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Backyard hydroponics update

My backyard hydroponics system is producing, better than expected! I’m very happy about that. Here are some pictures: So far we’ve harvested and eaten: lots of lettuce, including some delicious kinds you won’t get in the grocery storeMonte Carlo SalanovaRouxaia few radishessome dill, for tzatzikisome basil, for pasta saucessome cilantro, for guacamole Growing nicely are:…

Will Silicon Valley miss the privacy avalanche?

How central Silicon Valley is for new technology jumps out at you the most when you bump into tech entrepreneurs freshly arrived here from other parts of the globe. So excited they are, that they finally left behind the tech-know-nothings in their home towns and will now raise money and change the world, like all…

What’s wrong with capitalism: patio umbrella edition

The patio umbrella’s pulling cord snapped. Just replace it, how hard can that be? Turns out it can be very hard, in fact impossible. Why? The umbrella is put together in a way that I cannot access the place inside the hollow pole where the cord is tied around the bolt connected to the crank…

The upside of sharing personal data

We had a rather interesting lunch yesterday at the MyData Silicon Valley Hub, on the occasion of a visit by Julian Ranger, board member of MyData Global and founder of personal data startup digi.me. Julian offered a striking proposition that I had not heard before. It is very much worth writing about, starting with some…