1. 20 Aug 2013 Women, Programming, and Limitations

    Yesterday the Internet was abuzz with an article by Dave Winer questioning whether biological differences led to the dearth of women in the programming sector. Dave’s article isn’t nearly as offensive as many things I’ve heard and read about women in the tech industry, and at first, I was reluctant to write a response. The article had created a “shitstorm” and I wasn’t inclined to pile it on.

  2. 31 Jul 2012 Chick-Fil-A: A Bedtime Story

    Lately liberals—particularly those on the Internet—have been in an uproar about some anti-gay comments made by the president of Chick-Fil-A. Most have been calling for a boycott of the food chain; the mayors of Boston and Chicago have even suggested they won’t permit Chick-Fil-A to open up new franchises in their cities. In other words, the comments have created a veritable shitstorm.

  3. 16 Jan 2012 Ready Player One: Twilight For Nerds

    If you’re a geek with a soft spot for old video games and 80s nostalgia, you’ll love Ernest Cline’s debut novel, Ready Player One. While I enjoyed this novel—I polished it off in about a week, and afterwards felt like it was one of my favorite new books of 2011—I belatedly realized that I am not the target audience. The book certainly isn’t bad, but it has enough problems that, despite the fun I had while reading it, I’m hesitant to call it great.

  4. 21 Oct 2011 My Occupy Wall Street Strategy

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’ve no doubt heard of the Occupy Wall Street protest taking place in Manhattan’s Financial District. Although the goals of the movement are broad and even a bit vague, the technique is pretty concrete: protests, marches, sit-ins, civil disobedience, and the infiltration and capture of Brooklyn Bridge, the most evil icon of financial greed in New York. While the movement is getting a lot of attention, you have to wonder how much change it can really effect, hamstrung as it is by the need to remain a peaceful protest.

  5. 31 Aug 2011 Business Ventures

    In the last few weeks I’ve had a number of stunningly grand ideas for potential business ventures. Maybe my brainstorms are due to the festering influence of my alma mater’s business school, or maybe they’re the machinations of the true genius that lurks inside my cranium. I’ve filed these under “C” for “Crazy Ideas I Had Once”, but I’ve realized I have neither the time nor venture capital to fully embrace these schemes, so I offer them to you, the Internet community, in the hopes that someone, somewhere, can make them a reality. In no particular order: