Each time I visit freinds in suburbia I’m confronted with the reality that there is no public realm. All space is private – if not legally or physically then certainly culturally. I’m reminded of my transgressions when I don’t follow the rules. The space in front of each house is de facto an extension of … Continue reading Get Off My Lawn You Rotten Kids!
Uber has officially launched its first iteration of autonomous commercial vehicles. There’s a lot going on in this promotional video so it’s worth a look-see. Mark and Larry meet at the California/Arizona border. Mark has arrived from Los Angeles with a load headed east. Larry has a shipment from the Midwest destined for Los Angeles. Mark and … Continue reading Uber Freight: Mark and Larry’s Excellent Adventure
A friend from Kentucky will be visiting soon and she asked if it’s possible to see the Googleplex while she’s in town. Yes and no. Google’s (or more specifically “Alphabet’s“) actual main headquarters in Mountain View, California just south of San Francisco is a marvel of modern security. If you want to get inside you … Continue reading A Visit to Google Land
It’s that time of year again so we sat down with our tax attorney to file our papers with the authorities. We’ve used the same guy for years now, but this year it was slightly different. Instead of going to a physical office we Skyped over the laptop in the kitchen. After a number of … Continue reading Automation, Metadata, Surveillance: Putting All the Pieces Together
I recently followed a company that moved out of their old offices in a downtown skyscraper to their new offices in… a downtown skyscraper two blocks away. The switch will save the company $2M a year in rent and provide for significantly more flexibility as their particular needs change. The details and future implications are … Continue reading WeWork
I’m going to ask you, Dear Reader, to pick apart a paper I’ve been asked to write for another organization. I was given the topic. Here’s my assessment of the situation. I’m curious what comments might ensue… What Can Other Places Teach California About Addressing Its Housing Crisis? There is no ready-mix recipe for affordable … Continue reading What Can Other Places Teach California About Addressing Its Housing Crisis?
I picked up another hefty delivery of meat yesterday from one of the farmers I buy from. At various times during the year I order an entire lamb, a whole hog, or a side of beef. Today it was dozens of chickens and a few extra bundles of bacon and such. It all goes in … Continue reading The Hippie Jesus Convergence