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Stockholm Notes

Another note to self post of just random thoughts while in Stockholm.
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Stockhom Subways

Being from California I don’t have a lot of experience with subways I suppose but I have used Tokyo’s subways for 7 years and so when trying to use the subways in Stockholm it’s obvious I’m going to compare them.

Sweden is supposedly known for design but apparently that’s only visual design and not functional design because the subways are sorely lacking in functional design.
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Sweating

I’ve sweating a ton! It’s annoying. I don’t know if I’m sick or have some other issue or if I’m just out of shape or if something about the air here in Scandinavia. The weather has been relatively mild. Google says it was 68f/20c today in Stockholm. It was mostly cloudy. It’s been around that almost every day. A couple of days have been sunny. Several days have been cloudy with short under 30 minute showers. Regardless if I walk 5 blocks I’m sweating. I have to wipe my forehead, my neck, my back is dripping or close to it. It’s really annoying. I feel like I can’t do anything. I have to walk really slow and take a break every few blocks. This morning just walking from my room to the lobby and then around to the back of the hotel building (up 2 flights of stairs) and I was sweating.
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Helsinki Notes

Just random notes to myself about trip to Helsinki. If you’re from Helsinki feel free to correct anything. Sorry this isn’t much of a “Here’s my impressions of Helsinki as a tourist destination” type of post. It’s just a random stream of thoughts added to over a couple of days.
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Helsinki, Assembly 2013

I’m mostly writing this for myself.

I quit my job recently because it felt like I was just spinning my wheels. It felt like I was doing nothing of interest, just working 9 to 6 and growing older week by week. So, as scary as it is I quit. I decided to try traveling to see if that helped. I have no idea if it will help or if I’m just blowing money.
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The Slow Death of non-English Languages by Navigation Software

Ok, that title is a little off. What I really want to do with this post is help to make it a priority for companies that make navigation and or text to speech software a little less English specific (or whatever language it’s built for). What am I talking about?

Lots of people use GPS navigation services either built into their car or on their phone. Those navigation services almost always read out the directions. “In 300 feet, turn left at main street” for example.

The problem is that text to speech software doesn’t understand pronunciation and so arguably it’s slowly killing off the correct pronunciation by teaching everyone, especially children, the wrong way to pronounce things.
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Match.com Needs to Update!!!

I know no one will read this, especially from Match.com but… Match.com is probably the oldest and claim to be the biggest internet dating service. Whether or not that’s true I don’t know. I’ve been on it since they started. So long I have a free account from when they first offered accounts. (*)
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Finding Motivation

I didn’t know what to title this post. “Starting over”? “Looking for inspiration”?

I gave my resignation letter a couple of weeks ago and last Friday was my last day at Google. I left on good terms and they were sad to see me go. Google is a great place to work and I’ve recommended it to all of my friends. But, at this point in my life I was not happy with my life including Google. That’s not Google’s fault it’s mine.
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A World with very little Privacy

There’s a lot of interest in the surveillance society. People don’t like it. Or I should probably say some vocal people don’t like it. There might be plenty of people on the “I’ve got nothing to hide so I think it’s good” side of the aisle though I’m not sure I know many. This usually comes up in discussion of video cameras placed outdoors. It also comes up in discussion of police having drones. Lately it’s come up in discussion of Google Glass.

I’d like the try to consider what the possible positives are rather than the negatives.
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emoji (絵文字) Picture Characters

Emoji (pronounced eh-moh-jee) are iconic characters first introduced in Japanese cell phones in the early 2000s. At first different carriers each made up their own set of icons. NTT started off with a few. Then if I remember correctly J-Phone added many more than NTT to try to entice users to their system. Japanese, especially young Japanese women love using emoji and love to send messages to their friends full of them.
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