For the first time, I have two guests at once – Elaine Wong and Kevin Yeoh. They are the most generous hosts of The Hatchery Place. It's a very cozy coliving space, where I lived between October 2019 and September 2020. They transitioned from corporate careers to the world of arts and crafts, where Hatchery is a central place of their varied activities. Together we talk about long-term traveling, authentic connections, and building a healthy coliving community. Learn more in this uplifting episode of the Nerd on Tour Podcast.
The third episode of the Nerd on Tour Podcast is here! This time fellow digital nomad from Perth in Australia is my guest. Ben is cheerful yet contemplating developer and community builder. He dropped NDA work offers at Facebook and Google to stay true to the open-source movement. His travels include long-distance hitchhiking in Australia, truly befriending Balinese locals, and experiencing hippy culture in Berlin. Learn about him and his thought-provoking projects in this episode.
It took me about a month to write the long-form article Build Better Systems. There I dived deep into the narrative presented in the "Social Dilemma" documentary. In my opinion, the fictional family drama was a great way to showcase the complex problem of social media. Nevertheless, I value the contrarian approach of author Nir Eyal.
Do you remember when we watched movies on DVDs? Or when mobile phones were big as a brick? If you do, then you have lived through a tech disruption cycle. There's always a period when one standard dominates the market but there's a new thing coming, to change the game. Etherum is one of the major tech solutions that ties flexibility of the digital world with broad financial services of the real world. If you are used to paying for your soy latte with your smartphone, then prepare for what's coming next.
People around us and the stories we tell are two timeless factors of our wellbeing. The vast and unprecise term – "the news media" is used as a scapegoat. Any political outcome, social unrest, or economic struggle can be connected to the controversial stories in "the news". I don't fall into the trap of simplification. Understanding the complexity of journalism, business models and the role of the Internet is vital for me. Until now The Correspondent was the best news project that unfortunately didn't pass the test of time.
Like many other technologists, I am also fascinated by the wide spectrum of possibilities made with machines. Social Media is one of the prime examples of a "thing" that managed to become a mainstream method of building online relationships. In some regions, it's even perceived as the Internet itself. Yet, the tremendous privacy abuse, political manipulation, and mental toll can't be a "necessary evil" characteristic. It's time to Build Better Systems.
A month ago I wrote a short casual post and now I'd like to get back to that form. There are three reasons why it's important to me. Firstly I see a good track record of habits that now became my second nature (yoga, dancing, sleeping). Secondly, I'm inspired by successful creators that publish regularly (Seth Godin, Wait But Why, Tim Ferriss). Thirdly I'd like to share valuable info between long-form articles that take much more time to prepare.
Time is the only common denominator. Fortunately, our perception of it is subjective and open for interpretation. This allows us to choose and value the time we spend on important activities. For me, the act of writing is one of them. I love every single part of it – the struggle to focus, the slow process and the lightweight output that fits any screen. Here's a random blog post to play with creativity.
Nerd on Tour Podcast continues! For the second episode, I invited Guillaume Lorain – a digital nomad from France. He's running a sustainable network of French blogs and provide web dev consulting. Microsoft branch in Paris was the place where Guillaume started, later on establishing his location-independent freelance gigs. That resulted in a great journey around the Australian coast and visits to South-East Asia. Listen to our conversation in this exciting episode!
This is the very first deep conversation recorded for the Nerd on Tour Podcast. I couldn't ask for a better guest than Fajar Siddiq. A known influencer in the Maker Community, who is always there for you to support, provide feedback and help to get customers for your bootstrapped project. Fajar lives in the culturally dense and diverse Singapore and whenever possible he's visiting nearby countries with his laptop and yo-yo. Let's dig into the digital nomad topics with Fajar Siddiq!