Category Archives: College Humor

On Seriously Rethinking the Digital Economy

A Diamond in the Economic Rough Two weeks ago, the American Economic Association held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Spread over three days and two different hotels, this conference included over 500 sessions. Buried in the program, during the morning

On the Rise of Digital Addiction Activism

The First Stirrings of a New Activism The investment funds run by Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System hold a combined $ 2 billion in Apple stock. This ensured the business community took notice when earlier this

Tycho Brahe’s Cognitive Kingdom

Deep (Work) History Recently, I’ve been reading through the first volume of Simon and Schusters’ magisterial 1954 four-volume essay collection, The World of Mathematics (edited by James Newman). In a chapter on Napier’s discovery of logarithms, written by Herbert Turnbull, I

The End of Facebook’s Ubiquity?

A Self-Defeating Statement Last week, Facebook posted an essay on their company blog titled: “Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?” The statement confronts this blunt prompt, admitting that social media can be harmful, and then

BuJoPro: Thoughts on Adapting Bullet Journal to a Hyper-Connected World

Analog Productivity Bullet Journal (BuJo for short) is a personal productivity system invented by a product designer named Ryder Carroll. You can find a detailed introduction to BuJo on its official web site, but I can provide you the short

Jocko Willink On the Power of Discipline

On Doing Less to Get More Jocko Willink is an intimidating looking man (see above). He’s also intimidatingly impressive. He’s a former Navy Seal who was awarded a Bronze and Silver Star in Iraq while leading Task Force Bruiser: the

On the Complicated Economics of Attention Capital

A Serious Consideration In recent years, I’ve occasionally tackled an intriguing question: are distracting technologies partially to blame for our economy’s sluggish productivity numbers? I’m often tentative about addressing this topic because I’m not an economist, and serious economists seem

The Woodworker Who Quit Email

The Disconnected Craftsman Christopher Schwarz is a master furniture maker. In addition to working on commissioned pieces in his Kentucky storefront, he’s the editor of a press that publishes books on hand tool woodworking. In his spare time, he researchers

The da Vinci Pause

Leonardo’s Life Hack Last month, Walter Isaacson released his big new biography of Leonardo da Vinci. I haven’t read it yet (though it’s inevitable I will). In the meantime, I listened to Brett McKay’s sharp podcast interview with Isaacson. As

Sean Parker on Facebook’s Brain Hacking

A Conscientious Objection  Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, was interviewed onstage yesterday at an event held by Axios at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The topic was cancer innovation, but the conversation turned at some point to Parker’s