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Audience and art at the Saatchi Gallery. iPhone 4S London, England Friday, January 25th, 2013

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Will Femia

Nice Seaside Desktop
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Nice Seaside Desktop. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Pre-Gentrification
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Pre-Gentrification. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Still Alright, London
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Still Alright, London. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Alright, London
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Alright, London. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Pretty Police Station
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Pretty Police Station. iPhone 6S Hyde Park, London, England Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

City Hall from a Thames Clipper
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City Hall from a Thames Clipper. iPhone 6S London, England Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Greenwich White House
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Greenwich White House. iPhone 6S London, England Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Straight In
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Straight In. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Marina Cluster
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Marina Cluster. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Civic Serenity
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Civic Serenity. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Not Scared at All
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Not Scared at All. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Burgeoning Capital
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Burgeoning Capital. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Thames Angles
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Thames Angles. iPhone 6S London, England Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Gonna Get Down in that Sunny Southern Weather
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Gonna Get Down in that Sunny Southern Weather. iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, November 30th, 2015

It’s Still Life with Little Garden Pleasures
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It’s Still Life with Little Garden Pleasures. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 5th, 2015

Saved
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Saved. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 5th, 2015

Pleasant Crescent Way
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Pleasant Crescent Way. iPhone 4S East Sussex, England Thursday, August 27th, 2015

On Moulscoomb Wild Park Walks
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On Moulscoomb Wild Park Walks. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Troncrete
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Troncrete. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Triangle Sunset
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Triangle Sunset. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Mystic Morning
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Mystic Morning. iPhone 4S Hod Hasharon, Israel Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Spirit of the North
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Spirit of the North. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Taking Care of Business
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Taking Care of Business. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Atop Ra’anana
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Atop Ra’anana. iPhone 4S Ra'anana, Israel Monday, June 1st, 2015

A Moment of Glamour in Jaffa
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A Moment of Glamour in Jaffa. iPhone 4S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Briefs

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

“To be a wife is not to engage in ‘wifing.’” Excerpted in The Wall
Street Journal
, Alison Gopnik reminds us that as parents we should have no end beyond the means.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Life meets Goblin. Franky Zapata flies his Flyboard Air in Monaco during the Grand Prix on May 29th, 2016 [via my Dad].

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

“The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population,” writes Francis Fukuyama in Foreign Affairs [requires free registration].

“The Kemalist era in Turkish history lasted for almost 100 years, but finally came to an end in the last 18 hours.” A great balance between up-to-the-minute reports and historical background, Walter Russell Mead live-blogs the failed Turkish Coup.

“Belief” has been at all times—for example in Luther—only a cloak, a cover, a curtain behind which the instincts played their game.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Go Deny Yourself

This little four-letter word undermines our modern values of tolerance and presumption of innocence.

Some Consumer Affairs

I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.

From Nokia N95 to iPhone 4S

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.

2001: A Space Odyssey: Dry, Juicy, Linear, Luminous

The dancers in the ape-suits; how they move is an incredibly energetic output for us. Contrast their physical reaction when witnessing the monolith to that of the astronauts in the newly-minted 21st century.

The Mouse and the Cantilever

Steve Jobs we lost at the age of 56; when Frank Lloyd Wright reached that age it was still only 1923, the time of merely his second comeback with Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel.

Friendship is for Weenies

It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust US President Obama.

Before the Setup

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?

A Spat About Anti-Semitism

On the Leon Wieseltier/Andrew Sullivan spat, Walter Russell Mead seems to want to have his strudel and eat it too.

At Modi’in Mall

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.

The Israel I Love, the Bad So Far

If the signage were a bit more effective, the staff’s diction and demeanor more professional, then we might have avoided this testy altercation.

Shanghai Europe

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.

Panning for MacBook Pro

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!

Stop Yesterday

Is the goal of Israel’s current assault on Gaza to discourage Hamas from firing rockets or to render them incapable of doing so? These are two quite different projects.

Short-circuiting Place-based Longing

If there’s one tangible benefit to having lived in a variety of places it’s that it furnishes evidence of the futility of longing to be elsewhere.

A Crawl Across Crawley, Part 1

Irit, the Jam and I walk from Brighton to Gatwick Airport.

Clash of the Midgets

I was annoyed to have my sauna moments despoiled and dominated, reverberating with this old geezer’s most naff yap.

Israel’s Greatest Victory Since Osirak?

If Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza was part of a masterplan to staunch the damage done by the victory of the Six Day War in 1967, then today we see another step in its unfolding.

The Small Adventures, Part 2

There in the empty restaurant by the water at Dieppe I had toast with foie gras, a carafe of red wine, a huge plate of mussels and chips, and finally a crème brûlée. Somehow, though I’ve eaten in restaurants hundreds of times, I felt grown up.

The Small Adventures

Of course we were late for the train. We enquired frantically among the taxis for one who’d accept the two dogs—mine and Davide’s—and take us to Termini Station so I could catch the 11pm train to Milan that would be one third of our journey to Britain.

Tony Blair and the Four-State Vision

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.

A Restoration and Return

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.

Curs to Fate

Yesterday I lost Jam in Villa Borghese, the central park here in Rome, some five miles from Talenti, the neighborhood where we’re staying. She has not turned up since.

Jam and Bread, Jam and Bread!

My dog Jam has spent over a third of her time here in Italy as her fixtures have fallen away—first Maddie, then me. But now I’m back!

This Trip’s Last Day

I went to Astor Place Haircutters. I crossed Manhattan Bridge on foot. I walked west along Canal St, seeking a bamboo steamer.

I, Thou and Pastor Bob

At the Calvary Church here in Fort Lauderdale the Biblical locations feel so far away that they can be abstracted and spiritualized. There is religious energy here.

The Big and Easy

The American stage is grand, as are the achievements and ambitions, but daily life seems lamed by a compulsive denaturing.

A Drop in Time

The camera hit the ground lens first, bashing it in so that it would no longer wind in and out when switched off and on. It stopped working.

Fatahland and Hamastan

Now Israel has a dog in a real Palestinian fight: the nationalists rather than the Islamists.

Stars, Stripes and Superlatives

Here in Los Angeles I am bombarded with superlatives. Daniel’s record collection. The Bikram Yoga College of India world headquarters. Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. All mixed in with the most ravaging mediocrity.

Shite on Brighton

“Like many provincial towns,” the Private Eye reviewer stabs, “Brighton, as depicted in this hacked-together tribute, defines itself more by what it isn’t than by what it is. It’s not London, for one thing.”

Daily Yin

For my first test of the day as day, I open the back door and step outside to the little patio to see the sky and feel the air. I realize not everybody does this, so if people tell me I’m a miserable bastard then perhaps this little habit will correct their impression.

Mind the Dream

Dreaming about our passed companions as if they are alive requires tricks to the dreaming mind to overcome what it believes and knows to be true.

Still Got the Jam

Jam was one of Maddie’s nine puppies, the one who remained after the others were all taken. That was always my plan, to keep the runt.

Such a Tramp

Maddie, who died 18 months ago today, was a mangy mutt and stank, but she was also among the most beautiful dogs I’ve ever seen and for me the longest, richest, widest, deepest streak of feeling lucky.

So You Noticed

I have had something very flattering: a request. Juan Carlos has asked me for comments on Casino Royale.

Fly the Blag

Ryanair has brought wretchedness to the skies. Rather than existing on a privileged plane, you stew in a poisoned atmosphere.

Approaching Infinite Justice

Immediately after 9/11, the burgeoning war on terror was named “Operation Infinite Justice”. Within days it was renamed “Operation Enduring Freedom”, but is the new name a mere cloaking of the first?

On the Seventh Day

The Mrs is skeptical of David Allen’s Getting Things Done self-management system because it eschews the rigors of time management for what feels right. But GTD is about informed feeling.

Don’t Panic!

An academic romp through Jewish American comedy starts out as a veritable rollercoaster ride, but grinds to halt with its obsession with one Bob Dylan.

Photographing a Handsome Old Man

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.

The Beauty of Rain

Rain makes the rocks shine. It puts in motion things that are otherwise static. It illustrates gravity most prettily.

Ode to Salame

It’s supposed to be the arsehole of Tel Aviv, Salame Street, running east-west at its southern tip, but it always does me darn good.

I Love Laundry

How pleasing it is to have my own washing machine. If all isn’t right with the world, not even in my world, at least the laundry cycle is functioning.

Lovely Scenery, But Walks Getting Boring

Unless I drive somewhere new, it’s not much fun to just step out the door and wander. But driving to go for a walk seems a tad ridiculous.

For Love of Economy

It disturbs me to be driving a car that gets fewer kilometers to the shekel than did my previous.

Shinui and the Seven-Year Itch

How refreshing to see Asian faces out shopping in Tel Aviv, or Africans riding the bus to Ra’anana. With them Israel is given fresh wellsprings of culture.

Allah Help the Jackals

While it’s obvious that overplaying your power can result in a downfall, it’s less obvious that underplaying it also leads to trouble. America did this in the 1970s under Carter. Israel seems to have done it almost perennially.

Canada Obscura

There’s not a patch of water to be seen—the most liquid thing is the word “Coffee” on one of the low-slung strip-mall buildings. It’s a scene more artful than art itself.

 

Monday, July 11th, 2016

These small things—nutrition, locality, climate, recreation, the entire casuistry of selfishness— are inconceivably more important than everything that has hitherto been considered important.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

There can only be religion where there is a desert country.

Gertrude Stein, Everybody’s Autobiography

Friday, July 1st, 2016

For those of you about to Sabbath I salute you with Dead Best: 10 Top Performances of ‘Terrapin Station’ by Deadhead Peter Wendel.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

From the top: Chapter 1, Part 1 of The Internet History Podcast.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Joel Spolsky announces the public beta of HyperDev, “a developer playground for building full-stack web-apps fast.”

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Friday, June 17th, 2016

As part of a series of articles on Israel in Foreign Affairs, Aluf Benn worries from the center-Left about crumbling social and political norms while Martin Kramer expresses satisfaction about ever-strengthening strategic might [requires registration, only 1 free article].

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As announced at WWDC 2016, Macworld summarizes the new things in iOS 10. Among them are voicemail transcription, a new Home app for HomeKit-enabled devices, and a redesigned Control Center.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Productivity is for robots.

Kevin Kelly

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Lately I’ve noticed an irritating profusion of paid-in-kind reviews on Amazon—see Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews? in The Consumerist. I think that allowing this is a huge mistake on Amazon’s part—the first I can remember seeing them make. It essentially makes their incredibly valuable review functionality—even other retailers include it in their web sites—valueless. Worse, it’s irritating and draining, because you have to scan to the end of a review to find out if it’s been subsidized by the vendor. See “How to Snag a Deal by Writing an Amazon Review” in USA Today. The current antidote? fakespot.com.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nicely presented on Vimeo, Jen Simmons of The Web Ahead podcast gives a 1-hour talk on web design at a 2016 An Event Apart conference entitled Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts. Lots of nice slides of magazine layouts, where she suggests web designers should be returning for inspiration.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Centralized or distributed computing? It’s a pendulum.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A recent primer on how society can handle religion.

Soigné

well-groomed; elegant

More important, Billions pits Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod, a self-made billionaire, hedge-fund king and shark about town, against Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, the equally ruthless if far less soignee attorney general who has sworn to have Axelrod’s scalp.

Mary McNamara, “ In ‘Billions,’ Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are alpha males doing battle”, Los Angeles Times

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Fasting is socially extreme but it’s probably not biologically extreme.

Ray Cronise

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Hoefler & Co provides a wad of typography tips for mobile.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Good point: Islam has already had its reformation: Wahabism. So what to do? Nice article at patheos.com.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Ben Thompson on Apple: if they really want to become a services company they’ll have to change their fabled organizational structure.

Occasionally the ethernet-based internet connection at my desk goes down, and I can’t tell without checking Airport Utility as there’s no immediate visual indicator in OS X. Hence Icon Ping by Italian ubergeek Salvatore Sanfilippo AKA Antirez. Perfect!

I was amazed when my own dog Jam found her way home through 5 miles of unknown territory. This sheepdog found its way home 240 miles away.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Possibly the world’s most important story at the moment? American middle-class impoverishment, or as the author—himself afflicted—calls it, financial impotence.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

(All YouTube links…) You’ve heard the accordion, now hear:

And in the LA Times, an interview with John Williams about the soundtrack.

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I want the bottom to be higher than the top.

Eden, age 5, possibly misheard but still I’m very proud

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Is the agenda actually pernicious or is it just pernicious that there’s an agenda?

ASK

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

So the neighbor Brian is playing his and I thought, you know what, John Williams’ “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens kind of lends itself to the accordion. And here it is on YouTube, very nicely done by Adam Matlock in his bedroom. Commendations to you, sir.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The impressive Mario Loyola, utterly cogent on climate, on The American Interest podcast. The gist: 1) Science has determined that the world is warming, but this has been going on for centuries. 1b) Science has not determined that man is causing this warming, so specific efforts to change our behavior may not have any effect. 2) The planet has undergone countless climactic changes and doesn’t need saving. 2b) Rather, various human communities may need assistance adapting to any temperature rises. So that’s where any money should be going. 3) The climate agreement as signed will collapse because once the costs start kicking in it will be examined more seriously and will fail any reasonable cost/benefit analysis.

If it appears more than once, it’s almost always going to appear more than twice.

Karen Menezes on variables

Monday, April 11th, 2016

There’s nothing worse than organized disorder.

Irit Levy

Guilty, very guilty as charged. This study says those who call out grammatical errors are in fact scientifically ‘jerks’.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Derek Sivers’ MusicThoughts. Prepare good friends for a bombardment of enhanced civility.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I scrolled straight past the recent entries at The Setup and clicked only on Charlie Lloyd’s based on his job description. And I guessed right. “At work we’re on small MacBook Pros with maxed-out RAM and external monitors on standing desks,” he writes. Check. “I do my coding and writing in TextMate.” Check. Since he passes these tests of sameness with me, the rest is all gold.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s been a couple of days since reading “What’s Next in Computing?” by Chris Dixon and I’m still harking back to it. It’s kind of made me a quasi-believer in the Singularity, made me think that these are the final handful of years in which there’ll be some continuity with what has always been. Disconcerting.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Max Edwards, a 16-year-old writing in The Guardian. What a dude. [Update 8 days later: the man is already gone.]

Friday, March 18th, 2016

The Weekly Standard again. Trump as Burr, and what Hamilton did.

The Weekly Standard visits Jerusalem’s new Shalem liberal arts college.

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.

Claire Underwood in House of Cards

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Friday, February 19th, 2016

In the wake of what seems to this layman to be unwisely tepid Western support, the Kurds of Iraq are building a relationship with Iran.

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Anyone who goes to [Beethoven’s] Ninth Symphony then sits down and designs a wallpaper pattern is either a confidence trickster or a degenerate.

Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Thinkers remember Marvin Minsky at Edge.org.

Friday, February 5th, 2016

We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.

ASK

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

From this BBC article: “It’s surprising how often the UK seems to be more like the Scandinavian countries than anywhere else.”

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Regarding these great pithy quotes typographically set by London-based graphic designer Kyle Robertson, they all look very different but most use the same font: Archer!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

So Bikram has lost the first of the many cases against him filed by women for various sexually-related offences. All I know is that his teachings are great and that he plays the guru, speaking in fanciful exaggerations, making mercurial observations. And it seems he was unable to switch off this character even in front of a jury.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

A bit of a fun mindbender. Queen’s Greatest Hits performed by what I guess is a Beatles tribute band using the latter’s idioms. Full album.

You owe it to yourself and to the rest of us to watch and listen to “Bohemian Rhapsody” played on a church organ by blind organist Bert van den Brink.

 
 

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