Melting Asphalt

Recent Essays

  • 2014 Meta

    Time again for the annual indulgence: blogging about the blog itself. Main points for 2014: Fewer posts... but higher quality(?). I published only 8 full essays this year. Granted, most of them were long — 3500 words on average —…Read more › Continue Reading »
  • Tears

    A Tale of Dominance, Submission, and Friendship on the Cheap. So humans are a peculiar species. You probably knew that. What you may not have realized — like I hadn't until recently — is just how many specific traits and…Read more › Continue Reading »
  • Ads Don't Work That Way

    There's a meme, particularly virulent in educated circles, about how advertising works — how it sways and seduces us, coaxing us gently toward a purchase. The meme goes something like this: Rather than attempting to persuade us (via our rational,…Read more › Continue Reading »
  • Personhood: A Game for Two or More Players

    Being a person is not the essence of humanity, only... one of its many masks. — John Gray Pardon me while I scratch a little itch here in public. I'd like to describe for you a concept that I can…Read more › Continue Reading »
  • Your Oddly-Shaped Mind

    "There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network." — Guy Almes Last time we explored how your body — a tube of cogitating meat that you (sort…Read more › Continue Reading »


I write things and put them here. Usually twice a month. Es­says about phi­los­o­phy, hu­man be­hav­ior, and oc­ca­sion­al­ly soft­ware. It's my ex­cuse for toy­ing around with new ideas and prac­tic­ing the craft of writ­ing.

I have to un­der­stand the world, you see. — Richard Feynman