Diversions


Simple Static Sites for the Rest of Us

Every now and then, I (or someone I know) have a need to create a very simple website. Now, regrettably the de facto website builder for the world has for a long time been Wordpress. And that's fine if you need a blog.

But what if you just need a …

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In search of a better spaced repetition app

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If you've studied a foreign language before, you may or may not have stumbled upon something called a "spaced repetition system." I like these systems a lot because they archive the words I know well and don't need to study, letting me focus only on words that I don't know …

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Sad to see The Unofficial Apple Weblog sunset

With AOL announcing that Apple news blog TUAW.com (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) will sunset in a few days, I can't help but feel a little sad as a former contributer. But although my own input was rather limited in both time and volume, I took away some incredible lessons …

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A simple, static alternative to About.me pages

I've used About.me pages for some time, but recently I've been quite annoyed with the menu bar at the top as well as the 'My Collections' part on the bottom 2. I just need a simple page. And now that About.me has been junkified, I started looking for …

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On the fence: An improvised camera mount for bird photography

lead kingfisher

I haven't written about it much on this website, but if you've been following my photos over the past year on Flickr, Facebook, or more recently Instagram 1, you've likely noticed that I've been rather obsessed with photographing kingfishers here in suburban Tokyo. I'll write much more about that another …

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Comfortably uncomfortable, proudly Pelican

Pelican

That's right folks. This is a blog post about blogging. How very 2004 of me. I apologize in advance, but stick with me here for a second.

In the past year or so we have seen a boat-load of new web publishing platforms emerge, typically with hipster typography and minimalist …

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Snippet scraping

USA's Foluke Akinradewo, 2011

A part-time writing assignment that I took on a few years back was reporting on international volleyball matches here in Japan. Because I love sports, this is one of the most enjoyable gigs I've ever done. But there were some friction points that arose during my court-side writing process. I'd …

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Contemplating Data Tools After the Quake

Like many people in the weeks following the earthquake, I found myself trying to wrap my head around radiation data. I've been a big fan of data journalists/geeks for the past couple of years, and many of these people were doing great work after the quake. I tried to …

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Best places to run in Tokyo: A more empirical approach

I recently completed a piece on CNNgo.com about the best places to run in Tokyo. These sort of lists tend to make me uncomfortable, and this one would be impossible unless I ran all of the trails personally -- tricky to say the least.

I decided that the best approach …

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