Tracy Ma let me write some copy for her and Emily Keegin's raw ass masterpiece: the Matter Studios Total Power Move one-off magazine, exploring how power dissipates, collects and flows between people. I'd say pick up a copy but you can’t. They were handed out at a one-night event, and I only have two of these, so you won’t get to read my explanations of fossil fuels or solve my “find the talk-like-a-dick words” puzzle adjacent to Rachel Syme's interview with Robert Caro. I'm a lucky guy! ↓↓↓↓↓

Sam Grobart and I provided jokes for the ever-staid Businessweek 2016 Design Issue.

Sam Grobart and I provided jokes for the ever-staid Businessweek 2016 Design Issue.


A New Twist That Could Speed The Internet

What strands of copper were to the 19th century, strands of glass are to the 21st. Since their introduction in the 1980s, fiber-optic cables have become the backbone of the digital age. The amount of data they deliver has increased a thousandfold in that time, but we’re brushing theoretical limits on fiber-optic speed. →→→

The World Economic Forum's Big, Unintelligible Ideas

Unfortunately, we may never know if the galactically rich and erudite membership of the WEF actually hashes out good ideas at their meetings, for those ideas are always cloaked in the most abstruse business jargon. The program for this year’s Davos summit is practically a B-school tone poem. “Sailing Towards a Circular Economy.” “The Values Context.” And, neatly dovetailing with the meeting’s overall theme of ”Dynamic Resilience,” an address by Christine Lagarde is titled, “Resilient Dynamism."→→→

 

85 Years/85 Ideas
The 401(k) Killed Off Pensions

How did an obscure section of a bill designed to cut taxes become a ubiquitous part of life-planning? Companies realized that they could slash future liabilities by moving employees from pensions into tax-sheltered retirement accounts: From 1985 to 2012, the number of Fortune 100 companies offering traditional defined-benefit plans fell from 89 to 11. →→→

The UN Meets on Net Regulation: Not a Cabal, But Not Harmless

Amid the uproar, it’s important to remember that the ITU has no direct regulatory authority over the Internet. As a body of the UN, it can’t enforce the new ITRs. It’s up to national governments to implement the treaty’s guidelines. And regarding language that explicitly approves filtering, it’s not as if governments need the UN’s imprimatur to restrict citizens’ access to the Internet. From the ITU’s perspective, the opprobrium directed at them should be aimed at its Net-hatin’ constituents, who’ll be the sharp end of any freedom-squelching regulations that come out of the meeting. →→→ 

85 Years/85 Ideas
The Manhattan Project Led to U.S. Nuclear Arsenal's Huge Costs

The dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 caused the deaths of an estimated 185,000 and hastened Japan’s decision to surrender. It also signaled the dawn of the nuclear age and the proliferation of weapons more destructive than what the creators of the bomb could have foreseen.  →→→

Two Years on, Fukushima Casts Little Shadow Over Nuclear

That power came loose two years ago in Fukushima, a catastrophe that will scar the area for decades even if every bit of uranium slag disappeared tomorrow. But even with bitter knowledge of the consequences, Japan is bringing nuclear in from the cold while ascendant economies pour more concrete and bundle more fuel rods. Fukushima was a grim reminder of nuclear power’s inherent dangers. The rest of the world has declared them manageable. For now. →→→ 

 


I wrote, the fantastic Dorothy Gambrell illustrated, and out came this comic on taxes in Grand Ol' USA. The takeaway: you get what you pay for, and we don't pay dick.

I wrote, the fantastic Dorothy Gambrell illustrated, and out came this comic on taxes in Grand Ol' USA. The takeaway: you get what you pay for, and we don't pay dick.

Donate to the national debt! Feels good, is good. Note: complete waste of time for all sides of the transaction.

Donate to the national debt! Feels good, is good. Note: complete waste of time for all sides of the transaction.

Unlilkely business scenarios, penned with Jennifer Daniel. Yes this counts as a "graphic."

Unlilkely business scenarios, penned with Jennifer Daniel. Yes this counts as a "graphic."