That Childlike Sense of Wonder

Trying, and failing, to imagine the first human looking through a microscope at a dividing cell and the sheer amazement going through his mind. It would be like… peering through the mist to read from forbidden scrolls the deepest secrets of creation itself. What a frightful surge of awe and fear that would be. Yet […]

This is How Freedom Dies

With the gradual erosion of online privacy in a process so insidious that we take each step as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I’m off Facebook. I never started using Twitter. Is there more I need to do? Forsake Google and carve out my own mail server on a private […]

Exciting Future Plans

Really excited about the things being I’ve set in motion recently, mostly involving business ideas, blogs, and upcoming trips. Planning to subdivide this blog into 3 commercially hosted blogs, in part to promote my upcoming book and websites. One will focus on how to live life, evidence-based approach to happiness, fun things going on in […]

Cruel Introduction to the World of SEO

I’ve blogged about SEO in the past, but it seems those in the business of making a living by blogging or maintaining websites are quite shark-like in their approach to marketing their product. It’s nothing I’m unused to though, and heck, I even plan on employing some of their techniques when I have my book […]

The Pros and Cons of the Cloud

I’ve grown to like the cloud. Maybe that’s a bit strong, but at least I’ve dampened my previous hostility to it. With better infrastructure and apps, the concept of the cloud has grown at least semi-useful in my life, particularly with respect to minimalism and reducing the number of physical possessions. Tools like online storage […]

Giving in to the Trend

It was inevitable. Like some towering walls that withstood siege after siege, it eventually yielded to a massive flood surging forth to announce the demise. I’m talking of course about trends in technology. First it was 4:3 screens transitioning to wide 16:10 then to 16:9 and now to ultra-wide ratios. The marketing appeal focused on […]

Miniaturizing Life – What To Buy Used (and What to Buy Cheap)

Ah, here’s another installment in my mad quest to optimize life and live purposefully. Today we’ll focus on saving money by buying used. The idea came to me while thinking about how to resolve the dilemma between buying a replacement travel camera or using a cellphone as a replacement (but not too long, as time […]

Miniaturizing Life – Appreciating Sleekness in Code

My newfound obsession with minimalism as the key to living life has extended to appreciation of fine code. First, with my pedigree in software engineering, I’m a maniac when it comes to stretching the useful life of “old” hardware. Heck, I have a sentimental side for old computers; I see them as faithful old dogs […]

The Tyranny of the Upgrade Calendar

So I’ve got a quandary. The LCD of my small portable camera was cracked on my last trip and I failed in fixing it myself. Buying a replacement P&S would be anywhere from $150-$200 for a “piss-poor” quality one. Alternatively, I can spend a little more and get the shiny new Google Nexus 4 phone […]

How to Discourage File Sharing

Bittorrent is a big deal. The number quoted is anywhere from 1/5 to 1/3 of *all* internet traffic in the world, albeit a bit skewed by the large file sizes and tempered in recent years by streaming video. Dan Ariely even had a moment of catharsis when his own intellectual property was pirated. Yes, it’s […]