8 quick thoughts

Image: Airplanes. On the left, by Jenny Odell. On the right, our kid’s sticker book. Some quick thoughts and things I noticed, in no particular order. Where the Sidewalk Ended: The Future of Smart Cities after the Toronto Waterfront Demise: Jennifer Bradley at the Aspen Institute’s Center for Urban Innovation hosted a great discussion about […]

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Personal Blogging, Revisited

For the last not-quite-20 years, I’ve been blogging in various places. The one constant place for it was thewavingcat.com. That site started out as a personal website while I was a student, and evolved through the advent of social media (then called Web 2.0; before then, web logging. Google it.) At some point some 5-6 […]

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Corona-stranded

Note: We were traveling in Costa Rica when due to the spread of coronavirus, things around the globe started shutting down. (We had considered not going on the trip in the first place, but when we left our home town was still free of any known infections and we had a reasonably important reason to […]

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Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2017

This is end-of-year post #10 (all prior ones here). That’s right, I’ve been writing this post every year for ten years in a row! So what happened in 2017? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. Globally speaking I’d file 2017 under shitty year. So much so that I’ll try not to […]

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I’m leaving Facebook

I’m leaving Facebook. I’m not leaving in a huff, nor to make a strong statement. I simply haven’t been getting anything out of Facebook in a long time and like to do a good house cleaning from time to time. To be honest, I’m a bit surprised myself to find myself leaving out of disinterest […]

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Spain travel log

In July & August, we spent about 3 weeks in Spain: First in the Pyrenees around Ordesa Valley, then in Basque Country along the coast in San Sebastian, Getaria and Bilbao. Here, with a delay of just a couple of months, are some travel notes. Ordesa Valley, Torla Day 1 / Ordesa Valley Today’s hike: […]

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Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2016

This is end-of-year post #9 (all prior ones here). So what happened in 2016? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. I’m not going to lie: Globally and politically, 2016 was a messy year: Not cool. Political institutions and alliances have been crumbling, there’s been upheaval around the world, and populists have […]

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Days 6-7: Shenzhen

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* Excellent, extensive Szechuan lunch with the Over a dozen dishes and an intense conversation we don’t notice how two hours pass. This is good. *Long discussions happen over shared Szechuan lunch.* /// At night, we relax by visiting one of the […]

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Day 5: Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* At Taoyan Village we try to have breakfast. Somewhat overwhelmed by the long line behind us (you order as you go in) we randomly order everything kinda wrong, but still delicious. We end up with some sausages in rice and an […]

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Days 3-4: Shanghai

*Note: These are the more personal, non-work related notes to complement this blog post.* Day 3 is mostly a tourist day. It’s my first time in Shanghai, so I have some boxes to tick. First up, laundry service. Turns out the local laundry doesn’t just do service but also hotel delivery. Excellent. A fantastic almond […]

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