Wed Oct 26, 2022 —
Why did I pay $12 for a water bottle at a festival? Why did you buy Tylenol over the generic brand of acetaminophen? Did you know it’s really easy to cause liver damage with acetaminophen? In this post, I laugh at the bad economic decisions we make as humans every day.
Fri Aug 12, 2022 —
The Economics of Sustainability
A brief (by university standards) essay that ties together history, economics, philosophy, ethics, nutrition, and environmentalism to analyze the prosperity resulting from capitalism and industrialization in contrast to our hopes for a sustainable society.
Mon Jun 06, 2022 —
Byte-sized Algorithms: Removing Duplicates
This is just some basic Leetcode-esque stuff I needed to do at work recently. It shouldn’t surprise or impress anyone who has thought about this before, but it was mildly interesting to think and write about.
Thu Dec 30, 2021 —
Why NFTs Matter
It’s not about ape avatars, basketball highlights, or other digital trinkets. It’s about authentic relationships.
Fri Jun 04, 2021 —
Newspeak in an AI-Driven World
Or: Stop trying to make everyone dumber, Outlook.
Wed May 26, 2021 —
Do Self-Driving Cars Dream of Snitching?
A cynical (or realistic) take on how a utopian dream–autonomous, self-driving vehicles–can turn into a dystopian nightmare: the global snitching fleet of the future.
Fri Aug 21, 2020 —
On Apple’s Ecosystem
A short blurb on an interesting (if not worrying) possible byproduct if Apple is forced to release their iron grip on the AppStore.
Tue Aug 04, 2020 —
Why Does 0.999… = 1?
A simple explanation for a fundamental mathematical truth.
Mon Aug 03, 2020 —
On Pascal’s Wager
A guy who took two philosophy courses questions the premises of a 400-year-old argument for the necessity of believing in God.
Thu May 14, 2020 —
Minecraft and the Simulation Hypothesis
Are we reaching the hardware limitations of our simulated universe?
Mon Apr 27, 2020 —
Contact Tracing Privacy
An analysis of Apple’s novel contact tracing protocol for COVID-19 though the lens of a paranoid privacy enthusiast.
Mon Dec 30, 2019 —
Why (Not) Peer-to-Peer?
An overview of the Internet’s growth in the 2010s and some questions about what’s to come… With the current state of centralized content distribution, why aren’t we moving to a peer-to-peer model?
Thu Dec 20, 2018 —
Optimizing Sessionless Sessions
Or, arriving at the rationale behind the existence of JSON Web Tokens in an extremely roundabout fashion.
Mon Oct 23, 2017 —
Efficient P2P Broadcasting
A memory-less solution that minimizes extra message duplication.
Fri Jul 07, 2017 —
Tracking Your Every Move
Or, abusing MAC addresses for fun and profit (well, no profit unless you’re a massive corporation or the government…).