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For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way? - The New York Times

 •  Filed under Politics, Economics, Technology

For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way? - The New York Times

This is so spot on. Someone please ask a question like this during the debates. Everyone claims they’re going to repair our economy, and yet, none of them ever talk seriously about the role of tech in both advancing and displacing economies around the world.

This. Please. Yes, this.

Daring Fireball: Design as Branding

 •  Filed under Mobile, Apple, Design, Iphone

Daring Fireball: Design as Branding

I love Gruber’s take here, as he rebuts Manjoo’s belief that Apple design has gone stale. It’s actually shocking to me how many people mistake design as aesthetics only, rather than a combination of look, feel, and function. This is, perhaps, a good indicator for why so much much tech – software and hardware combined – is so often ridiculously clunky and unfriendly to everyday users.

And for reals, how can you not look at that jet black iPhone 7 and see a strikingly beautiful phone?

'No Man's Sky' Shows What Algorithms Can And Can't Do

 •  Filed under Reviews, Gaming, Games, No Man'S Sky

'No Man's Sky' Shows What Algorithms Can And Can't Do


All the shallow gameplay that exists right now, all those seconds spent drilling into giant rocks with lasers and not having enough room to carry things, wouldn't even matter if I had a companion to do it with.

Best review ever of No Man's Sky. There has been no indication from Hello Games about whether they will pursue this, but I agree, user interaction and content is all this game needs to be truly great.

The Bad Faith of the White Working Class - The New York Times

 •  Filed under Politics, Christianity, Faith, Church

The Bad Faith of the White Working Class - The New York Times

Another great piece of writing from J.D. Vance. He’s really on the pulse of what frustrated white working-class people are feeling and thinking. This rings so true for me both as a believer and a guy with lots of frustrated church folk friends:

A Christianity constantly looking for political answers to moral and spiritual problems gives believers an excuse to blame other people when they should be looking in the mirror.

We really do need honest self-reflection and criticism in the church today. I appreciate Vance’s bravery to call it out. Hopefully, more of us can find that courage and strength.

Donald Trump Is an Opioid for the Masses, But He Can't Solve America's Growing Social-Cultural Crisis - The Atlantic

 •  Filed under Politics, Future, Trump, Culture

Donald Trump Is an Opioid for the Masses, But He Can't Solve America's Growing Social-Cultural Crisis - The Atlantic


Trump is cultural heroin. He makes some feel better for a bit. But he cannot fix what ails them, and one day they'll realize it.

This not a liberal versus conservative piece. It’s honest, heartfelt writing from J.D. Vance about the emptiness of Trump’s promises and the day of reckoning that is coming if we don’t find real answers for the hurt and fear that is present.