Second bike finished

My second electric bike and first from scratch build is finished, and it turned out really well. ‘Finished’ as in it works as expected, though I think I’ll never stop tweaking it. I’ll upload some more pics and specifications here ASAP. Where better to put it than inside the living room?

Second build. Built from scratch as a much more serious machine than the first. More info to come shortly!

Creations

I like to make stuff. That’s why I recently created a new page here dedicated to different things I’ve created. It’s not all-encompassing by any means, but should serve as an example of what I do and what I like. I’ll update it once I make more things. A portfolio of sorts.

Hexagonal posters

My girlfriend got inspired to create some custom art for a very sad and empty wall in our living room. Armed with the images she provided for inspiration, I set out to create something unique to us. Almost a year in the making (because Life™ got in the way), they’re finally done.

I had fun creating them. Especially difficult was coming up with what to write because neither of us really had something to say, but they’re supposed to be posters—just like the advertising that inspired them—so they had to say something, and I let her pick. The words are part of the theme and they look nice, but don’t read much into them. You’d never guess how she came up with them.

I’ve ordered PVC prints at 50 by 70 cm, and if they look as well as I hope, I might order Fracture version in the future.

Update 2016-10-20: They’ve been added to the new gallery.

Music mixes

I haven’t been deejaying for a while now (way too long), but there are still some mixes up on MixCloud. You should go check them out, and subscribe if I ever get around to making more. I’ve been meaning to for the last four years. It could happen.

Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp

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Why spend $16 billion on a 55 people Californian startup? I’ve been asking myself that question since I read about the deal. So I did some digging.

Let’s start with Facebook, the ubiquitous social network, founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg who famously uttered ”if you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook” to the people accusing him of intellectual property theft, made headlines recently when it acquired a small Californian company called WhatsApp. It should be readily apparent to anyone that Facebook is on a mission to connect the world: it currently has 1.23 billion active users, spurred by the company’s previous high-profile acquisition of Instagram, and a desire to continue growing. But what is WhatsApp?

Statistics show that smartphones are rapidly replacing traditional computers and cellphones, with communication increasingly taking place on the mobile internet. Facebook’s latest acquisition is an important step for the company to secure its dominance in an increasingly mobile world, as people abandon SMS and phone carriers inevitably turn into internet service providers.

Still, 16 billion dollars is an insane amount of money. Here’s why the deal makes sense.

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