Reading Virginia Woolf

Read and subscribe to this thing where it was originally published, over at that other place

I like this image because it’s obscure — that is, covered over > concealed > clouded > unclear. It is a lighthouse out of reach — which feels right to me…


Well, it’s happened to me at last. Slave to internet fashion that I am, I’ve gone and started a newsletter over at Substack. I’ve cooked up a fancy name for it that basically translates into “whatever I’m interested in at the moment.” …


There may be a way, but is there a will?

My last longread for FastCompany.com, How Software is Eating the Military, looks at how software-based weapons, information systems, and other infrastructure are changing the ways we go to war. Here’s a bit more on putting the story together, and some other implications for the future of the military.

The smiling…


I posted this advice to another blog a few years back. Posting it here now for posterity, and whatever it’s worth to any other entrepreneurs.

A young entrepreneur I met recently asked me how to think about advisory boards and I ended up writing him a long email, which forms…


Military technology ultimately has people on either end

I recently did a longish piece for FastCompany.com that I really enjoyed reporting and writing. But, as ever, I was left feeling like I had more to say. …


This is not about talking to your kids

Attention, media (and various other people): Providing alternate narratives to fake news is like talking to four-year-olds. If you say to a four-year-old, “Don’t do that,” all they really hear is the “do that” part. And they comply.

It doesn’t work to just say no. To more effectively change the…


Existential crises and why writing is a trip

Not so long ago I found myself in a Slack conversation with a friend who’s begun to do more writing lately. “Writing is hard,” we both agreed. I was a capital-W “Writer” for a long time. Though it’s been a few years since that was true, I too have been…


It ends today

Back when I made my living as a writer, one corner of my kitchen counter was reserved for a stack of yellowing newspaper and magazine clippings that I absolutely had to get around to doing something with in the near future. Actually, it wasn’t a corner of the counter, it…


Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Game

Originally written for Shut Up & Sit Down. Republished here for fun.

Indianapolis is a city generally known for auto racing and being the birthplace of America’s first 20th-century outlaw. Every August, though, it hosts almost 50,000 people who care little for either of those things.

They come for the…


Or, why it’s good to have a hypothesis at all

I was reminded today of the idea of the Minimum Viable Hypothesis. …

Mark Wallace

Mostly a writer. Contents: “architecture, nature, alcohol, space travel, rock ’n’ roll” and boyreporter.com for past work

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