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My Favorite Books of 2020

I used to think books were like drugs. And I don’t mean garden-variety pills like Benadryl or Tylenol–I’m talking hardcore drugs: nicotine, cocaine, and so on. How did I come...

The Two Sides of Liupanshui

Liupanshui is a city of incredible contrast. On one side is the “capital of cool” — a clean modern summer home for visitors escaping the heat of the big cities...

How I Built a Semi-Automated Matching System for Big & Mini

I co-founded Big & Mini in early April, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting social isolation and creating virtual connections by matching older and younger people for video calls....

How to be Productive This Summer

What do you want to accomplish this summer break? Let’s say you want to do something meaningful. And yet, you may find that the weeks start to blur by without...

What does media sensationalism say about our ability to fight pandemics?

Chaos. Everything I see is a blur of red and gray: people in the streets doubled over in pain, hacking up fresh crimson blood, ambulances rushing back and forth, only...

Get Involved: Open Source Technology Fighting COVID-19

The purpose of this document is to provide a guide to the open source initiatives working to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read on if you would like to help...