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"Right" Amount of Annoyance




Sometimes applying the right amount of annoyance in certain situations can encourage the user to achieve positive result. In this app called Mimicker Alarm, a Microsoft Garage Project, the user is asked to perform odd tasks in order to shut off the alarm.

Yes, Tinder Users Do Exist in the Middle of No Where

Based on Buzzfeed’s article, 14 of the Most Remote and Extreme Cities Around the World, I decided to find out whether there are Tinder users in these remote places.


1. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

  • Population: 450
  • Tinder: No

Gerald Zinnecker / Flickr: zinnie




2. Longyearbyen, Svalbard

  • Population: 2,075 (2013)
  • Tinder = Yes, about 40 or 3.6% of total female population (based on the world’s average female to male ratio of 1.07)

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3. Adak, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 326
  • Tinder: No

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4. Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

  • Population: 50
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 3.7% of total female population

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5. Hanga Roa, Easter Island

  • Population: 3,300
  • Tinder: Yes, 17 or 0.96% of total female population

Flickr: lara68 / Creative Commons




6. Supai, Arizona, USA

  • Population: 208
  • Tinder: Yes, 1 or 0.90% of total female population

Flickr: fkehren / Creative Commons




7. Oymyakon, Russia

  • Population: 500
  • Tinder: No

Flickr: takens / Creative Commons




8. La Rinconada, Peru

  • Population: 50,000
  • Tinder: Yes, 20 or 0.07% of total female population

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9. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha

  • Population: 268
  • Tinder: No

Flickr: briangratwicke / Creative Commons




10. Barrow, Alaska, USA

  • Population: 4,500
  • Tinder: Yes, 8 or 0.33% of total female population

George Burba / thinkstockphotos.com


But then this happened...


In the end, it is difficult to determine how many real Tinder users there are in these remote locations. While I'm not entirely certain on why spammers decided to place these bots in such inconspicuous places, I speculate that they were virtually seeded on random basis in each territory using geo targeting.

In the end, one thing seems to be certain. That is Tinder has created a world where physical reality and hyper reality can exist simultaneously. In this world, its citizens are made up of humans, bots and somewhere in between who/that are indistinguishable from one another.

Looking Back at Apple Watch Keynote

I still recall Jony Ive's explaination of the Apple Watch during its keynote, which addressed all of the right key points that a wearable product should focus on. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite wearable quotes from Ive.

"We’re introducing an unparalleled level of technical innovation combined with a design that connects with the wearer at an intimate level to both embrace individuality and inspire desire. The watch senses that you are raising your wrist and then activates the display. You see an organization of apps that well knew is somehow familiar. Navigation is fluid and vital."

"Apps are designed for lightweight interaction. Smart replies and dictation let you respond quickly to messages. Glances let you swipe through information efficiently. And pressing the button below the digital crown instantly shows you friends you can contact in just seconds. And with digital touch, we’ve developed an entirely new way for you to connect intimately with others."

"We know that wearing something all day every day becomes as much about personal preference and self-expression as functionality. So we’ve designed a range of watch faces. You can personalize both their appearance and their capability."

"Personalization extends way beyond the interface. We have designed six different straps and a mechanism that makes the straps easily interchangeable with the refinement and precision that’s born of functionality. The sport band in a range of bold colors is made from a tough, durable sweat and chemical resistant high performance elastomer."

- Jony Ive

Takeaway: More wearable products should embrace intimacy, individuality, desire, expression and personalization.

Music Blox





"The project includes a music machine which allows anyone to create and experiment with music, in a playful and tangible way. The installation includes three turntables, all with built in Arduino, midishield and a total of 15 digital distance sensors. As the user adds a block to the deck, the distance sensor plays a sound. Combining all three turntables produces some quite intricate and fun beats."



DVD Lets You Go on Virtual Dinner Date




For about $8, you can have a virtual date simply by watching a DVD. It’s called "Amateur Dinner Time - Let’s Eat Together." This DVD makes sense considering the population in Japan is slowly declining as increasing number of people are giving up marriage and sex (as known as "sekkusu shinai shokogun" or "celibacy syndrome"). And this product does indeed makes sense from both sociological and economically speaking -- by eliminating social anxiety associated with asking a girl out on a date and the responsibility of paying for dinner.


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