Training Neural Networks to Design TypeFaces

The next 10yrs are going to disrupt a lot more things than anyone can imagine. Design already needs to use AI to keep up with the exploding contexts and use cases they find themselves designing for. This is an example of how previously career jobs are getting replaced with neural networks that can learn all the knowledge and implement newer …

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Design is being disrupted by AI

‘Infrastructure’ is something whose value becomes apparent only when it breaks down. The developed world only notices electricity, water, Internet when the supply/service is disrupted. 30yrs ago, very few people used computers or the Internet. Today, almost all work is influenced/ affected by digital manipulation of data. It’s infrastructural. Humans add most value doing tasks that technology hasn’t quite figured …

The Fourier Transform

When I studied engineering, the topic that I found the most philosophical value in was The Fourier Transform. It blew my mind as it took a complex, crazy, unruly world of waves in the time domain and transformed it into an orderly world of discrete frequencies and phases where they could be easily understood and manipulated. I remember realizing for …

Social Trust Based Transactions in Tanzania

   These are keys to my Lexus 4WD and my 3 bedroom apartment with a view of Mt Meru. I haven’t signed any papers so far. And hardly fronted any money. CAR  8am – I text a guy that rents out cars. 10am – he shows up at my door, hands me the keys and leaves. I ask, when do …

Tools for cat maintenance

I have had a cat for a few years and I use the following tools to help with cat maintenance: Pet Feeder Most cats are good at self regulating their meals. But many pet cats are often a little overweight. Some research shows that animals on slightly low calorie diets live longer. If you care to make sure you know …

Turn around at Mt Baker summit

We attempted a late season climb of Mt Baker in Washington state. We were not experience enough to be just a two-person rope team – so that was kinda stupid. But we were quite risk averse in other ways. When we realized that the sun was beating quite hard and the snow bridges were beginning to melt, we decided it …

Apple Pay: frictionless

Finally got to try Apple Pay and it’s the most frictionless payment I have ever made. It happened almost at the speed of thought. Sec 1: oh look, I can pay with Apple Pay Sec 2: double tap on home button (fingerprint read simultaneously) Sec 2: done      The fact that this was also the most secure payment I have …

Clean Install of OS X El Capitan

I switched to using OS X in 2007. I continued using OS X for personal use even while I worked for years at Microsoft.I had probably last started with a clean install back in 2011. Over the last 4-5 years I had installed and uninstalled many things. I had messed around with the shell. I had created symbolic links, implemented …

Apple Watch & Boarding Passes

So I checked in to my Lufthansa flight last night on my iPhone which ended with the boarding passes being added to my Wallet on my phone. This morning, when I arrived at the airport and swiped up on my Apple Watch screen, the boarding pass was already there!.When I swiped into it I could also have the QR code …

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How to get a SIM card with data in Amsterdam

If you are visiting Amsterdam, it’s convenient to have data on your phone so you can use Google Maps and find your way around. Yes, there’s wifi in many places, but there’s also a lack of wifi in many places. I have split a lot of hair and lost a lot of Euros experimenting with the different services available to …