10 Books (Some) Explanation

10 Books No Explanation was a fun little Facebook trend. I am vastly in favor of populating Facebook feeds with book covers, so I was happy to oblige. Also, I love books. I’m incapable of the “no explanation” part, but I can at least get the 10 books part right. These ten are chronological from […]

On Journalism, Social Media, and COVID-19

A colleague of mine pointed me toward a Ben Thompson’s Stratechery piece entitled “An Interview with Zeynep Tufekci About Masks, Media, and Information Ecology.” The interview is long, fascinating, and behind a paywall. However, the part of it that struck my interest was a single quote that doesn’t even need to be in context to […]

On The Types of Blogging

One of bloggers’ favorite things to do is to discuss whether blogging is dead. Venkatesh Rao was the latest person to catch my attention with a variant of the “blogging is dead” idea, saying “If blogging is a cat with nine lives, this is probably the eighth death.” C’est la vie. These claims often include […]

Book Review: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place by Janelle Shane, author of AI Weirdness blog. Talking to experts about tech (really, talking to experts about a lot of things) is an exercise in readjusting expectations about what the tech/thing/field can […]

On Twitter Bots and the Presence of Disinformation

On the latest episode of Winning Slowly, I made a statement that Chris took exception to but didn’t have time to mention in the podcast. So he wrote a blog post on it, which I excerpt here: Early on in the episode, I noted that people’s feeling of decline is itself a kind of actual decline, and Stephen disagreed: […]

The Duke of Norfolk’s Birds…Fly South! arrives

I manage alt-folk singer/songwriter The Duke of Norfolk. We’ve been working together since 2011, and in that span he has put out 7 EPs and a single. Today he released his 10-song debut album Birds…Fly South!. You can get it from Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more. If you like Josh Ritter, The Decemberists, and/or […]

On the occasion of a polar vortex

As I start new projects for 2014, I did take a minute to update all the pages above with the things I did in 2013. Here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2014: A proposal for juried art contest at Moogfest 2014 has been sent off. An EP by the Midnight Sons named […]