I’ve sometimes said that Amish are very scientific about technology. This may help explain

Posted on May 24th, 2018




This SMBC Comic is one of the answers to the Fermi Paradox.

Posted on May 22nd, 2018


Weekly Wins 2018-05-21

Posted on May 21st, 2018

  • Completed graduation activities for my company’s executive development program, including intriguing discussions with senior executives and a powerful graduation ceremony featuring words of wisdom from all the participants and many of their managers.
  • From above, received numerous compliments on my graduation speech (note: these were 2-3 minute micro speeches).
  • Enjoyed a date night and conversation at Lucas Oil to see Indy Eleven.
  • Brought our dogs to friends’ place for their doggy birthday party, and they played nicely and hilariously
  • Enjoyed time with some of our other friends, including numerous rounds of their kids playing dress-up dance party (e.g. I’m a Princess of the Far Snow”, which naturally had to come with lots of set-dressing for the room).


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.


Todd Grotenhuis

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