Happy a8c Anniversary to Me

I’m not much of an anniversary person. In the 5+ years together, E and I have never celebrated when we “became a thing”. In part, that may be because neither of us remember when it happened. “Sometime in December in 2011, I think?”. As time passes, I realize that while dates are arbitrary, they’re worth remembering…

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What if every story was a universe we created?

Hey Diddle Diddle The cat and the fiddle The cow jumped over the moon. The little dough laughed to see such a sight, and the dish ran away with the spoon. I have this story memorized by heart. It’s my son’s favorite 4 page cardboard book. He’s one years old, and he’s been staring at…

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How often are your dreams cluttered with reality?

An Awesome Book is an exhortation to dream big. It imagines watermelon sailboats and rocket-powered unicorns. It warns about some people who don’t dream big. If they do, it’s about things that already exist and are boring like cars. I encourage you to take a moment for creative practice. How often have your dreams lately been…

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Spiderwebs, cognition, and AI

  “The Thoughts of a Spiderweb” appeared in Quanta Magazine and was reprinted in The Atlantic. It presents research on how spiders adjust their behaviors when something adjusts in their webs, like some of the strands being snipped. In an experiment, the spiders began using the dangling web threads to catch insects and pull them up…

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