Thursday, August 6th, 2020
The Daily Mail has 8:38 minutes of police bodycam footage of the George Floyd arrest.
The English feel a special sympathy for folly committed in the name of loyalty to an utterly outmoded code of conduct.
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.
Friday, August 7th, 2020
Shamefully kowtowing to China, Israel has withdrawn a Ministry of Health public service video that humorously refers to the coronavirus as “Made in China (yet works properly)”. This isn’t going well is it?
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Bahaa Hariri: “It is crystal clear Hezbollah are in charge of the Port and the warehouse where the ammonium nitrate was stored.”
Dave Seminara writes “When Your Favorite Companies Go Woke” in The Wall Street Journal (paywall).
I feel similarly regarding the homepage banners at Node.js (“#BlackLivesMatter”) and Linode (“Black Lives Matter. Linode is committed to social justice and equality.”), both of which I rely on for my work. There are substitutes for Linode, but none for Node.
The Daily Mail has 8:38 minutes of police bodycam footage of the George Floyd arrest.
Given what this American Spectator article contains — the transcript of the exchange between George Floyd and the arresting policemen before he was even on the ground and the toxicology report stating George Floyd’s death was in all likelihood due to an overdose — the shit gonna hit the fan whether the courts find police innocent or guilty.
On Vitamin D and Covid-19 [via Marginal Revolution]. If there’s any truth in the conclusion here — that vitamin D deficiency worsens Covid-19 deadliness by an order of magnitude — then surely it is criminally negligent to not be running public awareness campaigns encouraging people to take vitamin D supplements — especially for darker-skinned citizens, adapted to block out sunlight and consequently vitamin D, and especially in sunlight-challenged locales.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
In wake of Phil Schiller’s ascent, Cult of Mac lists all the Apple Fellows.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
This is gold. For Bar-Ilan University’s BESA Center, Kenneth S. Brower pens a blunt bracing comprehensive assessment “Israel Versus Anyone: A Military Net Assessment of the Middle East” with conclusions aplenty. Here’s one:
The Israeli political-military leadership has over-responded to the current tactical threat posed by Iran and its non-state forces and has all but ignored the looming potential strategic threat of renewed hostility with Sunni Arab nations.
Friday, July 31st, 2020
The Smithsonian posts a nice little piece on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House, designed for the wheelchair-bound client who clearly adored his wonderful home, which is now thankfully a museum.
Sunday, July 26th, 2020
Saturday, July 25th, 2020
Paul Graham is on the case and thank goodness. As an uber-geek he reduces the current cultural moment into a clear and bracing 2×2.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Nixon Library to a new posture regarding China.
If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party … securing our freedoms from [the CCP] is the mission of our time.
Friday, July 24th, 2020
If we stopped testing now we’d have very few cases — or any.
US President Donald J Trump
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
We’re humans; fun matters.
In their respective theatres of the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, the prime strategic directive for liberal bulwarks Israel, Britain and the United States is to block aspiring authoritarian hegemons.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
In an artificial world, only extremists live naturally.
Paul Graham, “You Weren’t Meant to Have a Boss”
The essence of programming is to build new things.
Paul Graham, “You Weren’t Meant to Have a Boss”
A normal job may be as bad for us intellectually as white flour or sugar is for us physically.
Paul Graham, “You Weren’t Meant to Have a Boss”
All races are equal but some are more equal than others. The Associated Press will not be capitalizing the word “white” when referring to race, but will do so for “black” and “indigenous”. This was quite the decision. I wonder if they’d do similarly within the Jewish context, ie “ashkenazi” vs “Sephardic” Jew.
Monday, July 20th, 2020
For those who care to be reminded, Edward Feser writes in The American Mind a straight-shooting review of Plato’s political thought.
The first thing to keep in mind in order to understand Plato’s analysis of democracy is that he is not primarily concerned with procedural matters, such as the way in which people are elected or policies decided upon. What he cares about, again, is the character type that predominates in a society.
Sunday, July 19th, 2020
Victor Davis Hanson’s tone has finally changed to righteous anger:
An individual of unknown appearance may kind of, sort of, be shattering our bedroom window and could be pondering a felonious infraction. So could you send out a community facilitator to inquire?
Friday, July 17th, 2020
From The Atlantic to Silicon Valley — is the tide turning? Paul Graham coins “Orthodox Privilege”.
Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Thank you, The Atlantic, for daring to publish John McWhorter’s eminently sensible review of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. My faith is somewhat renewed.
McWhorter holds back more than on the freewheeling The Glenn Show, where he calls it “one of the worst books ever written”.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
“There is no linguistic justice without racial justice,” as quoted in The Linguistic Society of America’s open letter to call to remove Steven Pinker.
What a fakakta — China must be licking its chops as we stand around pissing on each other’s piss.
Sunday, July 12th, 2020
A work-in-progress web rendering of Moby Dick by Jason Pamental, with Rockwell Kent’s woodblock illustrations. Glorious!
Saturday, July 11th, 2020
A nice straightforward yet telling piece in Prospect Magazine on ambivalence towards domesticity.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
Sometimes when I play Prokofiev, I try to extract the groove or beats from other rock music.
Other rock music!
Sunday, July 5th, 2020
The animated line-drawing illustrations at Ralph Ammer blog definitely make me want to read every post!
Poolside.FM, the lovely Mac throwback to 1997.
We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, General George Patton, the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali.
Yet the media called the speech “dark and divisive”.
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Amalgamated from a dialog in the comments at a Marginal Revolution post “How to Live in a World Gone Mad?”:
The mob is saying silence is violence. Funnily enough, the mob also says speech is violence. They also say violence is not violence.
Fun, fun, fun!
This fellow Guy Stagg did what I failed to do in reverse: walked from Canterbury to Jerusalem.
Monday, June 29th, 2020
Cancelled Canadian Hal Niedzviecki is still at it, as deliciously elucidated in the rather literate comments.
Jordan Peterson is back, warning that the hard sciences are next.
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Theodore Dalrymple on “Silence is violence”, “No justice, no peace”, and other ominous bits of what he coins moral thuggery.
Monday, June 15th, 2020
Capping off a triumvirate of essays I’ve come across in the past few days that elucidate the current moment is Ross Douthat on the successor ideology.
David Goldman produces a fact-filled yet overarchingly-theoried analysis of the mid-pandemic race-themed disturbances. Like for Palestinians, he argues it’s about humiliation. Goldman is sympathetic but not sycophantic, analytic but not caustic.
Sunday, June 14th, 2020
This is the most cogent, bracing clarification of the non-Covid aspects of our current moment that I’ve yet to encounter.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
The problem is that you have people who are so exhausted from their lousy diets and poor lifestyles, that the idea of putting any effort into anything is overwhelming.
Most of the food in the grocery store is nothing more than a few heavily subsidized grains like wheat, corn and soy cooked with oil, salt and sugar, and smashed together in different forms — that’s essentially what people are eating.
Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Saturday, June 6th, 2020
AMERICA SICK MAP...
Seven dead as floods hit Greek island...
DRUDGE APP IPHONE, IPAD...
How Italy turned disaster around...
Students suspended for posting pictures of packed halls -- now high school is closing after 9 people infected...
538: Daily presidential tracking polls...
Australia Reports Deadliest Day...
New 'threat' against former Saudi spy in Canada...
Bolsonaro assails Brazil network blaming him for deaths...
Not everyone is thrilled about proposed rocket launch site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula...
SIMON COWELL BREAKS BACK...
Executive actions to curb voting by mail?
WORLD SICK MAP...
The Advent of a New Information War on Americans
The Trump Campaign Tries to Change the Subject
How 'San Francisco Democrats' Took Over the Country
Why Biden's Basement 'Rose Garden Strategy' Is Risky
Is Trump Out of Tune w/Increasingly Diverse Suburbs?
Biden Insults Black Voters; VP Pick His Redemption?
What Biden Really Needs From a Running Mate Pick
The Cold, Hard Truth About Returning to School
Biden Stands in Schoolhouse Door on Educational Choice
How Ellen DeGeneres's Facade of Kindness Crumbled
Celebrities' Gratuitous Apologies Make BLM All About Them
Why Trump's Go-It-Alone Stimulus Won't Do Much
After Dems Block Action, Trump Moves to Aid Families
Here's How Joe Biden Wins - or Loses
Gaffe-Prone Biden Is Toast
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
US Federal Reserve FedNow: a bank settlement service supporting instant payments
Linux 5.8 “one of our biggest releases of all time.”
Why is my Nest Thermostat talking to Facebook?
i8080 precise replica in Verilog, based on reverse engineering of real die
Glasgow: Scots Army Knife for Electronics
How malicious Tor relays are exploiting users in 2020
Dorking: the use of search engines to find very specific data
ZipPy: fast and lightweight Python 3 implementation using the Truffle framework
90% economy, 120% gastronomy: Covid-19 seems to have changed lifestyles for good
Hardware Accelerator for Adversarial Attacks on Deep Learning Neural Networks
Interview with Bill Gates on Covid, social media
SMT Solving on an iPhone (2018)
People work longer and different hours under lockdown
EFF Defends Public’s Right to Access Court Records About Patent Ownership
After 10 years, terrorist killer of two Israel soldiers captured
Lebanon’s Information minister quits in first govt resignation after deadly blast
International donors’ conference on aid to ravaged Beirut
The coronavirus cabinet meets as pandemic infection spikes
IDF blocks roads after exchange of fire with Gaza Strip
Cabinet meeting called off as worst coalition crisis bodes new Israeli election
Iran directed thwarted Golan bombing. IDF stays on high alert vs Hizballah
Nasrallah denies a Hizballah arms depot caused Beirut port explosion
US disaster aid begins arriving in Lebanon
Is another election looming over Israel in mid-covid-19, mid-economic crisis?
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
After 15-Year Hostile BDS Campaign, Israel Has Only Become Stronger
The Cause of the Explosion in Beirut
Video: The Battle of the Narratives
Israel's Iron Dome to Be Manufactured in U.S.
Israeli Consul General Dani Dayan Befriended Progressive American Jews
U.S., Israeli F-35s Train Together
Is the Palestinian Cause Solvable?
Hamas Leader: "Palestine Must Stretch from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea"
New York Times Claims Internationally Embraced Anti-Semitism Definition Is "Disputed"
Coronavirus Death Toll in Israel Reaches 569
How the Mossad Hunted the "Butcher of Riga" Who Murdered 30,000 Jews
Israeli Hospitals Reach Out to Lebanon
Death Toll Rises in Beirut Blast
Expert Rules Out Beirut-Like Explosion in Israel
Time to Replace Ottoman Law in the West Bank, Abandoned 100 Years Ago Everywhere Else
Satellites find penguins by following the poo
How researchers overturned US sanctions on a virtual summer school
Parents’ desire for one boy and one girl pushed trend in family patterns
Why deforestation and extinctions make pandemics more likely
Daily briefing: The wildly complicated immune response to COVID-19
Coronavirus research updates: For fast and low-cost COVID-19 testing, just spit
Ultra-fluorescent dyes give objects an eye-popping glow
The trials of global research under the coronavirus
NSF grant changes raise alarm about commitment to basic research
Daily briefing: Last of their kind, the tuatara genome reveals why this reptile is so remarkable
I’m not contributing to coronavirus research, and that’s okay
SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine design enabled by prototype pathogen preparedness
Position-specific oxidation of miR-1 encodes cardiac hypertrophy
Zoonotic host diversity increases in human-dominated ecosystems
Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support
GCC urges UN to extend Iran arms embargo
Furious Lebanese vow new protests over deadly mega-blast
9 killed in car crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta
Macron tells donor conference: 'Lebanon's future is at stake'
Lebanon minister Manal Abdel-Samad resigns amid 'will for change' after Beirut blast
Beirut port blast crater 43 meters deep: security official
Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch says government must quit if it can’t change
Arab nations send food, medical supplies to disaster-hit Lebanon
Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
West Side Storm
The Dangers of Herd Skepticism
Cherishing “Third Places” In Unhappy Times
Time for Food Resilience
An American Moment in France
Life after coronavirus lockdown in Nigeria’s Chinatown
Protesters clash with police in Belarus capital after ‘rigged’ vote
Israeli jeweller claims to be working on ‘world’s most expensive’ coronavirus mask for Chinese buyer in the US
Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners in bid to end ‘bloodshed’
‘China sympathisers’: a new Red Scare stalks Australian businesses
Top US security official claims China is targeting US election infrastructure with cyberattacks
World leaders pledge almost US$300 million in aid for Lebanon in wake of catastrophic port blast
Donald Trump urges Lebanese government to hold ‘full and transparent investigation’ into deadly blast
US sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
Belarus elections: ‘Europe’s last dictator’ Lukashenko faces toughest challenge yet
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Here are 40 of the best charging cables, wireless docks, power banks, and more on sale this weekend
How does tear gas actually work?
Survival of the fittest? More like "friendliest," scientists argue in new book
Beetle species swallowed by frogs just exits alive via the old dirt road
Senators Sanders, Markey, and Gildebrand want to tax billionaires for their pandemic profits
This Spanish language training wants to rewire your mind
Japanese cat naps on a cool watermelon during summer thunderstorm
Poland: Thousands march against anti-LGBTQ hate, and to demand justice for 48 detained protesters
Frank the Cavoodle does excited 'zoomies' in the snow
U.S. has most coronavirus cases in the world, 5 million and counting
Twitter and Tiktok talked of a deal, WSJ reports
TikTok to sue Trump admin over executive order banning app, NPR reports
Creating your own video games isn’t impossible this training can get you on the path
Watch inept boaters catch air and lose passengers at this Boca Raton inlet
Sunday assorted links
Claims about Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir
No brain drain for Filipino nurses
From the comments, on coronavirus and humidity
Don’t mention the fake news
Saturday assorted links
Bill Gates is Angry
Beware of coronavirus moralizing
Are pre-docs in economics a good idea?
Friday assorted links
Ideas Of India
Stack-Push-Pop COVID Testing
What I’ve been reading
The YIMBYs win one, in the UK
Thursday assorted links
Where the design community meets.
Best UI Interaction’s of the month – July 2020
Microsoft Fast Design
A UX designer's guide to interpreting human behavior
LT Browser- for Live Mobile View Debugging
Ugly, old, and sturdy. I made a list of the most famous and ugly Nokia phones.
Free Bootstrap 5 Themes
Designing for Peace of Mind
How to Develop Video Sharing App
10 Biggest Landing Page Mistakes – and How to Fix Them
Using the New High-Performance .AVIF Image Format on the Web Today
A conversation with Pablo Stanley, co-founder @ Blush
Sections Ecommerce - A powerful wireframing kit for ecommerce projects
Summer sale: 35% off for Premium Bootstrap Themes!
Learn web design, development, and time travel — visually.
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Compared: 2020 27-inch iMac vs 2019 iMac 5K
Apple returns fire in Koss AirPods patent infringement battle
Twitter in long-shot talks to potentially buy TikTok
TikTok's plans to sue Trump Administration to end ban on Tuesday
27-inch iMac teardown shows lack of storage upgrade options
Review: VOCOlinc PureFlow is the only HomeKit air purifier you need
Apple objects to app's pear logo trademark application
How to use Control Center on Apple Watch
Deals: Price wars offer triple-digit savings on Apple's new 27-inch iMac, 2020 iMac Pro
Deals: Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $2,099, upgraded models $100s off
Amazon launches Big Summer Sale, back-to-school deals offer up to 75% off [u]
Prototype iPhones bearing engraved mute button surface in photos
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Announced: No Posts Until August 10
Spotted: New Logo for Clai by Rob Janoff
Linked: Logo Mash-ups
Noted: New Logo for Mars2020 by House of van Schneider
Reviewed: Friday Likes 338: From Studio MPLS, Wade and Leta, and Boldly
Spotted: New Logo and Packaging for Country Archer
Spotted: New Logo for Front
Linked: Qantas 747's Last Call
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Solarisbank by LIT
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Una Europa by Base Design
Spotted: New Logo for Brandcast done In-house
Spotted: New Logo for Deportivo Alavés
Linked: Space Force Logo Again?
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Go1 by DesignStudio
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Delta Gamma by Ologie
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Elderblog Sutra: 11
To Attack and Dethrone Gods