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Jan 10, 2021

The Age app

We all have a war story about our user experience with software and the disappointment we have felt when it is just not right. For me, it is 'The Age' newspaper iPad app. I have been a digital subscriber to ‘The Age’ newspaper in Melbourne for many years. As a...

Life Hacks
Life Hacks: Health and Fitness

Chapter 3: Health and FitnessWhen you feel the urge to drink or smoke, go for a run, do twenty sit-ups, or some other activity that will get you moving. You'll soon start to associate quitting the habit with being fit.When you're thirsty and limited water is available, rinse your mouth...

AI for learning

I spent significant time this first ten days of Jan 2021 trying to learn more about decision making. I am currently reading a couple of books, reading online articles and watching videos. I am not certain that this is the best way to learn something. 

So far, I have encountered several...
Jan 09, 2021

The endless list

Currently Writestreak lists all the latest posts in chronological order on the frontpage. The posts are there in full, with all the comments listed after them. It even includes the new comment form and other post related functionality straight there. For example if it is you post you'll see the...

He sat tapping his pencil.

As he watched the rain slide down the gray window, he noticed how warm and cozy it was in his little office. His desk was clean except for some concept sketches on single sheets of letter-sized, graph paper. He sat tapping his pencil hoping she'd call or text. It wasn't...

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MX-5 is always the answer

In North America, the Mazda MX-5 is also known as the Miata. When the MX-5 was launched, North American consumers were more accustomed to cars with a “proper name”, so the Miata moniker was added. It became known as the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Over the years, Mazda has tried to...
Gabriel Greco

Let it bleed as reply to Mustafa


This comes up a lot in any discussion on art, and about artists, but especially about literature and about writers; they must serve truth. I guess they don't have to, but their work is pretty much garbage if they don't. Here's one truth: nobody likes made-up stories, but people love...

Permabans

As someone who aspires to a living provided by full-time writing and a citizen of the good ol' USA, I am very much in favor of the 1st amendment. There are limits, of course, and nowhere are the limits pushed more frequently than social media. 

I don't envy the responsibilities of...
Jan 08, 2021

API and DevRel

There's a job in tech called Developer Relations.

They're the first line of defense between the angry software user and the engineering team responsible for the unusable applications we all make today.

Of course, those applications work fine internally, and we didn't do extensive enough research to understand crazy edge cases. So,...

Decision.

On my way to bed last night, I pondered the chemistry behind decisions. I quickly came to a conclusion that action is a better determinant of decision than thinking. It's easy to tell yourself you'll have just one more cookie or play one more game. That easily becomes one more...

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Roadster Mods

Though the latest roadsters have all the right gear on them from new, you might want to consider some mods. You can do many different modifications, but it will all depend on whether you want the changes to impact its appearance or performance.

Getting the right sound is important. A new...

Mustafa

And this is Mustafa.
Hello, Mustafa said to me. 

It was my first day of my first job right out of college. And someone was taking me around and introducing me to the folks in the department. Mustafa happened to sit in the cube next to me. 

I heard a slight accent and...

Double

Many years ago around 2008, someone I knew asked me to invest in the stock market. Seeing how every single thing was plummeting tot he ground, I thought the idea was insane. NPR was talking about in 25 days, wall street could reach 0 if it keeps falling the way...
Jan 07, 2021

Short Stories
I don't have much time

This might be the last thing I ever write. They're not far, I can hear the commotion out in the street, the trucks are here. Tailgates dropping, shouted orders. Who will read this? The man who's come to kill us, that's who. Or, maybe he won't even bother. Such a...

In the future

I had this vision a few years ago when I was in Montreal. The subway in Montreal felt more depressing than in Berlin. The weather. The lighting. The architecture. And together all of it the people. 

It wasn't uncommon for everybody to be looking at their phone during their ride. Up...

The richest man in the world

For a long time, the title of Richest Man in the World was passed back and forth between Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft) and Warren Buffet (billionaire investor). In 2017, Jeff Bezos (founder and CEO of Amazon) took the title briefly and has had the title most recently. It was...