9 things to do when you’re locked out of your apartment

The thing about today’s smart devices is that they can be too smart for their own good. Last Wednesday, for

A black fountain pen on a journal page

Collected quotes, 1 of n

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Bits and Pieces

All these clocks, like the whole information industry today, run the risk of no longer communicating anything because they tell

Photo of a smartphone, Apple earphones, and a cup of coffee

Podcast notes: Broader implications

Listened to an illuminating episode of the Global Dispatches podcast recently. The featured guest was Dr. Angela Chang, who discussed

Home and the city

I’ve been working my way through Reportage on Crime, an anthology of Nick Joaquin’s true crime stories. One such piece,

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The Optimal Starbucks Breakfast

Optimization is the millennial affliction. (There was a trenchant Buzzfeed essay a while back that delved into how this impulse

Book cover for Qiu Xiaolong's Death of a Red Heroine novel

On “Death of a Red Heroine” by Qiu Xiaolong

I mistook this novel for a murder mystery. It is that, nominally: Chief Inspector Chen Cao and Detective Yu of the Shanghai