Hi there! Welcome to my blog and thanks for reading. I’m a robotics engineer by day and I write for free at night, so every reader means a lot to me. I like writing about African music, politics, and culture, about robotics and hardware engineering, about the mixed experience, and occasionally random things in my daily life which inspire me.
I used to write for MIT Admissions, and we had a section for the “best of the blogs”. I thought I’d do something similar: here’s a list of what I consider the best of the best so far, if you want to skip all the fluff.
Posts I think are particularly good, irrespective of anyone else.
An explainer on systemic inequality in the tax code.
Hardware and the Military-Industrial Complex
A lot of hardware does not exist without this crazy, trillionaire investor: You.
A frank discussion about federal funding and ethics in hardware engineering.
The Seat of a Revolution
A firsthand account of Boston’s Sunday protests and a reflection on revolutionary history.
A Series of Complaints: New Year’s Resolutions
Artificial milestones are the enemy of progress
A humor essay — also a pretty good primer on my worldview.
A raw and emotional essay on the futility of buying stuff in the face of racist, sexist violence (not actually a listicle).
The Shape of Edges
Written as an assignment for an MIT class, 21W.755: Reading and Writing Short Stories.
A fictional short story, based in part on real stories from my home region in rural Ethiopia.
Posts That Did Well
Posts that run up the numbers.
Will they take over the world? More importantly, will they put me out of a job?
A post about robots that was recommended by Medium curators.
A written (and illustrated) glossary of terms and a discussion about the mixed experience.
A story about SFFA V. Harvard College, Asian America, and a peculiar shift in thinking.
An in-depth discussion of the SFFA v. Harvard College lawsuit, and a shift in how Asian Americans identify.
The original blog post “Remove Richard Stallman”, a complaint about an MIT visiting researcher, is my most-read post ever. I actually did not include it here since it was a such a flash point for people (and really not what I want to be known for….) but the Appendix contains stories from 30 years of MIT women and a broader description about what’s wrong with STEM culture, and that’s what I wish people would read instead (or at least in addition).
The Balaya Breakdown
Deeper than you think, showcasing unapologetic Africanness in the heart of France
One of my most popular critique pieces on African music, which is something I hope everyone who reads this blog learns more about!