Weekly Geekery



Your new chatbot therapist recommends volunteering.

Womp womp: those productivity hacks are making you less productive.

A quick-and-dirty primer to the “Anthropocene.”

Just like your mother, bats change their tone of voice when arguing.

Hoop skirt, pipe, steam engines: the 19th-century computer geek.


Logo art by Max Winter.

Julia F. P. Ostmann writes from Southern California about nineteenth-century mushrooms, hybrid burritos, and brain science. Next year she’s excited to move into Stephen Hawking’s old dorm at Cambridge, where she'll be studying history and philosophy of science. If you follow her at @JuliaOstmann, she will probably retweet you. More from this author →