Pinned toot

Engineer and product designer from Berlin. Ran a design consultancy doing game and engagement design. Now I'm working as a lead engineer at a local startup while raising twin daughters.

I do a small podcast (in Dutch for now) with my former business partner about progressive perspectives on technology.

I particularly enjoyed the takedown of the concept of ‘human rights’ in this Pankaj Mishra essay.

A long but very worthwhile essay talking about what the abstraction and automation implicit in ‘smart’ rhetorics stand for: “These choices, these allocations of power are subsumed beneath the surface, the judgments and valuations inscribed in them simultaneously normalized and made to disappear. And if you should happen to find any of this disturbing or offensive…tough luck. That’s just the way things are in smartworld.”

Realized that we're about to hit two years with a very hardcore no-devices, no-interactivity policy. It kinda happened that way.

I heard that it's easier for offline kids to make friends later. Can anybody confirm?

Mentally I compare friends who go work at the MAFANGs with people who back in the day would enroll with the VOC.

Why would a young enterprising soul care much about the consequences of their actions as long as they can get some while the getting is good? (And the risk of getting stabbed to death during an uprising in Aceh is a lot lower which definitely adds to the appeal.)

My Dutch accent has today been spotted both in my English and in my German.

Together with @mrchrisadams I am holding a workshop at @bitsundbaeume (we are also doing a try-out next week) where we will play the Climate Wedges game and discuss carbon emissions reduction.

There is no limit to the amount of housework I can do as long as I'm listening to good podcasts. Turns out there aren't enough really good podcasts.

This episode of Talking Politics on the historical antecedents of Trump just kept blowing my mind with all of the weird and outrageous facts.

Same here: “Every Kim Stanley Robinson book I have read has radicalized me in one way or another, about the environment or the movement of global capital or the power of collective action. That’s on purpose.”

People working in tech making fun of the most unfortunate (poor, mentally ill) in a city, still is a very bad look.

“At the moment I see a bifurcation; where funny, joyful and light work sit in the realm of meaningless, excessive consumption. Whilst social engaged, community focused and politically meaningful design work is often humourless, austere and self satisfied. We need to stop being so binary. We need to be multiple.”

Climate action should be covered by the right of self-defense.

Countries planning to hit their CO2 goals should decree that they won't take refugees from countries that don't.

Het was weer ‘fijn’ om naar het ontvouwend gesprek tussen @alper en @kaeru te luisteren in hun onregelmatige podcast
(‘fijn’ omdat ik geen lichtvoetigheid wil suggereren :-) )

Are there companies where coming to meetings prepared is not this unique superpower?

Listened to the man for the first time ever (thanks Ezra!) and quickly found out that Francis Fukuyama is a total dipshit. I listened to you on the Changelog and that was very good. It's clear that you're crazy smart and doing a good thing.

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