The Prestige in Writing Code for a Living

Posted in Engineering

This writeup on the software industry’s gender bias is maddening and depressing. To summarize, someone commenting on Secret made a horrendous assumption about a woman being “unqualified” to be a software engineer in the context …

The End of Standardized Readability

Posted in Apps, Services

It started with Instapaper. The idea was to boost efficiency by employing the batching technique to article consumption, particularly mid- to long-form journalism found online. Saving an article for later separates the act of browsing …

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Everything is Bullshit

Posted in Reading, Startups

Pricenomics is a startup that has somehow stumbled upon a pair of business models: data crawling, and blogging about data from a consumer-centric perspective. The latter has a pop-culture economics bent; it’s a technique taken …

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When Clicking is Pleasurable and Addictive

Posted in Games

Click. Click click. Click click click click click click click click click click click click. One of our company mailing lists brought attention to Particle Clicker, a game that, as the title suggests, is about …

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Flash Boys

Posted in Reading

I’m convinced that ever since humans have invented this idea of trade, that there soon followed people, with the idea that they can profit as middlemen, even if they have nothing to buy or sell …

The Privilege of Meaningful Work

Posted in Rant, Work

I’ve been listening to the Unprofessional podcast. The show’s premise is simple: a pair of hosts bring on a rotation of guests and talk about all things not work. But as hard as they try, …

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The Indie Game Bubble

Posted in Games, Thoughts

I’ve been meaning to write down my thoughts about the state of gaming and where we’ll go as an industry for the next few years. As we’re in the annual post-E3 lull, this is a …

The Troublesome Portrayal of Women in Video Games

Posted in Games, Thoughts

Video games are notorious for catering to teenage boys. Puzzlingly, it’s an increasingly outdated focus, persisting mostly in the creative direction and subsequent marketing of games, reflected in big budget titles moreso than in general-appeal …

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The Big, Slow Company Stereotype

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

The playbook for “startup disruption” has remained the same for a while: the small startup moves faster than its much larger competitor, hustling out new features, products and markets at a much higher clip. Raw …

The Risk of Failure

Posted in Startups

Silicon Valley is often derided as a place that non-ironically accepts and celebrates failure. For people who have not bought into this culture, it’s natural to make fun of the notion that people are failing …