How Culture Matters

Posted in Management

I really like this quote from Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar Schein, courtesy of this article from Stratechery contrasting cultures from familiar tech companies: If one wishes to distinguish leadership from management or administration, …

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Passive Loot Games

Posted in Games

I’ve been checking out Tom Clancy’s The Division for the past week or two. It’s a third-person shooter, set in a post-virus-infected Manhattan, where the primary conflict is sleeper government agents versus extremely organized looters. …

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A Fancy European Road Trip

Posted in Places

My wife and I just got back from a week-long vacation in picturesque Scandinavia. To be honest, it was not one of the destinations either of us ever had on our list of places to …

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The Decline of the Cantonese Language

Posted in Thoughts

I have a 2-year-old son. He’ll be a second generation Chinese-American, who — unless our lives completely go sideways for the next two decades — will attend American schools and absorb American culture like any …

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Software as a Core Competency

Posted in Technology

Techies like writing about Tesla. Beyond the perhaps oversimplified comparisons to Apple, the company also feels like it’s a disruptive force, one taking on the old establishment of major car companies and their dealership cartels. …

Friendship Available for Rent

Posted in Social

I came across an interesting article on a few lesser known social services in Japan: The Incredibly True Story of Renting a Friend in Tokyo On the surface, it sounds and feels like another “Japanese …

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Accelerated Mobile Pages

Posted in Blog, Mobile

On my to-do list, under the “software” category, there was an item on enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on this blog. I figured it’d take some research plus a bit of coding and styling, seeing …

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Data Sync Not Invented Here

Posted in Apps, Engineering

You’d think that data syncing is a solved problem for applications. Dropbox has been around for close to 10 years, and they came up with a product model — a local folder whose files (usually) …