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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Immortality in the Ocean of Infinite Memories

by Venkat 03.06.2014

Until recently, I had never been conceptually attracted to the idea of an afterlife or prior lives, either as thought experiments or as aspirations. And definitely not in any religious sense. This is perhaps because I’ve never been able to imagine interesting versions of those ideas. What has been piquing my interest over the last […]

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Demons by Candelight

by Venkat 02.27.2014

I grew up with frequent power outages and load-shedding, especially during  the summer time. Dark evenings without power were a special time for children. The candle-lit hours on porches and balconies were a strange mix of an ethereal kind of intimacy,  beckoning darkness, and thoughts that retreated from both sunlight and electric lights. You could […]

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The Cactus and the Weasel

by Venkat 02.20.2014

The phrase, strong views, weakly held, has crossed my radar multiple times in the last few months.  I didn’t think much about it when I first heard it, beyond noting that it seemed to be almost a tautological piece of good advice. Thinking some more though, I realized two things: the phrase neatly characterizes the first member […]

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From Cognitive Biases to Institutional Decay

by Kartik Agaram 02.12.2014

Kartik is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home turf at The past hundred years have transformed how we imagine ourselves. Freud catalyzed a greater emphasis on the unconscious. Kahneman and Tversky inspired a lot of research into how our subconscious biases affect day-to-day decision-making. Between those tectonic shifts, our understanding of […]

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An Information Age Glossary

by Venkat 02.07.2014

We live in an information-rich environment, but our minds are still wired for an environment of information scarcity. It still hasn’t really hit us that in the last 20 years, we’ve experienced a transformation that is as dramatic for our brains as climbing out of the water and learning to breathe air was for our […]

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Technical Debt of the West

by Kevin Simler 01.28.2014

Kevin is a 2013 blogging resident visiting us from his home blog over at Melting Asphalt. This is the finale of his residency. Here’s a recipe for discovering new ideas: Examine the frames that give structure (but also bias) to your thinking. Predict, on the basis of #1, where you’re likely to have blind spots. Start groping around […]

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The Poor Usability Tell

by Jordan Peacock 01.21.2014

Jordan is a 2014 blogging resident visiting us from his home turf on Google+. Work can be a delight when your tools and your environment are crafted in ways that enable you to focus on the task at hand. However, most people I suspect have only limited experience with this sort of situation; it’s rather […]

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Resident Bloggers for 2014: Sam, Jordan, Kartik, Keith

by Venkat 01.15.2014

Another fun bit of housekeeping. I’d like to welcome Sam Bhagwat, Jordan Peacock, Kartik Agaram and Keith Adams, our resident bloggers for 2014. I’ve known them all for a couple of years now (though I’ve only met Jordan online), and I can safely say that the sophistication of my understanding of our emerging digital civilization […]

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Refactor Camp 2014: Computing and Culture

by Venkat 01.15.2014

It’s Refactor Camp time again.  As with the last two years, the event will again be held in the Bay Area during the first weekend in March. This year, that’s the weekend of March 1-2. Click here to register. The venue this year will be the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. For those […]

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