Month: September 2023

  • Hello World, McGuffins, and Little Wooden Bridges

    I was going to be a lawyer. It was a dream that never really died. When I was eight, I was going to be Perry Mason and free the unjustly convicted. When I was an early teen, I was going to argue in front of the Supreme Cout. When I was heading off to college,…

  • Technology as a Salve for Society’s Gun Problem

    The New Yorker has an interesting article on a private school that uses virtual reality to teach students in the “classical” mode. It does not go well, as you can imagine. Students act out, don’t absorb the lessons, do things like point out on a virtual trip to Everest that loud noises cause avalanches and…

  • Are Self Driving Cars Murder Bots? Or The Problem With Just Asking Questions

    When I was a teenager, I saw a comedian who I considered ancient, which likely meant he was sixty or so (teenage me was a little shit). His schtick was that his age made him humorously incompetent. He best bit, in my little shit opinion, was “I don’t understand the concern about elderly drivers. I’ve…

  • Brands and Freedom

    According to Substack gurus, I should not write what I am about to write. About a decade ago, I worked for the fundraising arm of a major research hospital. You would recognize it if I told you the name. I thought that the job would make me content, that while it would still be a…