we are not even the product; we are the fuel – part 1

This is part one of a two part series that bridges technology critique, social science and a call to be more mindful of your time and focus.

A while ago I listened to the waking up podcast where Sam Harris talks to Roger McNamee who is a former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg – the man behind Facebook. Although their conversation is quite long and they talked about the problem of social media at length,…

private browsing not so private

Private browsing is one of the most misunderstood terms in relation to the internet. I have met countless people who believe that it is a special mode that will protect them while surfing online. Unfortunately, private browsing is not the solution to online tracking. Private browsing is by far not as private as one would expect.

Different browsers give different names (private browsing, incognito, InPrivate browsing, private tab / window) to the functionality…

meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

synopsis

The book does not have a real story and is rather a collection of thoughts and scraps of Marcus Aurelius’ mind. Marcus Aurelius was a strong proponent of philosophy and is often depicted as the ideal philosopher king. His work was split into 12 books that do not really have a consistent theme within them. Philosophy and especially stoic thought are the only constant in…

improve your health by fighting climate change

Congratulations humanity! You are successfully killing yourself! I read on TechCrunch the other day that the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere has climbed to over 415 PPM for the first time in human history. If you look at the graphs on the website it is difficult to dismiss this as not a big deal. If someone out there is still denying climate change after looking at the graphs and taking a note of the timeline…

travel sleeve for travel keebs

Over the past few weeks my GK64 keyboard post has become one of the most popular on my site. Because you gotta ride the wave of fame and because I have an update I decided to write a quick post.

The goal with the GK64 was to have a keyboard in a smaller form-factor that still has dedicated arrow keys because I like them and I do not want to go through getting…

the problem with “the others” and climate change

This post is going to be rather political and the way I will talk about the upcoming issue will not be of good taste to most people. Through my work email I received an email to support an initiative called “Scientists For Future” that concerns itself with climate change. The reason why I post my opinions is because some of my close friends prompted me to sign the statement a few weeks ago already and I…

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terakoya @ Tokyo Tech

This week I had the honor to present at a seminar held by professor Suzuki Sakie for her students of mathematics at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Although my research area is far from her’s (topology), she asked me to present at the seminar. Professor Suzuki called the seminar terakoya which refers to old Japanese temple schools. I introduced usable security and my research road-map very briefly. I finished the presentation with bicycle braking…

expensive rut

We are all made in a way that we get used to the status-quo. In our life we always get used to things. It can be our living situation, our partners, or mundane things as the construction site next to our house. I believe that, while being an important ability of our psyche, it is also dangerous. When we get used to things and accept the current way of life we stop growing. This can even become…