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To my knowledge, writing elegantly is an attempt to excise, yet recognize the prudence in colloquialisms such as, “kill your darlings”, while dispelling any “sacred cows.” The last with no disrespect to Hinduism. Animals exhibit a well of wisdom that humans have yet to achieve or appreciate.

This chunk of the next book likely won’t make the cut in this form, so I figured I’d share it. This is one of the fun details about self-publishing, you can release whatever you want, whenever you want.

There is a lot of book left out of my old book as well, though…


The first I heard of a digital tax was France’s uninspired law, which seems to be hastily crafted and appears to be a money grab to keep politicians in power. With the provisions around global revenue, it was targeted at only a few corporations and doesn’t address the problem of taxing global ad-supported businesses. Their approach may be considered progressive, but is short-sighted due to the many clear loopholes in such a law. Naturally, I was very against it.

I am now reading about the Italian version of the law and the rationale behind it, which is much more logical…


Justice Thomas in 2007

In Citizen’s United vs the FEC, Justice Thomas exposes a bit of his worldview. It’s a worldview that has come in starker relief over the past few months as racism in the United States has finally become undeniably visible to everyone in the world.

I actually enjoyed watching his autobiographical documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words. While I vehemently disagree with much of the conclusions that he appears to have drawn about the world throughout his life, enumerated in great detail in the book The Enigma of Clarence Thomas, there is much that I agree with in…


Artificial Neuron Model — Chrislb

I’ve had this post brewing over the course of a year at this point. This is a rant and it won’t be exactly what I want to say. I’ll continue anyway. I keep rewriting it in my head and I finally realize that it will never be perfect, or right, so I’ll just go ahead and publish it. At the moment, I’m at the dev / color in motion 2019 conference and I think it is important for me to send this out into the world. Before I start, let me say that I have biases that I wish that…


At Fitbit we utilize Bluetooth Low Energy, commonly known as BLE, for particularly heavy data transfers which are more complex than the common handful of use-cases for this extremely efficient radio technology. One of the perks of the job, in my opinion, is to try to deliver amazing experiences between wearables and cloud-connected mobile devices through the heavy use of the various BLE technologies and specifications. Unfortunately one of the side-effects of this is that we find ourselves living in edge cases that Android OEMs, and sometimes even Google, didn’t anticipate when designing their APIs and implementing their bluetooth drivers…


Social graph — nodes and their edges

Some time ago, Apple launched a poor attempt at a social network called Ping. You might not remember it, it was well executed, but it definitely wasn’t essential. They closed it after a very short time when they realized that it would never work. Why then, you ask, would Apple launch yet another social network?

Apple has established a pretty clear pattern of publicly ridiculing and challenging the products of other companies before launching the very same thing, this time done “right” according to their vision of the world. Apple has been continuously challenging both Facebook and Google referring to…


The Hope and The Dream of Equality I/O 2017

The views presented here are entirely my own and are not necessarily the views of my current, nor former employers

It has proven impossible to read Emily Chang’s Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley without reflecting upon my own experiences in both the Valley and the industry. In case you couldn’t guess, I’m Black. Not the son of the Harvard Law Dad, Stanford Medical School Mom Black, the other kind.

In a sort of TLDR statement for the argument that I would make here, but will not because I’ve made them far too many times, there is…


Web DuBois, civil rights activist and proponent of unlimited, and un-tracked access to education to each and every person

On this day in which we remember the amazing civil rights leaders who have helped make our nation what it is today, I’ll remark on the Chronicle’s cover story from the paper in another way, that article looks at quotas and government interference to push equality in tech. While that can work, I do not believe it is particularly effective. The reason the Rwandan government is seeing companies far exceed their quotas is their interference in education.

I am walking proof…


For the past seven-or-so years, I have been working on a book. At first, I wasn’t thinking about publishing it at all. Writing, for me, has always been a personal endeavor. Something that allows me to give a measured freedom to the conflicting voices and personalities that find an uneasy armistice, to an occasionally unstable effect, in my mind.

When I began, I was determined that I would not become one of “those” writers, the ones that crank out book after book with no empathy for the craft of writing; no, I would be the literary sort, and thereby craft…


Why do some people claim to hear more from high-end audio equipment, while others can detect no difference? Are they delusional?

What is high-quality audio really?

Before we even start to get into that issue, let’s clear up what high-end audio means, and whether that is even the right term. I am an audiophile, however I do not leverage myself to infinity to buy the latest DAC or amp, and I do not start yelling at my friends, calling them deaf, ignorant, or anything of the sort when they tell me that they can not hear whatever I am hearing, to them, the iPhone sounds…

Irvin Owens Jr

Author of The Last American: A Novel(http://goo.gl/rnWxu6), father, husband, coder.

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