posts tagged misc

The real problem isn’t privacy, it’s our dystopian hellscape of Skinner boxes


The problem isn’t just that GoogFace let advertisers know what you’re interested in. The problem is that this is their only job, as in, the only thing that makes them money. Any way in which GoogFace make you happy, solve your problems, or improve your life is more or less accidental.

Is treating a cold with zinc still evidence-backed?


I used to think zinc was the only known evidence-based cold treatment, but the analysis everyone cites was recently retracted. Is it another victim of the replication crisis?

What to care about in a job


In 2014, I wrote about how I chose my first job out of college. I’ve learned a lot in the 4 years since then–here’s how I would change my criteria if I were picking a job today.

People seem very confused about 401(k) loans


While deciding how much to contribute to my 401(k) this year, I discovered that the Internet is full of urban legends about 401(k) loans causing double taxation.

The product


95% of the feed is crap, because 95% of everything is crap. But sometimes there are good things in the feed. You want to see the good things in the feed. You can’t miss out on the good things.

The Globalization Paradox and the perils of simple models


Some thoughts after reading The Globalization Paradox. Dani Rodrik makes the case that economists have been over-interpreting simple economic models in favor of free trade and its effects on economic development. Thinking about the implications of this for other simplified economic models.

Startup options are much better than they look


People often make several complaints about how employment works at startups:

  1. They don’t pay well. They claim to make up the difference with stock options, but the options are worthless and you can earn more by working for a big stable company.

  2. They prey on starry-eyed, young, naive people …

Surviving lots of travel


I travel a lot for work. Wave is a distributed company, and we have week-long company retreats once every two months, often in Africa. On top of that, I’ve spent a lot of time working on the ground in Ethiopia. I actually flew enough last year to qualify for …

Reading lately


More books I’ve been reading recently.

[administrivia] Site migration


I finally decided to drop my aging and probably vulnerability-riddled Django 1.4 app and use a static site generator instead.

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