Pokémon’s Particular Nostalgia

It’s hard to replay the old Pokémon games in their original hardware because the batteries they use to store game saves are dying. My Pokémon Red and Gold versions wouldn’t retain a save for more than a few hours the last time I tried to play them. But…

Sudden Abundance of Friendship

When it suddenly becomes dead simple to get more of something that used to be scarce, my natural tendency is to accumulate more of it than what’s really good for me. It feels safe to have more of what I used to have less of. The network effect puts…

Hype Tax

Is it really a "hype tax" to pay the asking price for something I expect to use every day for years to come, especially if I expect to enjoy using that product better than the alternatives?…

What A Digital Book Means To Me

For the past year, whenever I’ve read a book, it’s almost always been on an iOS device. A lot of people are surprised that I can read whole books on such a small screen, but it’s not so different from reading a normal book since you’re…