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Sep 23 | Naoshima Trip Report

Naoshima’s art museums feel like a cross between a hidden concrete paradise and an asylum.
Tadao Ando is a genius, and Naoshima is an odd but deeply satisfying testament to his vision.

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Sep 13 | Towards a more accessible map

The views represented here are my own, and not of my employer.
I don’t think a single day goes by where I don’t use Google Maps, and not merely because I work for Google.

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May 11 | The thing that never was: ringback tones

This technology is part of a $2.5 billion market expected to grow soon into a $17 billion yearly market in the US alone.

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Apr 12 | Durla Photo Workshop with Daragh

It’s nearing the end of the afternoon, and my feet are sinking into the bog, unstable among the mole-hill-like bumps that dot the hills.

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Feb 22 | Comparing OANDA, XE and TransferWise

Living in Switzerland means occasionally I want to send money to the United States, and short of flying to the US, there are basically three ways I can do that online.

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Jan 29 | Skiing with a GoPro Hero 3+

It’s hard to become a hard core fan of a certain piece of technology when the world I live in revolves around it, and lots of new pieces of it, every single day.

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Jan 19 | Peter Cailler’s Kohler Nestlé’s Chocolate Trading Cards

I found this gem of an album at the Helvetiaplatz flea market for 45 CHF.

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Nov 17 | A week with the Fitbit Force

Ever since I learned about the Quantified Self movement and some of my early work around commitment devices I have been interested in actually owning one of these new-fangled data-tracking devices.

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Jul 16 | Think sideways

One of the interesting things about moving to a different country is that you learn to accept “new” things as pretty much ordinary, and then you start dissecting why it is “new” to you and not new to all those who have grown up with that kind of life as standard.

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May 22 | The tenant in room 106

Whenever I’ve traveled and stayed at hostels I’ve usually stayed for one or two days at the longest, though oftentimes at some of the better places I’ve wanted to stay for longer.

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