Steven Pinker’s ‘The Stuff of Thought’

This video, which is one of the recent TED Talk videos, is of Steven Pinker’s talk called The Stuff of Thought. This is simply brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that those who know me well are about to be utterly astounded by what I am going to say: I now understand the value of indirect …

We should re-instate that old USENET warning

From the everything-you-say-can-and-will-be-used-against-you department: Computer scientists will almost always be able to de-anonymize “anonymous” data, in this case thanks to movie ratings, Google offers users another way to store personal data, and all of this is old news I’ve been doing this for years, and my solution is pretty simple: no regrets. As an aside, …

Culture of work ’til you drop

I heard a crazy thing today. There is an expectation of overtime in [the technology] industry. I don’t think anyone’s surprised by that. Um, I’m surprised by that. That’s why they call it overtime. It’s over(what is expected)time. Otherwise it would just be called moretime or something that doesn’t imply the fact that a particular …

Everyone’s failings

One of the patterns that has always been supremely obvious in my life (to anyone who has bothered to look) is that when I am depressed or upset I will often withdraw towards the things that give me comfort and that these things have typically fallen into one of two categories: Creative but non-technical pursuits …