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Twofivesix Conference Notes

Below are my notes from the Twofivesix conference that took place in Brooklyn a few weeks back. I serendipitously discovered the conference via a tweet the morning of, and luckily was able to watch it via livestream and take notes at home. These notes are fairly comprehensive, though with a couple caveats (I missed the […]

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Creativity Life

Mysteries of Small Systems

I’ve been on a bit of a complexity kick lately—been getting really into books dealing with information theory, emergence and self-organization, networks, and the like. As I’ve been digesting these topics in the substrate of my mind (usually while in the shower) there’s one topic that’s come to mind several times and that I find […]

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Business Creativity Technology

Kickstarting the Creative Funding Future

In this essay, I examine the creative funding landscape, using Kickstarter as a lens through which to explore questions of value, community, and the link between arts and commerce.  Some of the topics I cover include: what the best source of funding might be for creative projects; how we can (and can’t) measure or approximate […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: Resources and Tools (Part 3 of 3)

In the past several months I’ve tried to immerse myself in learning and technology. I’ve thought a lot about various methods and resources for learning, and paid particular attention to the new models constantly being developed and deployed. I’ve tried to take advantage of online resources and information networks wherever I can, and have been […]

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Education Technology

Modularity in Education

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about knowledge and its organization, distribution, and absorption, particularly in the context of education in the digital age. As I explore the multiverse of online resources for learning, I notice that although each has its own peculiarities, they also more often than not share a number of striking […]

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Media Storytelling

The Best Stories

Stories are the lifeblood of the human experience. They motivate our actions and desires, circumscribe our beliefs and relationships, and as such are monumentally important to how we construct the reality of our selves and our world. Everything we do, are, and interact with in any way can be projected onto a narrative. This is […]

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Business Media

The Micro-Consulting Revolution—And Beyond

These days, it seems everyone and their mother is available for some sort of niche consulting. This is both insane—how can so much deep niche expertise exist?—and incredible, because it means that there is an increasingly robust free-market exchange of these varying flavors of expertise that somewhere, somehow, must be creating a tremendous amount of […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 2 of 3)

Part two of a three-part series on how I’m seeking out and testing different (free!) methods of learning about computer science and entrepreneurship online. On the tech front, after perusing the online course offerings of MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, I settled on MIT’s “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming” as a point of entry into […]

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Media Storytelling Technology

Architecture of Language and Sound

There are many ways we can talk about media, many lenses through which we can analyze the way the information and signals around us, both physical and digital, impact our lives. I’ve long had an interest in different conceptual (and real!) dimensions of space: from the narrative worlds that can be constructed around and inferred […]

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Creativity Life

32 Values

I’m a great fan of powers of 2. This hasn’t a mote of bearing on why the following list—my most recent, now passably comprehensive list of personal mandates, guiding principles, and constant reminders, culled from past lists and overwrought attempts at writing about myself—ended up with 32 items. But I appreciate it as a sign […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 1 of 3)

I like to think of myself as the curious type, eager to deepen my understanding of how things work, refusing to stop thinking about potentialities and questioning the things I read and see. One one level, I’m certainly too young to be an expert at anything. But, to frame things in a different way, I […]

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Life Writing

Mission Statement

Hear ye, hear ye! On this day, a blog is born. But first, a preamble—to briefly address an implicit set of questions you may be asking, namely, what’s this all about, why did I decide to start writing, and what are my hopes and expectations for the site moving forward: I created this site (the […]