Hi, I’m Kevin Simler. Melting Asphalt is my home on the web for Taking Ideas Seriously. I try to publish new essays every week or two; you can think of them as dispatches from the fringes of my worldview.
I graduated from Berkeley in 2004 with degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. I started a PhD in Computational Linguistics at MIT, but left in 2006 to join a little startup called Palantir, where worked for 7 years as an engineer, engineering manager, and product designer.
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The title comes from Isabel Allende:
He knocked on every door up and down the coast, sweltering in the hot breath of the siesta, feverish in the humidity, stopping from time to time to give assistance to iguanas whose feet were stuck in the melting asphalt.
Maybe someday I’ll figure out what it means.