Low-Glycemic Information

Here’s my summary of the book. In the 1950’s Neil Postman wrote a brilliant book called Amusing Ourselves to Death, which basically argues that text and print are superior mediums for exchanging information, and that radio and TV made us dumber. He believed that the effort involved in parsing long-form communication mediums is what gave us the value, and that removing that effort—making it easy—removes all its nutritional value. It…

January 14, 2020
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 211

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

January 13, 2020
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Summary: The Infinite Game

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

January 12, 2020
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Summary: Atomic Habits

These book summaries are designed as captures for what I’ve read, and aren’t necessarily great standalone resources for those who have not read the book. Their purpose is to ensure that I capture what I learn from any given text, so as to avoid realizing years later that I have no idea what it was about or how I benefited from it. Capture It’s not about goals, it’s about systems….

January 11, 2020
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Visibility and Understanding Lead to Tools and Weapons

Being in security I think a lot about whether things are tools or weapons. The distinction applies to guns. It applies to encryption. It applies to offensive security tools. And it applies to technologies like machine learning and the use of AI-monitored cameras throughout society. The link I’m highlighting here is: Visibility plus Understanding –> Tools and Weapons Visibility means you have the opportunity to observe a given object or…

January 11, 2020
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Why High-end Podcasts Reduce the Bass in their Audio

I’ve been podcasting for around 5 years now, and at some point in the process, I became obsessed with mics and sound and recording. For a while I used an RE-27 mic, which was quite nice, but I recently upgraded to a U87AI, by Neumann. It’s probably the world’s most respected mic, used by NPR. The sound that I thought I was into was a clear, deep sound, and I…

January 11, 2020
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San Francisco is a Microcosm of America’s Future

San Francisco is a strange place, but we should study it carefully. In one part of town—on any given weekday—you can see tens of thousands of 20-50 year-olds scurrying to their top 5% jobs. They are educated, they have careers, and they’re minds are on their work, their hobbies, and a search for meaning in it all. But walk for 10-20 minutes and you can be surrounded by a complete…

January 9, 2020
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 210 (Member Edition)

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

January 8, 2020
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Unsupervised Learning: No. 209

I spend 5-20 hours a week devouring books, RSS feeds, podcasts, and articles about what’s happening—and what’s coming—in security and technology. Then every Sunday I send the best of what I find to around 30,000 subscribers. “Your newsletter has become my most important source of news. It is the only newsletter I will NOT delete until I have perused it to the very end”. ~ Frank Hall Green

December 30, 2019
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I’m Still Mad About Game of Thrones

The reason I didn’t write this earlier is because I’m ashamed to be writing about a TV show at all. There will be spoilers. But I liked Game of Thrones, and I cared about it for nearly a decade. So I guess it makes sense that it left a mark. So I guess—first things first—why am I mad? Is it because the last season or two were bad? Sure, I…

December 30, 2019
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