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Dec 8 | A Swiss moment

Somewhere between Olten and Solothurn, the train’s electronic display changed from “Prochain arrêt” to “Nächster Halt”, but I doubt anyone was paying attention. I was on the 2.5 hour journey back from Geneva to Zurich, part of a longer trip home from Lyon, where I was attending the much acclaimed Fête des lumières, or Festival […]

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Aug 4 | Mountain Adventures, Part 2: Ebenalp

A continuing series on mountain climbing adventures – the goal: one peak a weekend. See part 1 Altitude: 1,640 m Weather: Slightly cloudy, but cleared Path to get there: Zurich HB to Gossau, to Wasserauen and gondola to Ebenalp. Cost: 41.00 CHF with 1/2 Halbtax card, free 3dl drink at any Gasthaus on the mountain […]

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Jan 7 | Predictions for 2013

Every year since 2004 I’ve written a relatively uninformed set of predictions for the year ahead, and it’s been an interesting ritual. This year I’m gunning for quantity and quality, but before I do, here’s the verdict on last year’s. RIM suffers a setback – not really: RIMM has seen a 50 percent increase in […]

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May 18 | Dispatches from Iwate: Recap

Read the transcribed version of my journal entries while I was at the base. As I sit at home, weary after a long overnight bus ride, I’m given a bit of a chance to reflect on what has been a transformative experience among those I hope to be able to call family up at Caritas […]

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May 2 | Tokyo Moving

It’s about 11:30 and I’m getting ready to settle in for the night. The rain is falling pretty heavily outside but I’m in what I can call my own apartment/bachelor pad right in the middle of Tokyo. It’s just under 20 square meters (215 square feet), and has a balcony too. I’m paying $1370 a […]

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Apr 20 | Cellphone prices in Japan

One of the things that is pretty interesting in coming to Japan was the difference in cellphone contract and plans. The most common plan is a two-year contract. As the photo below (link) in the NTT Docomo brochure shows, the cheapest plans are at about ¥980 per month. With this you’re given ¥1050 of call […]

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Jul 19 | Feedback, feedforward

Wired’s July edition has a piece on feedback loops, the precise kind of thing I had been investigating with Neema for the past year. Well, not quite. Feedback loops are a nice way of putting things into laymen’s terms, but it’s only half of the picture, and Neema has been arguing that feedback is only […]

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Jun 9 | Aerial video from Stanford’s campus

I flew my MultiWii quadcopter on campus today: There were a few crashes along the way, but the nice thing about post-processing is that I can edit it out :). Maybe someday I’ll compile all my failures into one giant video. In the mean time, please enjoy. I’ll be posting more updates on my wiki.

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Oct 22 | The problem with the home button

There are some things that become so common to do that it’s easy to forget why there’s a problem to begin with. The design firm OXO is a good example of developers of disruptive design: they are the ones that made the measuring cup that allows you to see the quantity of what you’re measuring […]

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Sep 27 | TechCrunch Hackathon SF Highlights

I found out about TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday and motivated by a way to get in without forking over the $3000 entry fee (or even $200 for students), I found out about the accompanying Hackathon. The Hackathon is an event where people get together and code an entire project from basic idea/conception to final (demonstrable) […]

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