Coriander seeds

Did you know that coriander and cilantro are the same thing? I remember how my mind was blown when I first discovered that. Anyway, I was growing some cilantro on my balcony and neglected it during a particularly hot and dry period. It bloomed and went to seed, so I…

Dusting off the old web-log

I've been meaning to start writing again for a while, and before I did that I wanted to refresh my blog design and ultimately my web presence. Did that mean delaying writing instead of JFDI-ing? Yeah, but here we are finally. I moved off my stuffy, passé WordPress site onto…

Archiving a website with Amazon S3

About five years ago, my friend Zach and I made the EnerJar, an open-source hardware design for a power meter. We created a website, enerjar.net, to document the design. We used the Drupal CMS framework so that we could easily update the content and allow users to comment on…

A way-too-deep look at Ubuntu Edge's Indiegogo numbers

TL;DR: Prospective Ubuntu Edge buyers are ridiculously sensitive to changes in pricing. If you follow tech news you've probably heard quite a bit about Ubuntu's crowdfunding campaign, which is trying to raise $32 million to build a cutting-edge smartphone called the Ubuntu Edge. In the 9 days since the…

Let them read text

In a country known for 100-megabit home internet and one of the highest smartphone usage rates in the world, there lurks an archaic and surprisingly popular mass-media technology. Text-TV, the Swedish national TV network's teletext system, boasts 3.7 million weekly viewers. In other words, more than one third of…