Hi!

I’m Fabian. I take ideas and combine them with other ideas to make new ideas. An economics professor pitched the concept to me as recombinating back in 2011. It’s the only thing I remember from his class (aside from the sing-song way in which he said “Dis-ruuuuup-tive In-no-vhaaaaaa-tion”).

Ahem. Hopefully I’ll eventually have time to put those new ideas into words, and then I’ll put them here. But mostly I just take photos of things that I’m up to and put them on Instagram.

I am obsessed with

  • Coffee.

coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee

  • Things that don’t have to be mechanical anymore but are still stubbornly mechanical.

Typewriters Flip clocks Heater controls
(It’s probably because digital isn’t always better. ‘The Best Interface is No Interface’ by Golden Krishna unpacks this really well.)

  • Emoji. No, seriously, they’re fascinating as a cultural phenomenon.

  • The idea of democratizing innovation – giving people the tools to build solutions to their problems. The idea of building solutions with people, as opposed to building solutions for people, especially in communities currently underserved by technology.

  • Creative business, and the idea that profit and social impact aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • New designs for old problems,

like this clock and this umbrella.

  • The way the Internet is shaping culture and culture shapes the Internet.
    Recommend reading: The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr.

  • Eggplant 🍆. It’s my spirit vegetable.

Recently (see also blog format and all content)

  • I sit in 13A.

    A story from a flight from Jijiga to Addis Ababa.

  • Lofoten // Norway

    Went to Lofoten in Norway for a four-night getaway with some friends. Here are some photos.

  • Australian Election Map 2016  

    A technical overview of Google's election map for the Australian 2016 federal election.

  • Embassy Reviews (a Twitter bot)  

    Posts a review of an embassy direct from Google Maps every six hours. Yes, people review embassies. No, I don't know why; it's not like there are alternatives.

  • Emoji Haikus  

    ☀️ 💣
    👨‍👨‍👦 🦃
    🌨️ 🖲
    BLACK SUN WITH RAYS BOMB
    FAMILY: MAN, MAN, BOY TURKEY
    CLOUD WITH SNOW TRACKBALL
    Nonsense haikus generated using unicode emoji description text.