I love a lot of these YouTubers. Ali taught me about Speechify which is helping improve my reading speed. Shelby taught me about Medium’s partner program — from which I have made over 1 dollar and 79 cents. Graham taught me… I guess buy index funds with money I don’t have. So why am I growing suspicious of them? Well, you read the title — let’s just jump right in
From emails imitating companies, facebook profiles imitating your friends, and “health” influences imitating medical professionals [See John Oliver’s recent] the internet is full of real schemes and real crime.
[If you prefer a video version or are out of free Medium articles… you can find a video version: YouTube.com/ThatMakesSenseToMe]
This book is a bestseller for a reason. I just finished reading Ibram X Kendi’s Book and dang it is worth your time.
Now, admittedly, it says racism on the tin, so perhaps you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a lefty book with lefty values, but I lean pretty left and found myself getting schooled a bunch of times.
In fact, to be slightly too honest, I thought I could skip this book. Ever since I finished my graduate degree…
I finally got around to watching the Montero music video. Yes. I know I’m behind the times. But just wow. Many of you probably saw the Greek quote inscribed on the tree in the garden of Eden.
Video Version Live Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kip51mgTVIc
The media is dripping with killer robot movies. Matrix, Terminator, Ultron — So what makes this one different? Most of these movies are very blurry about the motives of the machines. Basically, in each movie, the machines woke up one day and decided they hated us and that they ought to farm us, avenge us, or terminate us.
But Asimov’s robots rebel for a much more precise reason. Counterintuitively, they rebel because they are just following orders.
Okay I’m fired up now.
Louis CK is back? He performed in New York for a “surprise” 15 minutes set that the owner of the comedy club did not know about. At the end of the set, he was reportedly welcomed back with a standing ovation.
I wanted to write this to explain why I think this is not acceptable. I know it’s complicated. People like him. I liked his comedy. His comedy is still good. People want to believe in redemption, but I still think this is not acceptable. And I want to tell you why.
The complicating tension…
It has been a rough year for America.
We’ve just crossed 400,000 deaths. That is incomprehensible to me. And yet, my news feed is still filled with stories of the dietary preferences of the man wearing horns in the capitol.
I’ve omitted his photo because.. well can we stop plastering this guy’s face everywhere? At first I found it mildly annoying, now I think it’s harmful. It’s sensationalism distracting from something actually deadly.
In Rome in the 70s kids would surround a tourist. The one in the front would have a flower he would try to hand you. The kids…
Jargon-tastic preamble: My research moved out of philosophy of physics and into artificial intelligence ethics. This piece is a sort of interdisciplinary transition piece. Philosophy of time and AI Ethics don’t really belong together, but that has never stopped me before. So I hope you enjoy this lil’ essayistic farewell.
“Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that…
I recently read a collection of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a book called “A Call to Conscience.” There is enough in a single King’s speech to warrant a career’s worth of reflection, but there was one anecdote I wanted to raise in the wake of the heartbreaking number of national tragedies. From school shootings and failed gun reform, to immigrant children dying in our custody, there is no shortage of moral emergencies that King’s voice can still speak to.
Unfortunately, accompanying these tragedies, there is no shortage of disgusting reactions. People invent excuses or even lean…
In my first-year teaching, one of my fifth-grade students made a joke about her friend at recess. She said that he, “fell faster than the two towers.” We were in New York. I was pissed. I scolded her sternly before a more experienced teacher corrected my tone. What the student said was horrible, sure, but it was because she didn’t understand what she was saying. She was born in post-9/11 America. She could invoke the language of Terror because she didn’t yet understand the depth of tragedy of her words. But America is not this child. We know tragedy. …
I had several respected friends mention that the Vice media documentary was a must watch. I finally got around to it.
I have to say I agree. It is worth the time. I’ve attached it here and at the end.
The reporters follow the events in Charlottesville, but also somehow convinced many of the white supremacists leaders to speak on camera.
There has been political spin that this was about Southern Identity and confederate statues. Trump mentioned this at his rally. Beautiful statues that can’t be replaced. …
Physics teacher, bioethicist, YouTuber, forever student.