A quick guide to buying some zCash (ZEC)

If you have decided you want to buy some zCash but don’t know how to go about doing it, here’s some help. It’s a little complicated to do as of now (May 2017) given that it’s a fairly new currency. There are many different ways to do this, what I have here is just one way that has worked for …

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Some things we can do to work together as a society

We can respect each other as humans and still call out behaviors and actions we disagree with. If we let egos get in the way we stop listening to each other. We can acknowledge the good we see in each other. Positive reinforcement is the only sustainable way of influencing behaviors and opinions. We can work to identify the values …

Understanding why people love Obama but hate Clinton

I am trying to understand the factors behind why people love Obama but hate Clinton. Writing this while on the go so please feel free to share corrections/feedback. The most recent net favorability ratings are: Obama is +8% [44% unfavorable, 52% favorable]. Clinton is -10% [53% unfavorable, 43% favorable]. Trump is -26% [61% unfavorable, 35% favorable]. Between Clinton and Trump, …

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 …

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 …