Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital by Ryan McAllister
Coder Quits Job And Moves Into Tent To Work on Startup
Thomas Backlund is a coder who quit his job and moved into a tent in the woods near Stockholm just so he could dedicate his full attention to his startup project, blockie.io. Backlund powers his laptop, external battery, and phone with two portable Brunton 62 Watt solar panels, and cooks his food on a Primus OmniLite stove. Backlund provides updates about his experience on his website.
So, what’s a coder’s motivation to move to a forest to work on a tech project?
Not only does [living in a forest] give me the time to do this but it also gives me peace of mind.
I change my location about two times per week.
Computer, forest, batteries… unpractical? Maybe it would have been more rational to keep the apartment and just cut costs?
Well, rational and right do not always align.
I have no apartment, no job, no income. Still I’m exactly where I should be. I’m on my path. My gut feeling lets me know that.
I’m not exiting to a normal life until my startup has taken off. This is my big adventure. I’m not coming back empty-handed.
Backlund has been in the woods since March and there are no reports of his startup receiving any investors yet.
FJP: Maybe this Backlund fellow is onto something. After all, studies show that nature resets our minds and bodies and makes us more focused. Maybe we should all be creating our technology-based masterpieces in the woods or on a mountain top. I think I’ll start with a balcony, though. Baby steps. — Krissy
Images: Backlund’s personal photos from his website
Jury nullification. Pass it on.
Jury nullification is so fucking important.
This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.
Wait, what? Jurors don’t get told this? Why the everloving fuck not?
I think I’m drawn to some kind of counseling type field because - in the process of doing someone some good - I’d have conversations that I’m not normally “allowed.” Because they’re too dark or too upsetting or too personal.
In other words, I want to be emotionally intimate with people. But I want to maintain a sense of complete control and avoid opening myself to judgement. I’m sure a shrink would have a lot to say about that.
Maybe that’s overreaching. Maybe I just like when I get the opportunity for new and stimulating types of conversation.
I like literature partly because it’s a special type of conversation. It’s just that literature is a one sided, abstract affair. Which means that any good I could do would be a) immeasurable and b) aimed at something that doesn’t actually exist. (Individuals have needs. “The masses” don’t in any way that can be identified and fixed in the context of an essay, however insightful or empathetic or just downright ambitious it may be.)
So somebody comes along and gets to me. They get me angry or uptight or they awaken some desire in me, wow am I delighted. They got me. And that’s my work on myself. If I am angry with you because your behavior doesn’t fill my model of how you should be, that’s my problem for having models. No expectations, no upset. If you are a liar and a cheat, that’s your Karma. If I’m cheated, that’s my work on myself.
He took out the back row of seats, which left plenty of room for “furnishings.” He used a plastic bin to store food, supplies and school materials.
That’s pretty awesome. I once spent a good part of two weeks living out of an Isuzu Rodeo on a road trip, and that was enough for me. Kudos to Ken for his creativity and willingness to live against the grain.
Check out his book, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
What’s your favorite movie?