Newton was wrong.

For over two hundred years, we foolishly clung on to the Law of Universal Gravitation.

In Newton’s model, gravity is an attractive force between massive objects. This force pervades us, swimming invisibly between all matter, pulling us toward each other, relentlessly.

It’s a model that’s propped up the development of our modern world — held up our bridges, rotated the tides, governed the way that vehicles travel and particles interact at impossibly small magnifications.

And it is a lie meant to pull the wool over our eyes and shield us from the truths of the universe.


Inspired by a fever dream.

In the Afterlife, there is a restaurant behind a pale, robin-blue door with flaking paint — a nondescript etching on an old stone wall that spans infinitely long in each direction.

Inside is a cramped space, with the kitchen visible practically from the entrance. Small barstools line neatly, facing cordially toward the chef-slash-maî·tre d’ (she’s a bit of a workaholic). There’s room for just about 4 people, with just enough legroom to compete with the business class of a high volume airline.

The Afterlife has an infinite variety of food, but none like this restaurant…

Disclaimer: Yes, I’m writing about The Wire. Yes, it’s 2019. If you have a problem with this, sheeeeit, it’s your problem.

The greatest opening scene in television history fades in with a trickle of dark burgundy blood, clotting slowly, but still fresh enough to hint at a tapestry of possible actions and reactions that led to its unlikely resting place between the cracks of the cold winter concrete. Blue flashing lights illuminate both blood and pavement. The camera quickly pans, diligently and unceremoniously, to the lifeless body from whence the bodily fluid belonged. Sirens blare; a pair of gloves collect shrapnel; a small pod of children nervously peer from their stoop.

The greatest opening scene in television history is predominately a…

The WSJ recently published a post entitled “Here’s a thing: Coders can Skip College”, highlighting the research of Harvard fellow and Pegged CEO Michael Rosenbaum, who concluded that there was absolutely no correlation between having a college degree and being a good software engineer. Nowadays, such an opinion is not uncommon — perhaps most famously, Peter Thiel started the Thiel Fellowship in 2011, offering bright minds $100,000 to drop out of college and pursue their passion projects. Indeed, in recent years, questioning the merits of higher education and encouraging earlier leaps into industry has become editorial high fashion.

Here’s the…

Based on a true story

My senior year of college, out of a mixture of restlessness and misplaced testosterone, I got around to the brilliant idea of getting a motorcycle license. I explained to my parents and peers that it was based on prudence, as I had observed the traffic in Spain during my work abroad and noted the abundance of two wheeled motor vehicles on the Iberian roads. Secretly, I just thought motorcycles were cool.

I bought an old, off white Kawasaki from a friendly man in Boston, who warned me that the bike was probably nearing its final days, and it was a…

Jeff Zhifan Chen

Co-founder and CTO @Pixlee. MIT ‘12. A yellow belt at everything.

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