Swarm Creator Coins: Another Hackday Project Launch

This post is about another hackday project on Foursquare that we were able to quietly launch into the Swarm app recently. I always felt that Foursquare and Swarm should give recognition to people who contribute to our database. We want our venue database to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. I also feel a … Continue reading Swarm Creator Coins: Another Hackday Project Launch

YASC trip to Ghana – Part 3

Now in Yamaransa, I was on the business consulting team which is similar to the work I did in Trohilo, Nicaragua in 2013 and 2014. We set up a makeshift consulting firm in a couple of classrooms with half-built desks and lots of flies. Men and women who run local businesses come in periodically. We … Continue reading YASC trip to Ghana – Part 3

YASC trip to Ghana, Part 2

Now on to Yamaransa, the community where we were working last week. Yamaransa is located between Accra and Cape Coast, 2 important cities and Ghana. Yamaransa lies at an important 3 way intersection: to the west is Cape Coast, to the East is Accra, and inland to the north is the major city of Kumasi … Continue reading YASC trip to Ghana, Part 2

YASC Trip to Ghana – Part 1 of 3

I just returned from Ghana on a volunteer trip with the Yale Alumni Service Corps, and what an amazing trip it was! This was my first time visiting Ghana, or any country in Africa for that matter. Turns out that I didn’t know a whole lot about the country and I had a lot to … Continue reading YASC Trip to Ghana – Part 1 of 3

Passive Computing: The Applications

What would hands-free computing really get us? Adding the internet to the PC revolution enabled us to do things we could never do before. That one was clear. At the cusp of the mobile revolution (say 2006), I would have been skeptical that the change to mobile was the defining change. It’s great and all, … Continue reading Passive Computing: The Applications

Passive Computing: The Hardware

The hardware devices for passive computing are designed to make existing tasks easier and more efficient. Like in previous eras, they are also going to allow us to do things we couldn’t or wouldn’t do with our devices before. We have already starting to see a cycle of marketable wearables hit the market. The wrist … Continue reading Passive Computing: The Hardware

The Era of Passive Computing

A couple weeks ago, Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz wrote an article called “What’s next in computing.” He talks about the product cycle of technology as opposed to the financial cycle. It’s well worth a read if you’re interested in this topic. Marc Cendella (@cenedella) called it a “Landmark Blog Post”. Chris lays out 3 … Continue reading The Era of Passive Computing

Talk on Foursquare Location and Taste Data at Cambridge

I was very busy early this month traveling to the UK and putting together a talk for the first Workshop on Urban Data Science (WUDS15), which took place at Cambridge University on December 14th. Because I had limited time, I briefly covered 2 issues. But both are fascinating data/technological insights that we are developing at … Continue reading Talk on Foursquare Location and Taste Data at Cambridge

Another Quora Math Answer about Split-Complex Numbers

Well, I’ve been on a role with Quora math answers recently! One person asked the question of whether you can have a negative absolute value. In other words, could you have a negative distance between two points! Rather than dwelling on all the rules this would break (who needs rules!?) I decided to construct such … Continue reading Another Quora Math Answer about Split-Complex Numbers

Post about Polygon Approximations to Pi

So I spent a few minutes tonight writing an interesting math answer on Quora: Is a circle a shape with an infinite number of corners? The challenge in answering this question is that even if the premise of the original question is incorrect, I feel like I can try to figure out the intuition that led … Continue reading Post about Polygon Approximations to Pi

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