Posts by Dann Berg

The Easyway to quit Beijing

From The Economist’s “Mapping the invisible scourge“: Berkeley Earth’s scientific director, Richard Muller, says breathing Beijing’s air is the equivalent of smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day and calculates that air pollution causes 1.6m deaths a year in China, or 17% of the total. Um, holy crap.

A “simpler” life

The joking/not joking tone of this post really gets me. From Rob Rhinehart’s How I Gave Up Alternating Current: With no fridge, no dishes, no microwave, no oven, no range, no dishwasher, no utensils, no pests, no cleaning products nor dirty rags, my life is considerably simpler, lighter and cleaner than before. I think it was […]

Being plucked from obscurity

Stefanie Cohen, writing about Robert Askins (playwright, Broadway’s “Hand to God“) for the Wall Street Journal1: Mr. Askins wrote “Hand to God” five years ago and it was staged in 2011 at the off-off Broadway Ensemble Studio Theater. The show was critically praised, and producer Kevin McCollum, (“Avenue Q,” “Motown” “Rent,” “In the Heights”) who […]

The Pentagon’s Engineers

David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth, for the New York Times: President Obama’s newly installed defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, toured Silicon Valley last week to announce a new military strategy for computer conflict, starting the latest Pentagon effort to invest in promising start-ups and to meet with engineers whose talent he declared the Pentagon […]

Making informed choices with none of the work

David Pierce, writing for Wired: What does a tweet feel like? What about an important text? To answer these questions, designers and engineers sampled the sounds of everything from bell clappers and birds to lightsabers and then began to turn sounds into physical sensations…Ive was the decider and was hard to please: Too metallic, he’d […]

I’m back

I quit my job at The Verge a little over a year ago because it was time for something new. I retired this blog, IAmDann.com, and launched Novice No Longer, a website and podcast dedicated to teaching people how to build apps. I maintained that blog, while consulting full-time, for about a year before a new […]