Showdown: Thiel vs. Schmidt, 2012

Clearly I’m on a Thiel kick. At first I was dubious, but now I’m just curious. Though some of Thiel’s motives and politics remain vague, it should be impossible for anyone to ignore his foresight and intelligence. The fact that many people still dismiss him offhand because he’s a nominal Trump supporter just blows my mind. This debate, which took …

Google’s Your Mom, Mobile’s Dead, and Other Future Predictions from June, 2015

I woke up this morning and realized I hadn’t predicted the future yet this year. I meant to do it in January but I forgot. In January of 2014, I predicted what the world of tomorrow will look like. Among other things, I predicted that: Google will build androids Wearables are the future – specifically, those creepy things you put …

The Killing Fields, Emergency Sex, & Bed Bugs

As you enter the Killing Fields you see a tall pagoda-like structure filled with skulls. The skulls of the victims that were exhumed from this site have been examined by forensic professionals from around the world, and some are in displayed the museum, off to the right of the entrance. Small signs behind the skull explain how each one died. …

Once More into the Breach

A short plane hop lands me back in Phnom Penh, and I avoid the taxi stand, which charged nine bucks for a ride into the city on my previous trip. Someone yells out Tuk tuk! at me, and I pick out the voice from a crowd of transportation vendors clamoring for my attention. At first he is eager to be …

Always Count Your Money

That’s what the Belgian told me. He’d had a hooker in his room for the past four nights. Always count your money and never leave your drink alone. They’ve been known to roofie people and rob them. Always keep your valuables on you. Put your money in plastic bags so if the hookers try to get it you can hear …

Awakening

My neighbor told me to come visit the bar she owns. She told me to get changed, and was like, You’re wearing those? when she saw my Vibrams. Ride the motorbike with me and my roommate, she said, but I told her I was too scared, and that I would rather walk. I took a detour along the boardwalk, and …