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EXPONENTIAL VS LINEAR THINKING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

BIOLOGY / MATHEMATICS / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2020-03-09

The people most alarmed about the coronavirus seem to be people accustomed to thinking exponentially — people in tech, finance, and science. People least alarmed are those used to thinking about problems linearly. The problem isn’t the virus itself. It’s the under-provisioned healthcare systems and  + 

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF TILL THE BITTER END OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION

ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / ESSAYS / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2019-12-13

The UK General Election shows us, yet again, and unlike in the EU Referendum, without any remaining doubt, that the populations most at risk vote for their own masochistic downfall. The people who stand to lose the most from the complete dismantlement of government health  + 

APPLE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BUGS… FOR YEARS

COMPUTERS / ESSAYS / 2019-11-18

Apple really, really doesn’t give a shit about its bugs. For years! Appalling. Apple Mac OS Address Book entries with “son” or “daughter” will cancel the entire sync of contacts data to iPhone. (not talking iCloud sync here) Workaround: change all fields “Son” or “Daughter”  + 

TEACH KIDS TO DISASSEMBLE STUFF… IMPROVE RECYCLING AS CONSEQUENCE

EDUCATION / ENVIRONMENT / GADGETS / ESSAYS / 2019-08-22

We could cut recycling costs significantly if we taught and encouraged kids to disassemble stuff. DIY and engineering hands-on education as as bonus. Girls and boys. Requires better collection points, but otherwise, nothing fancy.  + 

PEOPLE LOVE CYCLIC AND REGENERATING STORIES AND UNIVERSES

PHYSICS / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2019-07-28

People love cyclic and regenerating universes — reincarnation, royal / superhero families of father to son, extreme quantum fluctuation initiating a new Big Bang, etc. — because they appeal to our sense of narrative. They also appeal to our intuition for causality seen in most phenomena  + 

CHERNOBYL? BECAUSE IT’S CHEAPER.

CINEMA / ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / REVIEWS / 2019-06-11

“The emergency shutdown system at Chernobyl had a fatal flaw. At 01:23:40, Akimov engages AZ-5, or SCRAM. The fully withdrawn control rods begin moving back into the reactor. These rods are made of boron, which reduces reactivity… but not the tips. The tips are made  + 

WE REPAIR THE UNIVERSE THAT CRUMBLES

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN / PHYSICS / ESSAYS / 2019-03-10

Blessed are those whose purpose and enjoyment is to repair and restore, rebuild and recover, for everything in this Universe decays and crumbles.  + 

APPLE’S FORCED UPGRADES

COMPUTERS / GADGETS / REVIEWS / 2019-02-27

Apple: Would you like to install iOS updates automatically? Me: No. Apple: There’s a major 1.0 update of iOS, would you like to install it now? Me: No. Apple: Enter your passcode and we’ll install an update of iOS overnight. Me: Cancel that! I said  + 

MONEY = ENERGY… FOLLOW THE MONEY TO GET TO THE ENERGY

ART THEORY / CINEMA / ECONOMICS / PHYSICS / ESSAYS / 2019-01-29

Energy is what constitutes and organizes matter (and antimatter 🤪 ). Prana is an Earth-local, Vedic special interpretation of it. Money is an Earth-local, economic interpretation of it. Follow the money and you’ll follow the energy that constitutes and organizes matter. If you really want  + 

RED HAT SOLD TO IBM

COMPUTERS / ESSAYS / 2018-10-29

I remember when Red Hat was still a startup… and me installing our own custom Red Hat Linux 7 Servers in… uhmm… 2001. Now it’s a 34 billion USD purchase by IBM.  + 

US DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN BIOLOGICAL TERMS

BIOLOGY / POLITICS / RELIGION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2018-04-10

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men evolved differently, that they are born with certain mutable characteristics, and that among these are life and the pursuit of pleasure.” — the American Declaration of Independence translated into biological terms  + 

MY BIKE FRIDAY POCKET ROCKET PRO SPECS AND MODS

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2013-02-27 / 18 COMMENTS

My go fast, go far device. Rides as good as a high-end road bike. Folds as small as a standard suitcase. Enjoys long distances and short corridors.  + 

16 INCH SLICK TIRES: SCHWALBE KOJAK REVIEW (STELVIO REPLACEMENT)

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / REVIEWS / 2012-04-11 / 11 COMMENTS

The Schwalbe Stelvio is no more. The super fast slick tire available in the 16 inch / ETRTO 349 size is now replaced by a slightly more docile but grippier Schwalbe Kojak. I’ve been riding the Kojak on my Brompton since November 2008.  + 

MY FOLDING BIKE FRIDAY TOURING GEAR LIST (POCKET ROCKET PRO)

CYCLING / HYGIENE / TRANSPORTATION / ESSAYS / 2011-01-04 / 9 COMMENTS

Why travel by bike? Why choose a folding bike for touring? Which folder is best for long rides? What clothes, tools and camping gear to select? Take a look at my lightweight, go fast, go far bike touring gear list for inspiration.  + 

GARMIN DAKOTA VS GARMIN OREGON GPS COMPARISON REVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / REVIEWS / 2010-03-30 / 26 COMMENTS

How does the smaller, lighter, touchscreen Garmin Dakota GPS compare to its older brother, Garmin Oregon? What about screen readability, Oregon’s main issue? Which one should you choose? Find out in my belated but detailed review.  + 

GARMIN OREGON VS GARMIN COLORADO GPS COMPARISON REVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / REVIEWS / 2010-03-26 / 41 COMMENTS

Garmin’s latest and greatest GPS units for intensive outdoor use: the touchscreen Oregon and the wheels and buttons Colorado. How do they perform in the real world, and which one is better?  + 

MY RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY: ZURICH NIGHT URBANISM SHOT WITH IPHONE 3GS

GADGETS / PHOTOGRAPHY / MY NEWS / 2009-08-11

My nighttime, handheld photography of Zurich urbanism… shot with an Apple iPhone 3Gs using the default Camera app.  + 

OUTDOOR 2008: GARMIN OREGON TOUCHSCREEN GPS PREVIEW

BACKPACKING / CLIMBING / CYCLING / PREVIEWS / 2009-05-29

Presented to the public for the first time at the Friedrichshafen Outdoor 2008 show, the new Garmin Oregon GPS switches from buttons and thumbwheels to a touchscreen user interface.  + 

BACKPACKS TO CARRY A FOLDED BROMPTON: MY DIY RUCKSACK

CYCLING / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2008-12-06 / 16 COMMENTS

An ultralight, ultratough, ultracompact, do-it-yourself backpack that carries a folded Brompton bike anywhere or rides under its frame.  + 

BIKE FRIDAY TIKIT VS BROMPTON COMPARISON REVIEW

CYCLING / TRANSPORTATION / TRAVEL / REVIEWS / 2008-12-06 / 39 COMMENTS

When it comes to 16-inch folding bikes, 2 models stand out: the Brompton and the Bike Friday Tikit. Both cost almost the same. Both position themselves in the high-quality range. Which one to choose?  + 

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