One year ago today
The secret history of shipping pallets: Starting with their origin in the long US supply lines for the Pacific theater in WWII (and the "four way pallet" innovation by Norman Cahners of the Navy Supply Corps) to the modern fights over standardization, innovation, and product design.
Five years ago today
How con-men make their faces look trustworthy: The various ways con men gain their marks' trust, including body language, verbal language, and facial expressions.
Ten years ago today
Update: Mark's tropical island skin afflication: I asked some schoolkids here in Rarotonga if they knew what ringworm looked like, and one little girl had a ringworm sore on her arm and showed it to me. It looks a lot like my sore.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.