Or, What I Learned By Building an Award-Winning Time Machine

A lightbox asks if you wanna be a time machine
You really don’t have a choice

This is the final installment of the Who, What, When, Where, Why of Existence series we began in 2019.

“History is written by the victors,” they tell us. We give Winston Churchill credit for the quote. He didn’t say it…


On seeing Sleater-Kinney, the Library of Babel and the Milky Way this month

A billboard I drive past every day on Silver Spring, in Milwaukee

The fourth in a series of essays, following who, what and when. Those were apparently behind a paywall, which I took down. …


Paul Celan, Basho, a funeral and a talk on quantum gravity

Where: nearby, when: always

Part 3 in a series: when, which follows who and what.

We reach when we’re young. Overly aspirational, take on what we’re not ready for. We grow older and grow and try to re-live the back then of us


Toni Morrison, David Berman, Hugh Everett, and the dangers of focusing on the what about us


You Know You Are But Who Am I: The Known Unknowns Start Here

Last week I sat in a meeting with our marketing team and realized I’d just said — helpfully and without thinking, “Don’t tell me how the sausage is made, just tell me if it tastes good.” …


Knowing for sure we’ll never know anything for sure

Kurt Gödel

If you were in the Milwaukee area Saturday, here’s hoping you were outside. Weather is subjective, but it was objectively beautiful. Happy to report I was outside at a park, sitting at a picnic table, reading about Kurt Gödel, a metamathematician…


Accepting and resisting, aspiring and building

With Stephen Hawking’s death comes a great temptation to recap and explore in depth some of his more important contributions to human history. I’d recommend reading what he has to say on those matters, though. It’s enlightening, exciting, frustrating, confusing, glorious, and profound. And…


Life lessons found in questioning the Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox is a fun way to fill awkward breaks in conversation on a first date with someone you never plan on seeing again. Basically it comes down to, physicist Enrico Fermi did some math and decided that space is really…


Nurturing trust without getting bogged down in semantics

Brent Gohde

Adventures in reading and writing. Making sense of what’s new in science, sci-fi, philosophy, culture, and creativity. And basketball.

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