Relational Economics

"Money and friendships don't mix." "Work and life don't mix." "Don't go into business with a friend", "don't loan money to friends", "don't make friends with your employees", "don't bring your work home". "It's not personal, it's business." You'll hear all these nuggets of advice, and more like them, in …

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What Do I Believe?

Taking a cue from Dean, I decided it would be an interesting task to catalog my core values, in little bite-sized pieces. Inexhaustive, often redundant, and mostly unordered, here goes...

  • True freedom comes through interdependence, not independence.
  • With food, always be a careful grower, a picky shopper, a generous server …
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Redeeming BrikWars

I am an anarcho-pacifist. I love peace. But I also love BrikWars, "the plastic-brick wargaming system that throws the peaceful worlds of your favorite construction toys into wanton chaos and destruction!"[1] Naturally, this creates some cognitive dissonance for me, so here is my attempt to reconcile BrikWars and pacifism …

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Do Something Small Today

"If we really want ... to learn how to forgive, perhaps we had better start with something easier than the Gestapo."

—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

It's Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and many people take this time to remind themselves how far short they've fallen from their New Years …

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Honest Metaphors in User Interface Design

Abstractions and metaphors are hugely important in computing. They allow an "ordinary person" (e.g. somebody's grandma) to use a computer without first learning, say, binary numbers or machine code. But as previously noted, abstractions can also be destructive when used incorrectly. In human-computer interface design, an overly opaque (though …

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