The difference between saying something and actually doing it 

About a quarter of the time I take Ubers here in Delhi the driver asks me, when I get out, to give him a five-star rating. (Drivers must maintain a certain rating to ensure they can continue working on the platform.) Usually I just nod my head and say “yeah okay,” and proceed to give […]

On Streaming Music in Low-Connectivity Environments

Living in India has given me an entirely new perspective on user experience challenges to streaming music services in emerging markets, where connectivity is often weak. Never mind on mobile: Even at home, on Wi-Fi, services from the big players — Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music — are often difficult to use. This actually has […]

Post-Trump Election Tab Dump: What I’m Reading

“‘Deplorables’ Rise Up to Reshape America,” by The WSJ‘s Gerald F. Seib. (yesterday): In short, Mr. Trump and his followers have, in one dramatic stroke, transformed the GOP from a traditionally conservative party into an avowedly populist one. “The Voters Decide,” by Ben Thompson (March 2016). Politics “is just the latest industry to be transformed […]

Amazing Video: Hippo Devouring a Watermelon in One Bite

This Vine, embedded above and online here, is mesmerizing. I saw it posted to Twitter recently. There’s a slightly longer version, with an alternate — and more frightening, given how close the camera is to the creature’s maw — view on YouTube here. And then there’s the original video, which includes a bit more footage […]

Great Wall of China and South China Sea: Historical Parallels

Highly recommended: The WSJ‘s Andrew Browne on parallels between China’s Great Wall, which was erected at a time of debate about the country’s role in the world, and their current claims in the South China Sea: Echoes of this history reverberate today in the South China Sea, where China is building massive fortifications — artificial […]

Norm Ornstein Explains the Rise of Donald Trump

Norm Ornstein, of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, explains the rise of Donald Trump: When you look at populism over the longer course of both American history and other countries that have suffered economic traumas as a result of financial collapse, you’re gonna get the emergence of some leaders who exploit nativism, protectionism, and isolationism. […]