Author: karan

  • The End of the Obama Presidency

    Today marks the end of the Obama presidency, and in some ways, it seems to mark the end of an era – or perhaps more pessimistically, the respite from the decline of an era that effectively ended with the events of September 11th, 2001. Perhaps we’d been to unwilling to admit it over the last […]

  • Amazon makes the checkout chick redundant

    I mean, even more so than previously: I wonder where people are going to get the money to pay for these fancy computer monitored grocery stores.

  • Sony’s Design History

    This collection of photos from Sony’s design history is beautiful and demonstrative of some amazing stuff that came out of Sony over the years. Always loved their gear. So much seemingly definitional and advanced stuff they made, and it all seemed to end with Howard Stringer’s time at the helm. (partly also thinking of the story […]

  • HTTPS The Sky

    Oh hey would you look at that, I’ve got HTTPS now. Why? HTTPS is faster HTTPS keeps communications secure. This should be more normalised, particularly with laws like in the UK and Australia allowing governments to snoop on web history and metadata. Hey, the green padlock is legit, ok?

  • Thinking about house prices

    Since Time is Money – money representing a token of value for the time you spend doing something – in theory you should be able to substitute either one for the other, right? Like, if you had all the time in the world, you could in theory make the thing you’re buying instead of paying […]

  • Navel gazing

    Wow, wait, I’ve been writing on this blog for nearly 11 years now…  The thought came to me while fiddling with the sidebar images. If you’ve not noticed, there’s a rotating roster of images that changes with each refresh. Some are more readable than others. Some are my own images, some are from Unsplash, which […]

  • The Role of Shame in Politics

    And so at long last, we reach US Election Day 2016, when a reckoning has finally come for the American political system – the candidates perfectly set up as the establishment facing the insurgents, the know-nothing Donald Trump squaring off against the know-it-all Hillary Clinton. How did we get like this? How did we get […]

  • Google now tracking more personally

    Google’s relaxing a previous barrier between DoubleClick, their online ad division that controls 75% of the market, and the rest of Google’s data that can track you directly tied to your Google account, as reported by ProPublica. What does this mean? Well, up until now, you could have a DoubleClick tracking cookie and it would […]

  • Photos from NASA

    These photos of NASA robots and vehicles in a minimalist cleanroom style is just gorgeous and perfect – and there’s more with context here on Wired. Couldn’t ask for better. These are fascinating and beautiful.

  • The importance of context

    This post on Stratechery is focused on the emergence of wearables, particularly with the new Snapchat Spectacles, but its opening makes a brilliant point about why the iPhone defined the modern smartphone – it was all about timing it right: Think about everything that happened between 1992 and 2007 that, at least at first glance, […]