2013: A Year in Review


What a year!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com.

13,704,819 new blogs in 2013

That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.

489,281,136 posts in 2013

That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!

667,675,929 comments in 2013

That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.

comments since you’ve been
on this page.

95,424,985 likes in 2013

That’s almost 38,000 times the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The most popular topics in 2013

You’ve written about thousands of topics in 2013. Here are the top ten:

  1. Photography328,763 posts
  2. Video289,493 posts
  3. Politics282,893 posts
  4. Music282,434 posts
  5. Life280,219 posts
  6. News259,493 posts
  7. Art240,367 posts
  8. Love168,657 posts
  9. Humor155,213 posts
  10. Food105,528…

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Hotel staff spying on guests

I stayed at the Hotel 1000 in Seattle last weekend. It was quite pleasant and I was going to give it a good rating and recommend it to friends and colleagues.

Then I logged into my LinkedIn profile and found this:

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The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. When travelling and staying at hotels, I expect the hotels to respect my privacy.

Dear Hotel 1000, this is simply not cool. I hope this is not common practice at your hotel, as a guest I find this extremely creepy.

p.s. I mailed the hotel a link to my post at the same time as I posted it.

A simple explanation of how money moves around the banking system


Money talks, and sometimes even walks :)

Originally posted on Richard Gendal Brown:

Twitter went mad last week because somebody had transferred almost $150m in a single Bitcoin transaction. This tweet was typical:

There was much comment about how expensive or difficult this would have been in the regular banking system – and this could well be true.  But it also highlighted another point: in my expecience, almost nobody actually understands how payment systems work.  That is: if you “wire” funds to a supplier or “make a payment” to a friend, how does the money get from your account to theirs? 

In this article, I hope to change this situation by giving a very simple, but hopefully not oversimplified, survey of the landscape.

First, let’s establish some common ground

Perhaps the most important thing we need to realise about bank deposits is…

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