Software is is not a scarce resource. It costs nothing to copy. It is an anti-rivalrous good. Cryptocurrency is a market, markets are for scarcity, sof…
100 Rabbits is the practice of two creatives who write, illustrate, compose, and build software while living on a sailboat. Working out of a nomadic fl…
Here is a weird idea… slashlinks! The hashtag of links! A shortcut for linking to local notes that works like #hashtags or @mentions.
The web is the world’s biggest software platform that isn’t owned. There are other closed networked software platforms but very few open ones. The web …
The landscape of tech is essentially feudal. Each app builds a moat and walls to protect the hoard of data its peasants produce. This is both for reaso…
What’s next for the web? I’ve spent a good chunk of my career trying to answer this question in practice, making the web do things it maybe shouldn’t, …
TLDR: “make the web do apps” is not a disruptive strategy. It's like surviving The Great Oxidation Event, then saying “make anaerobes do photosynthesis…
I think this is more than just a poetic analogy. It is a shift in perspective that can be grounded in cybernetics theory, particularly Gordon Pask’s Co…
Interoperability, exchange, and composition are some of my primary motivations for building Subconscious. Why isn’t interoperability more common betwee…
I’ve been studying the history of the internet, and reading through internet RFCs to better understand the series of design decisions that lead up to o…
In 1964, Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev proposed that we measure an alien civilization's level of technological advancement by the amount of energ…
The internet is one of the greatest open-ended technologies our species has created, up there with language, writing, money, math, markets. How do you …