The Obelisk Gate (#2 in the Broken Earth) was really good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Start with the first book (The Fifth Season) if this series is new to you.

Posted on May 12th, 2018

Tech’s Two Philosophies

Posted on May 11th, 2018

Here’s a really good article about different technology philosophies.

In short, there are platforms and aggregators. The former essentially serve to empower, and the latter seek to become powerful in their own right.

Reminder: Taser changed their name to Axon” so the brand wouldn’t be associated with all those nasty deaths and abuses. Now they are cornering the market on body-cams. (Another reminder: body-cams are justice-theater and help the offenders more than the victims.)

Posted on May 11th, 2018

On Cultural Appropriation

Posted on May 10th, 2018

In Every Culture Appropriates, David Frum gives his take on cultural appropriation.

For me, the answer is in this essay from Current Affairs. Cultural appropriation” is a nebulous phrase that ties together a number of things in a not-so-clear way: some good, some bad, some common, some uncommon, some power-over, some power-under. The actual problem areas that we can hone in on are disrespect and exploitation. That’s where we can bring clarity to the conversation.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kanye West: I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

West calls his struggle the right to be a free thinker,” and he is, indeed, championing a kind of freedom—a white freedom, freedom without consequence, freedom without criticism, freedom to be proud and ignorant; freedom to profit off a people in one moment and abandon them in the next; a Stand Your Ground freedom, freedom without responsibility, without hard memory; a Monticello without slavery, a Confederate freedom, the freedom of John C. Calhoun, not the freedom of Harriet Tubman, which calls you to risk your own; not the freedom of Nat Turner, which calls you to give even more, but a conqueror’s freedom, freedom of the strong built on antipathy or indifference to the weak, the freedom of rape buttons, pussy grabbers, and fuck you anyway, bitch; freedom of oil and invisible wars, the freedom of suburbs drawn with red lines, the white freedom of Calabasas.

Posted on May 8th, 2018

Todd Grotenhuis

Professionally an Information Security Specialist, Politically an Abolitionist, Theologically an Anabaptist