Thoughts on data, society, and other things that don't fit neatly into buckets.

On dreams of climate and consequence

What if your access to something tomorrow depended on your behavior today, but you only knew about it in retrospect? Also, a weird dream.

Jungle surplus wetware

Does biology affect culture? And does culture affect how we make decisions? If so, perhaps geopolitics relies more on our jungle-surplus wetware than we’re willing to admit.

Violating the prime directive: Clouds, Flickr, and repatriation

I spent hours trying to get my own content back from Flickr. I found out it violates the cloud’s prime directive: Get me my stuff.


If my native Qu├ębec wants to save its language and culture, it desperately needs the very allies they’re trying to shun with a crackdown on language.

Is the holiday over for digital offshoring?

A relatively unknown debate over whether special effects shot overseas should be subject to tariffs could have wide-ranging consequences for the digital economy.

James Burke says the darndest things

At Strata last week, science historian James Burke gave a brilliant keynote. Afterwards, we had a coffee break for members of the media, during which he expanded on some of the things he’d said on the main stage. The topic of the Internet came up. I love the way he put this: “I think theRead more