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How I quit smartphones

Posted on Sun 01 May 2022 in personal

I sit on the metro. The lady on my side unlocks her smartphone, scrolls up to reveal the list of installed apps, opens one at random, goes back to the home screen, and finally locks …

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How papers killed academia

Posted on Wed 12 July 2023 in personal

Reasearch is made of deadends. Of wandering, broad and wide. Of peeks into different topics, of interest and study without the expectation of a payoff. Of ideas, connections.

Papers don't allow any of these. They …

We won – What does the world look like in 2030?

Posted on Wed 12 July 2023 in personal

I close my eyes for a second, and under the buzz of voices around me, I hear birds singing, squirrels chasing each other scratching the bark of trees, branches rustling in the wind. A couple …

For a life in Adagio

Posted on Sat 01 July 2023 in personal

I long for the time to savor hugs, get lost in the scent of the other, of the wool they are wearing, of their body, without pats on the back signalling that it's time to …

The best ways to organize pointless meetings

Posted on Sat 25 March 2023 in IT, meta

All good meetings are similar, but each bad meeting is shitty in its own way. I could also say that it's hard to formalize elements that make meetings ineffective, but that's not true: I have …

Dissecting explanations of Javascript Promises

Posted on Thu 09 February 2023 in IT, meta

What is a Javascript Promise? When I was documenting the Neo4j Javascript driver, I did not know. So let's find out, and in so doing tear to pieces explanations I found online. My favorite past …

A setup for remote piano lesson over Zoom

Posted on Sun 24 May 2020 in tips, IT

First create a new sink:

pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=zoom_input sink_properties=device.description=zoom_input

then remap into a Zoom monitor source that Zoom will allow selection of:

pactl load-module module-remap-source master=zoom_input.monitor source_name=zoom_mic …