Looking Back on 2018

Around this time last year, I wrote up 10 predictions for what 2018 would hold. The time has come to look back and evaluate them. The predictions are reproduced below, along with some commentary. Donald Trump will still be president at the end of 2018 (confidence level: 8/10) Status: True Notes: He is still President.…

Lambda School Pt. 2-1: Category

Intro I wanted to add an update to my intro from my last post in this series, in which I said Lambda School had raised $4M in financing. About a month ago, they announced that they closed another $14M in Series A funding, led by Google with participation from Stripe and others. Before we head on, I’ll…

How to use ScrollMagic (Technical Post)

Getting Started Since I just wrapped up my first project week (read: exam week) at Lambda School, I’m going to try my hand at writing a technical post on how to use a certain library in JavaScript. I know it’s not something my typical audience would read and I don’t expect technical writing like this…

Lambda School Pt. 1: Consumers

Introduction: Here begins the series of posts analyzing Lambda School, as outlined in my last post. By way of introduction, Lambda School is a Y-Combinator-backed startup that aims to upskill untapped talent to participate in the tech industry. They’ve raised ~$4M and are currently offering intensive courses on computer science, data science, iOS development, Android…

A Taste of Things to Come…

For my next few blog posts, I want to try something new: writing a series. I’m imagining probably 4 somewhat interconnected posts in the service of telling a bigger story or making more nuanced points than I usually do. I feel that since my return to the blog, I’ve been missing some of the deeper…

Post #100: The Genre of Progress Literature

This is post #100 on Thought Distiller! I’m personally surprised; I had no idea the blog was so far along in terms of post count. Anyway, thanks for being a reader! Here’s a post that, by the end, I hope will lift your spirits. What’s wrong with the news? It often feels as if we’re…

Conflating Poverty Alleviation with Income Inequality Reduction

I’ve often found that writers— even those trained in economics— conflate alleviating poverty with trying to make the societal income distribution more equal. The most recent example of this that I’ve encountered was within Rutger Bregman’s acclaimed book Utopia for Realists. I enjoyed the majority of the book, which advocated a universal basic income (UBI), a…

The Business of “Fake” Reality

More and more, it seems like the word “fake” is cropping up in our public discourse. Whether that refers to Trump’s favorite phrase “fake news” or uncanny and disturbing “deepfakes,” fakeness is rapidly pervading various forms of multimedia. In the past, people could certainly have created work anonymously, pseudonymously, or even forge work under someone else’s…

And We’re Back!

It’s been quite a long time (7 months!) since I last posted to Thought Distiller. My hiatus occurred due to a confluence of factors that prevented me from devoting the time and attention that I would have liked to this blog. And I realized that I would rather write nothing at all than to write…

Thinking about Apps Inside of VR

In late November of last year, I tweeted a bite-sized view of what I think the future of VR (I’ll use the term VR as inclusive of AR) will look like: The point of this post is to expand a bit more on why I believe this to be true and what needs to happen…