An interesting article from Cory Doctrow on why he’s moving from London to Los Angeles. He points to what seems to be a worldwide trend: that cities are becoming increasingly unliveable. It might have something to do with the neo-liberal ideology that puts individuals (and their profit) before any social...

My brother works in Canberra at the Parliament House library and works with politicians in all shapes and forms. His proximity to government gives him a unque insight into the mechanations of how it all works. I on the other hand am an arm chair political commentator. At Christmas time...

So I feel like I’m on a roll with this new set of tools and am expanding my workflow. In the last half hour I’ve managed to mobilise posting to GitHub and updating this site from my iPhone or iPad. I’ve also edited my first Python script and created my...

I’ve enjoyed Ben Thomsons Stratechery blog for sometime and I find his commentary measured and insightful. He has a way of catching key ideas and underlying tensions that others often miss. This post didn’t start well for me. Uber is not a company that I’m overly fond of. I find...

As part of my GitHub Pages and Jekyll journey I wanted to test the waters of hosting a standard static site. I was curious if you could do this lew of having to have access to standard webhosting solutions and also reduce costs by just purchasing a domain name. In...

So they’re calling Anticipatory Design the next big trend. The next big breakthrough in design and technology will be the creation of products, services, and experiences that eliminate the needless choices from our lives and make ones on our behalf, freeing us up for the ones we really care about:...

Really interesting page from Mike Caulfield and Ward Cunningham that encapsulates the Federated Wiki experience, where the power is and how it can be harnessed. The header image is a screen capture of editing paths that occur in the federated wiki space and one of its most interesting and powerful...

This is one of the most lucid accounts of how we got to the current situation in the Middle East. One of the surprising things in that the shows interviewee, David Kilcullen, is a former Australian army colonel who worked as a counterterrorist adviser to the US post 9/11. If...

Audrey Watters unpacks a recent research paper by the University of Maryland’s Melissa Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip Levine on the educational benefits of Sesame Street. This is a powerful piece that cuts through a lot of the issues facing educational reseach and the “publish or perish” mentality that is...

This concept really rings true: In the year 2015, life serves up a level of complexity and unrelenting stimulation that most folks can’t handle it, and I believe it is frying our brains. Awareness is really the first step in acknowledging that this is how things are, and what we...

Really poignant post on the ideology that’s driving Silicon Valley. Great read but summed up in this quote: The root of the problem is this: the notion of humans as Consumers ignores that as whole beings we have emotional, spiritual, and relational needs that are just as if not more...

Interesting post on the institutional tensions between management and academia. I particularly related to the Heroic model - one based on the individual at the expense of the collective. This quote on the way the current system works: diverts resources from collective effort to the Heroic model. No: let’s treat...

An interesting post. I do however have an issue with this kind of statement: digital media has created a world in which “there should be and are immediate answers to all our questions. It’s sort of like an algorithmic way of thinking … I input this and I get this...

An absorbing podcast on Bayard Rustin - a man with a number of seemingly incompatible labels: black, gay, pacifist who helped engineer the March on Washington and frame the Montgomery bus boycott. Source: Bayard Rustin: Who Is This Man?