My Dream of the Great Unbundling

We don’t need the next big thing. We need countless next little things.

So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

There’s no cool gear with my method, but it has other advantages.

The Secret, Essential Geography of the Office

A workplace has its own informal cardinal directions: elevatorward, kitchenward, bathroomward. It's a map we share.

Love the USPS? Join the Infrastructure Appreciation Society!

It's a good time to salute infrastructure, from the postal system to the CDC. Their often…

It’s Time to Pick Classes for the 2073-74 School Year!

Welcome back! Among the many courses offered this semester, students may elect to study essential climate-mitigation…

The Power and Paradox of Bad Software

The software industry makes amazing tools for itself, while doctors and scientists are stuck with old…

‘Real’ Programming Is an Elitist Myth

When people build a database to manage reading lists or feed their neighbors, that’s coding—and culture.

The Infinite Loop of Supply Chains

They aren't just petroleum and extruders and cargo ships. You and I are part of them…

We Are All Livestreamers Now, and Zoom Is Our Stage

Software tools simulate work. They should really let us put on a show.

Stones, Clocks, and What We Should Actually Leave Behind

Tomorrow has no use for our monuments. It needs our data—and warnings.