I wrote an overlong reply to a commenter on another blog post about Twitter, and I don’t think I’ve ever written about Twitter on here, so I’m posting it.

Twitter is exactly what you want it to be. You curate it. You choose who to follow. You choose what you see. You choose what you learn. And it can be a little clunky getting there, I won’t lie. But it can also be fun and wondrous: finding some new source of information that tickles you, and diving down their rabbit hole (who they follow, for a start) to find even more people with deep knowledge about a subject you may have felt very few people cared about in the way you do. You never have to see anything you don’t want to. (In settings, you can choose to have Twitter make suggestions. Choose not to.) Some people rush to what’s trending. I don’t usually care. (But occasionally, I actually do, and that’s fun, too.) Twitter is crammed full of total idiots. That’s true. But it’s also a place where a whole lot of the best minds on earth congregate to broaden their knowledge, try out ideas, and share what they know best.

Coursera, I’m not in the mood

Coursera, you’re getting it wrong. Never take anything I do having to do with plague obsessing as a hint of what should come next. And I simply don’t have time for semiconductors. At least not right now. I’m quite busy.Optical engineering will never happen. I may be forced into that Global Health thing but I’m…

I have a soul in some notebooks

“The act of writing is a mystical thing,” she continued. “More than the mere marks written upon a page; writing a thing down can actually bring that thing into being. It is already halfway there as soon as your pen touches the page! And understanding? Writing will rain down blessings of understanding and knowledge into your life! I tell you the truth, my little angel, the ballet of the pen is, at times, divine.”