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Downloading a TV episode I had already paid for, in a different country

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“What’s the most insane technical thing you did that actually worked?”

Or, How I Fixed A Real-Time Image Transmission Protocol For A Live Event By Making A Numbers Station The evening before the GDC round table panel on Location-Based Stories, I was with most of them in a pub. I ended … Continue reading

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Observations from Spending a Day Mute

I had dental surgery midday Wednesday. It’s totally minor; I now have a small plaster cast in my mouth and it was recommended I don’t talk until Friday to speed up healing. So I haven’t talked all Wednesday night (where … Continue reading

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A First-Person Tour Inside SNOLAB, a Particle Observatory Two Kilometers Under the Earth

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An Illustrating Example of Improv

I’m finalizing my PhD Thesis on interaction design for improv. This is a slightly-embellished example of something that actually happened. Yes, a mouse ran across the stage in the middle of an improv set and the performers all reacted in … Continue reading

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Piracy Attempted to Save Dubloons; Deemed Infeasible

The housing market in San Francisco is 110% bananas. Here’s a map of the average 1 Bedroom price from February 2013. Here’s a more recent map that also covers outside the San Francisco peninsula. The gist is that $2800/month is … Continue reading

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Games of Life

I got my first smartphone, a Nexus S, back in early 2010 when I was living in Cambridge, UK. Impressed by the novelty of the beers there, I started snapping photos of taps and bottles: When I uploaded these to … Continue reading

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The Coolest Traveller I Have Ever Met

This story comes up again and again when I tell travel stories, and it was briefly mentioned on Taylor and I’s 2007 Southeast Asia travel blog. The guy’s name was Manfred. He was 70-ish. We met him while taking the … Continue reading

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Cultural Imports

I’ve been around the world more than the average person in the last few years, both traveling through places and living places. When I encounter a new bit of culture that I like, I try to incorporate it in to … Continue reading

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Among the English; Travel Lifestyle

Back among the English: [Our bus comes up to our plane from Düsseldorf to Stansted; turns out to be fairly small, props instead of jets] Guy #1: Huh, its a small one. Guy #2: Yes, I was wondering why there … Continue reading

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