The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩. Short (link) posts are on his microblog. For his academic blogging please visit anthro{dendum}.

May 13, 2023

On Beyond Twitter

[Skip ahead to Part Two if you just want to read about Bluesky.] Since Elon Musk purchased Twitter, the platform has experienced rapid decline. Musk

July 27, 2022

For a Multilingual Taiwan

“Bilingual” in Taiwan means English + Mandarin. Putting aside the way this sidelines Taiwan’s other languages, I’d like to question the emphasis on

June 15, 2022

LaMDA is programmed to lie to you

There has been a lot of discussion about the Google engineer, Lemoine, who thinks that the glorified chatbot, LaMDA, is sentient. Anyone who has

May 11, 2022

Passwordless Teaching

My teaching workflow, which allows me to quickly sign in and access my lecture notes on a school computer without any password or USB drive. (Link

May 10, 2022

Review: Sea People

I recently finished the book 《Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia》by @cathompsn and really loved it. It is the kind of book I’ve wanted to read for

April 21, 2022

Networked Notes

Most note-taking apps share a common problem: as you add more notes, the app becomes less useful. Over time, it becomes harder to find what you have

April 20, 2022

Home Cooking

Many of you take great delight in your cooking, in making things from scratch. This isn’t for you. I want to give some advice to those who would

April 20, 2022

Leech Block

I’ve finally found an approach to limiting my social media usage which actually works! The thing is, I like social media. I actually find the time I

February 27, 2022

Risk Assessment

When I moved to the Netherlands I had to learn to relax while walking in front of oncoming cars. Back in Taiwan I have had to learn to relax while

February 4, 2022

Against Spheres of Influence

It is not uncommon to see anti-imperialism framed in such a way that it naturalizes something akin to “spheres of influence.” These spheres might be

January 16, 2022

Pingpu Recognition

Good article here on a court case that could have major implications for Pingpu (Plains Indigenous peoples) rights in Taiwan. My colleague

January 5, 2022

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Watched 《One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk》 by Zacharias Kunuk (the Inuk director famous for making Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner). (Link to