Framing Career Competition

The Competitive Landscape Despite that our corporate jargon borrows so heavily from the military and war (chief executive ____, sales forces, run up the flagpole, killing the competition, guerrilla marketing…) and despite that some of these metaphors apply, we sometimes forget that we aren’t actually at war. Limbs aren’t lost. Buildings aren’t exploded. People don’t die. Sometimes the success of our direct competitors brings us …

The NSA Broke the Social Contract with the Tech World

Dilma Rousseff, the president of historically US-friendly Brazil, lashed out against the US government for their intrusion of her personal privacy, on the privacy of her government’s corporations, and on the privacy of Brazil’s citizens. She’s proposing some interesting and real-world solutions that will take some of the power away from the U.S. and possibly back into the hands of …

In Response to the Supporters of PRISM

Perhaps I am sensitive to privacy intrusion after my family enjoyed some of the “benefits” of a totalitarian-esque communist state. Perhaps my hatred of big-brother solidified after reading (and re-reading) George Orwell’s 1984. Or, perhaps, it’s just common sense. Last week validated the vilified Assange and his Cyberpunks thesis: big-brother is watching your every step. Yes, you’ve all read the …

Geek Art

Technology has revolutionized modern art. Today, even revolutionary contemporaries like Warhol seem to belong more with modern classics like Picasso or Munch. That’s because modern installations immerse us with media-rich (sometimes interactive) abstractions and realisms. It’s easier than ever for an artist to shoot, edit, and produce a video; artists now can easily make digital sounds previously unheard by human ears. And as the …

Movember

A picture… is worth a thousand words. But since my current mustache looks like it’s just dirt on my lip, an illustration will have to do.

Dawkin’s Protest the Pope Speech

I’ve taken the time to transcribe a speech performed on Sept. 18, 2011 by Richard Dawkin’s at the “Protest the Pope” rally in the UK. The speech, like any speech by the most important individual of this century, was moving, powerful, and poignant. I thought that it should be available in writing. I’m not sure if a better transcription exists somewhere, …

Why I’m an Atheist

I’ve reluctantly set one foot outside the closet without fulling stepping out. My closest friends and family know that I’m an atheist, and I don’t consciously hide my secularism. However, I haven’t embraced my atheist outing with full confidence, and I’m not sure exactly why. Now that I ponder the names of some accomplished atheists, I feel almost embarrassed by my reluctance. …

A Re-commitment

Like so many well-intentioned bloggers, I started off with the idea that I would regularly write posts, but as time went on I almost entirely forgot about it. Well I’m recommitting myself to the project. I don’t expect that anyone will necessarily read this, and I’m mostly writing this blog for me. The absent reader may then ask, “why make …