Kickstarting Matchstick, a Firefox-powered Chromecast killer



Built on Firefox OS, the Matchstick is free software and open source hardware — anything in your Firefox browser-window can be “flinged” into your HDMI TV; it’s an incredible $12 for one stick.

Caveat, this is not from the Mozilla Foundation; it’s from a startup called Matchstick TV, and the company’s website doesn’t name any of its personnel, nor does it detail any projects any of the people involved have seen through to completion. This is a serious red flag when it comes to crowdfunding projects. I’m willing to risk $12 on this, but not much more.

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I would love to see the people behind Miro work on something like this. 


Stillness in motion


I think a lot about what I would say to the younger version of myself if I met her again, if I met her through the still moments of all the motion of youth — when she was sitting at the piano, or if I saw her alone on the playground, or if I watched her read, voice quivering, her short stories in front of the class.

If I met the younger version of myself, we’d take a walk — the same walk I take every day — so I could explain to young me that routine and tradition are paramount. You have to choose a category header, but it’s only as permanent as you need it to be. You have to choose a theme song and stay with it. Decide. If only for an hour or a day or a week.

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One equals one

If I met me, but younger, we’d talk about the value of one thing. You have to choose one thing to do for yourself every day. No matter what practice you choose — how fulfilling or meaningful — it will sometimes overwhelm you. Choose something for yourself every day. Do it repeatedly and without fail. If you do something for yourself every day, no matter how many standoffs or negotiations or letdowns you face throughout the day, no one can take that away from you.

If I met younger me, we would sit quietly and listen to music. We might put instruments we did not know how to play in our laps. “Play,” I would encourage. Younger me would stare straight ahead uncomfortably. “No one knows what they’re doing,” I would continue. “Being expert means starting. Knowing is playing your first note.” We would scratch out notes on new instruments together.

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On love

If I met me, but many years before, we’d talk about love and time. Love will not be polite. It does not wait for opportune moments to approach you. It knows not your life plans or schedule or current or future intentions. It will not wait for you to be ready. There is, in this way, no time for it. If you wait for it, then, it will not come. As love — for a person, a professional, a practice, a city — comes to you. It crosses your path and is only yours to accept. It is up to you to open your hands and heart.

I used to think life was an intricate series of spreadsheets and grids, weights and balances, promotions and boardroom standoffs. As grew older I realized life is less grid and more raw data, less stop sign and more yield, less urban and more sprawl. Life passes by in seasons, not days, and best we can do is choose our category headers, theme songs, and instruments to make the most of every day. With that, we can see the world as we move through it.

Because there is stillness in motion.

First written for AIGA Centennial Voices series, September 2014.




New faculty member Matt Epler has recently won a fellowship with NYC’s  Economic Development Corporation as New York’s next Top Maker. His project Kinograph is an open source film scanner/telecine for digitizing all gauges of film. It uses components available on the internet, a few 3D printed parts, and a consumer level camera and it produces high quality video with sound.

Congrats Matt! 

But the other thing this illustrates, that a civil rights pioneer with a solidly progressive record on issues like reproductive freedom, equal pay and voting rights could also be a man who is alleged to have harassed and assaulted women, is the knotty and complicated truth about violence against women in our culture. That it doesn’t fall neatly along ideological lines. That’s it’s everywhere. The story also also lays bare the strange calculus that women must perform each time they experience abuse or harassment, particularly from men who control, in ways perceived or actual, some power over their lives and careers.

Why women don’t name names: Kirsten Gillibrand, Daniel Inouye and women’s calculus for survival

Disappointing to say the least. Inouye was a hero in the Asian American community and did much good, but this is just unacceptable behavior, period.



I’m working with the Major League Hacking on an official inclusivity partnership for hackathons so we can put more resources towards training organizers to foster events that are welcoming to everyone. Pretty excited!

This is some awesome work by Jennifer, Jon, and MLH! Help spread the word!

Entrepreneurship is three things: a set of business skills, a set of political skills, and a stash of hoarded unfair advantages, held in reserve for the right opportunity. When the latter two vanish, it becomes merely a teachable generalist skill, rather than a cultivated talent for successful risk-taking.

Entrepreneurs are the New Labor: Part II

In the middle of a binge read. The whole thing is fascinating.

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When the brain’s default mode network yields incredible and useful insight, allows us to process higher-level, abstract information including social, emotional, and moral implications, helps us learn about ourselves, and derive meaning from our experiences — it’s hard to justify why we should so readily trade all this away for a bursting calendar, another round of Candy Crush, or electric shocks.