You can now view all the books I read this year on my Bookshop page.
December 29, 2020
The small, dumb thing I miss from the befuarantime is grocery store samples.
NIMBYism is a US plague, and it has now spread to Austin.
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.
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.
December 27, 2020
I don’t know how we back out of the thousands of mistakes, by local decision makers, state and federal policy, and our broader socio-political-cultural context that leads to a decision to close the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues.
Because I truly can’t help myself, I’m now trying yet another note taking app— this time checking out Craft.
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.
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.
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.
More great stuff from Alon on infrastructure costs influencing what gets build, which overall just makes me feel like no American city will have the transit system I’d like to live with in my lifetime no matter what.
December 23, 2020
Great article on how Tillis slipped in a ridiculous copyright protection scheme into the ominbus bill. Having Congress full of people who don’t understand technology is a huge issue. YouTube’s Copyright Filter Is Crushing Video Critique
An appropriately humane response to COVID-19.
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.
Powerful that the Kansas City Star has looked back at it’s own coverage to see they supported the institution of racism in their own city.
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.
Shows I have watched multiple seasons of but did not finish:
- Mad Men
- Breaking Bad
- The Wire
- The Good Place
December 19, 2020
Does anyone have a better job than Shigeru Miyamoto?
2020 was a lot of things, but it was not a year in which I failed to finish my Reading Challenge.
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.
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.
December 18, 2020
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.