Year One at CoMotion Labs

Yesterday I caught up with Elizabeth Scallon, the Associate Director of CoMotion Labs. It’s been a little over a year since I started renting a desk at this VR/AR startup incubator overseen by the University of Washington. I’ve seen a couple startups come and go, while others, like Mechanical Dreams, Invrse, and Pear Med, have…

Starbird Reality’s Ten Principles

Over the summer I spent some time reflecting on what I’m doing in the emerging immersive media industry and why I’m doing it. I began to address these questions by  producing a document that details ten principles that guide my work. I modeled this on Amazon’s Leadership Principles, and in fact straight-up stole one of…

We Live in a William S. Burroughs Future

I haven’t played my vinyl in months, and my CDs only get played in my car. One of the jokes of my life is that I distinctly remember myself at sixteen saying, “Steely Dan is music for people in their forties.” Then, early in my forties, I had an epiphany, “Hey, I kind of like…

The Rings of Saturn Are Way Weirder Than We Realized

Go outside and locate a three-story building. That building is about as tall as the typical ring of Saturn is thick. This was one of the fascinating things I learned watching Kingdom of Saturn: Cassini’s Epic Quest on Amazon Prime last night. When you’re a kid and you’re drawing Saturn, you typically draw a single…

Microsoft’s Refreshing New Personality

If Microsoft were a person, I’d offer that for most of the company’s history it has been an affable soccer dad, his receeding hairline swept back in a ponytail, sporting a goattee, glasses, and a cell phone clipped to his belt, driving around a Costco parking lot in a PT Cruiser blasting a bootleg of…

Disturbing Ideas

Should someone get fired from his job because he expressed an opinion that others find offensive? Should the answer to that question depend on whether I agree with that person? Let’s consider two examples. First, Google Engineer James Damore, who circulated an essay arguing that biological differences are the reason why more women don’t pursue…