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  • NextDraft: Double Stuff

    Ok, I’ll be honest, I am only linking to this because the joke about Sushi really tickled me.

    Talk about bouncing back. Since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires in the world has doubled. According to OxFam, it would take Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, 220 years to spend his fortune. (Unless he really liked Sushi, in which case it would take about fourteen months.)

  • Crash Test Dummies Gain Weight to Save Lives - ABC News

    In the US even the crash test dummies have an obesity problem…

    Crash-test dummies are undergoing a makeover to reflect the thicker waistlines and larger rear ends of Americans.

    “Studies show that obese drivers are 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash,” said Chris O’ Connor, CEO of Humanetics, the only U.S. producer of the dummies.

  • 20 Awesome Ideas For Your Jack-O-Lantern | MAKE

    Apart from the fact they call them Jack-O-Lantern for some crazy American reason, this post has some wonderful ideas. My favourite is the death star.

    Tonight is my personal favorite night of the Halloween season: the night I carve the pumpkins! Ever since I was a little kid, I couldn’t wait for the night I got to carve pumpkins with my family. Picking out your perfect pumpkin, deciding upon your perfect design, and then drawing it on before you start carving in is just such great fun. Not to mention all the fun of pulling out the guts! Then baking pumpkin seeds, (yum!) and finally, the delightful satisfaction of seeing it perfectly candlelit under a night sky. If you’re still looking for ideas for your perfect carving, here’s a collection of some awesome jack-o’-lanterns to inspire you!

  • What we give away when we log on to a public Wi-Fi network

    Frightening read, but really essential to understand if you ever use public wifi.

    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.

    There are many private VPN solutions that can help eliminate some of these risks, but best practice seems to be just don’t use public free wifi.

  • Apple Pay Review: the Re/code, Bi-coastal, Team Test | Re/code

    A nice review from the folks at re-code about the realities of using Apple Pay in the US.

    My most unusual experience was at a Radio Shack store, where the manager insisted that Apple Pay wouldn’t work, but reluctantly let me try it. I easily bought a $9 wall charger using a terminal originally meant for a competitor, Google Wallet.

    I am interested to see how long it is before Apple Pay is launched here in Europe. I can see the convenience of paying this way, but with the battery on my iPhone often running out in the evening, I think it will be a long time before people abandon their wallets completely.

  • Adactio: Journal—Indie web building blocks

    Another interesting post from Jeremy, this one contains a lot of todo items for me. Quite a lot of them I didn’t even know were possible. It really is amazing how much personal blogs and websites can be setup to connect and share without a huge infrastructure overhead.

    Some people have started referring to the indie web movement. I understand where they’re coming from; it certainly looks like a “movement” from the outside, and if you attend an Indie Web Camp, there’s a great spirit of sharing. But my underlying motivations are entirely selfish. In the same way that I don’t really care about particular formats or protocols, I don’t really care about being part of any kind of “movement.” I care about my website.

    I like the idea of the indie web camps and must look into those that occur near me.

  • Banks Again Avoid Having Any Skin in the Game

    From the New York Times

    Once upon a time, those who made loans would profit only if the loan were paid back. If the borrower defaulted, the lender would suffer.

    The banks created the 2008 crash and have had to suffer very little for their mistakes, and they are going to be free to do it again, very annoying.

  • Server Updates...

    Please bear with me while I perform some updates on the server, there may be some strange things happening over the next couple of weeks.

  • Update on the house project

    I planned to write much more about how the house building has gone but I have not had as much time as I would have liked. It is nearly 2 years since we visited the factory in Oberstetten to see how our house would be made, and it is amazing progress has been made. We have been living in the house now for nearly a year, but this doesn’t mean all is finished - far from it!

  • Then I came back

    I have failed to document my travels in 2003 - 2004 in the way that I wanted but I do want to recognise that today marks 10 years since I came back from my travels.