An unstructured digest of stuff that I've found on the information superhighway.

Designing Calm Technology

We have struggled for some time to understand the design of calm technology, and our thoughts are still incomplete and perhaps even a bit confused. Nonetheless, we believe that calm technology may be the most important design problem of the twenty-first century, and it is time to begin the dialogue.


An open source Spotify client running as a UNIX daemon. Spotifyd streams music just like the official client, but is more lightweight, and supports more platforms.

It’s such a sunny day — I can’t believe it’s going to snow tomorrow.

Sweet and sour chicken wings

This is a quick and easy recipe for tasty half-time chicken wings.


  • Chicken wings, 12
  • Soy sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons
  • Lime, 2, juiced
  • Cumin powder, 2 teaspoons
  • Garlic, 4 or 5 cloves, minced
  • Ginger, 4cm, grated
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt + pepper


  1. Combine the ingredients in a sealable tub followed by a good stir and put in the fridge for a few hours.
  2. Turn the tub upside down every 30 minutes so the wings get an even coating of the marinade.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180℃, lay the wings out on a roasting rack and reserve the marinade.
  4. Roast for 30 minutes on the middle tray until they’re crispy, brushing the wings with the marinade every 10 minutes or so.

Retweets Are Trash

A couple of months ago, I made a small tweak to my Twitter account that has changed my experience of the platform. It’s calmer. It’s slower. It’s less repetitive, and a little less filled with outrage. All of these improvements came about because I no longer see retweets.

I quite agree with this article.

Here are my top 3 tips to improving your Twitter experience:

  1. Follow less than 100 people — hell, even that seems too many. I follow 18 upstanding individuals.
  2. Turn off retweets for all the folk you follow. Retweets amplify the echo chamber!
  3. Occasionally revisit who you’re following and mute or unfollow accordingly.

Having packed both my iPad and 11-inch MacBook Air when travelling to Japan, I didn’t find myself using the iPad at all — I wonder if the keyboard makes all the difference.

Japan, you’ve been fantastic.

Having bought a can of coffee out of one of the ubiquitous vending machines littered around Kyoto station I was surprised when the can came out hot!

Every morning I ask Alexa what the weather forecast is. I’m currently on the road yet still find myself enquiring the weather from vacant hotel rooms that don’t have Amazon Echo.

Mixed curry from Shinrin Shokudo

Shinrin Shokudo
24-4 Nishinokyo Uchihatacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8417