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Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:23:52 +0000

Optimizing for outrage

I’m dismayed to see Twitter and Quora optimizing for outrage lately in their quests to keep users engaged and using their services at any cost. Twitter has made two recent changes that prize outrage over user happiness. The first is inserting recent trending news into my list of notifications. For 12 years, my notifications tab … Continue reading Optimizing for outrage

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 15:50:25 +0000

Content moderation has no easy answers

This morning I read Casey Newton’s expose of Facebook moderation problems at the Verge. Let me be clear upfront: content moderation is tough and I have no idea how to solve it at internet scaleā€”in fact I’m not even sure it’s possible to do on the orders of millions and billions of items to be … Continue reading Content moderation has no easy answers

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 21:21:19 +0000

Two months with Blue Apron

I’m coming to around to meal kits about five years too late, but in an effort to help share the dinner workload at home, around the new year I decided to try out Blue Apron twice a week at first, and now three times a week. Going into this, I had almost no familiarity with … Continue reading Two months with Blue Apron

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:55:07 +0000

A stupid Internet of Things story

Recently my Nest thermostat started getting aggressive about going into Eco or Away mode to save energy. Normally, it’s probably fine but our winter has been a bit chilly this year and I’ve started to notice. I’ll be working in my home office for a couple hours and suddenly it’s freezing. I’ll check the Nest … Continue reading A stupid Internet of Things story

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:40:35 +0000

One Moto

I went to the One Motorcycle Show in Portland this past weekend. It was an interesting mix of bikes of all shapes and sizes and styles. It was held in a huge warehouse with probably 7 or 8 giant rooms filled with bikes, but was choked with people and tough to move around. Also, no … Continue reading One Moto

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:43:29 +0000

Emoji magic

This Emoji Mosaic site is really incredible. I don’t know how someone on a free github install created something so magical, but it takes any image and turns it into a mosaic made up of emoji. It works best with high contrast photos of recognizable things, so I fed it a bunch of plain giant … Continue reading Emoji magic

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:56:53 +0000

Cars are boring af now

At the Portland Auto Show last night, I spent hours jumping into and out of pretty much every car on the show floor from every manufacturer present showing off their lines. Growing up in Southern California at the heart of car culture, I’ve been enamoured with cars my entire life. In high school my dream … Continue reading Cars are boring af now

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 23:09:37 +0000

Advanced operators, still useful in this day and age

While Google increasingly tries to guess at what you’re searching for, it’s good to be reminded there are still a such thing as special search operators and Google still supports 42 of them. I’ve been using the web now for 25 years and almost half of these were new to me.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:48:38 +0000

The sharing economy

I stayed in my first airbnb in SF last night (hotels were sold out because of a urology conference) Thoughts after an eventful first night: It came with a Nest thermostat, which hundreds of random people have used, making the task of guessing what temps everyone wants at what time rather difficult for the AI … Continue reading The sharing economy

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:25:20 +0000

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