January 2, 2024

The Four Kinds of Exercise

In 2019, I wrote a blog post titled “How I Started Going to the Gym” based on Alex Hutchinson’s book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? That

December 2, 2023

De-centering the Killers of the Flower Moon

In his novel Tremor, Teju Cole writes: “when a man’s existential satisfaction depends on not knowing something he very much will find a way to not

November 7, 2023

Outlive

I’ve been following Eric Topol since the pandemic and find him to be a very level headed thinker about medicine, so I was surprised when he strongly

November 5, 2023

Musical Philistine

Is music a commodity? Albums were designed to be one. There was a period where people would buy albums and go home and consume them the way they

October 14, 2023

80s Taiwanese Noir

This post started when someone shared this Letterboxd List of Taiwanese Noir Films from the 1980s on Bluesky. Then I read (in the description of

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