The first week of the world of now

On Route 4 between Grafton and Danbury, there is a farmstead—perhaps a former bed and breakfast—called The White House. Sometime this past summer, a “Make America Great Again” sign appeared below The White House’s wooden placard. This was a foreboding … Continue reading

Why I Am Not A Technician

A few weeks ago, a piece of computer hardware arrived in the mail: a device which makes it possible to replace a laptop’s CD drive with a hard drive. I unpacked the box, flipped my laptop belly-up, and went to … Continue reading

The nation laughs last

Yesterday British voters decided that their country should leave the European Union. I have never been so disheartened by the outcome of an election in which I had so little a personal stake. Since I am neither a European nor … Continue reading

Cyclocommunities

Last fall, I wrote about an experiment in algorithmic partitioning using data from commuting patterns. It was a really interesting way to think about “natural” communities emerging from the stitchwork of human geography, and it suggested some interesting ways for … Continue reading

The where of freedom

Freedom, wherever it existed as a tangible reality, has always been spatially limited. This is especially clear for the greatest and most elementary of all negative liberties, the freedom of movement; the borders of national territory or the walls of … Continue reading