Charter Cities: Create competition between... →
Paul Romer’s Charter Cities project posits a very interesting question — what if we view the evolution of social and political structures the same way we view the evolution of economic structures? Can we create social progress through comptetition between small city-states of the Hong Kong/Singapore variety? It’s worth listening to Paul Romer’s talk from the Long Now...
How connected is your company to the internet?
It seems like kind of a silly question. Every internet startup is part of the internet tautologically — we’re long past the days where AOL and other private services ruled the roost. Yet the question still has some merit, albeit in a less explicit way — nowadays, the more meaningful inquiry has become: “Do your users feel your site is part of the larger internet, or do...
*Total Recall* →
Personal-scale analytics, done insanely thoroughly. What if we all could access this sort of data? Some of it is there pretty easily — how do we analyze across corpuses?
Grocery Line Guessing →
Queueing theory, applied to grocery lines. Turns out you want to pick the short line with full carts over the express lines (given appropriate lengths).
Captive electricity →
Hiroshi sugimoto is undoubtedly my favorite photographer. His new exhibit looks amazing.
Nothing annoys me more than the general claim that things are getting worse based on a few anecdotal observations. Louis CK has a great bit about thisl