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Cycling Around the Imperial Palace 📷

February 11, 2019

Now that spring is just around the corner, I finally decided to purchase a bicycle for both exercise and convenience. I used to ride on a Specialized Venge Expert back when I lived in Las Vegas, but didn’t bring it with me when I moved to Tokyo last year. After some shopping around, I settled for a TOYKOBIKE SPORT9s. It’s a great bicycle for getting around the city and causal exercising. Most importantly, it’s not super expensive and I don’t mind if it gets wet from a surprise rainstorm. I do miss my Specialized though, so hopefully I’ll figure out a way to bring it back to Tokyo next time I’m in the USA.

I live close to the Imperial Palace and recently discovered that the streets are blocked for cars every Sunday. Basically, the area around the Imperial Palace becomes a cyclist’s paradise once a week. It’s difficult to find a long stretch of road for cycling in Minato-ku, so I’m glad I found out about this. If you’re in Tokyo, this is a great way to get some exercise on the weekend–there are even free rental bikes for tourists and other people who don’t own a bicycle.

Camera: Apple iPhone X

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Optimizing Decrypto’s WordPress Install

February 10, 2019

I’m obsessed with optimizing my websites for performance. In this post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I use to make sure Decrypto loads quickly. Before we get into the optimization tips, here are two examples of Decrypto’s load time–277 ms for a text-heavy page and 0.6s for an image-heavy page.

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SubstratumNode v0.4.2 Speed & Performance Test

January 31, 2019

Recently, I published an article on CryptoSlate about SubstratumNode v0.4.2, where I performed a series of speed tests to gauge the performance of the network. The technical details about the test were included in an early draft, but were omitted in the final revision due to the lengthiness of the technical jargon. This article is meant to serve as an accompaniment to the CryptoSlate article for people who wish to know more about the test configuration.

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Shot on iPhone

January 29, 2019

I’ve always been a proponent of shooting photos with a “real camera”. Over the years, I’ve owned and used a number of real cameras including a Nikon D200, Fujifilm X100, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X100S, and most recently a Fujifilm X-Pro2. I also own a vintage Leica M2-R, but that’s a story for another day. The point is I never saw my iPhone, the camera that is always in my pocket, as a “real camera” – at least not until a few days ago.

So, what changed?

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