Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. The…


How the Internet is Like Language

The power went out, and with it the WiFi, for four hours the other day while a pole was being replaced and again for an hour today while the A/C was being fixed.  It was almost overwhelming how lonely and isolating it felt. Before you think me too dramatic let me say that we're currently in a…


The Possibilities of Private Drones

I recently contributed to a Kickstarter campaign for a small quadcopter style drone.  I'm set to receive it sometime this fall and I can't wait!  At this point, most of these drones only carry a camera, but as the payload capability increases, our lives could change in a lot of small but powerful…


The Amazing World In Which We Live

Not long ago I decided to give away an idea.  It was something I think is a truly awesome idea, with tremendous potential value.  If I wasn't fully devoted to building Praxis, I'd probably pursue it.  But I am, and no one I could find was able to do it without me being significantly more involved…


It's Not About GDP

I’ve been thinking lately about GDP, and common ideas of economic progress more generally. I just attended an event about the causes of and cures for poverty in the poorest countries.  So much of the discussion utilized comparisons between countries based on measures of GDP, GDP growth, and the…


A Plea to Homeschool Parents: Get a Bit More Tech-Savvy

I like homeschoolers.  I was one of them, grew up around them, and spend a decent amount of time interacting with them now.  I have tremendous respect for homeschool parents.  They have work-ethic, courage, and deep and genuine care for their children's well-being.  But they leave something to be…


A Book That Will Help You Understand Why Bitcoin is Amazing

My friend Steve Patterson - a brilliant and clear thinker, excellent writer, radical, tech enthusiast, and scholar - has written what I think is the best intro to bitcoin you can find.  It's sufficiently basic, so even a tech noob like me can grasp it, but it doesn't shy away from delving into the…


Why I Love Voxer

I don't spend a lot of time looking for or experimenting with new apps.  I assume I'll eventually hear about anything that really helps me.  It takes a lot to change my systems of getting things done.  When a friend told me to download Voxer so we could connect easier than via phone or text, I was…


Stay in Touch with the Future

There was a great Super Bowl ad that showed a now famous clip of two newscasters discussing the internet and email in 1994.  It was only 21 years ago, and already the thing they were so helpless to define or understand has completely redefined our world in a way all of us tacitly understand from…


What the News Could Never Do

I love Facebook.  It's a great way to connect to people I enjoy communicating with, see new ideas and articles, enjoy social diversions during the day (when you work from home it can replace the water cooler), and of course keep up on memes and videos of cats.  But there is another function of…