Most recently, I enjoyed “The Hysterical Campus” in Quillette and Sam Harris’ interview with Yuval Noah Harari. And, if you want more of the backstory on Quillette, listen to Tyler Cohen’s interview with Quillette founder Claire Lehmann.
RFC #17: Experiments and the Economics of Open Source. I joined Nadia and Mikeal to discuss my work on WP-CLI, the economics, origins, staying productive as a maintainer, fund raising, and the state of WP-CLI "today" (aka last May when this was recorded).
Update: I forgot I said this: "[The GPL] is used often as a blunt instrument for enforcing certain economic dynamics around everyone's businesses." Pretty good!
A few recent podcasts that caught my interest:
- When Your Side Project Blows Up with Dawson Whitfield of Logojoy. Logojoy is an online logo creator that uses machine learning to create the perfect logo for you. "Meh, this isn't AI," you might say. Doesn't matter — it has the same disruptive impact. Can you imagine when machine learning can create your website for you?
- a16z Podcast: AI, from ‘Toy’ Problems to Practical Application. The VC-backed tech startup world is focusing on operationalizing technology that already exists.
- Managing Procrastination, Predicting the Future, and Finding Happiness – Tim Urban. Normally, Tim Ferriss bugs the heck out of me. Tim Urban on the other hand (founder of Wait But Why) is like an intellectual Elon Musk. Part of their conversation discussed the long view Urban takes on the topics he writes about — "all the way back to the Big Bang." Given the long view, and how much society changed in the last 50 years, it's easy to see how bad humans are at predicting change.
"But Daniel, none of these links are conclusive proof that AI is coming."
No, the AI apocalypse hasn't happened yet. But, the pace of change is stunning and we can't reliably forecast more than six months out (if that).
Roots Radio Ep 13 – React w/ Daniel Bachhuber. Had a great time chatting with Chris Carr and Austin Pray about the RESTful WP-CLI project and what I’ve been doing with React.
The caste system in India. Everything you didn’t know. Excellent lecture from Arundhati Roy.
The Dispatch – Daniel Bachhuber. I made it on a podcast! Although I’m too embarrassed to hear myself speak — someone will have to tell me how I did.
Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo: “The Statues Walked – What Really Happened on Easter Island.” Rethink everything you thought you knew about Easter Island. Jared Diamond had it wrong.
Ian Bogost on Newsgames. What most forms of traditional media aren’t good at are showing how things work, and that’s exactly what video games are great for. Must listen.
Stormy Peters – Is Your Data Free? Exactly.
On Kommons, Andrew Spittle asked what I’m reading now that I’m no longer on Twitter or Facebook. For now, I mostly consume content with Reeder (on the iPhone and desktop, and synced with Google Reader), Instapaper, or as podcasts. My Economist print subscription lapsed about a month ago but I’m thinking about picking it up again.
There’s a balance to my RSS consumption. I subscribe to sites like Techmeme and Mediagazer to keep tabs on the zeitgeist. Nieman Lab and Romenesko are requirements to keep up with the industry. When they publish, Ethan Zuckerman, Jonathan Stray, Paul Graham, Mark Pesce, and Stijn Debrouwere always offer unexpected insight. I also subscribe to a dozen or so people’s personal Twitter accounts, partly because they share good links and partly to keep up with what my friends are up to.
My Instapaper is mostly fed by longer items I come across by RSS, the Instapaper homepage, or Give Me Something to Read.
As far as podcasts go, there’s another dozen or so I listen to on a regular basis. These include Spark from CBC Radio, BBC Digital Planet, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, a few from FORA.tv, IT Conversations, NPR’s Planet Money, WNYC’s On The Media, Peter Day’s World of Business, Rebooting the News, Seminars about Long-Term Thinking, and This Week in Tech. Podcasts are likely my favorite form of media. They’re good fodder for daydreaming during long runs or workouts.
If you’d like, you can also download my whole OPML file.