Builders

This election, look for the builders.

Turn it off

It's time to power down Twitter, for the sake of the world.

First move: Sonos

Sonos's decision to move to production out of China is a harbinger of future developments in electronics manufacturing.

Parochial

The entire December issue of The Atlantic, on how to save the United States, is a masterpiece–easily the one of the top five issues of the last ten years. One gem that jumped out at me: Read More…

A Linotype Specimen

This original 1948 Linotype specimen book was basically calling out my name at the Museum of Printing gift shop. Read More…

SNR and Airports

As an electrical engineer, I've humbly learned to recognize that EE is the fundamendal discipline. Almost everything1 can be described by circuits and signals and systems. Accordingly, I tend to explain the world by the rules of the field. Read More…

Goodbye, Formlabs

After six years of working at the coolest company in 3D printing, I bid goodbye to Formlabs last week. Read More…

The Futility of Being a Utility

Earlier this year, Pacific Gas & Electric was forced into bankruptcy protection by lawsuits seeking billions of dollars of damages for starting a major forest fire with a fallen power line. Then last week, during a period of exceptionally dry and windy conditions, PG&E made the bold decision to cut power to large areas of Northern California to reduce the possibility of… a fallen power line starting a forest fire. And people were outraged. Read More…

Fair Food

We went to the Topsfield Fair yesterday. Due to our late arrival with hungry kids, we immediately entered “seek food” mode, searching for a food vendor that didn't look too sketchy, greasy, or full of allergens. It wasn't easy. Does it seem reasonable that an annual celebration of local agriculture should be a difficult place to find fresh, healthy food? Read More…