hi! i'm spencer
Creative technologist, stubborn optimist in 🌉
Dreaming, wandering, laughing, and thinking about...
how we can give users more agency in the software they use or are used by every day and what does a healthy relationship with technology look like?
how do we create software that encourages tinkering and authentic expression, where making crazy connections is necessary rather than a nuisance?
people over systems
what sort of systems do we need to create a society that cares about enabling every person to live with the privilege to pursue their dreams and create something that they can truly own?
how do we create environments that provide a low-pressure context for people to fail and learn and scale that trust beyond small local communities?
how do we live more fully and intensely and learn to trust ourselves to express ourselves without caveats?
I like writing, taking photos, reading, and eating (and sharing). I also enjoy experimenting with fashion, dancing, and being in nature.
I spent my days building tools for tinkers at Coda. I built out our custom templates platform and now work on the Packs platform so that anyone can extend Coda's capabilities.
Postal Portals: a series of letters with friends to deep-dive into concepts weighing on our minds.|
Mini-essay experiment to publish raw, lightly edited pieces semi-daily towards achieving 100 public pieces.|
- fictional / creative - favorites
You can find my favorite pieces below, or browse all my writing.
exploring the liminality of vegas and how it exposes the absurdity of our day-to-day
Compliments are one of the few things that are infinite energy machines. It’s free to think of and give, and each one generates so much equivalent energy in happiness.
an exploration of how fashion becomes a part of your personality, why it came to matter so much to me, and rejecting the “uniform”
on my paradoxical relationship with technology
A world where time is uneven, the image to maintain, and the power of mindsets
a cap to my time in New York. On post-travel sadness and what places leave you with. plus a couple fun bonuses like a riff on a song and a haiku.
“Because we don’t interact with other groups, we don’t understand their struggles, needs, and hopes. We only think about us and our tribe when we go to the voting booth, when we launch products, and when we write policy.”
I was taught that hard work would bring you riches. That effort was the key to success in whatever you did…
The details behind Coda’s custom templates system.
what if we chose to optimize craft over career? It means everything we’re doing right now is the most important thing, not just a stepping stone towards some “better” future.
how do we shape the world before us, especially when the tools and systems we expect to work fail?
a reflection on turning 24
✌️2020 | 👋2021.
A critical re-evaluation of the tenets of Silicon Valley and an exploration of society and identity.
Recounting a visceral experience. On light, humans, and meaning.
Sharing my method to data-empowered journaling and self-reflection
How an American-born Chinese navigated teaching and living in Taiwan
A reflection on my university journey