Blog

Blog posts, essays, Dispatches, as well as some older things I’ve written for other publications. Dispatches are emailed to supporting members first, then posted here.

May 18, 2022

Using Twitter at a Distance

I’ve largely stopped using Twitter. I don’t miss it and I don’t miss things I want to find, I’ve just rebalanced my ‘diet’ with feeds and newsletters coming first.  Keep reading →

May 11, 2022

Ceci N’est Pas Un Humble Brag

How I’ve rediscovered that everyone learns from everyone and it’s conversations all the way down.  Keep reading →

May 02, 2022

Some Scanning Principles

A year or so ago, I gave a short talk at Speculative Futures MTL and have been meaning to flesh out the slides to make them readable without the talk. Finally managed to do it. I can’t remember what the exact brief was, but it ended up being something like my philosophy for scanning.  Keep reading →

Apr 21, 2022

Further Thoughts on Web3

It’s been a few months since my Thoughts on Web3. After reading too many posts about DAOs in a Discord (not Sentiers’), here’s a bit of an update on where I am right now.  Keep reading →

Apr 20, 2022

Personal Feeds

MRIs, feeds, streams, agents. How we might give algorithms instructions and pick what they search through.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Mar 23, 2022

Members’ Discord

This is a different Dispatch than the usual, instead of an article about a specific topic, I’m using these emails to launch something for members: a Discord server. For a while now, I’ve been wondering if I should, and how. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been active in a few of these communities and that has resulted in four different results.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Feb 17, 2022

Conscientious Urban Technology

The founding Director of the University of Michigan’s new Urban Technology program, on the growing importance of technology in cities, data, architecture and design, feedback loops, generalists, and futures.  Keep reading →

Jan 25, 2022

Playbook

I’m a big reader and learner, so I’ve done several deep, years-long dives into various topics. I built my whole career(s) by showing I know what I’m talking about and drawing people’s attention to my work. That’s probably the quickest description of my playbook: read, think, learn, share. Here’s how that might look.  Keep reading →

Jan 12, 2022

Here’s What I’m Thinking

The four interviews meant for my first issue are already done, and some of the editing has been done. I’d love to get those published, but ideally as part of ‘jumping on a different horse,‘ not just blog posts. So how should I do it? Here’s the format I’m considering.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Dec 08, 2021

Thoughts on Web3

A couple of months ago this Dispatch might have been called ‘WTF Web3?’ Today, it should be quite a bit more informed. Still, I’m in no way any kind of specialist on the topic, just spending a bit more time exploring, which is what I’d like to share here. Just a list of thoughts and things to read.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Oct 21, 2021

The Doctor Will Cyborg You Now

A few technologies pointing in a direction I find intriguing, and so associating them loosely with a concept the concept of cyborgs, which has been used in various differing ways.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Sep 16, 2021

Intelligences

The term Artificial Intelligence needs to be reframed, Augmented Intelligence needs to be explored more deeply, and so do more varied perspectives and other forms of intelligence in nature.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Aug 01, 2021

Reality, Ownership, Scarcity

On synthetic reality, the corruption of the word Metaverse, and what is actually valuable and intriguing to track, despite the VCs and NFTs.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Jul 14, 2021

The Knowledge Stack

I started thinking that you could go more granular, and consider tasks, sprints, agile, kanban, different kinds or timespan for strategy, etc. I started wondering where business intelligence might go in there. Could this be framed as a “time stack”? Different parts or definitions of the organization being on different time horizons.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— May 07, 2021

Generalists

I realized they can also be seen almost as steps in a process: look at a broad landscape of topics, synthesize what you see, pick the most important. I like the term generalist, it’s one of the best descriptions of my career(s) and also a good representation of something I see as vital: being able to understand different domains and translate between them.  Keep reading →

Mar 24, 2021

DIY Research Studio

Over the last couple of months, there have been a few discussions and proposed ideas around fellowships, and indie research labs. For a few years, I’ve had the idea of a “consortium” where a few partners would support a yearlong research effort with some public outputs and some private reports, workshops, and the like.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Mar 01, 2021

Products, Plots, and Gaining Agency

Jon Rogers explains how designers, smaller firms, and artists can create and re-orient products’ plots to provide citizens with more agency in their use of technology. As told to Peter Bihr in the course of an interview for his Getting Tech Right project.  Keep reading →

Feb 15, 2021

Attention OS

There are a lot of apps and settings in MacOS to manage notifications, timers, snooze, etc. However it would be a pain to setup everything, if even possible, to properly work by blocking-out hours. You can turn off all notifications and go to airplane mode but that’s pretty radical.  Keep reading →

Feb 11, 2021

Four Fours

How do you work? I think productivity gets somewhat of a bad rap, some people talk and write about it nonstop, for some it’s a way to optimize their workaholic tendencies, and sometimes it leads to too much focus on details, not enough on what you are actually trying to get done.  Keep reading →

Dispatch— Feb 03, 2021

The Practice

Although I use various topic names to describe the newsletter, tweaking once in a while, re-framing how I present it, basically it’s always “here’s stuff I found interesting.” And yet I’m also always trying to determine (guess) what readers might enjoy, how each issue can make sense, and to find the overlap of where my curiosity leads and what might be more generally engaging.  Keep reading →

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