Startup School London trip report

TL;DR;By attending Startup School, you'll get infected by a burning desire to start something big. If you already have an idea wha ...

LASIK 6 months later 

Around half a year ago I made a detailed post about getting LASIK eye surgery. In short this is a surgery which enables nearsighte ...

Hack your motivation

Nothing is better than being truly motivated by an exciting project. But if you're stuck, here are some things to try out that can ...

JLPT test

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is the most recognized standard test for judging your Japanese language ability. It has sev ...

Intensive Japanese course @ ICU

I was on a two-year exchange program to ICU in Tokyo, Japan. This is a short description for those considering taking part in such ...

Oculus Rift first impressions

Want to be immersed in a virtual world that only exists inside a computer? Have your own holodeck and experience the virtual reali ...

Getting LASIK eye surgery

This is the story of how I decided to fix my eyes with LASIK, how the experience was and how the result is turning out, written fo ...

What it costs to live in Japan

Two years ago I moved to Japan, working from home and hacking full time on what I would have used to call side projects in Finland ...

2D skeletal animation

One of my various side-projects is getting some simple 2D skeletal animation working, since dealing with that would be a useful sk ...

Japanese study tools

Compared to languages like English or Spanish that use the familiar latin alphabet, for learning Japanese many more software tools ...

Bemmu Sepponen

This is the blog of Bemmu Sepponen, an independent software developer living in Tokushima, Japan.Main projects:Candy Japan - ...

PayPal payments standard

I've had to refuse money from people, because my system simply isn't up to the task yet. It's kind of amazing how many small deta ...

First year of Candy Japan

Last July I posted on Hacker News about an experiment to start a Japanese candy subscription service. I live in Jap ...

I heard you like A/B testing

While doing split testing for Candy Japan I started thinking if there could be a better way to decide which page variation to ...

I just gave advertising a try.

As you might already know, I run a service called Candy Japan which mails subscribers Japanese sweets twice a month. It has been m ...

A world without advertising

Most people would agree that cold calling, unsolicited email and advertising are annoying things that the world would be better of ...

The Antiviral Effect

I am the author of "Coolest Friends", a viral (and at times antiviral) MySpace application about ranking your coolest friends. Pat ...