The Twitter Cellular Automaton

The magic of Twitter is in its ability to draw more and more people in with a vague promise of building their digital brand and having an audience. People are indeed drawn in en masse, and the snowball keeps rolling. This enables grand ideas like using the vast stream of Tweets for searching content on the web and zillions of other uses… Twitter is turning us into a huge cellular automaton. Each cell (=twitter user) acts according to a very simple set of rules.

The Midlife Crisis Conundrum

The midlife crisis is a direct result of the middle class syndrome. Unable to relieve the peer pressure completely, middle classers sooner or later rebel in the only way they know (and can afford to) – spending a sizeable chunk of money on some item they don’t need, which reminds them of their long gone youth.

Speech Bubble Bookshelf

This is one of the most amazing bookshelves I’ve ever seen. I have a thing for bookshelves, a piece of furniture that lends itself to meaningful design. The thoughtfullness and minimalism of this particular design is simply amazing. The designer’s site is here.

10 Lessons Learned from Sorting Screws

After who-knows-how-many years of collecting screws, nuts, washers, nails, and other metal nicknacks, I finally decided to sort them all out and put them in nice little drawers. The task was formidable – I estimated the number of items at more than 10,000. Picking them all up one by one and placing each one in the right drawer would take forever, so I had to come up with a quicker strategy. As it turns out, the strategy came about after I already started, and this in fact is lesson one.

Growing up

I just came accross this great post by Naval Ravikant on aging and entrepreneurship. This Douglas Adams quote captures it nicely: “everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can …

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Sorting Through the Endless Stream of Tweets

The question I ask myself is what new tools the Twitter community – soon to be known as “the Internet” at this growth pace – needs. There are plenty of desktop and mobile clients, innovative front ends, automated tools. But what’s missing?

21st Century Guide Dog

Here’s a startup idea that will make make the world a better place: Replace guide dogs and white canes with mobile streaming video.

4 Crazy (and Useless?) Patents

This one is so useful. It was invented in 2001, and indeed I don’t remember seeing anyone walking their snake before that. All snake owners where holding their breath waiting for Mr. Donald Robert Martin Boys to invent this ingenious serpent leash.

Is Technology Still Scary?

Robert M. Pirsig was right about technology being ultimately not scary. He was also right about the human relationship part, although he didn’t anticipate the rise of the social networking and its effect on human interaction. All these new members of the middle class connect with each other through their computers and phones. Their usage patterns, much like ours, gives a new meaning to the word “friend”.