Maker Faire

Last week I went to the Maker Faire at Odaiba, Tokyo From what I could see, In most of the stands people were presenting their hand-crafted electronics. Half of the presenters were showing some sort of robot (My favorite was the guy with the “hand extender” – a phone would film your hand, and the […]

Ludum Dare 39

A few weeks ago, I did a pretty neat game on Ludum Dare! The game is called “Shy Gladiator”, and can be played here. The theme this time was “Running out of Energy”. As usual, I tried to find a unique interpretation for the theme. Most of the other entrants used the idea that the […]

The one hour workday

I want to share this text, The 1-hour workday, which a friend posted on Facebook recently (see, it can be good for something!). In the text an academic discuss his trick to keep productive (in the sense of writing papers) in the middle of all other university tasks, such as classes, meetings, reviews, activities. His […]

Tokyo Game Show 2016

I went to Tokyo Game Show 2016 today. It was a near thing — I was feeling a bit down in the dumps in the morning, but I had a promise to keep, to meet Alex Rose who was showing Rude Bear in the Indie Corner. When I got there, I first walked through the […]

Zen Pencils

I got linked the other day to Zen Pencils, a page where the artist creates short comics to illustrate motivational quotes from famous people, such as Feynman, Picasso, Muhammad Ali and Carl Sagan. The hit/miss ratio is very high, and definitely worth a read. Not only the art is good, the quote selection is interesting, […]

Journaling

When I was a kid, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” left a lasting impression on me. The image that was burned in my mind was the journal of doctor Jones, Indy’s father. The entire story was about the character searching for a treasure based on the clues hand-written in that leather bound book. Scrawly […]

Redacting PDFs in Ubuntu

Some students in my “Experiment Design” course this semester asked me to share with them examples of good reports from students from previous years. Since I usually ask my reports to be submitted in PDF format, I needed some way to alter the PDF and remove the names/personal information before sending them to the class. […]

Pending List

There are too many awesome people living today. If I spent my whole life trying, I would never be able to meet them all. There are too many books, too many jobs. Too many pretty streets, too many interesting houses to visit. There are too many cities with their traditional dishes and their must-see locations. […]