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I have left the Singapore civil service, after 12 great years. It was not an easy decision. Whether it was representing my country as a diplomat in Washington D.C. and at UN conferences, working on climate change policy, or doing government strategic planning, I found what I did not just intellectually challenging but tremendously fulfilling. I am deeply appreciative of my colleagues at MFA and MEWR and MinLaw, and am thankful to everyone I worked with in other ministries and in other organisations. I am also grateful to the Public Service Commission and the Public Service Division for the opportunity to serve my country. As for what comes next, I will be staying on in the US in Washington D.C., working as a consultant in Deloitte's Federal practice.  As always, I'm contactable on Twitter.

Getting a Mac to accept both American and British spelling

This was bugging me, so I figured it out. If you want a Mac's spell-check to accept both American and British spelling, here's how to do it: Go to System Preferences - Keyboard and choose the Text tab. Under Spelling, make sure it says "Automatic By Language", then click on "Set up:". Under English, make sure "American English" and "British English" (and Australian and Canadian English if you'd like) are al l checked/ticked. By default, only one kind of English is checked (American English in the case of my bought-in-Philly MacBook Air). That should prevent the red squiggly lines from appearing in phrases like the following: "After analysing and scrutinising the man's sizeable goitre, my judgement was that its colour might reflect anaemia.".

In Space, No One Can Hear You Mine

I wrote a piece on why Bitcoin will never work as an interplanetary currency between Earth and Mars (due to the protocol and physics). In Space, No One Can Hear You Mine: Why Bitcoin remains resolutely earthbound