Not every brick and mortar retail chain selling goods that people can get more easily — even instantly — online gets the GameStop treatment. Some of them (most of them) just quietly fade. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t loved. Younger generations might wonder why so many old farts are moaning about Fry’s Electronics shuttering. … Continue reading The Death of a Retailer
Is Las Vegas a Super Spreader?
Analysis of cellphone data by X-Mode and Tectonix during four days (Friday to Monday) in mid-July shows that many of the roughly 26,000 devices identified on the Las Vegas Strip showed up in every state on the mainland except Maine in those same four days. This spread reminds me of how people traveled from New York City to different parts of … Continue reading Is Las Vegas a Super Spreader?
It all feels so mundane
“Our daily lives are so mundane, we get taken over by what is immediately in front of us, and we don’t see beyond that.” – Benedict Cumberbatch It has been 164 days since the self-imposed isolation started. Maybe it is time for me to stop counting. In 180 days, I thought that we, as a … Continue reading It all feels so mundane
It all started with a single tweet
Fourteen years ago, on a somewhat cold evening, I stepped out of a party being hosted by Ruby Red Labs in an office it shared with Adaptive Path in San Francisco’s SOMA district. I craved nicotine. Noah Glass, the forgotten co-founder of Twitter, told me about Twitter (or Twttr as it was called at the … Continue reading It all started with a single tweet
Adventures in standing in place
For the past 42 days or so, I have been working on my MacBook Pro 16 while sitting at my dining table or on the couch. I recognized from the outset that it wasn’t the most ergonomically efficient way to work, but I thought I could make do. After all, the only other table in … Continue reading Adventures in standing in place
Humans, we don’t control much
My parents, grandparents, and extended family would often talk about the lessons of The Bhagavad Gita and other ancient Indian learned texts as I was growing up. Later on, after I grew up and read many of those texts myself, I concluded that people are better off when focused not inwards, but outwards, to the others … Continue reading Humans, we don’t control much