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Never Wait In Line Again: Real Life Jedi Mind Tricks

September 20, 2010

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There are many benefits to being a regular at any given establishment. Better service, discount pricing, the ability to skip lines. It’s like being a preferred airline customer. There’s only one problem: It takes too damn long to become a regular. Rachel, Ross, and the rest of the Friends gang were regulars at Central Perk, but they were habitually late to work at least once a week over the course of 10 YEARS! George Wendt was a regular at Cheers, but he only patronized ONE bar for 11 seasons. It doesn’t have to take this long. Read on for my fast tracked guide to becoming a regular in just 3 visits.

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FourSquare Encourages Cheaters

April 8, 2010

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I read an article yesterday on TechCrunch entitled Foursquare Starts To Enforce The Rules, Cracks Down On Fake Check-Ins. It really bothered me. So much so, that after about 45 mins of my ranting about it (and location aware mobile apps in general) to friends, someone suggested I blog about it.

Oh yeah, I have a blog!

I could go on and on about this, so I’m going to try really hard to keep this focused on my main gripe: a well designed game shouldn’t have to “CRACK DOWN” on players. (more…)

Measuring Success – The Stack 2010

January 13, 2010

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Success never comes in one fell swoop. It requires sustained and persistent effort over a given period of time. This notion is easy to forget. It’s common to look at success and, unable to work backwards, assume that it somehow happened overnight. Perhaps this is due to lack of imagination, perhaps it’s less taxing on our grey matter to think about it like this. Who knows.

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Monthly Research Papers

November 5, 2009
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I have a lot of varied interests: art, memory, cooking, judo, typography, rock climbing, genetics, design, tea, sleep, quantum physics… the list goes on. I’ve decided it would be a good idea to focus on a given topic for 30 days, and then formalize/synthesize everything I’ve learned into a thesis paper. I think having the goal will help motivate me, and forcing myself to collect all the disparate info will help me retain it. (more…)

How to Remember Pi up to 14 Digits

September 18, 2009

It’s a bit of a secret passion of mine, but I’m kind of a biology geek, particularly the fields of neuroscience and genetics. Memory, the science of creativity, cloning and genetic repair, sleep deprivation, and language acquisition all get my juices flowing. (more…)

The Vagabond Who Went MIA

August 24, 2009
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Image courtesy of TheBMag

So I’ve been MIA for a bit and I wanted to address some of the reasons why.

First, all of my computers crashed. Yep! Within two days my desktop and my laptop both died on me. My external is ok, but I hadn’t backed up in awhile (bad Danny Boy). That means that a lot of the content I had been working on, including recipes, art, and locally saved posts went bye bye. In fact, the only photos I have left are whatever was uploaded to Flickr. Argentina: Gone. Thailand: Gone. As you may suspect, I’ve been thoroughly embracing “the cloud” as of late.

I’ve begun tinkering with Dropbox, will only compose in Google Docs, and have made a habit of sending current working files to drop.io. If anyone has any cloud backup recommendations I would love to hear them. My current “system” is a bit ad hoc.

My younger (no longer “little”) brother has also been in town for the majority of the summer. I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like, so i’ve been spending the vast bulk of my time hanging out with him. It has cut down on the already limited amout of time i had at my disposal for posts, which brings me to my next update.

Mobile posting! I had been mucking around with composing posts on my phone (during commute) via Evernote and then making them live once at a bonafide computer, but that workflow left much to be desired. Enter the WordPress iPhone app! This whole post is being composed with it. Admittedly it is my maiden voyage, but so far i’m impressed. I’ll continue to post on the go and provide a further critique in a few weeks or so.

I’ve been painting a lot lately as well (future post). Unfortunately, I also found myself in a state which I now dub “perfection paralysis” (next post), which kept me from completing a few articles. No more!

When I haven’t been hanging out with my brother, I’ve been working on a secret project that is due for alpha release at the end of this week! I’m so excited! I hope you will be too.

-Dan

April Fool’s Day Prank Anyone Can Do

March 31, 2009

There’s no reason for you NOT to prank someone this year.

This is one of my favorite practical jokes for a reason! It’s easy, takes about 5 seconds to set up, and it doesn’t cause any damage – so you can’t really get in trouble. The perfect crime! Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!