Tom Chen

A software developer living in Vermont
January 12, 2023

Four thousand weeks

One of my favorite books I read last year was Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. Here are some of the insights from the book that I'm thinking about a lot as we enter this new year. 1. The average human life is a measly four thousand weeks long. You definitely won't have time in your life to do everything you want to do or that ot...
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December 21, 2021

Tim O'Reilly on Web3

Tim O'Reilly, who popularized the phrase "Web 2.0", on Web3: “I love the idealism of the Web3 vision, but we’ve been there before. During my career, we have gone through several cycles of decentralization and recentralization. The personal computer decentralized computing by providing a commodity PC architecture that anyone could build...
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September 6, 2021

Move quietly and plant things

Andrew Dana Hudson, “On the Political Dimensions of Solarpunk” “You’ve heard of the hacker slogan “move fast and break things”? Solarpunk should move quietly and plant things.”
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May 5, 2021

Amitava Kumar on the check mark

Amitava Kumar in the New York Times: “The check mark is Gandhi in a world built by Bezos and Zuckerberg.” “I will not celebrate that blue symbol made of pixels, pretending to determine which human lives are most valuable; I’m here to reclaim the check mark in its basic form, etched by a human hand using ink or graphite. ” “The check ma...
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April 27, 2021

Michel Foucault on being interested in politics

In a debate with Noam Chomsky in 1971, Michel Foucault was asked by the moderator, Fons Elders, why he was so interested in politics. Here’s his response: “Your question is: why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why shouldn’t I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what ...
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April 4, 2021

Pizza Toast & Coffee

Pizza Toast & Coffee: Kissa Būgen is a lovely, quiet documentary short by Craig Mod about kissaten — Showa-era (1926-1989) Japanese cafe — culture. Makes me want to go sit in a coffee shop and stare out the window.
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March 4, 2021

Hey, World!

“It feels like Web 1.0 again in all the right ways. And it's about time.” :-)
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