Trivial

  • Prisoners of geography

    By Tim Marshall

  • The value of blockchain is in the hype it created

    I remained a cryptocurrency skeptics throughout the boom and burst cycle of 2017-2018. Cryptocurrency promises privacy, to displace financial institutions, remove the middle man and make transactions almost frictionless. In fact, there is no free lunch. Cryto transaction initiator needs to pay a gas fee as part of how the underlying algorithm works. Besides, the privacy that cryptocurrency enables would allows tax evader, money launderer to take advantage.

  • Calendar as a backward looking tool

    The digital calendar is often presented chiefly for its forward looking functionality which is to organize and follow up with things to come. A coming event is put on a chosen daily or hourly calendar slot. Reminders would fire up a few minutes prior so that we could not miss important happenings out of absent mindedness. Shiny calendars like Google’s act as personal assistant of some sort, which manage to fit regular workout sessions into a busy schedule.

  • A few things Firefox does better

    Recently, Microsoft has ditched EdgeHTML in favor of Chromium rendering engine in its Edge browser. It led to mourning and concern over the uncertain future of the open web, in which, a single big company may have much control over standards and features of the web. Mozilla rallied internet users to give Firefox another try. They have a point. The web has always been a messy place with changing standards with which browser vendors catching up at different speed. A nice looking application may look well on Firefox yet broken on Chrome and vice versa. Testing effort is duplicated to ensure consistent look across browsers. Yet, that messiness and duplication of effort creates a larger space for experiments, more opportunities of participation and better chance to make some thing good. Because, I think, innovation has always been done by allowing independent minds to find different approaches to the solve the same problem. And because, in technology, it is always about weighing trade-offs. The fastest implementation is not necessarily the most modular and embeddable one.

  • I no longer use dual monitor at work

    When I first started out my career as a software engineer, professionals working with multiple displays seemed cool and power packed. Such desk arrangement creates an impression of a lots of things going on. People would quickly move their gazes between one montior and another as open files scattered across screen. Perhaps that helped multi-tasking as you can code on one monitor and refer to documents on another. I used to do that too. But now I’m more comfortable using a single monitor. It helps with the neck since I don’t have to turn around. And screen estate is small. That limitation forces me to close unnecessary stuff. Focus on one thing at a time.

  • Let people decide for themselves what is good

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions

  • Reality is not what it seem by Carlo Rovelli

    In Reality is not what it seem, Dalio weaves the beautiful thread of atomicism from when it was first conceived by philosophers of antiquity (Democritus), through banishment under Christain Roman Empire to Renaissense and modern time. The book was both historical and scientific.

  • The Black Swan

    By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • The Remains of The Day

    By Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Japan Garden

    Nature has always been a central focus of the Japanese culture, in the religion, architecture, food. Japanese Garden is an attempt to embrace nature and bring human closer to nature. A trip to the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden with the Tokyo City Guide club has taught me much.