Essays

What Do You Want to Spend Your Life On?

Here’s a funny phrase: “What do you want to spend your life on?”

It refers, of course, to what you’d like your life’s work to be. But it also has, if you take it perhaps too literally, some other linguistic layers of meaning to it.

How to Build Truly Private Email in Ten Easy Steps

This guide aims to demonstrate how easy it is to set up truly private email in ten steps.

An Attempt to Explain the Uselessness of Political Flame Wars

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the folk saying “I’ll believe it when I see it” is wrong, at least some of the time. Or at least, people have a remarkably predictable ability to ignore seemingly convincing evidence in certain situations, when that evidence appears to contradict closely held beliefs. I’ve started calling this the “I’ll see it when I believe it” phenomenon.