Author: Alex Danco

  • When Did Things Happen?

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland To the extent that we were taught any history at all, I suspect that many of us learned our world history in a fairly linear fashion: “First the Greeks, then… Read more When Did Things Happen? →

  • Twist Biosciences: the DNA API

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland Today’s newsletter is a partnership special: I’m filling in for Mario Gabriele at The Generalist, who is off this week and kindly offered me the opportunity to write a guest issue. So today will be something a little different from what I usually write: I’m…

  • Dancoland

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland One night, a young man who we’ll call Student went to sleep and fell into a strange dream.  Student: Huh, where am I? I don’t recognize this place.  In front… Read more Dancoland →

  • Michael, Dwight and Andy: the Three Aesthetics of the Creative Class

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland Six months ago I proposed The Michael Scott Theory of Social Class, which says: “The higher you ascend the ladder of the Educated Gentry class, the more you become Michael… Read more Michael, Dwight and Andy: the Three Aesthetics of the Creative Class →

  • World-Building and the Early Internet

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland Hello everyone! This week in Dancoland, Jim O’Shaughnessy and I have a fresh podcast recording for your enjoyment. Alex Danco: Everyone’s job is World-Building | Infinite Loops You can listen to the whole episode at the link above. Here’s a lightly edited transcript that pulls…

  • Civic LARPing

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland What’s going on here? There’s a literal explanation, sure. A few weeks back, a ransomware attack forced a US pipeline company to shut down a major fuel artery supplying the… Read more Civic LARPing →

  • Power, Proximity, and Standup Comedy

    This post is by Alex Danco from Welcome to Dancoland The most pure expression of power you’ll ever see is standup comedy.  I don’t mean the greatest magnitude of power, mind you. Most standup comedians are broke, and most comedy acts… Read more Power, Proximity, and Standup Comedy →

  • Building the World of Alex Danco’s Newsletter

    This post is by Alex Danco from alexdanco.com Maybe it was a subconscious thing or something, but when I wrote the essay on World Building a couple weeks ago, I had clearly already started thinking about the future… Read more Building the World of Alex Danco’s Newsletter →

  • What’s behind the Shopify Effect

    This post is by Alex Danco from alexdanco.com Each year, Shopify releases a report with Deloitte called our Economic Impact Report, in order to highlight and celebrate some bigger-picture impacts of Shopify merchants around the world. This past… Read more What’s behind the Shopify Effect →

  • Worldbuilding and Antifragility

    This post is by Alex Danco from alexdanco.com Recently we talked about the idea of world building: World Building | alexdanco.com The main idea here was: the more complex or valuable is whatever you’re trying to [accomplish], the… Read more Worldbuilding and Antifragility →