Mental illness is linked to time and distraction. Time passing too fast, or too slow, all in bad ways. Time disconnected from the world, distracted by an interior landscape. It’s about time lost, time left, time that can be productive, time that is unproductive, the slow passing of painful time…

London Breed, CC-By, Gage Skidmore

Mayor Breed made some of the best decisions to stop Covid-19 from impacting the city of San Francisco. At the same time New York was making decisions that would cast it into a hell of refrigerator trucks full of bodies and mass graves, Breed shut down the city and closed…

When we look at how much we use planetary resources, most of the uses are inelastic. It’s hard to stop commuting to work or give up seeing family and friends. It can be dangerous not to heat and cool our houses. These are damn hard problems. …

Covid news never stops coming, and it won’t stop coming until people stop getting Covid. Current talk is about boosters to deal with falling antibody levels in the vaccinated, and Mu. …

Politicians focusing on emissions during climate disasters are playing a deadly con game, whether they know it or not.

Last year, when California’s fire season was destroying homes and lives again, Governor Gavin Newsom responded by banning the sale of all new gas-powered cars by 2035.

This year, when parts…

This isn’t really about Afghanistan, it’s about us. Because the crazy things we do are always about America, all of our ridiculous wars are about us.

When I saw the Twin Towers fall on the TV in the early morning of 9/11 in Portland, OR, I had a single thought:

I was locked out of Twitter for over a year. Partly this was my own stubbornness — when my account was frozen for hate speech, I had to give Twitter a phone number in addition to a working email, but that was in violation of their own terms of service…

It’s been a rough summer dealing with the Delta variant of Covid-19. The virus is spreading fast, kids are being hospitalized at higher rates than ever, and after everything we’ve been through, Delta just seems like a crowbar to the kneecaps. With a leaked CDC slide deck (which probably shouldn’t…

Masks have been contentious and strange for the whole pandemic, but they’ve also been secretly wonderful. Not all masks, not ill-fitting masks without good filtration, not worn-out surgical masks which spent their lives as chin straps, not bulky and uncomfortable N95s, they weren’t great. …

Serious Business for serious business white people.

Like many Americans, I learned that there was no point in giving AIDS drugs to Africans because they didn’t have watches from The West Wing, and therefore Africans can’t tell what time it is and take their ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) drugs appropriately. A waste of our generous help!

That idea…

Quinn Norton

A journalist, essayist, and sometimes photographer of Technology, Science, Hackers, Internets, and Civil Unrest.

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