Idle Words

6 articles

Shuffleboard at McMurdo

A visit to the American base in Antarctica, an “open-air museum of prefabricated regret.”

Previously: Maciej Ceglowski on the Longform Podcast

What Happens Next Will Amaze You

A talk on personal data and the people who collect it:

"Let me ask a trick question. What was the most damaging data breach in the last 12 months? The trick answer is: it's likely something we don't even know about."

Web Design: The First 100 Years

Right now, never-ending technological progress feels inevitable. It isn’t. And that’s a good thing. A talk on the future of the internet.



A trip to the capital of Yemen.


The Internet With a Human Face

Privacy, memory, data and advertising—how the modern web has become a Ponzi scheme and how we might be able to fix it.


No Evidence of Disease

Stephanie had cancer, until she didn’t.