Category: Social Media

Make space

I’m very fascinated on yesterday’s discovery found through Alan Jacobs’ brilliant newsletter, Snakes and Ladders, about this very interesting institution during Safavid Iran called kitab-khana, literally ‘book-house’. I remember when libraries in Malay used to be called kutubkhanah, which I used to think was named after the Pole (of ‘kutub’ = North and South Pole) […]

Slow and delicate

(This is another post where I lament about how we overlooked the implications of the things we built.) Full disclosure! Sometimes I read back my previous posts and was amazed to consider how the blog has changed itself over the course of the year as I set out to write 300 words (almost) every day […]

RCaaS (Regime Change as a Service)

It feels like 2011 all over again, in a sense that multiple protests across the world are taking place at the same time — Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, Spain, Iraq, Algeria, Ecuador, Indonesia, and many more — an embodiment of the term informational cascade, where one protest will inspire another and more. At the same […]

How you seek to be remembered

It turns out that my productivity hours often elude whichever timezone I am in, for I am always more productive and alert after 8 pm. This is no longer true. While working, my cats would linger around close to my desk and go about their businesses unbothered. Sometimes I would pick up the phone and […]

Design for its time

I’m loving this effort by the New York Public Library in providing bite-sized novels through the Stories feature on their Instagram account which are now already read by over 300,000 (!) people — somehow proving that it’s not that today’s generation reads less (we’ll get to this bit later too), it’s just that their reading […]

The unlikeliest SEO strategist

In one of the things I did not expect to find out today: the conspiracy theory that Boris Johnson gamed Google search results around his reputation, although then quickly debunked by this Wired article: For one thing, Google search results are weighted towards behavioural factors and sentiment of those searching for terms — which would […]

To Waldenpond or not to Waldenpond

Unhacking webcams by putting up a toy camera that displays different scenes, part of a speculative design project by Dutch designer Pia-Mari Stute that produces fake data to protect the user’s privacy. There’s this bit about Waldenponding — essentially meaning to deal with overwhelming usage of technology by leaving it all behind, or in its crude definition, […]