Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
The first lab-grown chicken meat will be served at a Singapore restaurant this weekend!
What sets you apart in high school at 17 makes you a cliché in Brooklyn at 27.
Christian Lorentzen , “Toward a Unified Theory of Joan Didion”
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.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Monday, February 15th, 2021
Meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder
The politicians are engaged in endless echolalia. The governor here (cum-Secretary of Commerce) actually had the chutzpah to say, “I know you’re all unhappy with the speed of vaccination, but our strategy is working.” What strategy could that possibly be??? If it’s not to save lives, then you’ve lost me.
Friday, February 5th, 2021
In a sign of the times of economic inequality in America, Cheap RV Living by Bob Wells, a long-time VanDweller, is increasingly relevant.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
Like Anna Karenina’s brother, it’s not that the United States media has a bad memory, rather it has acquired an excellent forgettery. Victor Davis Hanson remembers nonetheless.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
A survey of American research on minimum wage by David Neumark & Peter Shirley at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Ra’anana-based Vertical Field signed with Emirates Smart Solutions & Technologies (ESST) to build a pilot of its vertical farms in the United Arab Emirates. Major cool.
Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Upending the conventional wisdom that happiness does not increase beyond an annual household income of $75,000, this study, using random ongoing smartphone check-ins, demonstrates a continued increase in well-being as income rises.
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Dated but still interesting: The Guardian looks at the rather disappointing design of Japanese newspaper websites.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
Saturday, January 9th, 2021
A great grounds-eye view of the upset in Washington DC, “What I Saw at the Capitol Riot” by Declan Leary in The American Conservative.
To my left I hear “We don’t need Gitmo,” and I’m not quite sure what’s meant by it. From the same general area comes “I’ll donate a vaccination—.223 hollow point.” A little less ambiguous. Somebody with a megaphone is in the middle of a speech: “If you stand for nothing, you gotta stand for something.” Close enough. A young woman with a bullhorn of her own lets out a lone motherfucker. An older man looks at me with a smile and asks if she kisses her mother with that mouth. A few seconds later the same voice drones at nobody in particular: Pussy, pussyyyyy, pussy, pusssaaaaaaayyyyyy.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
From the CDC, US vaccination numbers. So far the state that’s done best is South Dakota at 3%.
Friday, January 1st, 2021
Cute, if harrowing: the no-longer economically viable Simpsons household, a piece in The Atlantic by Dani Alexis Ryskamp.
2020, the good news, by Doron Peskin at Israel’s Calcalist
Friday, December 25th, 2020
The potential for warm relations between Israel and Morocco may be more than with the Gulf nations, this piece argues, as relations have been significant for some time.
Thursday, December 24th, 2020
The Basecamp fellows have released a new web development paradigm, Hotwire. I don’t quite get it, but with their pedigree and skill as the makers of Ruby on Rails, this could be big.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
This lengthy interview with Secretary-General Sayyid Nasrallah may be useful for insight into Hezbollah’s perspectives. There are some bizarre connections, such as the notion that Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 because of deep concern regarding Iran’s “liberation of Khorramshahr” in the Iran-Iraq War.
Monday, December 21st, 2020
High Output Management
Andrew S. Grove
In his careful, cogent and memorable take on effective management, Silicon Valley founding father Andy Grove places a surprising emphasis on meetings; he has the temerity to take issue with — or at least, refine — Peter Drucker’s admonition that they’re a waste of time. Grove’s issue: meetings are the very medium of management; his refinement: that there are actually two major types of meeting, routine and ad hoc, and it’s where there’s a profusion of the latter that something’s amiss.
This erstwhile CEO of Intel notes that while most management books are targeted either at the very top or the very bottom — at the CEO or at those who directly manage frontline workers — the majority of managers manage other managers, and it’s for them he mostly writes, the middle managers.
The book has the authority of someone eager to share lessons from his own extensive experience — indeed he seems to have always worked with one eye towards gaining such knowledge, in no small part because being able to convey what one knows ensures that one actually understands it; that is, managers should also write and teach.
Grove defines the aim of management as increasing the productivity of subordinates, which can be achieved in only two ways: by improving their skills and by improving their motivation. Skills are improved by training, which the manager should undertake himself, considering it not busywork but an opportunity to solidify his own understanding and role-model corporate behavior. Motivation meanwhile is improved best via one-on-one performance reviews. These measures for corporate success are bracingly clear and specific — both the reasoning behind them and how to undertake them.
A refugee from Nazi Europe, Grove may be a legend yet the book is suffused with a democratic humility, a great American sense that success can be approached by all as an engineering problem. A book among books.
PS — A high testament: I actually remembered all these points without reopening High Output Management. I don’t think that’s ever happened before.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
The architect would surely be pleased that there is once again a Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in Japan — though he’d probably say: Just the one? (Actually it’s not by Wright but Arata Endo, who seems a tasteful and disciplined disciple.)
The first lab-grown chicken meat will be served at a Singapore restaurant this weekend!
Good old Speccie:
For Britain, there are many lessons to be learned from the IDF, a democratic military machine that relies heavily on technology to engage enemies on various fronts and in diverse contexts.
This from “Britain is right to pursue closer military ties to Israel” by Jake Wallis Simons. I had not known that the source of Israel’s tip-off regarding Syria’s North Korean nuclear reactor was a British spy.
Definitely not of general interest, Global state in SSR with Vue and Node.js at sum.cumo.
Israel intercepts a cruise missile in a test of its 3-tier missile defence system.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Ross Douthat in his typical perfect way essays on American childbearing in the really nice magazine Plough.
Monday, December 14th, 2020
Israel to boost its alternative meat industry.. How wonderful is that. If it happens.
Dave Rupert does a nice job (April 2018) listing the pitfalls of card UIs. I’m beginning to think though that for Rupert, a long list of drawbacks is throat-clearing for “I’m going ahead with this.”
Friday, December 11th, 2020
Well all this looks like too much fun: trailers for upcoming Marvel TV shows. It is indeed the best of times, the worst of times.
I’ve been surprised and disappointed by just how many people are hesitant to take up the COVID-19 vaccines now coming online. In this concerned Nautilus article “How to Build Trust in Covid-19 Vaccines”, the authors take on the issue with sober good sense, eg:
Mandatory vaccination policies should be avoided because they could backfire. More acceptable would be tying vaccination status to travel or access to public places.
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Monday, November 30th, 2020
The URL city-journal.org/white-fragility suggests that this piece by Coleman Hughes is the house stance on the insanity; good.
What a perfect, impassioned argument by Scottish, sorry, British broadcaster Neil Oliver in praise of keeping Britain. For him it is, correctly, not a confused affair of the dismal science but a clear celebration of the happy heart.
Saturday, November 28th, 2020
The Lean Startup
So much of Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup seems such conventional wisdom now that evaluating its merits is hard.
Entrepreneurship is about management. A startup is an institution designed primarily for learning; learning is accomplished by experimentation with the product and observing customers interact with these experiments; what is learned may then temper the vision for the product. Repeatedly iterated, this is the way through the eye of the startup needle, Reis argues, replete with numerous vivid examples, such as the Village Laundry Service in India learning what its customers mistrust and what they’re willing to pay more for.
The book refers back to and sits well alongside Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm and Steve Blank’s The Four Steps to the Epiphany, both of which I picked up next.
Friday, November 27th, 2020
Thursday, November 26th, 2020
I’m at the beginning of the end of the middle.
Weekly became daily quickly.
It falls to Andrew Cunningham to take up the magisterial task of the Ars Technica review of macOS Big Sur.
3D model of Fallingwater by sighty for sale, including a portion of Bear Run, which interestingly gets cuts off even before the bridge that obviously crosses it, making this a model not of the house but of a model of it.
Boy, there are other models too. Here’s an interactive Fallingwater by archimore. It has the interior, even the raised rocks around the fireplace! (Though missing the grand swinging water heater.) The non-Wright dining-table chairs that Mrs Kaufman brought. The portrait of Edgar on the wall! Yet no walkway up to the Guesthouse, and no Guesthouse.
And another Fallingwater by Myles Zhang which does have the Gueshouse and ramp, even the steps into the swimming pool. And a very long stretch of Bear Run. It does have the round red water holer, but no furniture.
Would be good to merge these magnificent efforts to make a more detailed, canonical model.
Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
A close-to-the-ground view of the current pandemic response in Southern California. Mentions of food insecurity, and there’s color in the comments.
Saturday, November 21st, 2020
George Carlin on Time in 1978. Embarrassingly I’d only ever seen him older. In interviews he says he set out to be Danny Kaye; I think that’s noticeable here.
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Hard on drugs, easy on Iran, nice.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
“Indie developers need protection from monopolistic and anti-competitive practices from larger players in the market through strong government regulation, not a discount on their first $1m in sales.” “Apple’s 15% Deflection Tactic” by John Luxford.
The 2020 US election is apparently not yet over. “It is indeed a very foul mess,” states Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor now Trump legal team member, whom people speak of respectfully in the comments. “It is farther and wider and deeper than we ever thought but we are going to go after it and I am going to expose every one of them.” [Update 2020 Nov 23: So much for that! “Trump Legal Team Distances Itself From Sidney Powell After Unproven Claims” in The Daily Wire.]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
Sunday, November 15th, 2020
“How to Get Your First Customers So Your Company Doesn’t Die” by Matt Munson, a startup founder coach and investor. Some nice nuggets here, such as hiring salespeople in pairs so that you can compare them and be sure any issues are with individuals rather than the system.
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Tech, Not Troops, at Core of Biden's China Policy
Biden Admin's China Ties Reveal Disturbing Truth
The Rise and the Reckoning of Andrew Cuomo
Trump's CPAC Warning Shot to Republicans
It's Still Trump's Party, But It's More Than That
Why School Choice Is the Key to Racial Equality
Is It Racist to Expect Black Kids to Do Math for Real?
A Debate: Is the Pandemic Killing God?
Coke Goes Woke and Broke
Stephen Miller Thinks Biden's Immigration Policies Are Cruel?
The Economy Isn't a Pizza, But Small Business Cost Is
Was COVID-19 Our Neutron Bomb?
America Needs a Good Shot in the Arm
Reassessing Trump and Covid
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Demoscene the Amiga Years Volume 1
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math
BuildZoom (better way to build custom homes) Is hiring a Growth Associate
Show HN: Why does an A note sound different across instruments?
Introducing dbt + Materialize
Are Xiaomi browsers spyware? Yes, they are (2020)
Show HN: Ten seconds to ponder if a thread is worth it
On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots [pdf]
NYTimes Peru N-Word: My side of the story, in four parts
Sir Kazuo Ishiguro warns of young authors self-censoring out of 'fear'
75 Years Ago, 'War of the Worlds' Started a Panic. Or Did It?
Bastion – A Highly-Available Distributed Fault-Tolerant Runtime for Rust
Ask HN: Who is hiring? (March 2021)
Ask HN: Who wants to be hired? (March 2021)
Generate Flowcharts from Text
In a historic ruling, the High Court approves acceptance of non-Orthodox converts as Jews
All school grades reopen on Sunday, along with restaurants
Netanyahu: Ship explosion was clearly the work of Iran
Syria accuses Israel of missile strike south of Damascus
Early reopening of middle schools, longer school year announced
IDF chief Kochavi also blames Iran for ship attack
Israel weighs reprisal for Iranian rocket attack on freighter in context of US & Gulf ties
Police blockade Jerusalem to halt influx for Purim events
Biden to Tehran: “You can’t act with impunity”
New Biden policies snub Saudi prince, “uncover” Israel’s reputed nuclear program
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Is Israel Legally Obligated to Provide Palestinians with Vaccines?
Biden Warns Iran: "You Can't Act with Impunity, Be Careful"
Israel to Vaccinate Palestinian Workers
Report: Israel Pleased with U.S. Strikes on Iranian Targets in Syria, Was Informed in Advance
Remembering Manfred Gerstenfeld
Iran Rejects Offer of Direct U.S. Nuclear Talks, Senior Diplomats Say
Implications of the U.S. Strike on Iranian Proxies in Syria
Israeli-Owned Ship Hit by Explosion in Oman Gulf
How Egypt Benefits from Gas Agreement with Israel
Blast-Hit Israeli Cargo Ship Anchors in Dubai for Repairs
U.S. Conducts Defensive Airstrikes Against Iranian-Backed Militia in Syria
U.S. Intelligence Finds Saudi Crown Prince Responsible for Operation that Killed Khashoggi
Senators to Call on Blinken to Take Stronger Action over ICC War Crimes Probe
Israel's Ahead-of-the-World Vaccine Rollout Offers Hope
Inside the U.S. Decision to Kill Iranian Gen. Soleimani
Want to track pandemic variants faster? Fix the bioinformatics bottleneck
Publisher Correction: Chromothripsis drives the evolution of gene amplification in cancer
Warming impairs trophic transfer efficiency in a long-term field experiment
My race against time to capture the sounds of ancient rainforests
We’ll meet again: scientists’ post-pandemic wish list
‘Elite’ researchers dominate citation space
How to get started in quantum computing
Publisher Correction: Measuring the α-particle charge radius with muonic helium-4 ions
Major physics society won’t meet in cities with racist policing record
Coronapod: Google-backed database could help answer big COVID questions
Good vibrations make a soft gel strong
Intestinal worms throw open the door to dangerous viruses
COVID research updates: A COVID vaccine passes a real-world test with flying colours
Daily briefing: Can COVID spread through frozen meat?
Archbishop who taught Pope to tweet says Iraq visit offers ‘consolation, hope’
How Erdogan turned a failed Turkish military mission to his political advantage
Report reveals scale of mental health crisis among Syrian refugees
Iran place to look into for extraterritorial killings, says former US secretary of state
Don’t let pandemic distract from fight against extremism: Experts
Suffering of Syria detainees ‘unimaginable’: UN panel
UN launching donor conference amid fears of famine in Yemen
UAE records 2,526 new coronavirus cases, 17 new deaths
Syria and Israel: secret negotiations over Golan for severing Iranian, Hezbollah ties
Houthis fire ballistic missile towards neighborhood in Yemen's Marib
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
“Money Printer Go Brrr”
Covid’s Transportation Tsunami
A New Crime Wave—and What to Do About It
The Third Vaccine
Critical “Race” to the Bottom
These Canadians say they will never return to Hong Kong, amid dual citizenship debate
Tackling Uygur forced labour in China a priority on Joe Biden’s trade agenda
Coronavirus: US and China should join forces to find the animal host, top Chinese scientists say
Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers say HSBC ‘fully knew’ that Huawei controlled affiliates that did business in Iran
American duo wanted in Carlos Ghosn escape handed over to Japanese custody
New worldwide coronavirus infections up for first time in 7 weeks, WHO says
US must face artificial intelligence competition from China, national security commission report says
Britain’s Prince Philip moved to specialised London heart hospital
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée demands Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman be punished for killing
‘Two sessions’ 2021: five things you need to know about China’s biggest political gatherings
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
What are NFTs?
Out-of-tune CPAC National Anthem fixed by a piano accompaniment in many keys
Video: Cop unfairly grabs Black woman instead of white anti-masker who was harassing her
Pre-order Super Magical Forest from Revival Press
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon turns 48 today
Florida man drowns searching for golf ball
What would happen to a pair of Crocs at the bottom of the ocean?
So many dwarf sunflower seedlings
How Zoom is changing American Sign Language
Watch cute baby rescue stoat meet another stoat for the first time
Watch the trailer for "Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché"
Why do computer progress bars suck as much now as they did back in the ASCII days?
Neural net turns music from YouTube into cursed choral and string renditions
Leo Moracchioli tackles Smash Mouth
Higher education sentences to ponder
Monday assorted links
Which small changes in pandemic habits will stick?
A Biden Plan for World Vaccination
Why are atheists so unpopular?
Lynne Kiesling and Vernon Smith on Texas electricity
Sunday assorted links
Seatbelt Now or Wait for Airbag?
Following the science? — the show so far
Singapore sentences of the day
Saturday assorted links
Single-Shot and First Doses First
Is all that extra money trapped in high asset prices? (no)
UK to fast track drug trials
Vaccine markets in everything
Where the design community meets.
Pablito Planeta - Design Astrologist
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Some common challenges to Developing an ASP .NET Application
10 BEST AUTOMATION TESTING TOOLS
16 fresh design resources for February 2021
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Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Google Docs, Calendar for iOS updated with privacy labels
Rumor: Apple's MagSafe battery pack for iPhone could support reverse charging
'iPhone 13' will bring ProMotion 120Hz display, foldable coming by 2023 says Kuo
Apple highlights student iPad use to prototype Samoan learning app
Apple versus Epic trial starting in May, could be held in-person
All 270 US Apple Stores open for the first time since first pandemic-related closures
Deals: Pad & Quill slashes up to 50% off accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac
MicroLED, mini LED, OLED - Apple's future iPhone, iPad, and Mac displays
iPhone not migrating to USB-C or getting Touch ID on power button any time soon
Apple sued in Portugal over iPhone 6, iPhone 6S 'designed obsolescence' battery patch
New for March: AirPods Pro dip to $189 today only, $100 off SanDisk Portable SSD
How to remove, reorganize, and launch Apple Watch apps faster
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Announced: Brand New will Shift to Subscription Model
Spotted: New Logo for Blue Islands
Linked: Louis Vuitton Architecture
Noted: New Name and Logo for St. Louis City SC
Reviewed: Friday Likes 339: From Studio MPLS, Wade and Leta, and Unifikat Design Studio
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Vitkus Clinic by Tandemo
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Noted: New Logo and Identity for Correos de México by Carl Forsell
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Linked: Objects may be Closer than they Ap-pear
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Lot61 by Smörgåsbord
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Here’s why we don’t understand what electricity is
Storytelling — Harmon vs. McKee