Optimism doesn’t sell

Tomorrowland isn’t selling well. I know the feeling. My book Public Parts didn’t burn up the charts either. Both are about optimism. Optimism isn’t box office. Dystopia…

A Memorial Day Story

Did you see those old WWII planes flying over Washington a few weeks ago? It was truly something to see the good guys in the air again.

Billy Joel Kind of Magic

May 24th, 2014

A Story Each Day

Please be aware that this story contains brief harsh language.

I was dropping my friend off at his place, but we were stuck in the cobwebs of the bloated Los Angeles traffic, thanks to the Democratic National Convention being held in the city. As we waited for the traffic to…

So, I’m a Teacher Now — 10 Reflections From the First 10 Weeks

Twenty weeks ago, I was just another new teaching graduate, anticipating the start of the school year and hoping that the few school contacts I had made in the last term of 2014 would remember to call me if they needed a casual teacher. After months of tailoring my resume, writing job applications and receiving countless…

Listening To Old Folks

Veterans have lots to tell us if we stop and listen

Listening To Old Warriors

This Journey called Life.

After celebrating forty years of existence, I thought I’d share some tidbits of what I’ve learned ….

Let’s start by saying ….

They Were Better Than That…So Are You

Why I Won’t Guilt-Trip America on Memorial Day

Montana Gent is a West Point graduate and an Infantry captain currently

How I tried to quit the liberal guilt machine and failed

Being a leftie is like being a Catholic, in that it’s a constant stream of neverending guilt. We’re expected to constantly atone for our privilege, which, like original sin, we can never be rid of. And we don’t even get the cool artwork. If you have otherwise normal liberal friends, every few weeks they’ll post something online…


By any standards, Marian could be a handsome man: he’s tall and slim; he has nicely shaped muscles on his arms, delicate features, full lips, big blue eyes. He would do anything for his

On Leaving Indianapolis

and on ghosts, on memory, on dying, on almost dying, on life, on monuments, on moving, on late-night seances, on catacombs, on rabbit blood, on cities, on white guilt…

Self-driving cars and the Trolley problem

Google recently announced that their self-driving car has driven more than a million miles. According to Morgan Stanley, self-driving cars will be commonplace in society by ~2025. This got me thinking about the ethics and philosophy behind these cars, which is what the piece is about.

I Let IBM’s Robot Chef Tell Me What to Cook for a Week

Originally published at www.howwegettonext.com.

If you’ve been following IBM’s Watson project and like food…

A Beautiful Disorganised Mess

Secrets of Discovery

Why De La Soul Embraced Kickstarter

By Pos

I Was Bullied So Badly, I Considered Killing Myself

Many years before I was a world class professional fighter, I was just a kid who didn’t fit in — and that made me

Losing It

Why is my hair circling the drain?

As a person pushing toward the Big 6–0 (egads!), I can honestly say this: I sure don’t feel old.

Organized Crime on Wall Street

Why Stringer Bell should have been a Wall Street CEO

One of the central dramas of the early seasons of The Wire is the cat-and…

This Scientist Is Using Bacteria to Detect Cancer — and For His Latest Art Project

Bioengineer Tal Danino is working out how to instruct bacteria to enter cancerous tumors — where…

Future Living: Sense Sleep Tracker

Future Living is an ongoing series focused on smarthome and other web connected products. In this series, I take a look into how these smart products can

The Mystery of the Power Bank Phone Taking Over Accra

Have you noticed an odd bulge in people’s shorts around Accra?

It’s likely because, like many of my friends, they’ve recently acquired a new phone. But it’s not the iPhone 6 Plus, and it’s not the Samsung Galaxy S6.

It’s this thing:


A drone story

I want to thank you all for inviting me here today. It’s always a pleasure to speak at my alma mater, particularly on commencement.

The Wiggle Theory

I love it when I arrive at the BART station just as a train pulls up, and there are SEATS! I take it as a good omen for the day, in the sense that the omen is part of the day, and it was good.

Almost 12 hours in to this experiment and I’m still excited about it. So while I have this momentum, let me tell you about one of the weirder theories that have been…

What Periscope Reveals About U.S. Telecom Infrastructure

When Periscope exploded onto the scene a month ago, it quickly set a new industry standard for the possibilities of video…

The Profound Art Of Rock Climbing

Despite the inherent difficulty (and oftentimes great risk) associated with the sport, why, exactly, are so many completely obsessed

What’s the Mast Brothers formula?

What a pleasant surprise. What started as a light confusion, triggered your senses to wake up and respond: what’s this? (confusion), some kind of climax…