• Misinformation Over Broadway: A Review of An Enemy of the People

    A disclaimer before I start: I know an actor who has a small part in this play. I don’t think that colors by opinion overly. If I had not liked it, I would not have written a review. My wife and I saw An Enemy of the People at the Circle on the Square theater…

  • Hot Cancer Summer and Skin in the Game

    I have cancer, but that is not what this post is going to be about. I don’t have a prognosis yet as I just found out Monday. The rest of this week is tests and consultations. It is those, and how we treat Americans in the health care system, that I want to discuss. Yesterday,…

  • What Is Technology For?

    I have told this story before, but I did not set out to work in technology. I was either going to be a writer or a lawyer. I was either going to be the next Bernstein or the next Perry Mason. And then my school made me take an engineering course. The course itself was…

  • Josh Gibson’s Stats are as Invalid as Babe Ruth’s — And Just as Valid

    Not the newsletter’s usual fair, but my dad is a huge baseball fan, so this caught my eye. MLB, at the end of a very long research process, has added the stats from Negro Leagues (yes Leagues. There were seven of them that are officially recognized as “major” leagues). The stats are not complete yet,…

  • AI’s Latest Product: A Spam Generation Machine. Or Writing is Thinking

    Perplexity, one of the new AI driven search engines, is offering a product that allows you to create web pages based on prompt inputs. This is marketed as good for teachers and students: “In a blog post, Perplexity says it designed Pages to help educators, researchers, and “hobbyists” share their knowledge.” Nonsense. First, you aren’t…

  • Fairness Means Treating a Prince Like a Pauper. Or Trump’s Conviction is Good

    I have seen some commentary fretting about, or pretending to fret about, wanting to see Trump in jail if you are a prison abolitionist or reformist. I don’t think that is a valid concern and a book series from the last century about democratic space wizards can show you why. When I was a wee…

  • Good Tech News i.e. the Non-Silcon Valley Newsletter

    Bit busy with life and work today, but I thought I would take a moment to point out that not everything in technology is full of bullshit. I thought a brief discussion of some of them might remind us that technology still has value. First, the Biden administration and twenty-one states have agreed on a…

  • Taking Down Statues Is Not Forgetting History — It is Choosing Who to Honor

    What has this to do with tech? I don’t know — cranes are technology, right? Sure, works for me. So RFK, the worst Kennedy (which is saying something, given the existence of the patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr.), or the worm in his brain, apparently has a sad whenever a statue of a Confederate traitor is…

  • Why Autonomous Driving Instead of Public Transportation?

    I know that I am not supposed to ask that question, especially as a lover of technology, but it is one that I come back to over and over again every time I read about the issues with autonomous driving. Now, to be clear, I am not talking about assisted driving. Blind spot detection, lane…

  • You Don’t Have to Save the World with Your Gadget

    And I really wish you’d stop pretending you can. It is perfectly all right just to have a little thing that makes people happy to use it. You do not, as a business, need to pretend that you are doing anything else other than making a neat little thing that people will enjoy. Because when…