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 …

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 …

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. …