Things That Have Caught My Attention

Dan Hon's Newsletter

Month: January, 2014

Episode Seven: Rate All The Things

1. Rating All The Things One of the side-effects of believing that the world will be better once we have all the data is the presumption that some of that data needs to be recorded through user rating. So we have Amazon book review star ratings, of which XKCD’s cartoon[1] is probably the best at […]

Episode Six: The Short One

1. Not Enough Time When I first had the idea for doing this newsletter (and, I should probably be clear: it was less of an idea and more of a nudge, given that interesting people like Roo Reynolds[1] and Alexis Madrigal[2] and Robin Sloan[3] have been writing theirs, and they’ve been useful and interesting to […]

Episode Five: Dreaming Invisible Dreams

1. Dreaming Invisible Dreams It feels like there’s been a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth[1] at the paucity of genuine sensawunda visions of the future in visual media lately. It’s all screens here and glass there and waving hands around. Post Minority Report, it doesn’t feel like the futures we’re being sold are […]

Episode Four: Any Sufficiently Advanced Economy

1. Any Sufficiently Advanced Economy You know how the Arthur C. Clarke quote goes. I’ve been thinking a bit, somewhat vaguely, about crypto currencies lately. There’s my gut response to the anarcho-Randian boosterism of Bitcoin/Dogecoin fans (the latter of which, I have to admit, is absolutely hilarious and a wonderful example of people taking things […]

Episode Three: Happy Birthday and Connections

1. Happy Birthday, Macintosh In case you missed it, Friday 24th January was the 30th Anniversary[1] of the Apple Mac. Apple celebrated with more of a new direction for what they’re doing on the web with what could only really be described as a classic celebration of thirty years of what kicked off the personal […]