In Hindi, the word for tomorrow is the same as yesterday, something pointed to by Physics

Modern Physics continues to ask whether time even has a direction and wondering if it’s something that exists entirely in our heads. In most Indian languages, the word for yesterday is the same as the word for tomorrow. Due to this, additional qualifiers have to be added to explicitly clarify if we are talking aboutContinue reading “In Hindi, the word for tomorrow is the same as yesterday, something pointed to by Physics”

How a phishing attack for Coinbase almost got me with an ‘ạ’ instead of an ‘a’

Early morning I got the following text message on my phone. I had not tried logging in to Coinbase so was surprised to see this message. Luckily, I didn’t kick on the link. Instead I opened a browser window and manually typed coinbase.com and navigated to it. And I tried signing in and didn’t noticeContinue reading “How a phishing attack for Coinbase almost got me with an ‘ạ’ instead of an ‘a’”

Supporting decentralized production and distribution by canceling Amazon Prime

Amazon is not to be blamed here. It is giving us exactly what we want. For me, however, I canceled prime and stopped using Amazon over 2 years ago because I couldn’t trust myself. In the past I used to end up with things I didn’t really need. Without prime, with the extra friction, myContinue reading “Supporting decentralized production and distribution by canceling Amazon Prime”

Deepening geographical understanding through language

Jenna was asking me to remind her the name of a city in Poland that she had been planning to go for a conference. After I helped her pronounce Wrocław correctly (and was surprised at myself that I remembered it so well) she said something very interesting: “I think it should be part of geographyContinue reading “Deepening geographical understanding through language”

The Fascinating Evidence Showing Plants Have Human Level Intelligence, Feelings, Pain and More

I know many of us have very strong opinions on this so would appreciate thoughtful comments. Because we can’t relate to the sentience of plants, does eating them make it less cruel than creatures whose sentience we can relate to? Is cruelty an objective standard or an emotional lens? Some plants, such as sundew, areContinue reading “The Fascinating Evidence Showing Plants Have Human Level Intelligence, Feelings, Pain and More”

Becoming an Estonian e-Resident

Almost six years ago, I became one of the first people in the world to be an Estonian e-Resident 🙂 I had to physically go there to get finger-printed and prove that I was biologically alive, and after that I got an e-identity tied to it which allowed me to transact within Estonia’s (and partiallyContinue reading “Becoming an Estonian e-Resident”