Posted on April 7th, 2019
A special characteristic of open source software (OSS) is that you don't need institutional support to get started. It's interesting to compare this to physical infrastructure, like dams or railroads. Before you can begin those projects, you need upfront capital, permits, rights-of-way, environmental impact reviews, community hearings... and so much more.
By contrast, all you need in order to begin a digital infrastructure project is an inte...
Posted on August 24th, 2018
Excited to announce the second episode of Tools & Craft!
In this video I interviewed Stu Card, who began work in Human Computer Interaction before it even had a name. His was the first PhD in the discipline, and Stu has made fundamental contributions to HCI including the design of Engelbart's mouse and Information Foraging Theory.
In his work at Xerox PARC and beyond, Stu has always emphasized "theories with a purpose", the idea that academi...
Posted on June 19th, 2018
I am so excited to announce Tools & Craft, an interview series I've been working on with Notion for the past few months!
In this first episode, I spoke with Andy Hertzfeld, who designed the operating system of the original Macintosh.
I've always been fascinated by the process of creating new tools and interfaces, especially those that amplify our thought and communication. We’ve all seen the legendary Apple keynotes and how personal comput...
Posted on June 3rd, 2018
Epistemic status: High confidence about the pros/cons discussed regarding my own experience, fairly low confidence about the parts I heard secondhand.
Epistemic effort: Low-to-medium effort. I realized these things were connected while I was in the shower last night, then I spent two hours stream-of-consciousness writing to get them onto the page. I then read it over once for minor editing and shared it with a friend to sanity check.