Facebook > Blogs (or: how Automattic murdered Blogs)

I have a theory why Facebook (and Twitter to some extent) beat out blogs, and it’s Automattic’s fault. I am working on my “year in review” blog post, which uses a lot of life-logging and quantified self stuff. In the process of doing so, I found myself wondering where all those blog posts had gone… Blogs used to be reverse … Read More

Ready for another Year(d)

I wish I could claim that this was planned, but an unfortunate trimming accident (pro tip: always check if the #3 distance comb is on the trimmer) leaves me beardless. Now, lots has been said about my beard, a feature I require because not only does it give me Samson-like powers, it also makes me look less like a douche. … Read More

Kary Mullis (December 28, 1944 – August 7, 2019)

A surfer dude if there’s ever been one, he was known to leave meetings or come late to work to “catch that ten foot face.” He identified so much with surfing, he insisted on being shown topless, carrying a surf board, on his autobiography. The publisher talked him into, at least, wearing something over his chest. He claimed we’d been … Read More

Going Postal, Cyprus Style

This is the greatest nightmare (aside from having to go to a public hospital) Cyprus can offer: “package not delivered.” You arrive at 7:45am because the line already forms for the opening. At 8, of course, nothing opens. SARS-CoV-2 will probably get a medal from Cyprus Post for having made their world and life so much better: the doors are … Read More

A forgotten Emergency

Someone walked into my ER this morning (I am a day’s worth of travel south of it) and handed the triage nurse flowers and chocolate for me, to thank me for “caring so much. “Now, it’s nice to get recognised. But at the same time: I do not do much more than what needs doing, so how bad must this … Read More