Tracy Lum

Dataclysm

May 12th, 2016 in

For our company book club, we recently read Dataclysm by Christian Rudder, which was an analysis of a ton of OkCupid data. Here are some fun facts I learned: Apparently I peaked at 21. I will never be more attractive than I was 5 years ago. There are a ton of ways to slice and dice seemingly random […]

Reading Materials

July 4th, 2015 in

A few weeks ago I subscribed to The New Yorker as part of a promotion. They offered me 12 issues for $12, along with a free tote, and that alone seemed worth it. In subscribing, I thought I would become more cultured and educated, and of course support an established literary institution. (Publishers need money, folks.) The […]

To My Friends in Relationships This Valentine’s Day

February 10th, 2015 in

This one’s for you. If you’ve had enough red and pink to last a lifetime, go ahead and read this letter I wrote and published on Thought Catalog. It’s not addressed to anyone in particular, but it describes the general attitude with which I regard the upcoming holiday. Enjoy. Your patronage is much appreciated.

Pay for Stuff You Support

December 7th, 2014 in

I think the biggest downside of the Internet is that it has given rise to the expectation that things will be free. Apps are free. Information is free. But should it be? When you think about all the time and effort it took to create, collect, and curate that knowledge, I don’t think so. Behind […]

Serial

November 10th, 2014 in

Hello. I am here today to tell you to listen to Serial, the podcast brought to you by the makers of This American Life. Sure, you don’t think you will like it because it’s yet another podcast to listen to. You probably don’t even know what podcasts are, but believe me, you need to start […]