So, let’s say it’s 2014 and you and your spouse have two children. You both make a combined salary of $93,000. You are both freelancers and don’t get health insurance through your employer. In 2014, when the mandate goes into effect, the average health insurance premium for a family of four will be about $16,000 per year. You make too much money to qualify for … Continue reading

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External link to kottke.org: A short history of surgery

kottke.org: A short history of surgery

jkottke: Writing for The New England Journal of Medicine, Atul Gawande reviews the history of surgery. The utility and efficacy of surgical procedures increased sharply with the use of anesthesia and antiseptic practices. Before anesthesia, the sounds of patients thrashing and screaming filled… kottke.org: A short history of surgery Continue reading kottke.org: A short history of surgery

About a year ago, I listened to a This American Life episode about the invention of money. Of course, money used to be a physical object. Now it’s essentially just ones and zeros. But what if money was still a physical object? What if, every month, we had to physically carry $1400 cash to the health insurance company to cover our family’s monthly premiums?  Photo … Continue reading

External link to My entire professional career has been one big schlep. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My entire professional career has been one big schlep. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are great startup ideas lying around unexploited right under our noses. One reason we don’t see them is a phenomenon I call schlep blindness. Schlep was originally a Yiddish word but has passed into general use in the US. It means a tedious, unpleasant task. No one likes schleps, but hackers especially dislike them. Most hackers who start startups wish they could do it … Continue reading My entire professional career has been one big schlep. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.