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how to read a book

by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren synopsis The book falls into the category “what you see is what you get” — the title is very clear about that. Adler and Van Doren argue that reading is not taught beyond an elementary level, but that in order to participate in the ongoing dialogue of […]

cycling – reflections on a tale of two worlds

If I were to believe that one can define themselves in a singular way, I guess I could call myself a cyclist. I am also a fast cyclist. I tune my bicycle for speed; I want a perfect machine. I want it to be a smooth ride and I love it when I manage to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]