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.

Edge C2 is a nice ideal position to move towards in this article about military agility that contains a bunch of useful elements including an interlinked OODA loop and a visualization of the Trust Equation.

"This gets at the heart of what’s deeply wrong with this perspective: it prioritizes currently non-existent, possibly never-existent, hypothetical future possible people over living, breathing people today, because the former could possibly, maybe, perhaps far outnumber the latter."

An argument of how the Effective Altruism movement is an ideological front for white supremacy and eventual genocide.

I can't say I've read a lot of Beyond the Beyond nor been much of a happy Wired consumer in any case, but it's passing still marks the end of an era. I remember Bruce Sterling's closing speeches at SxSWi as one of the highlights of the conference (me being too late an arrival to attend his house parties).

A barrage of hard-won but crucial learnings by @jessitron on the @changelog podcast about how to improve work interactions and create better software systems.

An interesting argument that uses Scott's critique of high modernism to cast doubt on how beneficial machine learning will be for authoritarian regimes. Also a bit reminiscent of Weyl's critique of technocracy.

Let's hope it's true.

A lot of the problems in the world seem to stem from people’s inability to hold two opposing viewpoints in their mind at the same time.

Companies insisting on long hours is probably only one thing holding women back, but this article goes deep on that one question and uncovers a panoply of assumptions and attitudes.

The Cantillon effect has been menioned regularly as part of the government bailouts but it is important to read this explanation of what it is and how money is not neutral.

Not surprising that the entire concept of ‘ethical AI’ is another scam perpetuated by the MIT Media Lab. At this point I would assume any project coming out of that institution to be compromised unless proven otherwise.

“If “star salaries” can’t be explained by contribution to the productive enterprise, high managerial compensation would appear to be what economists call “rent” — essentially, profit extraction.”

Every time I try vegan chocolate pastry, I throw it away uneaten. How is this good for the environment?

Ian Bogost remarks on the eery flattening of place and the retreat of people into the domestic cozy, since home can be any place you want it to be thanks to digital technology.

I'm glad that this takedown of Clean Code by Dan Abramov got so much traction. I have no problem with clean code (lowercase), but inevitably the process of getting there and the things people do as a consequence make the entire endeavor an anti-pattern.

As always, people get too attached to the parts that are the least important while ignoring the rest.

I used to know Wytze and the foresight and innovation that he put into the Urban Arrow back in the day (2010) which is still going strong is nothing short of mind-boggling.

I read this science-fiction short story “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” which is reminiscent of Ann Leckie's books in how it plays with gender and militarism, but I think this is better.

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