Michael E. Karpeles (Mek)

Citizen of the World (世界市民行道)

My purpose is to curate a living map of the world's knowledge.


Table of Contents

  1. About Me
  2. APIs
  3. Quantified Self
  4. Essays
  5. Curations
  6. Projects
  7. Experiments
  8. Music & Art
  9. Continuity (If I Get Hit by a Self-Driving Car)
  1. About Me

    "Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation"

    1. Mission
    2. Life Lessons
    3. Precepts
    4. Possessions
    5. Needs / Wants
    6. Autobiography
  2. APIs

    For those who prefer programatic methods to access my life:

    1. /api/v1/identity
    2. /api/v1/bookmarks
    3. /api/v1/media
    4. /api/v1/quantified-self
  3. Quantified Self

    To accomplish my goals, I must be disciplined and act on principles.

    1. Objective Key Results (OKR) Tracker
    2. Reading List
    3. Daily Goals (deprecated)
    4. Schedule
    5. Commonbook #1, Commonbook #2
    6. Genealogy (photos)
  4. Projects

    Want to meaningfully contribute to one of these projects?


    1. Openlibrary.org I currently maintain Open Library, the world's largest online, open-source, non-profit digital public library w/ 3M+ books. Become a contributor!
    2. Peanutsforgood.org We produce made-to-order peanut butter and use proceeds to feed SF's needy. Buy a jar (or 2)!
    3. Archive Labs an autonomous, volunteer-run community (of 170) which incubate open-access and public good projects. Request an invite!
    4. Open Journal Foundation unites institutions in universalizing public access to open journals & academic papers. Join working group!
    5. Graph.global (video) aims to become a distributed global semantic database of unique entities (people, places, things) accessible by the entire World Wide Web. #memex We're open source!
    6. Skillsera.org A community-powered encyclopedia which teaches educational concepts by connecting bite-sized youtube video explanations. We're open source & non-profit!
    7. FromScrat.ch (pre-alpha) A wiki of composable, modular, axiomatic recipes for comprehensively creating fundamental technologies from scratch.
    8. Imperatives Make the world objectively better for everyone. Act on the most urgent imperatives.
    9. Todo.rip (alpha) is a free, light-weight, frictionless, rolling todo list with slack-like commands


    1. Hackerlist.net & Upscale spin-up an elastic team of AI software scientists
    2. Miley.io (defunct) is the free, milestone driven, multi-project manager for ambitious people.
    3. WhyLoop Recursive explanations down to axioms.
    4. Dissertate.org (concept) Publish your directed path of academic readings to get to a conclusion
    5. Math.mx is a zoomable taxonomy of thousands of math topics. Read the long term goal
    6. Groovebox.org Listen to archive.org's collection of 135,000 live concerts, hundreds of albums and thousands of artists for free.
    7. Baybo An all-in-one online platform for selling digital goods
  5. Essays

    1. Universal Knowledge

      1. On Books (2016-10-29)
      2. Standardized Testing and the Consequences of Guessing (2017-04-08)
      3. EPIC: An Improved Ecosystem for Literate Research (RFC) (2016-01-11)
      4. A Version Controlled Word-Wide-Web (RFC)
      5. The Problems of Academic Publishing
      6. Towards World Wide Web 2.0
      7. The Web in 2040
      8. The Decentralized-Centralized Web
      9. Universal Messaging Protocol for All
      10. Towards a Universal Todo List
      11. Where Google Falls Short
    2. Epistemology

      1. EPIC: An Improved Ecosystem for Literate Research (RFC)
      2. A Version Controlled Word-Wide-Web (RFC)
      3. Types of Questions
    3. Philosophy

      1. Curbing Your Enthusiasm
      2. On Friendship
      3. How I Think (in progress)
      4. On Spending Money (2017-04-15)
      5. Incompleteness Theorem Doesn't Mean "Stop Trying" (2015-05-03)
      6. Computing as a Way of Life (in progress)
      7. Types of Questions
    4. Software

      1. Front-end Bible 2019 (2019-07-04)
      2. Guide: On Becoming a Programmer (2019-06-20)
      3. What the Browser is Missing
      4. Screen v. Tmux
      5. Towards a Universal Todo List
      6. Too Many Browser Tabs [SOLVED]
      7. Automate Away Repetitive Web Tasks
    5. Self Improvement & Reflection

      1. On Effective Procrastination
      2. The People Who Have Shaped Me
      3. On Reaching Inaccessible People (2017-05-28)
      4. On Strategies for Attention Defecit Disorder [ADD] (2017-05-28)
      5. The Road to Doing Good Work
      6. Amplifying Productivity through Environment
    6. Science

      1. Exploring "equivalence" of Biology and Boolean Logic
    7. Political Essays

      1. Software Protocols Are Modern Warfare (2018-09-13)
      2. Capitalism or Socialism? (2017-11-15 Wed)
      3. Treatise on Change
      4. Debt & Taxes (2015-12-02)
      5. Towards More Efficient Political Voting
      6. The Challenges of Immigration
      7. Kicking the Bucket
  6. Curations

    1. Preventing Global and Existential Catastrophe
    2. A Map of All Mathematics
    3. Universal Knowledge
    4. The Laws of Science
    5. The Foundation(s) of Great Inventions
    6. (An Attempt at) A Unified Theory of the Universe
    7. Neurology & The Brain
    8. The Best Textbooks (also Internet Archive Select Works)
    9. Essays to Write ...
  7. Presentations

    1. AngelHack 2012 SF
    2. SuperHappyDevHouse #53 Lightning Talks
    3. Aaron Swartz Day 2017
  8. Experiments

    1. Stomp #foot-keyboard #usb #microcontroller
    2. Experimental Browser #browser
    3. Historia (Provenance) #chrome-extension
    4. Enpy (English to Python Parser) #python #english #parser
    5. Dungeons #MUD
  9. Music & Art

    Enjoying and creating art.

    1. A list of music I enjoy
    2. A collection of songs I've recorded
    3. Poetry
    4. Quintet A book I am casually writing. (notes and more notes)