Souvenir magnets are our memories, transformed into the form of a dumb resin crocodile that we can put in our kitchen.

Let’s consider my very own collection of kitchen crap-magnets.

One of my favorites is a horribly realistic-looking plastic slice of Key Lime pie that I bought at the Tampa…


Fridge magnets are more than tacky souvenirs. They’re vessels for our memories.

some of my collection

I was getting a glass of water at a friend-of-a-friend’s party when I noticed their fridge. Or rather, what was on it. Every single magnetized inch of it was covered in souvenir refrigerator magnets. They came from every continent and from many of the planet’s better-known islands, and they had…


What’s the deal with drones? At first glance, they’re basically glorified remote controlled airplanes with computers and cameras stuck to them: not exactly the kind of thing that you’d expect to quicken the blood or excite the soul of most normal human beings. …


I wrote something for the ICRC about drones, public trust, and why we can’t brute-force the public into being universally OK with the presence of little flying robots that are extremely hard to tell apart from one another. You can read it here.

Ever since that mind-bendingly awful heat wave…


Using data to explain why some parts of the US are less cool than others.

I currently live in New England, but I am not from New England. There’s a lot of things I find strange and inexplicable about the Frozen Northeast, but way up there at the top of the list? Almost no one has central air conditioning.

I’ve long been annoyed by how…


I am a technology skeptic. Sometimes I think we really would have been better off if we had forgotten all about leaving the ocean, and had instead remained cheerful filter feeders at the bottom of a tropical sea.

But I’ll admit to this: smartphones have made the American road trip…


There are better ways to spy on your family members

Eerily patrols your home and a great fan of the soccer game. Image: Ring

As if late 2020 wasn’t exhausting enough, Amazon has announced the Ring Always Home Cam, a flying camera drone for your house. It is sublimely dumb, a supposedly innovative tool that is neither innovative nor useful. It is a home-security device that can easily be defeated by a cat. …


Whether we like it or not

One of Facebook’s continent-spanning population density maps. Credit: Facebook

2019 has been a distinctly dramatic year for Facebook. Since January, the social media behemoth has been hit with a $5 billion fine for privacy violations and remains embroiled in U.S. antitrust investigations. …


I have long been fascinated by why people are so disquieted by drones. While pretty much every one alive in 2019 experiences some degree of acute tech anxiety, drones, as a category of objects, still inspire an unusual amount of disquiet — much more so than, say, an iPhone. This…


“The March of Progress.” Bored? Just show this image to your favorite evolutionary biologist and ask them why it annoys them!

We’ve probably all seen this image, which purports to show how knuckle-dragging chimpanzees turned inexorably into fully-evolved men who look just like Buff Abraham Lincoln. …

Faine Greenwood

researches drone technology in humanitarian aid, writes about tech, drones, mapping, aid, and politics, draws weird pictures sometimes

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