And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers - shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle - to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.

Excerpt from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Authors

Abdi-Hakin Dirie

Abdi-Hakin—Abdi for short—was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. With the outbreak of the Somali Civil War, he came to the United States as a refugee. After a decade of residence, he became a US citizen and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he is a software engineer with a focus in machine learning and natural language processing. He has interests in artificial intelligence, comedy, and effective giving, among other things.

Ahmed Ali Diriye

Ahmed was born in Beledweyne, Somalia. He also currently makes residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, though he travels very often. In the past he has been to Greece, Peru, Japan, Ethiopia, and Canada. He enjoys discussing philosophy, especially ethics, whenever possible, and likes photography, languages, and all things cinema. He likes to ride his vintage road bicycle when the season permits.

The Site

The site is a shared blog between Abdi and Ahmed. Topics are variable, from computer science to philosophy. Neither writes substantially more than the other, so there is usually an even share of posts between the two.

The site takes on a light or dark theme depending on the local time. The light theme is up from 6:00-18:00. The dark theme is up during the complementary interval. The theme transitions at the interval boundaries. The times are chosen to roughly correspond with sunrise and sunset.