knowledge

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

minimal security

This is going to be my first attempt at writing consequently and with intent. Up until now, my blog and my posts have been a collection of thoughts, impressions and unstructured information. I have been toying with the idea of putting more effort into my writing and my blog. I decided to make a public […]

ebook comic conversion the hard way – azw3 to epub

I recently wanted to convert an AZW3 comic to EPUB because I prefer EPUB as a free format. However, no matter how much I tried to get Calibre to do the conversion with various output settings, it always distorted or clipped the images. I tried to brute-force my way through the settings after deliberately choosing […]

technology pitfalls and achievements – how to hack your mind

A newspaper in the country I come from published an article on the impact of technology in the future and whether and how it will change our society. It was one of these captain obvious posts, that something has advantages and disadvantages. Like there is anything in the world which does not  follow this principle. In […]

the edge of perception

This post will be a rather philosophical one as I am a person that is thinking a lot. It is like a sickness that I have to think about everything. Ignorance is bliss I suppose. I want to talk about the limits of our world. I want to talk about the invisible borders of our life, […]

gitlab the tyrant

I am still working on getting everything up and operational and I am working my way through the lush config landscape of all the applications. One such program that has been bugging me is Gitlab. Everytime I started Gitlab it immediately seized the power and redirected all incoming requests to itself. So no blog, no […]