Are Cities Still Going Away?

About six months ago, I posted on Facebook (when I still had an account) asking the question: are cities still going to exist in the future? My case for the possible demise of the city was the observation that companies were adopting remote work so readily, that it seemed almost inevitable that the experience would…

Some Low-Rent Wisdom

I don’t feel I’m old enough to start making wise pronouncements, but I can summarize what I’ve learned so far, presented in the most starkly drab Midwestern prose I can muster. Life is uncertain, but fortune favors the persistent. The world is chaos, and it will knock you down again and again. The people who…

Why I’m Betting On Oil

The promising of a ‘green’ future has been over-sold, over-anticipated, and is no where near viable in the short term 1. Tesla Last week, Tesla’s stock crashed from a peak of about $880 share to its current value, where it is hovering around below $700. At its peak, the market believed that Tesla, a relatively…

What Would Socrates Do?

For better or worse, I’ve modeled my own life on the Greek and Roman philosophers I grew up reading about. Socrates, of course, is the grandfather of them all. Socrates was annoying. He asked lots of questions, constantly, of everybody. He rejected traditions, even the most deeply held traditions of his own home country. Socrates…

Let’s Have Some Fun Securing Our Home Network With pfSense

As I alluded to in a previous blog post, I’ve been beefing up my home network security as it’s become apparent we are now living in the midst of a cyber war. I use a VPN and have for many years now, but I have had all kinds of problems with running the VPN connection…

The Only Kind of Learning Is Autodidacticism

It may take years or a lifetime to become aware of our own biases, and how these biases are informed by our position within our society with regards to material production– sometimes referred to as one’s “socio-economic class.” One of the most persistent biases among my own “class” is toward formal education. Formal education is…

Why Tech People Can Work From Home So Easily

Media outlets have reported that tech workers are among the least impacted by “lockdowns” and workplace closures over the last year. This is ostensibly because we can work remotely. But can’t anyone with a white-collar job work remotely? Unless you need to be physically doing something in proximity to your workplace, most modern office jobs…

Day One With Thelio

I finally got my Thelio desktop workstation from System76. I opted for a Ryzen 9 inside. So far so good, and it’s beautiful!

Article: Inventing the Data Machine

I’m late updating this, but I wanted to link to my latest article about data science in the political realm. The country is in a weird state right now, and it seems like we are hurtling toward a state of perpetual partisan deadlock, so please bear in mind this was written back in January. I…

Cases Are Not “Spiking Across The Country”

In my previous article I presented empirical evidence supporting the claim that “lockdowns” as of Thursday, May 7th are no longer a rational response, and suggested that they are likely politically motivated. I’d like to continue that critique with some additional data as the talking points begin to shift. I will also clarify a few…