Author: George Hotelling

  • Brent Simmons on why he’s not adding algorithmic timelines to NetNewsWire, his RSS reader: These kinds of algorithms optimize for engagement, and the quickest path to engagement is via the drugs outrage and anger — which require, and generate, bigger and bigger hits. This is what Twitter and Facebook are about — but it’s not […]

  • Imagine messing up a laptop camera so badly that a return to normalcy is literally a headline feature

  • Loneliness and Junk Social Media

    Loneliness and Junk Social Media

    I keep thinking about this video Jason Kottke linked to: The health effects of loneliness are well documented, but I’d never actually thought of it in biological terms. We hunger for connection in the same way we hunger for food, and we hurt when we are shunned in a very physical way. Jason’s analogy to […]

  • It’s Ridiculous That Your Company Doesn’t Give You a Paid Sabbatical

    Three months off work. Paid. Every five years. That’s the Automattic sabbatical program. And I can’t believe more companies don’t do this. The Automattic sabbatical is a benefit where every employee is encouraged to take 3 months off every five years at the company. (We’re hiring people passionate about the web, just so you know.) […]

  • Best LAN Party Games in 2019

    We had our LAN party and it was grand. Online play can only replicate so much of the experience of gaming together. There are still plenty of good LAN games, here’s what we played: Alien Swarm – A great 4 player co-op game from the Left 4 Dead team, we had 2 games going. It’s […]

  • LAN Party Game Suggestions?

    What are the best PC games for LAN parties right now? I am #blessed to have a group of friends that gets together for a yearly LAN. There is a magical synergy that occurs when everyone is playing the same game together, with no splinter factions. I would love to get any suggestions on cheap/free […]

  • WALL·E on Typeset In The Future

    WALL·E on Typeset In The Future

    We are a WALL·E house. For both my kids, it was the first movie that they loved. I think it’s because so much of the storytelling happens in the animation. Even if you can’t quite follow what everyone is saying, you can see the story happening. Plus, WALL·E is a bit of a charmer. We […]

  • Christmas Songs Are a Huge Scam

    This morning my 5 year old was singing Let It Snow and I realized something. A lot of Christmas songs start playing in November, but are about the snow that (in Michigan) we usually don’t see until January. Frosty the Snowman? Dude is not getting built until February. Let It Snow? The weather outside is […]

  • Video of the 2018 Harold Hotelling Lecture

    Video of the 2018 Harold Hotelling Lecture

    Lawrence Tech’s 2018 Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture is up on YouTube: Dad was on board with school choice, and it turns out that he and Dr. Harris discussed this when Dr. Harris was dad’s student. I enjoyed the nuance that Dr. Harris brought to the topic as well – something deeper than “markets are good” […]

  • The Downside of a Spotify’s Free Google Home

    Spotify is giving away a free Google Home Mini to any account with the family plan. That’s pretty neat. And they are doing it for new and existing users, which is great because it doesn’t make the mistake of punishing existing customers in the pursuit of acquisition. It makes sense for Spotify – get folks […]