Business Monoculture

And yet, as the journalist Emily Chang documents in her 2018 book Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley technology companies have deliberately spent the last couple of decades progressively narrowing their culture. To a large extent, she blames the spreading influence of the Paypal Mafia. At Paypal’s founding, she writes,Continue reading “Business Monoculture”

Oh, the places a banana will go in the sprawling card-data economy

Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Geoffrey A. Fowler, writing in The Washington Post: I recently used my credit card to buy a banana. Then I tried to figure out how my credit card let companies buy me. You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be justContinue reading “Oh, the places a banana will go in the sprawling card-data economy”

The Future Looked Great Back In The 70s…

Space Colony Art from the 1970s Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been scanned and are available here as small, medium, large, and publication quality jpeg images. Scans by David Brandt-Erichsen. Images are not copyrighted. PleaseContinue reading “The Future Looked Great Back In The 70s…”

Hell in a Hand-Basket…

As usual, Charlie Stross’s take on the news that Boris Johnson is going to ask the Queen for permission to shut down Parliament for six weeks (for reasons which, according to him, have nothing whatsoever to do with stopping Parliament from stopping him driving through No-Deal Brexit, oh no, not at all) is long andContinue reading “Hell in a Hand-Basket…”