Steve Lovelace

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How Wikipedia Works

Wikipedia is a marvel of the modern world. The basic idea is so insane, it’s a wonder that it works. An encyclopedia that anyone can edit? It’s an idea as ridiculous as “Abraham Lincoln:...

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Food Deserts and Organic Superstores

One thing you see more and more nowadays is a separation of healthy and unhealthy food. Modern slums have become “food deserts”. In these food deserts, there are no good grocery stores. People living...

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The Corporate States of America

Update: Due to popular demand, The Corporate States of America is now available as an 18×12″ signed and numbered poster. This is a map of “The Corporate States of America“. For each of the...

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Helvetica

Graphic designers really like Helvetica. For the last 60 years or so, this font has dominated the world of visual communications. If you have an iPhone, you look at it everyday. Even if you...

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Affirmations and Evil Genies

Here’s another metaphysical concept that doesn’t work. Affirmations. Closely related to the Law of Attraction, this is the the idea that if you specifically affirm what you want, you can achieve your goals just...

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Analog Thinking in a Digital Age

I noticed it first in an office setting: people who insist in emailing files even when there’s a networked drive available. It’s a much better use of time and brainpower to leave the file...

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Graduation Ceremonies

My little sister recently graduated from college. As I sat through the ceremony in a campus gymnasium, a few different thoughts crossed my mind. Pomp & Circumstance It’s funny how the same song is...

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The Law of Attraction

Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? It’s a concept that’s popular with the metaphysics/self-help crowd. It’s a simple idea. Basically, if you really want something, you focus your mind on it, and if...

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Holy Triangle

Back in college I had what I called the “Holy Triangle”: the three places I spent the bulk of my day. There was Espresso Royale Coffee, Berkey Hall and a bar called the Peanut...

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Playing Office

Are you working. or are you playing office? There are an awful lot of office workers out there who “play office”, like a little kid imitating her parents. This is a subtle and pernicious...