hey i'm winston. i read a lot for fun and to help me better understand and interrogate our world. this web-blog is where i chronicle some of my learning. i work as a product manager for Honeycomb.
Metaphors for Machine Learning
Interacting with ML tools can feel like magic. People with no illustration skills can suddenly have a computer generate images they want just by describing them. Writing large amounts of content is as simple as providing a sentence or two of instructions. But I can't stop wrestling with the question: how will individuals make sense of these new tools, which are powerful in science-fiction ways, but inaccurate in very confusing ways?
Shopping My Shelves
What if I survey my bookshelves and build a reading list based on what I have?
Notes on 2022, a Benediction for 2023
This year, 2022, I grew tired of the metaphors and cliches available for me to make sense of life. Everything I would reach for to describe things was the language of war, or domination, or colonialism, or capitalism, and usually so pat as to preclude all possibilities of other ways of thinking or framing.
Design without Designers
A review of "User Friendly", a book about the history of user-friendly design that is too afraid of challenging existing myths to actually pursue the interesting questions it raises.
Copyright 2023, Random House
What My Bones Know
Copyright 2022, Ballantine Books
Disability Theory, Cultural Analysis
Black Women Writers at Work
Copyright 2023, Haymarket Books
Race, Cultural Analysis
As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance
Copyright 2020, University of Minnesota Press
Inciting Joy: Essays
Copyright 2022, Algonquin Essays
John Prine, 33 1/3
Copyright 2021, Bloomsbury Academic
Copyright 2023, Random House Graphic
Climate Change, Cultural Analysis
Metaphors We Live By
Copyright 1980, University of Chicago Press
Links of Note
Articles, papers, and other things that don't make it on to my reading page.
On Nonscalability: The Living World is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales
Feminists write the Anthropocene: three tales of possibility in Late Capitalism
Decolonization is not a Metaphor
Disability, Bias, and AI
Canada as a Conserver Society (PDF)
Making Access Critical: Disability, Race, and Gender in Environmental Design