On Strobelights and Electric Nationalism

On Strobelights and Electric Nationalism

The following post contains plenty of flashing images.

Take out your phone camera and point it at a non-incandescent light. A fluorescent bulb, a TV, your computer screen, you name it. Seriously— try it! We’ll wait.

Chances are you’ll notice your light doesn’t really look too… well, light-like. It’s probably flashing on and off quite rapidly. And the reasons for that are a lot more interesting than you might think.

Data Structures as Narrative Structures

Data Structures as Narrative Structures

My first date in seventh grade was to see National Treasure 2. The quality of this movie summed up my ability to date people for the next six years of my life.

Just in case you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a little flow chart that summarizes how it goes. The bubbles indicate the order of events in time. The little arrows indicate where the movie takes us.

The Global Airport City

The Global Airport City

My plane touched down at the Kuala Lumpur Airport, where I'm now awaiting my final flight to Indonesia. This Manhattan-sized complex contains several hundred soft pretzel refineries, a jumbotron showing Taylor Swift in a santa hat, and the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, preserved in a Pompeii-like state since being swallowed up by the construction of the Kuala Lumpur Airport.

How to Make a Tuna Sandwich and See the World

How to Make a Tuna Sandwich and See the World

I had a particularly strange junior high history teacher who became school-famous for one somewhat bizarre opinion. In her mind, humanity's three greatest innovations were the digital computer, the space shuttle, and the tuna sandwich.

About six months ago, I finally understood her point. The tuna sandwich could actually be our proudest achievement.