Why I’m closing my LinkedIn account and you should too

I cannot change my username, even if I have changed the name in my profile — so I would be deadnaming myself by keeping the account open.An extreme amount of noise being generated via email messages and phone notifications.Pre-generated and unpersonal communications.My LinkedIn contacts list was generally composed of former coworkers, many of which I … Continue reading Why I’m closing my LinkedIn account and you should too

Saving time and money by combining an airline ticket and a railway journey

Dutch train with pixel art decals

Did you know how you can combine an international flight with railway services in Canada, Continental Europe, Japan and many other countries, saving both money and time? This is an option many airlines offer and can be quite convenient. Why would I choose this option? In my case, I would rather catch a direct long-haul … Continue reading Saving time and money by combining an airline ticket and a railway journey

How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

On ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is a word I only learned a couple of years ago, when I was working with people who had a background in sociology and political science at an office in the outskirts of Beirut. In the context of technology, it describes the phenomenon of designing systems based on the values and conventions … Continue reading How isolationistic overvalidations lead to systematic exclusion and chaos in Icelandic bureaucracy

Transgender flag emoji — brief info and current status

Earlier this year, a group I am lucky enough to belong to submitted an official proposal to the Unicode Consortium regarding the inclusion of a transgender flag emoji. Aside from yours truly; a software development consultant based in Berlin, the group includes among others Ted Eytan MD of Washington DC, Tea Uglow; creative director at … Continue reading Transgender flag emoji — brief info and current status

Ideas to solve international postal address formatting issues with YAML, JSON and some programming

When you are entering address–related data online, you have all those fields you have to enter your address into. You know the deal — country, postal code, locality etc. When it comes arranging those elements back together, things may get a bit more complicated: Is the postal code before or after the locality name? Are … Continue reading Ideas to solve international postal address formatting issues with YAML, JSON and some programming