Housing vs. stocks?

The value of residential property in America—at around $34trn—rivals the…


The value of intangible assets

This stat is striking but seems intuitive given where and how value gets…


Tech in 2020

Benedict Evan's annual presentation on tech trends. The bundling and…


Agency

Like the shadows in Plato's cave, understanding is always around the corner in…


Product Placement

Outside the Violet Hour in Bucktown


DNA Data Storage

Quick math, 10^19 bits is 1.25 exabytes (8 bits in a byte), 1 exabyte is a…


An interview with George Church

But when you’re on an exponential, science fiction becomes science fact while…


The Wolf and the Watchman

Certain people read too much and get strange notions in their head. - The…


Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

Record the totals, and make sure to add a column titled “Why” for each item.…


Breakfast of Champions

This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on…


This Could Be Our Future

This book is about a simple idea. That a world of scarcity can become a world…


You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

The researchers also tried putting the AI in a 3-D maze. Sure enough, it…


The Metamorphosis

One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered…


Milwaukee Art Museum 2019

Calatrava designed museum in Milwaukee


Manet @ AIC

A nice collection of his later works up until his death in 1883. Includes…


The Dhammapada

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. The Buddha, opening…


Virgil Abloh @ MCA

Fashion? Design? Architecture? Yes. Commercial? Absolutely. Art? Maybe.…


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

A whodunit chalked full of astrology and animal activism. Worth the read but…


Recursion

Good mind-bending fiction from the author of Wayard Pines. If you change…


Summer

The last of the four books season series—Autumn, Winter, Spring, and now…


Atmosphæra Incognita

A short story about the realities of building a tower to space. Interesting…


Guggenheim at Bilbao 2019

Saw all the big hitters—Koon's Puppy and Tulips, Louise Bourgeois's Spider,…


JR @ SFMOMA

Massive video mural from JR’s faces project from San Francisco titled The…


Yosemite 2019

Stayed at Upper Pines campground. Angel and Nevada falls, Valley Floor Loop,…


Point Reyes Day Trip 2019

Point Reyes Tomales Point Trail out and back


Point Reyes Overnight 2019

Point Reyes overnight—30+ miles over 2 days. Coastal trail to Bear Valley…


There, There

“You know what Gertrude Stein said about Oakland?” Rob says. “There is no…


Vija Celmins @ SFMOMA

I had never heard of Vija Celmins before seeing her at SFMOMA. Her work is…


The Origin of Species

On beauty and birds: I can see no good reason to doubt that female birds,…


Steep Ravine 2019

Covered 16 miles in 1.5 days and carried under 15 lbs. Overnight stay at Steep…


Look again at that dot

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone…


The Discomfort Of Thought

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and…


The first aim of phenomenology is to reawaken a sense of wonder about one’s…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Subtlety #3: Whether you realize it or not, you are always choosing what to…


2312

Maybe we need to understand out here that post-scarcity is both heaven and…


A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System

What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof…


Amusing Ourselves to Death

Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But…


The Heart

One day, she must find out what direction time flows in—whether it’s linear or…


The Artist's Reality

Art is not only a form of action, it is a form of social action. For art is a…