Taking Notes

Thinking out loud in my corner of the internets.

Best Of

I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading.

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The Last and Next 15 Years of Twitter

The Last and Next 15 Years of Twitter

Lying beneath the angry, sensational game for influence, attention, and shame is still the quaint coffeeshop and witty banter. Can we still find the best of Twitter without getting distracted by the worst? And can Twitter, in its current state of disarray, find a business model that nudges us to become our better selves online? Or at least not our worst selves?

What Strava Segments Taught Me About Striving

What Strava Segments Taught Me About Striving

Cyclists often complain about Strava’s downsides even as they are unable to resist its addictive appeal. The constant feedback of performance data and social comparison encourages users to constantly strive harder without taking pleasure in the more enjoyable parts of the sport.

A few thoughts on beginning the second half of life, part 1

A few thoughts on beginning the second half of life, part 1

The Internet is so saturated with unsolicited life advice; why would I ever share my midlife self-absorption publicly? In case it serves someone else, as Steven Johnson’s birthday reflection from 12 years ago served me then, and served me again today.

Why is Karl Ove Knausgaard Afraid of Therapy?

Why is Karl Ove Knausgaard Afraid of Therapy?

How were these writers able to endow their characters with such sentimentality while totally cutting themselves off from the emotional lives of their loved ones in real life? Or is it the inverse? Perhaps the well-adjusted person, who shares his vulnerabilities honestly in the social world, lacks the burning impulse to produce great writing.

Bringing a Little Wild to the City

Bringing a Little Wild to the City

Why not experience this elevated attentiveness to the beauty of nature every day instead of the constant hustle to get ahead in the city, to get more money, more followers, more fame, more power?

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The world is big. The world is small.