A man served me sushi on a quiet street in Tokyo last night. Each morning he visits the markets to purchase fresh fish, and each evening he prepares the…
Fiction, consumed incautiously, eventually bleeds into reality. I used to watch Naruto on Thursday evenings after school. It was always a huge relief to…
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December 2022

My friends, mostly from school, are consistently surprised when I mention that I regularly meet up in person with people from Twitter. In fact, I find…
This is the first post in a series on the biochemical mechanisms behind pattern baldness. I’m an independent researcher, so I’m mostly self-funded—if…
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“Metals make up a significant fraction of Chinese exports.” “Unfortunately, purchasing metals from China indirectly funds their military, increasing…
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I turned twenty-four today. I left two jobs this year. The first time was like the tadpole, swimming as he has for countless days past, who suddenly…

April 2022

Insulation. Make sure to get good grades in high school—you want to get into college, right? Make an impression on your professors; you need their…
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March 2022

I spend my free time studying the origins of life from a mathematical and computational perspective. Today, a year after I started work on this problem…

November 2021

I moved to San Francisco recently. This fact has invited a series of similar exhortations from nearly every person I meet: explore this neighborhood…

September 2020

What we call things

August 2020

What happens once software has eaten the world?
The evocative ability of past technology