Hello, world! My name is Devon. I’m a writer (of code and words). In my free time, I read weird blogs, work on side projects, take public transit, and train for triathlons. I love reasoning about, improving, and designing systems and infrastructure.

The thing I care about most is enabling people to reach their full potential. This is the principle that guides me towards my interests in cities, tools for thought, and incentive design.

I update this page in a sporadic and unceremonious fashion.

Strong opinions, weakly held

An abridged list of things I want to learn more about:
  • Coordination problems
  • Urban planning, especially transportation
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Tools for thought
    • Bret Victor’s Ladder of Abstraction
    • Michael Nielsen's call to incorporate emotional impact, change habits of mind, and reduce the burden on people's short-term working memory
    • Steve Jobs' description of computers as "bicycles for the mind" doesn't go far enough
  • Ethics and meta ethics
  • Health, nutrition, and fitness
  • Synthetic biology
    • Bio fuels
    • Transhumanism and the idea that humanity is a "work in progress"
  • Ecology
  • Cooking
    • I’m really bad at it, but I like food
  • Linguistics
    • The history of language
    • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Psychology
    • Rationality and biases
    • Group and organizational
  • Cryptography, stenography, and information theory

The internet can be pretty faceless. Sometimes that’s what you want, but it’s not what I’m going for here.

One strong opinion that I do not hold weakly: dogs are the best

Pretty sure there will never be a better photo taken of me again

As cool as it’d be, I’m not a child prodigy. So to avoid being misleading, here’s a more recent photo

I post images of things I find beautiful to Instagram, usually almost-still videos of city streets but also other things.