Switchbacks Get You Up The Steepest Mountains

Now isn’t that a quote!? I heard this the other day listening to Alie Ward’s 100th episode of Ologies. In just about every episode, Alie will interview an expert about their “ologie.” Just to give you an idea, here’s a smattering of relatively recent ologies: Saurology (Lizards) Acarology (Ticks) Mycology (Mushrooms) Scorpiology (Scorpions) Astrobioliogy (Aliens) […]

Quick Thoughts: Recess, Change Management, and the Frequency Illusion

I only have time for a quick (er, quicker than usual) post this afternoon, so I thought I’d riff on a few things that I’ve been thinking about recently. Recess (Let The Kids Play!): Did you see this tweet from Adam Grant the other day? https://twitter.com/AdamMGrant/status/1160572461340979200 I love it. Love it. It makes me think […]

How Might We… Stimulate Information Sharing?

Before I went on an extended hiatus, I used to try and string together a few posts into a series. In that same vein, I thought I’d start another one of those, but I won’t specifically string them together by appending “Part 1, 2, etc.” on the end, nor will I necessarily link to previous […]

Electing Officials to Represent the “Future”

I was catching up on some podcasts this weekend and I heard a particularly interesting one — Ezra Klein interviewing Astra Taylor. The conversation is wide-ranging, but there were a few bits that stuck out to me. Astra talked about the differences between democracies, aristocracies, and lotteries, and discussed the idea of every citizen serving […]

Quick Thoughts: Planning Fallacy, Sci-Fi, Gendered Language, and Scarcity/Excess

As I look to breathe some life back into writing, I thought I’d take a quick peek at some of the “drafts” I had saved from when I used to write regularly. Fortunately, there aren’t too many there. In the interest of trying to start fresh, I thought I’d do a quick post addressing some […]

Are You Full: What’s in a Norm?

Language matters. Belief matters. Thoughts matter. How we speak to each other matters. How we speak to ourselves, matters. All of it. If you’re reading this, these ideas probably aren’t news to you, so I want to take this to a concrete example and then, zoom out to consider its effects. There are many things […]

What is “Artificial Intelligence,” Anyway?

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to 1955 and prevent John McCarthy from calling it “artificial intelligence.” It’s a term that, depending upon where you work, you can’t go 5 minutes without hearing once or twice — which is great. It’s great that people are looking to the ‘future.’ It’s great that society is […]

Where Kindness Reigns

A few nights ago, the fifth episode of the seventh season of The Amazing Race Canada aired. If you’re not familiar with “The Amazing Race,” the idea is that teams (usually pairs) ‘race’ around cities and/or countries, while undertaking a series of tasks/activities. Every so often, some teams will be eliminated for being the last […]

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

/blows dust off the website Well, hello there! It’s been awhile, eh? Nearly two years ago was the last time I pressed publish on something that went live on this site (not including the minor editing I did yesterday on the “about,” “contact,” and “disclaimer” pages). In short, I’m back. I’ve been doing some introspection […]

Learning to Say What You Mean: Parenting 101

I’ve been a parent now for a few years. In fact, I’ve been writing about Christine Gross-Loh’s book for nearly as long as I’ve been a parent. Certainly, there’s lots to learn about being a parent and lots that one can learn from being a parent. To date, there’s one salient lesson that stands above […]