Time in the time of pandemic

I wanted to go out and make photographs. Instead, I turned off my alarm and just lay on my back, looking at the ceiling, as if constant staring could turn it into a big blue vista. I kept thinking … | Continue reading


@om.co | 22 hours ago

Global Food: Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Remix?

Photo by Anna Pelzer on Unsplash If you have been a reader for a long time, it should come as no surprise to you that, while I eat simply at home, I have a fondness for food and the artists who cre… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 day ago

Weird dreams are made of Chicken?

Photo by Michael Anfang on Unsplash Early this morning, I woke up from a vivid dream with a full narrative that saw someone visit a rural home, and fell in love with the idea of raising chickens an… | Continue reading


@om.co | 4 days ago

Why every tech downturn has a silver lining

San Francisco was a very bleak place in the aftermath of the dot.com meltdown that began in the spring of 2000. Every single day of that summer I woke up to the news of more layoffs, more shutdowns… | Continue reading


@om.co | 4 days ago

Streaking

Venice, Italy. 2018 A long exposure from the top of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy! The original color photo wasn’t anything to write home about, but when I applied my B&W preset to t… | Continue reading


@om.co | 4 days ago

[Podcast] Stuck@Om w/Wired Editor Nick Thompson on the pandemic, its impact on technology and change + why we mistrust media

In this episode of Stuck@Om, I chat with one of the great human beings on the planet — Nicholas Thompson. He’s the Editor in Chief at WIRED Magazine, an avid marathoner, and has penned one of the b… | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

Real reasons why tech giants are hugging “Remote Work”

Photo by 金 运 on Unsplash This past week Facebook became one of the largest proponents of remote work. It made headlines for considering allowing people to permanently work from home.… | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

[Podcast] Stuck@Om w/Wired Editor Nick Thompson on the pandemic, its impact on technology and change + why we mistrust media

In this episode of Stuck@Om, I chat with one of the great human beings on the planet — Nicholas Thompson. He’s the Editor in Chief at WIRED Magazine, an avid marathoner, and has penned one of the b… | Continue reading


@om.co | 5 days ago

Watch This: A chat w/ Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davison from his Highlight days

The New York Times recently wrote about this hot new app that has been the buzz among technology insiders for a while — Clubhouse.((The Hot New Thing Clubby New York.)) There are rumors of th… | Continue reading


@om.co | 7 days ago

[05.20.20] Today’s Notes

My daily reading and work spark some thoughts. I jot down these musings in a daily document, I maintain in the Bear App. I have been doing this since my earliest days as a report. Have a look my to… | Continue reading


@om.co | 7 days ago

Is Shopify ready to be double-crossed by Facebook?

So Facebook is taking on Amazon with its Shops, powered by Shopify. I don’t know why that agreement kept reminding me of that deal I read about as a young lad: Americans teaming with the rebels to … | Continue reading


@om.co | 8 days ago

Unicornonsense

Softbank Investor Deck Sometimes when we find ourselves on the third base, we think we hit a triple. It doesn’t matter if we got there by series of luck of the draw. I mean a botched throw that tur… | Continue reading


@om.co | 9 days ago

[05.18.2020] Signals

This just might be the best thing you read today. “This virus has been, both literally and metaphorically, a disease of modernity. Why? Because It attacks via the vectors of modernity: trade linkag… | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

Light is a reaction to darkness

Photography has taught me that brightness and darkness are merely a reaction to one another. Sometimes, just making a few elements of an image a little darker, you make other aspects brighter and m… | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

80 Days

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash Today is yet another Monday in the pandemic — 12th, to be exact. And just like that, I am on day # 80 of the self-quarantine. It is as if life has always been this… | Continue reading


@om.co | 10 days ago

Stuck@Om with Herman Narula

In this episode of Stuck@Om, Herman Narula joins me in a conversation about our future. Herman is the CEO of Improbable, a company that is obsessed with multiplayer games and builds the underlying … | Continue reading


@om.co | 12 days ago

Visual memories of Venice.

Venice has lost its tourists. Watch what the locals have to say and how they are dealing with the shutdown. [YouTube] The timing of the video was fruitious. I had just shared a photo on Instagram, … | Continue reading


@om.co | 14 days ago

Return of the old fashioned

 A lot of old tech ideas are back in fashion thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. A few weeks back, Intel announced that — thanks to the immediate need for people to work from home, and in many case… | Continue reading


@om.co | 15 days ago

Why Skype lost to Zoom

The present shift to “work from home” should have a moment for Skype to shine. Instead, it is an afterthought for many of us, who have turned to Zoom (warts and all) at a time when the … | Continue reading


@om.co | 15 days ago

Why do social networks focus on the wrong problem?

Twitter is going to add “new labels and warning messages that will provide additional context and information on some Tweets containing disputed or misleading information related to COVID-19,… | Continue reading


@om.co | 16 days ago

Fast Forwarding the future of ecommerce

Photo by Charlie Marusiak on Unsplash This week, I can’t but help but notice that there might be good tidings in store for online commerce. As a wise editor once told me, “Follow the money, s… | Continue reading


@om.co | 18 days ago

Five stages of Zoom

With over 300 million daily participants, Zoom is clearly having a moment. And as the pandemic rolls on, our relationship with Zoom has changed quite a bit . Even my dear friend Brad “Zen” Feld is … | Continue reading


@om.co | 18 days ago

OMakase Pick: Todd Snyder Menswear

You might have read that J Crew, the iconic menswear retailer and a brand that introduced many of us to great classic clothing is going bankrupt. Yeah, the virus finally delivered the last nail in … | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

Productivity: what is it good for?

I was having a chat with a friend yesterday who was feeling a little tired and exhausted. The root cause of this exhaustion was sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods. She mentioned… | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

SuperMoon Rises

This year’s final supermoon ((What is a supermoon? )) was supposed to become full this morning at 3.45 am pacific time. But it appeared large and bright to me last night. According to Space.c… | Continue reading


@om.co | 21 days ago

Stuck@Om with Scott Belsky

In this episode of Stuck@Om, my friend Scott Belsky — CPO of Adobe and founder of Behance — joins me to have a conversation about the state of our world. He shares how his family is keeping safe an… | Continue reading


@om.co | 22 days ago

Snowstorm

Today, I was supposed to be somewhere close to Ny-Ålesund, a tiny little city on an island in the Arctic north from Svalbard. I was going to be part of a photo expedition led by my dear friend Chri… | Continue reading


@om.co | 25 days ago

fOMo

fOMO is my mostly technology-focused newsletter. My goal with this newsletter is to make it easy for you to connect the dots, by offering you my own commentary, reportage and curation of what is im… | Continue reading


@om.co | 25 days ago

Snowstorm

Today, I was supposed to be somewhere close to Ny-Ålesund, a tiny little city on an island in the Arctic north from Svalbard. I was going to be part of a photo expedition led by my dear friend Chri… | Continue reading


@om.co | 25 days ago

Unseen is what fuels the imagination

It is what we don’t see (or can’t see) that fuels our imagination. As a child, I read about faraway places. I imagined New York they wrote about in the books. I dreamt of San Francisco … | Continue reading


@om.co | 25 days ago

The inevitable has happened.

Photo by Jem Sahagun on Unsplash Disruptions, downturns, and recessions make the weak weaker and the strong stronger. It was true centuries ago, and it is true today. The 2001 downturn turned telec… | Continue reading


@om.co | 25 days ago

[Podcast] Stuck @Om with New York Times’ John Markoff

In this episode of Stuck@Om, I chat with John Markoff, a renowned technology reporter for The New York Times. John currently devotes his time to writing a biography of Stewart Brand, a writer, edit… | Continue reading


@om.co | 28 days ago

Spotify is really the new radio

For the past few months, whenever I experience Spotify, I come away thinking — man, Spotify has become like radio.  If you don’t pay for the premium service, it is hard to tell the difference. It i… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Wait! Rakuten bought Marie Kondo?

I was reading this profile of Marie Kondo, the “spark joy and tidy” guru from Japan in Fast Company, and learned that Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant had bought a controlling interest in  Ko… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

[Podcast] Stuck@Om with Toby Ord, author of The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity.

This episode was recorded in early February 2020 just before the pandemic engulfed the world. We ended up talking about the lack of resilience in society. In this episode of Stuck@Om, I chat with T… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Away from keyboard

Some of the best ideas come from casual conversations. Take this chat I had with my friend Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic and co-creator of WordPress. We were talking about his compa… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Stuck@Om with Matt Mullenweg

In this episode of Stuck@Om, I got a chance to chat with my good friend, Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the CEO of Automattic and a founding member of WordPress. Matt usually travels extensively for work … | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Reinterpretation (of self)

Reinterpretation of old images is mostly a futile exercise as all it does is exposes you to your shortcomings. Of course, if you look at it the other way, you are suddenly made aware of the progres… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

[04.24.2020] SIGNALS

Here are some stories that I found interesting and will be worth reading. The first modern pandemic and the scientific advances we need to stop COVID-19: Bill Gates lays out the strategy and makes … | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

The New New Working From Home Set-Up

I shared my new work from home set up a few days ago. Well, I ended up making some adjustments.  The double giant screens — iMac Pro and XDR Display are not for me — I need a single screen. The fol… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

My WFH Essentials

My dear friends at Acquire Mag are running a series on “work from home essentials.” They asked me my favorites and published the list. If you are interested in knowing my faves, visit A… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Currently Enjoying

Staying at home is a good opportunity to really savor things – you are not in a rush, and as a result, you can linger over words, images, sounds, and senses. At present, I am enjoying:  Mémoi… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Happy Earth Day

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu⁣ | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Start of a new photo adventure

Made with Leica SL & the Leica SL 24-90 lens. Focal Length: 24mm. Aperture f/22. ISO 50. Shutter speed 1/8th of a second. For the past few months, I have been toying with the idea of even more … | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

Hey HEY

Photo by  Markus Spiske  on  Unsplash  It has been a few years since I have been excited about a new application or a new service. And over the past three months, I have come across at least four f… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

This made me very sad

On an early morning walk, I walked past a big window and saw this plant starving to death, much like its neighbors who are desperate for a drink. The shutdown has many such silent victims. I don… | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

[PODCAST] Stuck@Om with Jason Fried

In today’s episode of Stuck@Om, I have a conversation with my friend Jason Fried, the co-founder and CEO of Basecamp. We talk about the parts of lockdown that we’ve enjoyed, as well as the ways it … | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago

[PODCAST] Stuck@Om with Jason Fried

In today’s episode of Stuck@Om, I have a conversation with my friend Jason Fried, the co-founder and CEO of Basecamp. We talk about the parts of lockdown that we’ve enjoyed, as well as the ways it … | Continue reading


@om.co | 1 month ago