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Apr 06

According to Indonesian newspaper Kompas, that’s Daenerys Targaryen and Jaime Lannister.

According to Indonesian newspaper Kompas, that’s Daenerys Targaryen and Jaime Lannister.

Apr 05

fastcodesign:

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Related to my previous post, this would convince me the wearable era is progressing faster than perhaps most people expected.

fastcodesign:

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Related to my previous post, this would convince me the wearable era is progressing faster than perhaps most people expected.

(via fastcompany)

Wearable Devices Are Still Overrated

I haven’t worn a watch since the year 2000 but prior to that, four or five years went by when I didn’t wear a watch. The last time I remember wearing one regularly was back at high school when my gym teacher always shouted in my ear to remind me to take it off during gym class. So after a few weeks, I decided to just dump the watch.

At first it was noticeable, not having a watch on my arm, but it didn’t take long before I got used to it. There were clocks almost everywhere I go and there’s always someone to ask for the time when a clock wasn’t around, so it stopped becoming a big deal.

Not having a watch was made even less significant when I got my first mobile phone upon starting university. The phone lasted several days on a single charge, unlike today’s smartphones, and it was always on. I didn’t have to bring a charger anywhere. A portable battery pack was unheard of, perhaps even laughable at that time.

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Apr 04

So Couple had this for April fools

They posted this and the corresponding blog post on March 31 but the email announcement didn’t arrive in my inbox until this morning. Almost a week late. In the meantime, on April 2 they put up another blog post saying that Alice, and her male version Alex, had discovered each other and ran away, leaving only a chat record of what happened.

You can go to http://couple.me/alice to see the intro. The whole thing does look straight out of the movie Her, except you don’t get Scarlett Johansson’s voice.

That’s cute.

So Couple had this for April fools

They posted this and the corresponding blog post on March 31 but the email announcement didn’t arrive in my inbox until this morning. Almost a week late. In the meantime, on April 2 they put up another blog post saying that Alice, and her male version Alex, had discovered each other and ran away, leaving only a chat record of what happened.

You can go to http://couple.me/alice to see the intro. The whole thing does look straight out of the movie Her, except you don’t get Scarlett Johansson’s voice.

That’s cute.

Mar 31

commodifiedsouls:


ecumenicalseeker:

cryaotichiddles:

I found this, so I thought I’d chime in on this.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME

Yup, it really happened.

commodifiedsouls:

ecumenicalseeker:

cryaotichiddles:

I found this, so I thought I’d chime in on this.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME

Yup, it really happened.

(Source: captianrum, via chartier)

Mar 25

darecrow:

darecrow:

are you guys okay

I didn’t mean for this to get this many notes I’m just genuinely concerned for these people

darecrow:

darecrow:

are you guys okay

I didn’t mean for this to get this many notes I’m just genuinely concerned for these people

(via kappachan)

Messaging Apps I Use

I had this drafted for a Path post but what the hell, I’ll put it here instead. Probably going for a longer post some other time.

Messaging apps are a dime a dozen and there’s zero financial cost of switching or adopting one app over the other although it’s always about who’s on which service. My latest post on DailySocial about the subject addresses this fact. It’s so easy to sign up to and use each one, it’s no big deal to have multiple messaging apps installed although some people may prefer to stick to one or no more than two or three to keep things simple.

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Mar 24

“In the world of ad-supported media, traffic volume is everything. Too often that means sacrificing quality for quantity and prioritising stories that generate clicks. In the subscription world, quantity doesn’t move the needle. Quality does.” — The future of news: know thy audience (via chartier)

What I think about social media and the upcoming Indonesian elections

The Australian Associated Press emailed me asking my views on the role of social media in this year’s Indonesian elections and the role of digital natives as first times voters.

My long answer below

I don’t think social media can make or break a candidate by itself. Presence on social networks certainly help raise their profiles but it also opens them up to attacks.

While use of social media in Indonesia seems massive, the majority of things I see about this upcoming election and even Indonesian elections in the past, is about making fun of elections and candidates.

The primary driver of political campaigns remains television. The influence of TV is still significantly much larger than the likes of Twitter or Facebook but TV and other “traditional” media also take their news from social media, therefore social media presence and activities can help spearhead the image or intention that the candidates want to project. Television can amplify what is being said or what is happening on social media.

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Mar 19

camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.

camh:

Welcome to the future.

Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.

Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your goddamn phone you dipshit. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.

Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.

You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?

Why am I even asking, of course you did.