Very much looking forward to the end of the wallet. I left my main credit card somewhere during the pandemic. I know its at home, so I haven't bothered replacing it, so it's tipped me over to using Apple Pay whenever possible. And I've definitely left my house many more times recently with no wallet. Curious what the California Highway Patrol does if instead of a drivers license you show them a picture.

Say you need to move a pile of small rocks from point A to point B. The simplest thing would be to pick them up and move them by hand.

An easier (but slightly less simple) method would be to use a wheelbarrow.

But what if there was a robot that could do the job for you at the push of a button? Simple? No, but super easy, assuming: a) It worked correctly. b) There was not a lot of setup or things to learn. If you had to first learn how to program the robot, it could be a…

My mom sent me this poem, which I apparently wrote when I was 17. She asked if I was really unhappy at the time. I don’t know. I remember listening to a lot of Violent Femmes and The Cure and painting pictures that involved blood and gore and also desperately wishing I had a girlfriend but never getting the nerve up to talk to any girls and staying up so late I had to drink Mountain Dew for breakfast every morning to drag myself to school and then still falling asleep in every class.


Yelling, noisy people all around
Flaring up and calming down,
Down through the gutters
In the streets
They flutter
And float
And romp in the bogs
Of life
Like dogs
Teasing flesh and chewing bones
Ignoring the rising tones
Of moans
And Death.

Don’t worry, I’m feeling better.

With all this hullabaloo about Apple’s 30% IAP (In-App Purchase) fee (read this or this if you’re not up to date), there’s something I just don’t get: Why has Apple not instituted a scaling fee structure that makes everyone happy(ish), while making them more money?

That is, what if fees went down with volume? Something like:

  • $0–50M: 30%
  • $50–150M: 25%
  • $150–300M: 22%
  • $5B+: 5%

There are a million businesses that have this sort of pricing, and there are many reasons it makes sense. One of them is that the transaction cost per revenue dollar goes down. This would apply…

TIL: Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner and Seinfeld's Monk’s Cafe are the same place


The “Tom’s Diner” of the song is Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, a mid-20th-century diner on the corner of Broadway and 112th Street. Singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega was reputedly a frequent patron during the early 1980s when she was a student at nearby Barnard College. The diner later became famous as the location used for the exterior scenes of Monk’s Café in the popular 1990s television sitcom Seinfeld.


This makes me want to take a train. Well told, Jen.

Today is my fourth day (over the last three weeks) returning to the office since…the before times. Some observations:

  1. Seeing people in real life is good. Duh. But really. Whole different vibe. (There are only about five people here, in 5,000 square feet.)
  2. It’s cold. Offices always seem cold. And San Francisco always seems cold. I live now in the Peninsula where, even at the end of the day, it’s usually way warmer than the city.
  3. I miss the outdoors. I spend a lot of my working time outdoors when at home.
  4. I don’t mind the commute. I never lived…

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