The following is a bit of intellectual autobiography I wrote while throat-clearing before my recent mission statement. It may be of interest to other writers and scholars. I’ve successfully carried my interest in technology and its social impacts from academic social science into journalism, but I’ve only rarely managed to combine the skillsets of my […]
A laundromat open late, 5 or so people in there washing clothes, and somehow a sign indicating that above it, on a second floor with no visible windows, is the Brotherhood Boxing Club for Men, Ladies, and Youth. Two little girls playfully stick their heads out a window at me. Hey mister, we’re trying to […]
Okay, I’m simplifiying – biotech will be huge, too – but I just came back from the Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend in College Station. And what I saw and heard there leaves me more convinced than ever that I made the right choice when, a little over a year ago, I decided I wanted […]
For the past week or so, I’ve been experiencing something very rare for me – ennui. Directionlessness. Lassitude. Call it what you will. This is so unusual that I almost immediately became fascinated by the phenomenon, and began to deconstruct what was going on (a mental habit that basically explains why it’s such a rare feeling in […]
Had fun doing this. Too bad I couldn’t lose more weight before going on video forever.
The Amazing True Story of the Most Dramatic Cat Rescue in the History of Madison, Wisconsin. This post is mainly to give the full version of this story to a bunch of friends who watched it unfold in bits and pieces on Facebook – though it’s a ripping yarn for everyone else, too. If you’re […]
I’ve been meaning to write something for a while on the topic of how PR people should approach journalists. It’s something I’ve had a lot of thoughts about since I started writing more and more, and getting unsolicited pitches. [The other thing I’ve noticed as I’ve started writing more and more is that, when I […]
Here’s the rough route of my reporting/reading/visiting-old-friends trip. Time to recharge the batteries. I’ll be on the road most of June, please get in touch if there’s anything I should see or an open mic where I can squeeze in some weird fiction reading.
I haven’t really mentioned it here, but I’m now writing much more regularly for Fortune about transportation and logistics technology. It’s a swell gig, but it’s tough to do a lot of on-the-ground reporting when you’re covering a national beat and stuck in Florida. So I’m about to take a month (June) to travel around, visit […]
Gotta make more of a habit of doing this. I have new(ish) pieces up at both Fortune and Aeon. At Fortune, I write about the shift to megaships for container shipping. At Aeon, I write about the possibilities for bitcoin-based robot corporations. It’s a wonky, infrastructure wonderland. Enjoy.