Most read in August 2013

The World Is Fucking Insane

Exploring aisles 9-13 at my local supermarket.

Before dinner last night, I went to buy some milk and bread at the supermarket.

Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito:

Have you ever been to Earth?

On Earth, we use the word “burrito” to describe a tortilla filled with things you eat. Pretty simple stuff…

Why I Left Google

Thoughts on trading in pride and security for authenticity 

‘It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.’ — e.e. cummings

Eleven Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

The relationship between words and their meaning is a fascinating one, and linguists have spent countless years deconstructing it, taking it apart letter by letter, and trying to figure out why there are so many feelings and ideas that we cannot even put words to, and that our languages

I will not do your tech interview.

I am terrible at taking tech interviews. Out of dozens that I’ve done, I may never have passed one. My typical pattern goes like this: A serendipitous contact leads to outstanding phone call with a manager or recruiter. I move on to a phone screen with a hiring manager who comes away very excited. Finally, I go onsite (or online these days) to dig into the…

A Partial List of the Words Motorola Does Not Want You to Engrave on Your Moto X

As you might have read, Motorola’s new smartphone, the Moto X, comes with a feature called Moto…

An Open Letter to Kanye West from the Association of French Bakers

Regarding Croissants in “I am a God”

When Your City Disappears

New York has changed for the better (and for the worse) since September 11th. But, for those who grew up here, it means living in a city…

How Paypal and Reddit faked their way to traction

When “faking it before making it” actually works

There were several factors that contributed to YouTube becoming the #1 video sharing service on the web. But a lot of initial adoption was driven by the fact that it had pirated content hosted on it. If you wanted to watch the latest episode of Lost for free…

F’d: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was meant to improve the U.S. air arsenal, but has made…