The second Bistrocast episode of 2021 was all about understanding what trust means when businesses turn to blockchain solutions. It features John Eisenman and George Livingston, and the conversation touches on sustainability questions, as well as nuances and common misunderstandings that are worth considering. You can listen to it here:
The Bistrocast returned in March with its first episode of 2021. In it, I spoke with Will Barkis about about the pre-existing and emerging challenges cities have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and how perspectives on smart cities technologies may have changed along the way. We covered a lot of ground, and it’s worth your … Read morePodcast episode on cities and smart ecosystems
Heading out of a historically bad year for much of the Earth, it’s hard not to view 2021 through the lens of uncertainty. After all, the COVID-19 vaccines are only just now rolling out, key metrics are still trending up, and here in California there’s no reason to believe deadly forest fires (and perhaps orange … Read more2021 hopes and predictions
The orange sky over the San Francisco Bay Area September 9 was something that no one who saw it will soon forget. It was a day where it never truly felt as if the sun had come up. Everything just kind of glowed in an alien form of twilight. So why the glow from Mountain … Read moreHow San Francisco’s sky turned orange
CEOs at Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all outlined their expectations for the future of remote work at their companies. Their assumptions and policies have implications for where we’ll all be doing our jobs a decade from now, but I wonder if we’re asking the right questions. I summed up what I think we should … Read moreOn Medium: Is remote work what we should be emphasizing?
Marc Andreessen shared a spirited piece titled “It’s Time to Build” on Saturday, calling on a new generation of builders to right what’s gone wrong in 2020 leading up to and during the COVID-19 crisis. I share many of his sentiments, but I felt there was a big piece missing from his call to action. … Read moreOn Medium: We need a value realignment
There’s a new episode of the Bistrocast available from my day job’s website this week, and it’s about the opportunities and challenges that come with replacing traditional passwords with biometrics for user authentication. Check it out at that link, or listen and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.
I put a new Medium post up this weekend that is mostly only relevant to writers and journalists, but it really is a crucial piece of advice for anyone whose profession is based on published clips from websites. Basically, it’s an explanation of exactly what you should do if a website for which you once … Read moreWhy writers should know how to use the Wayback Machine
I’ve gotten used to seeing Treasure Island and Oakland vanish into the fog since we switched coasts, but this past week offered something I hadn’t noticed before. The Bay Bridge poked its way out of the fog, while its lower half looked like someone had swiped a Photoshop blur brush across everything close to the … Read moreWhy San Francisco fog has been so low