December 29, 2020

The small, dumb thing I miss from the befuarantime is grocery store samples.

Jason Becker

Being a product manager means that after week 1 of 2 weeks off, my head is overflowing with ideas that I’m desperately avoiding writing down lest I find myself working.

Jason Becker

I’ve decided to point json.blog to what’s currently at micro.json.blog. Unfortunately I control one server and not the other. I originally avoided this because I will lose some URLs at json.blog, but I can redirect to the Archive page. Still, this is gonna be hard to get right.

Jason Becker

December 27, 2020

Because I truly can’t help myself, I’m now trying yet another note taking app— this time checking out Craft.

Jason Becker

I’m not sure this isn’t just fancy buses, but trackless trams that are fully autonomous vehicles (on dedicated ROW that are well marked and still separated in some ways) could be a very powerful way to expand transit at lower costs.

Jason Becker

I looked at the month I read the most pages in the last 5 or so years and there was a clear outlier. I wondered, “Was I depressed? It sure helps the books were all good…”

Looked back at photos, and actually it was probably the happiest month I’ve had.

Jason Becker

December 25, 2020

If remote work is here to stay for white collar, upper middle class workers, I think we’re going to see a resurgence in resort communities that have all but died off. Thinking of classic “escape NYC” places like The Catskills and The Poconos.

Jason Becker

December 23, 2020

I hold the controversial view that money spent on the $600 stimulus checks would be better spent on state and local government support, even if the checks go to $1200.

But I also think we can and should do both. And probably that it’d be fine to not means test the check.

Jason Becker

Sometimes I read a book that I find really challenging to understand, yet compelling, and I can’t tell until it all resolves whether it’s genius or tedious.

Jason Becker

Shows I have watched multiple seasons of but did not finish:

  • Mad Men
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Wire
  • The Good Place
  • Shameless
  • Scandal

etc

Jason Becker

December 19, 2020

danah boyd make a solid case that procurement, HR, and communications are the three big leverage area for fixing government technology. When it comes to the federal government, I couldn’t agree more.

Jason Becker

There is a special joy in reading books about characters and worlds that love books, with a narrator who loves books, because of course the author loves books, and so do I as the reader.

I imagine this is also why so much theater is about theater, which is a trope I hate.

Jason Becker

December 18, 2020

In 2021, we need to fix America’s internet

In fact, we pay roughly double that of Europe at the 100Mbps and 1,000Mbps tiers, and eight to 17 times more to rent a modem on average than Asia and Europe do, respectively. Only one US city cracked the top ten in affordability but only because it had an ace up its sleeve: a municipal fiber-optic network erected by the city itself, where ISPs provide their services across fiber that the residents themselves own.

Jason Becker