan is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home turf on Google+ and hewhocutsdown.net. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal had a comic recently explaining the argument against evolution based on the 2nd law of thermodynamics: “Life on Earth can’t get more complex because that would require energy, and the sun doesn’t exist.” The understanding of entropy is there, […]

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Science! and Other Off-the-Wall Études

by Venkat 05.08.2014

Last year,  around this time, I posted a selection of attempted aphorisms from my Facebook wall (you can follow my public posts if you want the live firehose). I thought I’d do another selection, this time focusing on a new length I am practicing: sub-300-word études (inspired by the corresponding form in music) written as single dense […]

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Replaceability and the Economics of Disequilibrium

by Sam Bhagwat 04.30.2014

Sam is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home blog at Moore’s Hand. One characteristic of personal meaning is irreplaceability. If you’re the only one who can do what you’re doing, your actions suddenly seem a lot more important. We’re familiar with this principle in our personal relationships — perhaps a friend needs a piece of […]

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Product-Driven versus Customer-Driven

by Venkat 04.24.2014

I have lost track of the number of times I’ve had conversations about product-driven versus customer-driven businesses in recent years. It’s a distinction that just keeps cropping up, and has featured in every consulting gig I’ve had in the last three years, but surprisingly I haven’t found any treatment of it that satisfies me. So this […]

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A Life with a View

by Venkat 04.16.2014

There is a memorable exchange in the Seinfeld episode The Keys, between Kramer and George on the theme of yearning. Unlike much of the show’s humor, which seems dated in the digital era, this little existential joke has improved with age: Kramer: Do you ever yearn? George: Yearn? Do I yearn? Kramer: I yearn. George: You yearn. Kramer: Oh, […]

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The Legibility Tradeoff

by Kartik Agaram 04.09.2014

Kartik is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home turf at akkartik.name. I am fascinated by organizations as a technology for agency transfer — getting people to follow some plan outside of their selves. We’re not yet very good at building such agency transformers; our organizations get gamed, taken over, taken advantage of, […]

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Ritual and the Productive Community

by Editor 04.03.2014

Ryan Tanaka is a musician, writer, programmer and product manager living in the Los Angeles area. For every article that he writes, Ryan also improvises a musical piece as means of organizing his ideas. (Below, or here.) In a previous article on my blog, I wrote about the possibility of creating “Sacred Spaces”, highlighting the ingredients necessary […]

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Love Your Parasites

by Jordan Peacock 03.26.2014

Jordan is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home turf on Google+ and hewhocutsdown.net. Parasitism is usually defined as a multi-party ecological organization in which one party benefits at another’s expense, and is contrasted with commensalism (the host is neither harmed nor helped) and mutualism (a type of symbiosis in which both parties benefit). Missing from this […]

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The Message is the Medium

by Venkat 03.20.2014

I’ve been in Europe all week and just got done with the European Trend Day conference in Zurich, organized by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. So instead of a regular post, you get the slide-deck for my talk, The Message is the Medium. The slides are probably going to be a bit cryptic for those unfamiliar with […]

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Authors and Directors

by Sam Bhagwat 03.12.2014

Sam is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home blog at Moore’s Hand. I grew up in Michigan, the older of two kids, but the second-oldest of all of my cousins. Every Thanksgiving we would drive to Cleveland for our family gathering, where I would hear about my older cousin Amruta’s exploits, and […]

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