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I recently became fascinated with the idea of second-order effects. These are things that happen as a result of events triggered by an action 1. Identifying these effects has become a framework I use to make sure I am thinking critically about the news and papers I am consuming but...

On any given Saturday, you can find approximately one-third of San Francisco at Dolores Park. Another one-third will be playing drinking games at Fort Mason. Golden Gate Park is home to some of our city’s most prized institutions like the California Academy of Sciences and the Japanese Tea Garden, not...

Modern Romance is a novel ostensibly written by Aziz Ansari but Eric Klinenberg at NYU also had a heavy hand in the matter. From what I can tell, Erik sourced a lot of the background research and provided a scholarly air to the whole endeavor while Aziz’s job was to...

I visited Disneyland for the first time during spring break with a good friend of mine. It’s peak season at the park yet we were able to get a lot done thanks to some clever tricks. Most would call these “life hacks”, but the word “hack” implies you’re using something...

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the tool Zenefits built to speed up the licensing process for insurance brokers. These decisions have a way of compounding, affecting the company culture. Let’s look at how Zenefits got themselves into this mess: