Current(ish) Personal Projects

  • 41 Jews on a Bus in the Desert Singing (details can be found below)

  • (Micro choral pieces for)  Bay Area Micro Climates

  • On Prospect Theory and Finance


Recent Investigations

A Personal Growth Curriculum

I've some time researching how people grow and develop, and I've compiled the books I've found to be the most helpful into a curriculum. Here it is, if you are curious.


Conscious Shareholding


Does Delaware law allow for shareholders to file derivative lawsuits when a company breaches its long term fiduciary duty by essentially being too greedy in the short term? 


Reducing Congestion


Traffic, crowds and the price of electricity are all related to "peak demand" in social systems. Shuffled weekends and Micro-timezones could alleviate these pressures.  I analyzed a few different data sources in the process - traffic data, parking lot demand, and electricity usage profiles. 

Written Things (Mostly)

Quasi Academic

I don't have a graduate degree, but I'm at risk for one, if you know what I mean.


Copenhagen: A tool for tailoring fiction

  • A whitepaper that a) reviews the literature on machine customized fiction, and b) introduces Copenhagen, a programming language for generating custom text.


Directly Measuring the General Factor of Personality:

Initial Evidence for a Personal Growth Quotient

  • An unpublished scientific paper (w/ IRB clearance, data from ~1600 people, and a few rounds of peer review.)

  • Two sentence summary:

    • How people perceive and grow from feedback can explain somewhere between 32-54% of the variation in the mean of their Big Five Traits

    • Converging evidence indicates support for a Personal Growth Quotient


Towards Mechanisms and Amelioration of Motivated Reasoning 

  • Poster Presented at the 2017 California Cognitive Science Conference

  • Basic Ideas:

    • Bayes rule is incomplete as a model for describing certain aspects of conscious thought.

    • With the right framework, it's possible to draw "maps" of how one processes information. This might be one way to teach people how to overcome their tendencies for subconscious rationalization.

Ancient Stuff

Digging back into Ancient Material, I am generously listed as a co-author in the following paper:

Buck, R., Wise, J., Gibson, N., Buck, M., Gekelman, W., Wetzel, E., ... & Moynihan, C. (2001, October). Ion acoustic waves, A high school plasma experiment. In APS Meeting Abstracts.


Don't tell the columns to the left and the right, but this middle one is my favorite.

41 Jews on a Bus in the Desert Singing

My foray into simultaneously being David Foster Wallace on a cruise ship and Bruce Chatwin, but in Israel. What we talk about when we talk about "Birthright."

On Eliminating Rush Hours

Proposals for rethinking a few social systems to promote greener living, including alternate work schedules and mico time-zone divisions. The results of some initial research.

The Butterfly Effect: Five Stages of Anthropocenic Grief

On part II of the Anthropocene.

Do Universities Believe in Climate Change?

If university endowment boards of directors can predict that they will do something about climate change in the future, they have enough information to do so now.  (Academic / Polemical).

The Complete Hipster's Guide to Taylor Swift

On the rise of pop-music about self-doubt and alienation. (Musical and Social Criticism).

Lessons From The Expanse: In Space, No One Complains About the Documentation

An early essay in which I utilized SyFy's "The Expanse" as a lens to explore future trends in technology.  (Futurism)



Click here for earlier published and (some) unpublished essays that I wrote in my initial years of becoming a writer. 



An Honest Job Rejection Email
Accepted at Defenstration.

Screen Addiction


What's the best way to change one's relationship to social media and screen-mediated information? What specific policies might be effective in combatting screen addiction? A longer piece is forthcoming.



Fiction, Poems, Misc.translations, etc.

Parenting, for Whom?

A Letter to the Editor of the NY Times


2019 Fiction

"The Elephant" - completed

"Smogways" - in progress


The Travels of Ribbits Al-Ruddin (Story and Variation on Basho)

A deadly serious short story about reincarnation from the point of view of one plucky frog named Ribbits. It originated as a theme-and-variation exercise regarding  Basho's famous Haiku.


Misc.translations of Poems and Songs

Click on the link above for a translation of Anima (by Milton Nascimento), the first verse of Mack The Knife, as well as "culturally equivalent" songs.


Where is Jan Karski?

Jan Karski was an officer in the Polish resistance army in WWII. He smuggled himself into the Warsaw Ghetto, twice, so he could be an eye-witness. He tried to tell the world what he saw; he never had the effect he was hoping for. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter told Karski that he (Frankfurter) was incapable of believing Karski's report.


Who is on Second

A baseball story