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Sometimes the most amazing experiences are the most coincidental, and the most unplanned. This isn’t perhaps to say that everything should be unplanned – I think that there’s a certain amount of dangerous excitement when the best laid plans come into conflict with the most unpredictable elements of life. And this weekend was certainly no […]
Sometimes the best technology is the one most suited for the job it was designed for. The Kindle falls squarely in that category, and as a former skeptic of the tool I have to admit how wrong I was to doubt its capacity to amaze. About a month or so ago I acquired the Kindle […]
The calibre of these Wednesday HCI lunches is pretty high up there from the beginning of this year, and today was no exception, with a fantastic talk by South Africa’s IndabaMobile CEO Ken Venn talking about how his company is trying to improve digital access via cell phones to the market in South Africa. It’s […]
Last quarter I had the opportunity to participate in one of Stanford’s newest education initiatives, db-class and ai-class. Essentially these formed two of the three free courses offered to the general public as well as Stanford students, where the public would be given the opportunity to learn the exact same material and earn a “certificate […]
I had the opportunity to visit the Design With The Other 90% exhibit at the United Nations lobby today and it was a stark reminder about how so much is happening around the world that I must not to lose touch with, and I think one of the more powerful insights I gained was how […]
About a month ago I came across an interesting article about the walled city of Kowloon, a enclave that had nearly 33,000 inhabitants in an area no more than 6.5 acres. That would be approximately 120 times the density of present-day New York City! Intrigued I borrowed books that I could get my hands on […]
A history of the Minitel Few outside of France have heard of Minitel, a remarkable precursor to the Internet that managed to holds its own well into the digital age. So well, in fact, that the prehistoric text-based terminal remains profitable with about 30 million euros in revenue in 2010 and about 1 million users. […]
I decided to spend Sunday indoors at Podio’s new space on 6th street in San Francisco, hacking away at code for a chance to win a ticket to Denmark or a new iPad. The premise of the hackathon was to use one of the several APIs available from the hackathon sponsors, which included Yammer, inboxQ, […]
What with the World Cup fanfare, I thought it’d be interesting to bring this little gem of a story up for your entertainment. The year was 1994, the location, the sunny island of Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament was the Shell Caribbean Cup, a soccer championship for teams in the Caribbean Football Union. In Group […]
A flurry of news articles have surfaced regarding the recent revelation that a Harvard student slated to graduate this spring was actually a complete fraud, having fabricated his attendance at MIT, Philips Andover, as well as recommendation letters and SAT scores. What’s interesting to think about is that he may very well have managed to […]