I’ve wanted to write this since the birth of our first child. Now that we have welcomed our third and final child (factory is closed), I think it is time. I’m making it a work in progress page so I can add on as I remember things.

It’s never too early to start considering what kind of parent you want to be and what kind of behavior you want to encourage. Photo by nappy from Pexels

Don’t give uninvited advice to other parents

Decide your future

Back in 2017, I was asked ‘does a world dominated by Africa, Asia, South America scare you?’. I found the question strange, but maybe I shouldn’t have. Turning the question around, I wonder ‘does a world dominated by America, Europe and China scare you?’

When people find out I’m from Singapore, they will sometimes ask how it feels to live in an authoritarian state. And I’ll reply that I think they are confusing me with an American.

I’ve wanted to write about all the frustrating things I see that actually harm people. I’d thought of writing it about designing apps for older people, but I realized that it’s not just old people. These design failures are bad for everyone who hasn’t done it all before. I use humans to refer to people who aren’t ‘in the know’ about how the thing works.

Hidden menus

Assumed knowledge

Abstract Icons and Acronyms

This is a work in progress list of all the things I learn while washing dishes about washing dishes.

Getting the whole family to wash their own dishes is a great place to start. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Wipe first

Water hand wash

Keep a wet garbage bag handy

Clean in order from least oily

Just like any other collectable, bitcoin’s main feature is that people want to collect it. The other things bitcoin can do are secondary; like an old comic. Collectors don’t buy the comic only to read it; they ascribe some value in having it — in collecting it.

Everything that is novel and exciting today, is a collectable to someone in the future.

For the last four years, I’ve slowly been removing and reducing my personal digital data. I used to be into lifelogging and was constantly signing up for new tools. At work, I found new ways to create and push content. More Data was always good.

I was a content pusher

Read these pairs and consider “who am I and who are you”. Sometimes our lives are best seen in contrast.

Singapore just finished an election cycle. This was the first time I could vote as a new Citizen. I was proud, disappointed, surprised and entertained.

What should I eat for lunch?

Learning another language (even for children) is a massive investment of time and money (and not as easy as certain apps claim…). Only invest the effort when necessary or with strong personal interest. And keep in mind, technology will likely make it arbitrary, soon-ish.

Languages can be all kinds of things…

Connor Clark-Lindh

Duct Tape

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