Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Ashdod-based Aleph Farms is growing bovine steak within 3 weeks.
If it appears more than once, it’s almost always going to appear more than twice.
Karen Menezes on variables
Good bonkers, I’m Adam S Khan, the S being for Samuel.
I live in Brighton, England with Irit and our kids and right now no dogs.
Thanks for dropping by — it’s my pleasure to have you.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
With the villain’s quasi-sibling bond to the hero, 2015’s 007 movie deflates to an incestuous Möbius Strip.
Monday, December 17th, 2012
I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Annoyances and upsets with the iPhone 4S have been more than offset by its screen, the silkiness of its surfaces, the camera, and the third-party market for both software and hardware.
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust US President Obama.
Monday, March 8th, 2010
It’s 1983: Go for the Apple IIe with 64k that could be opened up as a hobbyist machine? Or the smaller, sleeker and newer IIc with double the memory but a closed case?
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
There’s nothing else around here except empty desolate pretty hills. The Israel Trail passes by a bit to the west. The shops are mostly franchises, almost all homegrown: Super-Pharm, Aroma, Tzomet Sfarim, Cup O’ Joe’s, LaMetayel, Mega, Fox, Castro, H&O.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
So, finally, we stopped yesterday; the Israeli assault on Gaza of late 2008/early 2009 is over. With it, Israel lost moral purity and made vital strategic gains.
Friday, January 9th, 2009
Even if it did nothing, was just a prop in a futuristic movie, the MacBook Pro would be impressive; it’s like a sculpture of my previous computer, the MacBook, except it’s actually an improved computer!
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Irit, the Jam and I walk from Brighton to Gatwick Airport.
Friday, December 7th, 2007
Ariel Sharon’s disengagement policy reflected an understanding that ownership of the Palestinian issue is shared with Egypt and Jordan. If Tony Blair were to acquire this view, perhaps he really could help facilitate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
There she was, sitting outside the apartment block! How did she do it? Dogs—or at least Jam—must have some sort of navigational sense we don’t understand.
Monday, February 26th, 2007
I have had something very flattering: a request. Juan Carlos has asked me for comments on Casino Royale.
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
The Mrs is skeptical of David Allen’s Getting Things Done self-management system because it eschews the rigors of time management in lieu of what feels right. But GTD is about informed feeling.
Saturday, July 10th, 2004
I want to get people in my pics, but it’s tougher when you’re no longer a wide-eyed teenager, because people generally don’t like to think they are a spectacle.
Thursday, January 24th, 2019
Some good clear thoughts on decision-making in this review by Agnes Callard of Steven Berlin Johnson’s book on the topic.
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Jonathan Hoefler explores something that typeface designers have long known but that researchers have only now corroborated: horizontal lines appear thicker than vertical ones.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Chronicling from “below the API line”, as Venkatesh Rao calls it, are Austin Murphy with “I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon” in The Atlantic and Lauren Hough with “I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America” in The Huffington Post.
The depicted harshness of American work life for so many is terrible not just for those involved but for all. (Also these two share a prodigious unmet need to urinate on the job — is this the top new workplace tribulation?)
Monday, December 31st, 2018
The Six Day War, Fifty Years On is a series of articles by Tel Aviv University’s INSS think-tank including authors such as Gabi Siboni and Moshe Ya’alon.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
My first reading of Bikram’s second book in light of Bikram’s sexual assault accusations and exile from the USA, this one is not only weaker than his first due to a more lecturing tone and structure, now it seems downright tawdry, given the clean living Bikram advocates that he himself allegedly was not living up to. Ah well.
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
The nine totally must-read lessons of Brexit by Ivan Rogers, who was fired as Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union for stating some of these truths. Abject.
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Harvard’s Belfer Center has produced an English translation of the Israel Defense Forces’ 2015 formal defence doctrine directed mainly against Hizbollah. This is the first such publication, which is worrying because pieces of paper now comprise at least some elements of the country’s deterrence.
Friday, December 14th, 2018
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class
A re-read due to renewing my practice of Bikram’s hot yoga, again I’m struck by how perfectly balanced is its jaunty tone of humor, optimism and inclusion; it’s evidently a product of what in retrospect now seem the buoyant optimistic 1970s.
Thank you JINSA for this bracing, worrying overview of the situation between Israel and Hezballah: “Israel’s Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges” [PDF].
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Our subterranean biosphere is teeming with some 20 billion tons of micro-organisms, scientists discover.
“The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Health: Critical Review and Clinical Trial Recommendations”, as published 2015 in Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine.
A screed we need: “When Supplements Become Substitutes” by Joshua Mitchell in the redoubtable City Journal. This conceptual framework clarifies much of what Western societies are concerned about regarding themselves.
Monday, December 10th, 2018
The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success
This book seems like one for our times: a self-improvement topic given fresh life by being supported by social science data. There are sufficient surprising results — similar to say Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow — to warrant reading, despite, when stepping back and taking it on the whole, the thing feeling largely self-evident. But it is not, and probably deserves a reread.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
The insect apocalypse is here, reports The New York Times. This seems likely to be what does us all in; indeed most of us already have been.
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
“Respected journalist” Joel Golby has pulled off a rather spectacular series of mini-essays for Vice in Choose Your Own Adventure: Friday Night Edition!. More relevant perhaps for people say a quarter of a century younger than me, but one can appreciate.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
The more you keep your mouth shut, the more fertile you become.
If you don’t give literature a decisive part to play in your existence, then you haven’t got anything but a show of culture.
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
It All Adds Up
Bellow is meaty to pick up on any topic; we’re confident in the arms of a leading novelist. His tributes to old friends read the richest, even though impressionistic, more journalistic pieces such as his coverage of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty signing are also satisfying.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
According to The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East by Prof. Meir Zamir, British Intelligence provoked the Arabs to invade Israel in 1948. The link is to an episode of the Tel Aviv Review podcast featuring Zamir.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
A savvy 69-year-old Dutchman who “identifies as 45” aims to legally reduce his age.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Concentration without effort is the heart of the thing.
America and I, both exceptional, would together elude prediction and defy determinism.
The degree to which you challenge your own beliefs and expose them to destruction is a test of your worth as a novelist.
Telling all is the function of intellectuals.
The historic task of a civilization is to remake the world in its own image.
Thursday, November 1st, 2018
In this survey of Palestinian opinion conducted 25-27 October 2018 in the West Bank and Gaza [.doc] by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University, there’s a drop in support for “the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause” from a mere 34.6% to a meager 16.4% if it includes “some land exchange”. But if they don’t want this, what do they think they can achieve that’s any better?
Important to consider: despite choice fatigue, users do benefit from some symbolic choices, this piece argues.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Species eradication and wiping out animal populations seem to me a more dire problem than mere climate change. It should be our environmental priority.
Thursday, October 25th, 2018
British influence in the EU has been far greater than recognised, this piece argues. If this was better understood in Britain — and if, say, the BBC had devoted a couple of hours a week to pure Europe news — I’m guessing Britons would be much more pro-Europe today and the Brexit own-goal would not have occurred.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
The 1953 Bergren Residence, on the market for $2m, is a pretty Wrightian Lautner, especially around the fireplace.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Sunday, October 14th, 2018
You’re ♬ never ♫ too old ♬ to ♫ be young. “The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45” in the Harvard Business Review.
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
I’m with Thomas (now Giselle), as robust as it blimmin’ gets with his Empire for Liberty.
My own sort of wacky view about it is that the American Revolution was basically a dispute over the course and direction and ground rules of the Empire.
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Worrying that you’re late is one of the signs of a good idea.
Paul Graham, How to Get Startup Ideas
Hussein Agha, senior Fatah member, discusses at some length — and it seems to me with honesty — the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
When Palestinians are close to reaching an agreement and are genuinely faced with giving up 78 per cent of their homeland, they feel surrender, so they recoil. Whenever Israelis find themselves at a similar point and try to justify giving up material assets in return for mere words, i.e. promises about future conduct, they recoil.
An interview at the impressive Fathom Journal with Lyn Julius, author of Uprooted.
The Jews were intrinsic to the rhythm of life in the Middle East. It all ended in the space of a generation. Some 850,000 Jews fled 10 Arab countries; most found refuge in Israel, where over half the Jewish population has roots in Arab or Muslim lands.
Try to do things that would make your friends say wow.
Paul Graham, “How to Do What You Love”
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Now that’s a web site: New York City tree map — every last one, including street view, species, diameter. [via Kottke]
Monday, October 8th, 2018
Friday, October 5th, 2018
The Power of Pull
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
The core ideas are repeated so unabashedly often that distaste for the repetition makes me want to reject the ideas. Perhaps though repetition is deliberate, like in television commercials, working under the rhetorical theory that the reader will be irritated into remembering the message?
At any rate, the book posits three steps to getting anywhere: find the resources you need, attract others to your vision, and move at the appropriate pace to implement it. Crossing these three steps is the idea that innovation tends to occur not at the heart of things but at the edge, and so there must be an interplay between the incumbents and the hungry marginal outsiders. And the current business paradigm of digital transformation pumps up these perennial dynamics to where they must now be utilized as a framework.
The book’s blurbs are so hyperbolic and from such high-powered people, perhaps its simplicity is its power and the repetition worked on me: I dismiss the book merely because I understand it, and I understand it due to the repetition. And my understanding the book proves it a good one.
Since a few years have now passed since publication, some of the enterprises cited as exemplary wonders in the making, like Shai Agassi’s Better Places, have collapsed, giving further if unintentional insight into the topic.
You could argue that I missed the point entirely, in that I don’t even mention here the concept of “pull”. But that’s because to me it gradually lost any meaning, they used the term so often, and became a stand-in for “good”.
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee announces his startup Inrupt to support and popularize Solid, a platform to enable people to regain control of their own data.
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
In case anyone else was mildly traumatized by the way fonts appear on MacOS Mojave due to the disabling of subpixel antialiasing, here’s the solution by Github user alexanderyakusik:
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO
Also, in System Preferences > General, check Use font smoothing when available.
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Why Controversial Remarks by Faculty Must Be Protected
Yes, It's an Emergency--Time to Control the Border
Trump's Familiar Playbook After a Loss: Distract & Digress
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Why Does the Catholic Church Keep Failing on Sexual Abuse?
Presidential Plotters Must Face Punishment
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Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'
My 2018 Apple Report Card
Tech tips for people who are going to die someday (2015)
MIDI City 2000
We Lost Our Ability to Mend
The Rise of the Tech-Savvy Parent
Faceswap Github repo is public but only accessible by logged-in users
When Divorce Was Off the Table, English Couples Dissolved Marriages with Beer
Mesh: Compacting Memory Management for C/C++ Applications
Data leak reveals China is tracking almost 2.6m people in Xinjiang
Formal Verification of Y86-64 Processors
Intel Starts Publishing Open-Source Linux Driver Code for Discrete GPUs
Going Solo, Successfully
What ABC called "pink slime," USDA now says can be labeled "ground beef"
Making My Own USB Keyboard from Scratch
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
Delinquent car loans hit record highs
Heather Nauert withdraws name from UN ambassador consideration
"We know the game is rigged": NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio slams Amazon HQ2 reversal
House Democrats take first steps to obtain notes from Trump-Putin meetings
2020 Democrats are entering the race as angry fighters or optimistic pragmatists
Pope defrocks former D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse
A new AI program can generate fake prose
Judge fixates on Manafort's relationship with suspected Russian intelligence operative
Mueller says Paul Manafort should serve 19-24 years in prison
5 people killed in mass shooting at factory in Aurora, Illinois
Alibaba is making new inroads into the U.S. with Alipay
Uber sues New York City over vehicle cap law
Zarif: Risk of war with Israel is great
Gantz: As prime minister I won’t allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon
Transport Minister Yisrael Katz tapped as acting foreign minister
Exclusive: Trump Mid East peace plan’s release – not before second half of 2019
Trump urges Europe to take back 800 ISIS fighters for trial
Three floors of St. Petersburg University collapse
Hizballah’s missile precision crash project slowed. 250 upgraded out of 14,000
After first Auschwitz visit, Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-style anti-Semitism
The US and Israel drill Iranian missile attack scenario in joint military exercise
Trump announcement on Syria expected Saturday
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
The Key to Middle East Peace Is Getting Palestinians to Say "Yes"
Israel, Gulf States Commend Kushner's Peace Effort
The Founder of Universal Studios Rescued 300 Jewish Families from Nazi Germany
Peace Process Veterans See Growing Israeli-Arab Alignment in Warsaw
Canadian Parliament Approves New Israel Free Trade Deal
Undefeated, ISIS Is Back in Iraq
40 Years of Revolution Economics Have Failed Iran
$1 Billion in Gold Imports from Venezuela to Turkey in 2018
Palestinians Have No Confidence in the Palestinian President
U.S. Delivers Laser-Guided Rockets to Lebanese Army
The Hypocrisy of Eurovision Israel Boycotters
Germany Sees Rise in Anti-Semitic Offenses in 2018
Vice President Pence: Time to Hold the Iranian Regime Accountable for the Evil and Violence It's Inflicted
Netanyahu: Warsaw Conference Helps Prepare Arab Public to Accept Normalization of Ties with Israel
Mutual Recognition Never Happened, Palestinian Leaders Are Stuck in 1948
Trump science adviser calls for more collaboration between industry and government
Gravitational-wave observatory LIGO set to double its detecting power
Rare trial of open peer review allays common concerns
Antarctic voyage will explore ocean hidden under ice for 100,000 years
Hungary’s scientists outraged by government budget grab
The vaporized rock and extreme heat at a huge landslide’s heart
Indian payment-for-papers proposal rattles scientists
Daily briefing: How one academic couple solved the two-body problem
Author Correction: Predictable and precise template-free CRISPR editing of pathogenic variants
Principal investigators are people, too
US science agencies set for budget boost in deal to avert government shutdown
One couple, two cities: How to handle an international career move
Diabetes relief in mice by glucose-sensing insulin-secreting human α-cells
Convergent estimates of marine nitrogen fixation
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Twilight of the Oligarchs?
Laboring After Members
Sabotage in Queens
Harm Production in San Francisco
Barriers to Black Progress
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Signs that China's real-estate bubble will burst and take the economy with it
Shoot your movie now with this filmmaker's master class
AFL-CIO open letter to game devs: things won't get better until you unionize
Amazon's 2018 profits: $11.2 billion; Amazon's 2018 IRS bill: negative $129 million
Anti-vaxxers use Facebook to target pregnant women with fear and lies
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Watch a bus do a u-turn on a busy highway
Rescue pit bull pup performs perfectly for treat
Funny postcards based on old paperbacks
Akita puppy has serious snow addiction
How do you teach writing in a scalable manner to third- and fourth-graders?
Do most Americans not want to live near tall buildings?
Saturday assorted links
The political culture that is China
Why should blackmail be illegal?
Lint Barrage on climate change and capital taxation
Words of wisdom
Economists for Inclusive Prosperity
Friday assorted links
Are workers exploited in the Chinese manufacturing sector?
Amazon winners and losers
Small teams vs. large teams in science
Thursday assorted links
AIs Quickly Learn to Collude
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Presidents' Day Apple deals: Macs on sale from $749 (up to $700 off), plus hundreds off iPad Pros & more
Video: Should you get an eGPU for your new 2018 Mac mini?
These $49 Funcl AI earbuds might look like AirPods, but they're a whole lot cheaper (and still sound great)
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'AirPods 2' rumored to launch in spring alongside AirPower, feature new black color option
Apple to acquire voice app firm PullString in deal worth below $100M, report says
Apple's latest iPhone XS & XR ad 'Bokeh'd' plays with social downsides of Depth Control
Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer
Review: The G-Drive Mobile USB-C HDD is a great storage solution for your Mac
Apple extends Chinese iPhone XS & XR trade-up offers through March 25
Niantic agrees to change Pokemon Go locations in trespassing lawsuit settlement
How to make PDFs in macOS Mojave without any extra software
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Portal do Rugby by Nacione
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Linked: Weird MLB Logos
Noted: New Logo and Livery for Flair Airlines
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for MFO by Dinamo
Spotted: New Logo for Reyn Spooner
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Raseborg by Marker Creative
Linked: no name® Beer
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Dorsia by ueno
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Institut Français de la Mode by Base
Announced: 2019 Brand New Conference: Sponsorship Opportunities
Spotted: New Logo for The Pudding
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Linked: Easic Does It
Noted: New Identity for WeWork by Gretel
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
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