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I would not have know about this festival were it not for my father, but the Global Festa in Odaiba turned out to be quite the eye-opening insight into the myriad of non-profits that exist in Japan, as well as the crowd of younger folks attending. The whole event is a collection of stands and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]