The Fermi Paradox

This is my favorite article on the internet I think. It puts a bunch of numbers on the chances of other life in our galaxy. There are a lot of Earths out there: So there are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. Think about that next time you’re on the […]

Why Are You So Angry?

Ian Danskin’s 6-part series digging into angry behavior and where it comes from. Start at part one. I think he puts a pretty good finger on it. In part two, he uses an analogy where you offer someone a drink at a party, they respond with “I don’t drink” and you feel a little judged […]

The Disapproval Matrix

The lower-left quadarant of Ann Friedman’s excellent chart is “Frenemies”: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t […]


Pokey LaFarge has been awesome for a lot of years now. He puts together such a classy band with a great old time vibe and killer chops. Fun to see this video blowing up:

Throw Back the Dead Man’s Coin

Love this. (Found via Eric Meyer’s Facebook.) But I don’t think anyone really has ideals. What we have is a tangled mess of ad-hoc opinions, constantly sliding past each other in search of a position that favors itself most, like a 5-gallon bucket of earthworms.