Biangbiang noodles from Murger Han

Murger Han
62 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1DA

A History of Tokyo in 8 Dishes

From the fishing village of Edo to the global leader in Michelin stars, eat your way through Tokyo’s past and future.

I wouldn’t read this if you’re hungry.

The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops

Paul Foley, the former Aldi CEO, who now runs his own retail consultancy, often tells his clients about his attempts to replicate a KitKat in the 1990s. It turns out this is really hard to do without the chocolate making the wafer soggy. Eventually, Aldi gave up. Foley asked his buyer to contact Nestlé’s UK office to announce Aldi’s surrender and request to stock KitKat. Nestlé would not return his call. So Foley ordered the bars from Germany, where they have a slightly different taste. Soon, Nestlé UK starting receiving complaints about the taste of its KitKats, and traced the problem back to Aldi. When they phoned Foley to complain, he “politely refused to cooperate”.

A fascinating long read.

These days when I sign up for a web service, the first thing I think of is: “How can I get my data out of this?”

Objects in Space

Objects in Space is a modempunk stealth space-trading game set in Apollo – a huge cluster of star systems dozens of lightyears away from Earth.

I bought this on a whim — it’s great.

Newsletters and the Inbox as our News Feed

With our social feeds being so polluted these days, combined with the fact that we no longer have easy ways to subscribe to specific people and feeds through well-designed feed readers, we have no place else to go. The inbox has become the feed reader by default, as it used to be before we had RSS, readers, social feeds and the like. We’ve gone full circle to where we started, and there are many things broken about it (e.g., discovery), but it’s a move towards something better.

Japan is a country of small conveniences.

How Jeff Bezos Turned Narrative into Amazon’s Competitive Advantage

Bezos is Amazon’s chief writing evangelist, and his advocacy for the art of long-form writing as a motivational tool and idea-generation technique has been ordering how people think and work at Amazon for the last two decades—most importantly, in how the company creates new ideas, how it shares them, and how it gets support for them from the wider world.

Can’t Unsee

A game where your attention to details earns you a lot of coins. WARNING: Once you see the difference between the images, you won’t be able to unsee it

This afternoon I went to see Free Solo. It’s an astonishing documentary about Alex Honnold‘s free solo climb of Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall.

Would recommend!

The weightlessness of privacy

Privacy isn’t security and I had fucked up thinking it was one and the same. Sometimes security and privacy overlap but just because you’ve built a secure application doesn’t mean it’s a private one.

A private application strives to capture as little information about people, prevents people from being subjected to tracking and respects people’s information.

The Great Divide

The divide is between people who self-identify as a (or have the job title of) front-end developer, yet have divergent skill sets.

A Model Dog

In John Scalzi’s short story, an overbearing CEO demands that his employees engineer a solution to his dad’s ageing dog.

I quite enjoyed this.

Being a programmer is about replacing problems with other problems.

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

On Steam:

A small sloth has been haunted for weeks by a mysterious ghost that nobody can seem to track down. There’s a mystery afoot, and the only one who can solve it is the renowned investigator known simply as The Detective. Finding clues and questioning suspects is just part of the job for such an experienced frog, but this case is a tough fly to catch.