Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Some rise, some fall, some climb — Robert Hunter, 78. Mister, your inspiration moved me brightly.
Problems which bring solutions often bring about your best material.
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.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Latitudinal psychology? “Like happiness, [individualism and creativity] trend higher as one moves away from the equator.”
A deep dive into the Grand Seiko Snowflake on Hodinkee. “The entire thing seems to have been calculated to create an effect of serenity without boredom; of minimalism without sterility.”
This is actually kind of important: How to select, copy, and paste text in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Thanks, AppleInsider. In Notes at least, 3-finger swipe-left and swipe-right isn’t just undo and redo, but an entire history of actions to the document.
Meir Kraus, a fellow at the research center at the Shalom Hartman Institute, sets out challenges, lessons, options and insights for a balanced and feasible option on Jerusalem as part of a wider solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A lovely poster of Frank Lloyd Wright homes “in (nearly) every state” by HomeAdvisor.
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
AutoCar drives the electric Jaguar I-Pace from London to Frankfurt. As recently as two years ago such a journey simply wasn’t feasible. Now, once you have the more expensive car, it’s much cheaper than driving diesel let alone petrol. That said, charging stops are an hour rather than five minutes, and every 200 miles rather than say every 500. But I think there is some good here. Travellers must get out and stretch their legs for a longer while. All in all our automotive future looks improved.
George Friedman on Brexit: it is very likely to happen, as is the painful shift to increased ties with the Anglosphere.
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
ExpressionEngine (EE) is the content management system that until recently I used for building every web property. In November 2018, EllisLab, the producer of EE, was sold to Digital Locations, Inc. (DLOC) and EllisLab owner Rick Ellis joined the parent company’s payroll. The acquisition is detailed in Digital Locations’ Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q) dated August 13th, 2019.
But the Digital Locations acquisition seems downright skeezy. Despite the company’s tagline about Artificial Intelligence, it appears to be nothing more than a holding company for Mr Bill Beifuss. Moreover it looks like he’s scrimping on incorporation fees: the company was founded in 2006 as Zingerang, then became Carbon Sciences for a decade, before morphing again into Digital Locations. It self-reports never having had any revenues.
According to the linked-to Bloomberg profile, Mr Beifuss is also CEO of some other companies: Warp 9 Inc, Coeur D’alene French Baking Co, and Cumorah Capital Inc., none of which appear to provide any actual products or services either.
Rick must have been aware of and a party to this bullshit. With ExpressionEngine he had a great thing going; I wonder what happened. All I can speculate is that he very much wanted to segue EE’s success into enabling him to try other things professionally but that it remained his biggest achievement and he couldn’t bring himself to let go of the golden goose even though it was fading without his hands-on vision. And then at some point last year he suddenly really needed a buyer.
Recently, on October 3rd, 2019, he bought EllisLab back from Beifuss then sold it a week later to development house Packet Tide, that is, Tom Jaeger. So it Rick Ellis has finally let go of ExpressionEngine, even if he held on too long; despite being free EE can barely be be given away now; the technology has moved on.
I’m relieved to have moved away from it onto the Node ecosystem. I really enjoyed meeting the EllisLab team at an EE conference in 2017 — such cool nice folks in person — but for me EllisLab is a cautionary tale.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
I wish there were something to disagree with in this piece reviewing the fiasco that is Brexit. We see now that due to the United Kingdom’s very make-up — a dominant England, a smaller Scotland, and a Northern Ireland with inherent connections to the Republic of Ireland — Britain needs to be in the EU arguably more than many other European countries do. Surely some game theory simulations would have borne out the current impasse.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
I’m excited by the Richard Mille Bonbon watch collection. Just fabulous. Crazy expensive but apparently all have been bought, most popularly in Malaysia.
MacStories’ macOS Catalina review seems comprehensive enough to take over from John Siracusa’s famous Ars Technica reviews.
Monday, October 7th, 2019
“Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy” by Gadi Eisenkot and Gabi Siboni [PDF] published October 2019 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Erdoğan’s Turkey, once again neither winning friends nor influencing people, this time trying it on around the Eastern Med gas fields.
Healthy in other respects, some adults have profoundly impaired autobiographical re-experiencing.
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
A conversation on Jewish concepts of sin ABA failure with David Bashevkin that could have gone on a lot longer. Very good stuff for those needing to augment their awareness that we are in the Days of Awe.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
There is no climate emergency, states the European Climate Declaration, organized by Amsterdam-based Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) and undersigned by “over 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields”. This on the day the media provided extensive coverage of a speech at the UN by a 16-year-old climate activist. Interestingly, the country with the most signatories is Italy, with 113.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
“There has not in modern American history been such a preposterous excuse for a threat to the presidency as the Ukraine affair,” opens the splendiferous Lord Black of Crossharbour. My only qualm in the piece is his characterization that the Democratic candidates “shrieked”; this lazy hyperbole detracts. And also perhaps that the case against Clinton was even more preposterous.
I support every clause and every irony in this best Victor Davis Hanson piece in a while. VDH must even resort to a consistent use of italics, his points are so pertinent. My one qualm here is that Israel is surely uneasy with America’s seeming passivity vis-a-vis Iran’s attacks. But this qualm is quelled because Israel is only Little Satan, whereas Big Satan has economic pressures it can and is bringing to bear on Iran that are just not in Israel’s wheelhouse.
The sweaters of Succession. By Vulture.
The future is real but the past is all made up.
Logan Roy in Succession, Series 2, Episode 8
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
As opposed to the better-known warning against entangling foreign alliances, the real money quote from Washington’s Farewell address was that in foreign affairs the United States be “guided by justice”. So argues freshly-minted Giselle Donnelly — I love this robust American Enterprise Institute fellow.
Starting from WeWork, Matt Stoller coins “counterfeit capitalism” as the Amazon model: “take inputs, combine them into products worth less than their cost, and plug up the deficit through the capital markets in hopes of acquiring market power later or of just self-dealing so the losses are placed onto someone else.” It is, he argues, terrible for society as a whole.
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Mototaka Nakamura, who has published a score of climate-related papers on fluid dynamics, has written a small book in Japanese and English entitled Confessions of a Climate Scientist: The Global Warming Hypothesis is An Unproven Hypothesis arguing that we lack the tools to forecast temperature. He writes:
In climate research and modelling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.
Sun, ice, oceans, clouds: none are being modelled with any approximation to reality, he writes.
This video rather magnificiently splices together various bands playing “Terrapin Station”. My new most favorite YouTube video ever.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Some rise, some climb, some fall — Robert Hunter, 78. Mister, your inspiration moved me brightly.
It’s good, I’ve had time to contemplate my Indecisiveness.
“By far the most important factor in determining whether a boiled egg will peel cleanly or not is the temperature at which it starts cooking.” There’s just too many quotable quotes in this first entry in a new New York Times series on the science of cooking. I think the Grey Lady has finally found a useful niche.
Pictures of the glorious Soviet metro stations, a photography book by Christopher Herwig.
Joseph Epstein has a book to review on the semi-colon; that is, an excuse to treat us to a treatise on punctuation. It is “the art of rhythm, for punctuation’s second function, after its first function of helping to establish clarity, is to set the rhythm of sentences. Rhythm in prose, it turns out, is highly individual, for nearly everyone not only marches but writes to the beat of a different drummer.”
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
With 20% of the population and a recent poll suggesting 65% are proud to be Israeli, are the country’s increasingly-franchised Arabs to be Israel’s new kingmakers?, wonders Shlomi Eldar at Al-Monitor.
At the top of [their] demands is restarting the diplomatic process with the Palestinians. We should note the delicate phrasing of the demand, which is meant to make it easier for Gantz and those Blue and White members who are more affiliated with the right to accept. It doesn’t say ‘creating a Palestinian state’ and presents no outline for an arrangement; rather, it presents a vague demand to ‘establish a diplomatic process that would lead to the realization of the vision of two states on the basis of the 67 lines.’ It’s likely that Gantz, Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon could accept the word ‘vision.’”
This movement will surely underpin the eventual full resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The end of formal dining on Amtrak. The change is “driven by a desire to save money,” Amtrak said to The Washington Post, “and lure a younger generation of new riders — chiefly, millennials known to be always on the run, glued to their phones and not particularly keen on breaking bread with strangers at a communal table.” Sad!
In National Affairs, Ruth Wisse shows us Irving Kristol, “the common man’s uncommon philosopher”.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
For anyone (like me) working on doing the same, see Wenbin Fang’s article “The boring technology behind a one-person Internet company”. Of course the technologies used will differ, but the frankness here is refreshing, the contour of what’s required enlightening.
If you aren’t reading almost everything Venkatesh Rao writes, you must ask yourself why. Here in Part 10 of 10 in the Weirding Diary series he places the implosion of the MIT Media Lab within the context of “glamorous institutions” collapse.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
“Please just leave me alone when I cross streets.” Richard Stallman’s terms of service for speaking engagements come to light [via The Register] surrounding his forced terminations. A couple of observations: for 66 his skin looks amazingly moist and smooth, like a healthy 25-year-old’s, which perhaps says something about his lifestyle and choices. And his exactingness regarding these terms is both ridiculous and admirable; few things are more important than knowing who we are and what we want and expressing these clearly.
This Gates Foundation presentation on global inequality is clear, straightforward, well-written, nicely illustrated with animated graphs, and surely worth the time of anyone who can access it.
Monday, September 16th, 2019
Re Uber, Izabella Kaminska asks: “If you have a company with lots of employees, margins are very low and it is acquiring market share through subsidisation, and not necessarily through quality, how can you guarantee that this is going to be a sustainable and profitable model? You can’t.”
George Friedman is impressed by Iran’s recent attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, which “imposed a price on the Saudis for their alliance structure that, if it continues, they cannot pay. The attack also drove home to U.S. allies that their interest and the United States’ interest on oil diverge.” Yes but conversely while they lash out violently and the US responds only economically, they appear increasingly desperate, a not-good look with real-world consequences.
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
On the unstated significance of Apple’s new U1 chip.
I feel rather strongly the Apple U1 Chip, over time will be seen as one of the most important aspect of the September 10th, 2019 Apple Event. We will see it as the start of the HyperLocal world of computing that ultimately will lead to less of a need for the cloud.
Monday, September 9th, 2019
Well this is neat: a little CSS hack that shows you 9 levels of elements in your web page for when you have no idea wtf is going on.
You’re a very talented young man, with your own clever thoughts and ideas. Jeffsum, a text placeholder generator of Jeff Goldblum lines.
a confused jumble or medley of things
I go to zoos, and while I’m there, I’m thinking about what a zoo means — it is both defensible and indefensible — but I’m also absorbed by the gallimaufric variety and sheer strangeness of those ones on the other side of the barrier.
Teju Cole, “On the Blackness of the Panther”
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Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Guilded (YC S17) is hiring senior engineers to connect esports teams – remote
Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Event
Blizzard employees strongly support punishing HK advocate, censorship – survey
What the Hell Was Modernism?
Interested in improving your relationships? Try Nonviolent Communication
Twitter says it will restrict retweeting world leaders who break rules
The Arrogance of the Anthropocene
Show HN: Policy_sentry, an AWS IAM Least Privilege Policy Generator
Show HN: Interactive visual solver for the traveling salesman problem
Real-space charge-density imaging with sub-angstrom resolution
California’s new law bans schools from starting before 8am
OnionShare makes it easy to publish anonymous, uncensorable websites
Apache Arrow Flight: A Framework for Fast Data Transport
Dutch family 'waiting for end of time' discovered in basement
Russian military police patrol Syrian-Turkish troops contact line
Putin arrives in Abu Dhabi for his first visit to UAE
Moscow again warns Turkey to back off northeast Syria
Russian warning pauses Turkish Syria operation. US pullback from E. Syria, too, opens door to Iran
US sanctions two Turkish ministries, 3 officials
Putin begins visit to Riyadh just one month after Iran’s attack on Saudi oil
Kremlin spokesman refuses to consider a Russian-Turkish clash Syria
Brexit confirmed in Queen’s speech on PM agenda
Task of stopping Turkey passes from Trump to Putin. Syrian army defends threatened Kurdish towns
Syrian forces confront Turkish troops at Kobani and Manbij
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Syrian Troops Enter Kurdish Fight Against Turkish Forces
U.S. Sanctions Turkey over Syria Offensive
Keeping the Peace on the Temple Mount
U.S. Forces Come under Turkish Artillery Fire in Syria
U.S. Involvement in Syria Lacked Purpose, Objective
U.S.: Turkey _Bracketed_ American Troops with Artillery Fire
The U.S. Approach to the Palestinian Authority
U.S. Considering Removal of Nukes from Turkey
10,000 March in Berlin Against Anti-Semitism
U.S. Sending 3,000 Additional Troops to Saudi Arabia
IDF Position in West Bank Comes under Fire
Iran's Expanded Missile Arsenal Presents Challenge for U.S., Saudi Arabia
Syrian Kurdish Commander Explains Deal with Assad and Putin
Iran Captures Exiled Dissident
Iran Knows Israel Will Respond to Missile Attacks
These secret battles between your body’s cells might just save your life
Citation doping not for Italy’s elites
Canadian election leaves scientists hanging — no matter who wins
Data — from objects to assets
Extreme winter leads to an Arctic reproductive collapse
Thousands of grant peer reviewers share concerns in global survey
Funders and journals, not students, should lead on standards for research rigour
Birth of a class of nanomaterial
Small island states excluded from climate research when they need it most
How pandemics shape social evolution
Transitioning from postdoc researcher to gig-economy scientist
Ecuador’s research dream crushed by politics
Total immersion: re-imagining the ocean
The social-media war, reclaiming classics from the alt-right, and a fusion of physics and dance: New in paperback
Boosting inclusivity in the Nobels
Syrian and Russian troops sweep into Manbij as US withdraws
Kremlin envoy calls Turkish military operation in Syria ‘unacceptable’
Britain to halt new defense export licenses to Turkey: UK foreign minister
UAE and Russia sign deals worth $1.3bn during Putin's Abu Dhabi visit
Erdogan vows no Daesh fighters will escape Syria
Fires spread through parts of Lebanon, Syria
Houthis killed during airstrikes in Yemen’s Hajjah
‘Braking’ boundaries: Palestinian women seek new chances
US demands Syria cease-fire, slaps sanctions on Turkey over incursion
Kais Saied wins Tunisia presidency by ‘significant margin’
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
The Harlem School That Outscores the Suburbs
Brexit’s Opportunity Cost
The Unaffordable Candidate
The Age of Mutual Assured Cancellation
After sexism row, first all-female spacewalk to be held this week, Nasa says
Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo heading to Turkey as Russia moves to fill Syria void left by US
Pentagon official says US is concerned by ‘heavier hand Beijing has taken’ in Hong Kong
‘Hand grenade’ Rudy Giuliani refuses to cooperate with Donald Trump impeachment inquiry
Tulip trap: ‘millions of tourists’ being duped at Amsterdam’s famous flower market
US House approves Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, with Senate vote next
China’s TikTok tries to stay ahead of Washington’s tech backlash
Boris Johnson ‘on brink of Brexit deal’ after concessions on Irish border
Dutch family found hiding in cellar where they spent years ‘waiting for the end of time’
Sick of Brexit, Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon vows to hold new independence vote in 2020
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
'All roads lead to Putin' - Pelosi on Trump as House holds off on impeachment vote
Hook up to clean energy with this digital power company
Advice from these dope-smoking lawyers is useful for non-stoners, too
Taco Bell is recalling 2.3 million pounds of ground beef for metal shavings
A new copyright bill would be a disaster for how regular people use the internet
Four years later, and I am still using my magnetic tool holder every day
American are being hit with "zombie debts" from government benefits in the 1980s
EFF is hiring a community organizer!
The Office's Pam and Angela have a new podcast about The Office
Trump on Twitter: "Impeach the Pres."
Check out this killer Yoshitomo Nara graffiti in NYC bar
Watch: OpenAI enabled a one-handed robot to solve a Rubik's Cube
Samuel Delany's 1977 Star Wars review: why is the future so damned white and male?
Jane McGonigal and Institute for the Future: Free online course "How To Think Like a Futurist"
The O-Ring Model of Development
Claims about religious women
Tyler Cowen on meritocracy
Tuesday assorted links
When can companies force change by standing up to foreign governments
Dav Pilkey on ADHD
Michael Kremer, Nobel laureate
Esther Duflo reminiscenses
Abhijit Banerjee reminiscenses
The Nobel Prize in Economic Science Goes to Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer
On the road for Nobel day
Monday assorted links
Sunday assorted links
How to Work and Sleep at the Same Time
China fact of the day
Where the design community meets.
How to Interview Designers
The Freelance Life
Lets talk about a strange Designer Bubble happening in the Middle of America - $120K for a Junior designer? What R Everyone's thoughts?
Interview: Chris Gannon on pushing the limits with Lottie
Massimo Issue #28: Studio Chapeaux — Brandpie — Kuudes — Caserne — Sometimes Always
Death Of IE; Its Aftermath On Cross Browser Compatibility
Flash Is Responsible for the Internet's Most Creative Era
Redesign Concept - Rangers Football Club
It's back! The 2019 Design Tools Survey is now open
My first glide app, design.Space
Sponsor: Brush up your skills and find new inspiration with Adobe Live webinars!
The Hot Potato Process
It’s time we stop unsolicitedly redesigning Spotify - A list of non-profit organizations that could use your design chops instead.
1 Hour Feedback
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Apple, Facebook reportedly vie for choice NYC office space
Apple simplifies developer content uploads with Transporter app for Mac
NBC extends exclusive ad sales contract with Apple, to expand to Apple Stocks
How to select, copy, and paste text in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13
Review: X-Doria Defense dual wireless charger for iPhone & AirPods
Hollywood producers talk about Apple's TV+ plans & 'The Morning Show' problems
Apple releases macOS Catalina Supplemental Update with iCloud Login fix
Apple releases bug-fix update bringing iOS and iPadOS up to 13.1.3
Playing 'Fortnite: Chapter 2' on the iPhone 11 Pro at full resolution
Apple Card had the 'most successful credit card launch ever' says Goldman Sachs
Nest Wi-Fi, Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go updated during 'Made by Google' event
Deal alert: Free AppleCare with these 2019 MacBook Pro computers
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Announced: No Posts Until October 21
Spotted: New Logo for Crystal Mountain
Linked: BMW Logo Origin
Noted: New Logo for Adorama
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Spotted: New Logo for Varo
Spotted: New Name and Logo for BroadwaySF
Linked: Jack in the Box in the Wall
Noted: New Logo and Identity for 2019 World Fencing Championships by Explicit Design Studio
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Museo Moderno by Estudio Garricho and Omnibus-Type
Spotted: New Logo for Virtua Health
Spotted: New Logo for Volkswagen R
Linked: Oracle Design Language
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Breast Cancer Now by Wolff Olins
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Observability and Time
PermaPunk – Visionary Non/Fictions
Becoming the Internet