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Jun 20 | Too good to be true: the story of the Nationwide Ponzi scheme

It’s somewhat depressing to see how many Ponzi schemes are unravelled every month. According to a LexisNexis compilation in October of 2014, there were “8 guilty pleas with 10 newly discovered schemes involving more $500 million in the aggregate”. Nationwide Automated Systems claimed it “offers custom-designed wood cabinet options, designed to match the visual feel […]

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May 2 | Design details of the Tokyo subway ticket machines

I’ve been a big fan of the Germaphobe’s Guide to Buying a Metrocard in it being an elegant exercise of understanding the design decisions behind the things we use every single day. I decided I’d take a similar exercise to the Tokyo subway ticket vending machines, which in some shape form the backbone of the […]

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Feb 8 | The Diary

Background: In 2013 I traveled 30,000 miles across Asia and New Zealand. I kept a web-based and paper-based diary, which was only recently recovered. This post will grow day by day as I add one new entry for each day I traveled. 2/7 Hong Kong Has it ever occurred to you how it might feel […]

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Jan 31 | Diving deep into an app: Yahoo Norikae Annai

Everyone knows Japan is a transit heaven, a carefully coordinated orchestra of trains and buses that shepherds what amounts to the entire population of Switzerland on any given day. Having moved from Switzerland, the other transit heaven, the one thing that I miss the most is a nationally unified transport structure that, coupled with an […]

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Nov 30 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review

I’m a card carrying member of the heavy, bulky DSLR Canon fanboy group, so getting my hands on a Lumix DMC-CM1 was something that took a bit of warming up to. But at the end of the day, it’s what camera you have in your pocket that matters most, and this has turned out to […]

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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. Naoshima sits about an hour north of Takamatsu by boat, 3 hours south of Tokyo by train, and is more or less a […]

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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. And as much as championing accessibility is something I wished I did more often, it’s not something that I think about […]

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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. – “Ring Plus: Revolutionizing the Telecommunications Industry”, October 2008 Once upon a time, customizing mobile phone ringback tones was popular. The idea that if you called someone, you could hear something less […]

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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. We’re at the Coronation Plantation, somewhere in the Wicklow mountain area, and there’s so much to see. Except, of course, in typical Ireland fashion, it starts to rain. Two weekends ago […]

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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. I haven’t had until now the time to be a bit rigorous in my experimentation, but these are the real results I’ve obtained. For […]

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