Saturday, January 1st 2022

2022 Climate Notes

Fixing our planet’s atmosphere is a key challenge for this century. Here are my beliefs about focus areas for climate action in 2022.
Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash
Wednesday, May 27th 2020

Licenses in a Subscription World

Most new startups default to a subscription model for their software. Should they consider selling licenses instead?
Wednesday, April 29th 2020

A Proposal for Cloud Translation Layers

We have reached peak cloud. It's time we standardize productivity data.
Kameido shrine in Tokyo, dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane
Monday, April 13th 2020

News Is Failing Us

The age of immutable opinions has dawned. So how do we protect objective reality?
Friday, December 20th 2019

Considering New Operating Systems

Software's history holds the key to an evolutionary step for cloud infrastructure.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland during his testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Wednesday, November 27th 2019

News Review V

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” —George Orwell
C-130 Hercules taxiing at the South Pole
Sunday, November 17th 2019

News Review IV

In the news: Venice floods. Wind and solar projects. Storing a movie in glass. Surveillance of Americans. Impeachment. Expose or protect whistleblowers? Epstein's death. Russian hacking, Russian money, conservative politics.
Temperature deviation from the average annual temperature
Saturday, November 9th 2019

What's Happening to Our Water?

The WHO estimates that nearly half of the global population will live in water-stressed areas by 2025. As temperatures rise, what happens to our most important resource?
Steam cooling towers at a nuclear plant in Utah
Wednesday, November 6th 2019

State of Nuclear

Why we don't have time to focus on molten salt reactors right now and where we should be spending money instead.
Fire in California
Wednesday, October 30th 2019

News Review III

We Didn't Start the Fire. Markets reflect climate change. Ukraine and Trump swirl. Freedom slips away from Hong Kong. Concentration camps make a return in China.
The first Turkish soldiers enter Syria
Sunday, October 20th 2019

Turkey Invades Syria

It is evident that the American retreat from Syria is a strategic and humanitarian disaster.
Boil more water and save the planet
Sunday, October 20th 2019

News Review II

Boil more water: why we need a global push for more nuclear energy. Also: China is great at climate policy but bad at freedom. Trump blunders on. Premier of 'Hopefully Hanlon's Razor'.
Plant more trees and save the planet
Thursday, October 10th 2019

News Review I

Where to begin. Planting trees. Endless drought. Impeachment proceedings. U.S. retreats from Syria and Turkey invades.