It’s not particularly novel but it’s still good to see the technology in practice: Husk Power Systems is using rice husks to fuel electricity in Bihar, India. I’m more interested in the business model and long-term sustainability.
Blockchain: what is it good for? is a sober essay that separates the hype from the technology. I like its sober approach. It distills blockchain into its fundamental function, a way to distribute state across a system.
A Stanford economist’s insights into freelancing. What’s unique about this piece is he actually went to work as an Uber driver to really get into the ‘gig economy.’
Currently working on a small project that’s mostly front-end, so I figure why not have a database running on the browser as well. It turns out there’s quite a number of options:
Journalist Deniz Yucel was held in a Turkish prison for one year. A gripping story of an uncompromising idealist against a dictatorship and the vagaries of realpolitik.
MIT Technology Review reprints an excerpt from a book abouttwo scientists competing to invent the ‘artificial leaf’. The challenge isn’t just about converting sunlight to energy but about storing and converting it.
An inspiring story: Teaching philosophy to prisoners can help transform macho prison culture.
I don’t think I’ll ever be truly able to escape the clutches of my smartphone. Even after divesting myself of social media and games, there’s still a huge chunk of my day-to-day activities that’s tied to the system, not counting the actual phone calls and text messages. For one thing, I do my daily expense recording on my phone. For another, that’s also where I do my language learning — currently French and Mandarin — especially handy to have during the down times. And finally, my podcasts and audiobooks. I tried switching to a dumb phone but it didn’t take.
Still, I have made some changes with my relationship. I don’t keep my phone by my bedside anymore. Before I turn in, I leave it in the living room to charge, right beside my tablet. Now it’s no longer the last thing I see at night nor the first thing I see in the morning.
The benefits were readily apparent. I’m able to sleep quickly at night, and soundly, too. When I wake up in the morning, I am more reflective and calm. There’s that feeling of peace when you’re all alone with your thoughts, nothing nagging and persisting for your attention.