Monday, March 9th, 2020
WorldOMeter has a handy COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak page that’s updated regularly, sortable and filterable.
The daily activities most associated with happiness are having sex, socializing after work and having dinner. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting.
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, April 2nd, 2020
Bret writes a very nice one about his great Mum during these terrible days of covid-19.
Humane, authoritative video by Dr Jeffrey VanWingen, a family physician in Grand Rapids, Michigan on sterilizing groceries.
Complete with photos, the fucking Chinese wet market is back in business. From the Daily Mail article: “The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures.” So I am finally posting this thought for posterity: #nukeWuhan.
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Devi Sridha, Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, had been trying to sound the alarm about the British herd-immunity approach with pieces such as “Britain had a head start on Covid-19, but our leaders squandered it”.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
What a lovely piece by Peggy Noonan: “My Corona (or Is It Schmutz?)”.
In times of infectious airborne disease, the burden of proof shouldn’t on wearing a mask, it should be on not wearing one. Scott Alexander reviews the scientific literature on mask-wearing.
Sunday, March 29th, 2020
In The Atlantic, a cogent overview of America’s response to COVID-19.
Andrew McCarthy painstakingly reviews the confusion in establishing the Covid-19 fatality rate.
Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Down in the weeds regarding the management of Nightingale Hospital London.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
So some combination of a strong state, some kind of small-c conservative social renewal, and some sort of futurism offers some kind of alchemy…
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
Tim Ferris disseminates instructions for making a single medical ventilator work for multiple patients.
Saturday, March 21st, 2020
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Doug Tarr weighs in on learning to code. I didn’t know my old roommate could write so well. Doug, write more.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Benjamin Schwarz decries the University of Chicago’s English Department for toeing the woke line, despite the Chicago Principles (it’s great to see my alma mater’s font again, and saying such things).
“More news, less junk. Faster.” Brent Simmons has just released the free and open source RSS reader NetNewsWire app for iOS. This may well be a visible dent in the universe.
In an interview with Kelly Gulmont on MacObserver, he says in an interview that one of the things he’s most proud of is that search is really fast (in a 20-minute podcast, this, remarkably, is the only bit of substance; I won’t be listening again).
There’s a review up at MacStories, “NetNewsWire for iOS and iPadOS Review: The Perfect Complement to the App’s macOS Counterpart” while Cult of Mac has “NetNewsWire is reborn on iOS”. Also 9to5Mac.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
by Ken Kocienda
In one of those books where we see it’s perhaps more useful to be a doer who latterly writes than a professional writer, the author scaffolds a theory of success around his own respective failures and two giant successes: creating Apple’s Safari web browser for OS X and creating the iOS keyboard, no less.
We get to share the Eureka moments when these two significant dents in the universe came together. And the story of their creations serve as perfect illustrations of his theory, derived from Darwin’s.
Must-reading for many, surely.
Mythmaking Bardic Artistry. That’s the real MBA!
Monday, March 2nd, 2020
INSS responds to the Deal of the Century — they don’t like it, believing it to create more trouble than it solves. Instead they push for their own Strategic Framework for the Israeli-Palestinian Arena.
I think though they take this thing too seriously; surely it was only meant as a reframing, a shot across the bow to Palestinians that they better come to the table because the narrative they’ve constructed may not always be there.
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
Venkatesh Rao’s Into the Yakverse is just too disgustingly awesomely good. Think the tone of David Goldman’s visits to Cardinal Richelieu, along with the cynical wit of top Armando Iannucci satire, and the light momentum of an Eliyahu Goldratt business novel.
DesignBoom’s sauna page. This is just great work about great work about great living.
A great crowdsourced set of tips for improving the performance of a LAMP-stack web site/system. Some takeaways: 1) upgrade to the latest version of php 2) index mysql fields involved in joins 3) cache not to file or db but using memcache or redis.
A call to arms for gigworld: Towards Gigwork as a Folkway by Venkatesh Rao.
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of an Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Brent Schlener and Rick Tetzell
Although the simple thesis gets repeated interminably, nonetheless it’s a nice one: that Steve Jobs’s greatness stems muchly from his constant becoming, constant learning, constant trying to overcome himself (hence the title, which can be read as descriptive).
It’s great to be in his company, which you feel you are, as one of the authors was himself repeatedly so for decades.
One thing new to me was Pixar’s role in maturing Jobs; we don’t often read about who and what shaped the shaper.
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Suspending the need for meaningfulness is exhausting!
Venkatesh Rao, The Price of Freedom
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
Data without generalization is just gossip.
Robert Pirsig, Lila
First one to get back to reality is the biggest sociopath in the room.
Venkatesh Rao, The Shtickbox Affair
In CSS-only fluid modular type scales, Trys Mudford lays out the code for letting type grow appropriately (and uses the Golden Ratio for the steps). Very nice!
And I love the applied musical modular scale, which I’d not seen before, one of those great things that in retrospect seem obvious.
I’ve been fumbling towards all this without stopping to actually systematize it as they’ve done. And they did it here in Brighton, at Clearleft. Kudos.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
My go-to type foundry Hoefler&Co have really stepped up their website game at typography.com, with a thrilling new typeface combination throughout of Idlewild for eyebrows and Ideal Sans for titles, and their rich How We Use Type feature for each font family.
The Verge today covered Fraidycat, a newsreader that shows not a list of posts but recently active individuals. See fraidyc.at. Nice to see that The Verge itself posts its RSS link pretty prominently, third after Facebook and Twitter.
Is RSS coming back?, a topic today at /r/webdev. According to the comments, a) it never went away, b) no.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
From Paul Graham’s essay “Having Kids”, December 2019:
I remember perfectly well what life was like before. Well enough to miss some things a lot, like the ability to take off for some other country at a moment’s notice. That was so great. Why did I never do that?
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
Mike and Rich of Red Letter Media do a re:View of Star Trek: Picard. I hadn’t articulated to myself why I chose not to watch beyond the first episode — they explain it. One criticism though: they mock the term positronic, seeming not to know it comes from Asimov’s robots.
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Great thread: What do software engineers who work at a large scale understand that other developers don’t? at /r/programming.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
the use of more words or parts of words than are necessary or sufficient for clear expression
Since the media as well as the Democrats (pardon the pleonasm) clearly enjoy the spectacle of impeachment, I suggest that Barack Obama retroactively be impeached, not for anything as mealy-mouthed as “obstruction of Congress” but for aiding and abetting America’s enemies by shoveling billions of dollars to the Iranian mullahs.
Roger Kimball, “ ‘Walls Are Closing In’ on the Democrats”, American Greatness
I feel constrained to point out to [US Senator Chuck] Schumer that President Trump’s acquittal will have at least this irrefragable meaning: Donald J. Trump will still be president of the United States.
Roger Kimball, “ ‘Walls Are Closing In’ on the Democrats”, American Greatness
Monday, January 27th, 2020
Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
“The Soleimani Killing: An Initial Assessment” [PDF], a study by Hillel Frisch, Eytan Gilboa, Gershon Hacohen, Doron Itzchakov, and Alexander Joffe at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
From “you can’t do anything” to “a severe revenge”: Khamenei fumes regarding “that guy” Trump as US kills Iran’s Al-Quds Force leader Soleimani in a missile attack at Baghdad Airport.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
In trying to improve the performance of an ExpressionEngine-powered web-based system, I came across the following database fields within MySQL query WHERE clauses that therefore should be indexed but aren’t:
Every little helps.
In r/saltierthancrait and posted by u/yellowdawg299, In your opinion, who is the worst character in Star Wars?. Great stuff.
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Matt Layman’s handy Failed SaaS Postmortem — too much tech tinkering; I need to take heed. Plus it’s great he’s getting right back in the saddle.
“A proper understanding of biblical and rabbinic theology might identify a solution to Israel’s constitutional vacuum“. By Michael Wyschogrod in First Things 
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Step by step guide to becoming a modern front end developer
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Slack's core flaws require topic modeling to fix
Turkey Finds Flaws in Russian S-400s. A Ploy to Get US Patriots?
Iran as World Class Exporter of Covid-19 to Its Neighbors
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US and pro-Iranian Militias Set for Head-on Collision in Iraq
Bnei Brak faces full closure after 38pc infected with coronavirus
Netanyahu returns to quarantine, along with top health ministry officials
Israel’s coronavirus death toll climbs to 31, confirmed cases to 6,211
Health Minister and wife test positive for covid-19
Israel completes its largest-ever bond issue
Festival grants for Israeli families with children and elderly
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
U.S. Warns Iran of Heightened Retaliation for Any Attacks on American Troops
Pakistani Court Overturns Murder Conviction in Killing of Journalist Daniel Pearl
New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Falsely Claim that Netanyahu Shut Courts
Israel Targets Iranian Commanders at Syrian Base
Is Iran Using Pandemic to Race toward Nuclear Weapons?
Islamic Waqf Uses Covid-19 as Cover to Dig on Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Israel to Treat Coronavirus Victims with Antibodies from Recovered Patients
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Mossad Officer Describes Israel's Efforts to Obtain Medical Equipment to Fight Corona
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Israeli Startups Raised over $650 Million in March
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Author Correction: Self-verifying variational quantum simulation of lattice models
African nations missing from coronavirus trials
Publisher Correction: Z-nucleic-acid sensing triggers ZBP1-dependent necroptosis and inflammation
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Iran’s parliament speaker tests positive, is in quarantine
UAE education ministry bans private tutoring sessions
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Thursday assorted links
America’s regulatory state is failing — we can’t even give money away
New issue of Econ Journal Watch
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Wednesday assorted links
What should you read during the crisis?
Small business aid through Fintech?
Why is Physician Pay Being Cut In a Crisis?
Emergent Ventures India
The optimal duration of lockdown
Where the design community meets.
Tips, interviews, and resources to guide you in your remote work
SyncBird Pro redesign - a smart alternative to Apple iTunes
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Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
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