Saturday, June 5th, 2021
The US State Department will no longer use the term Abraham Accords, Arutz Sheva reports. This sucks.
Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
Sunday, June 20th, 2021
In big companies, the product spec is market-driven;in startups, the marketing is product-driven.
Monday, June 14th, 2021
Mary Catherine Bateson, conversations at Edge [via Hacker News, again].
Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Good Risk advice dressed up as systems thinking [via Hacker News].
A few further points. First, the dynamic of the game becomes more stark once players are eliminated; in the 3-man game is it better to be strongest, weakest or in the middle? More tactically, in the 2-man game I think it’s decisively better to abandon Australia because your defensive army is likely to be blocked and at this point you need all your offense.
Patton neglects feints, such as pretending to leave the game and letting the rather dumb AI take over your turn; as a bot, players tend to consider you less a threat and leave you alone, often to the point of weakening each other tremendously, figuring they’ll deal with the dumb bot later. A more complex feint is mimic being a newbie who does not know the principles Patton describes, though honestly I’ve not tried this and it seems difficult to pull off, as you do lose real armies being stupid, and as soon as you start behaving sensibly you may appear even more formidable; the trick here then would be to play dumb until the very end.
Perhaps more importantly is to keep in mind the pathetic fallacy, to remember that when behaving judiciously and prudently in dealing with the strongest player, relying on the self-interest of others to do so as well, they may not get it, and behave stupidly and weaken themselves against someone else, enabling the strongest player to then sweep to victory.
Saturday, June 12th, 2021
From Nieman Media Lab, a newsy perspective on Apple’s recent WWDC 2021 announcements:
Will my iPhone’s algorithms decide that a breaking news story from Bloomberg is “urgent,” “important,” or “time-sensitive”? How about something more feature-y pushed by The Atlantic, or a game score notification from ESPN?
Friday, June 11th, 2021
Jordan and Israel need to exchange electricity for water. Jordan can produce green solar-powered electricity at 60% of the cost that Israel can, while Israel is the world leader in processing sea water into drinking water. Jordan is in dire need of more water due to a massive influx of refugees who aren’t going anywhere, while Israel needs green electricity to power those desalinization plants.
Via Hacker News, and in the grand spirit of Charlie Munger’s edict to “Invert, always invert,” this is Julio Merino on “Always be Quitting”.
So what does it mean to always be quitting? It means “making yourself replaceable”; “deprecating yourself”; “automating yourself out of your job” … The key lies in NOT being indispensable … Paradoxically, by being disposable, you free yourself. You make it easier for yourself to grow into a higher-level role and you make it easier for yourself to change the projects you work on.
Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
I wouldn’t want to work on anything I didn’t want to take over my life.
Paul Graham, A Project of One’s Own
Sunday, June 6th, 2021
In Quillette, Kenny Xu and Christian Watson take the time to spell out the bleedin’ obvious: that Critical Race Theory does not extend but rather undermines the Civil Rights movement.
Only a racist believes that there is some fundamental skin-color-defined moral essence within any of us.
JD Vance on demolishing woke capital. Straightforward and dispassionate.
Saturday, June 5th, 2021
We are so used to saying “The internet changed everything” that we have forgotten it changed everything.
Peggy Noonan, What Drives Conspiracism
The US State Department will no longer use the term Abraham Accords, Arutz Sheva reports. This sucks.
Friday, May 28th, 2021
Federico Viticci of MacStories tours Apple’s new store on Via del Corso in Rome, saying it’s one of Apple’s most ambitious restoration projects to date.
Thursday, May 27th, 2021
At Lockheed-Martin, White Men As Full Diversity Partners — a workshop for senior executives. Well I guess that’s why they get paid the big bucks. Excruciating.
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
The Lebanese are warming to Israel. I believe that one day there will be more than convivial relations between the two Levantine nations.
After some throat-clearing, Thomas Friedman promotes Trump’s Deal of the Century between Israel and the Palestinians. He writes regarding the Palestinian capital:
Biden should reshape U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian relations by opening a diplomatic mission to the P.A. — as the nascent Palestinian state government — near its headquarters in Ramallah.
That’s Ramallah, not Jerusalem, which is for Israel:
The U.S. should encourage the six Arab states that have normalized relations with Israel (Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates) to simultaneously move their embassies from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem…
And then this:
Biden should propose negotiations on peace with Trump’s plan as the starting point.
At CSS Tricks, developer Josh Collinsworth is full of praise for Nuxt which he used to build a hangman game. The article also details how to he made his web app feel like a native app using transitions, vibrations and sounds. And then he discusses how he actually make it an app, explaining the pitfalls of various approaches. Great info.
Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
Monday, May 24th, 2021
Sam Harris relates his recent 5g blindfolded mushroom trip. “We need a modern rational ethically-responsible way of reinstantiating the mysteries of Eleusis.”
The fact that there are landscapes of mind this vast lurking on the other side of a mushroom is simply preposterous.
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
How lovely and wonderful: Finnish sauna culture is recognized by UNESCO, as reported by EuroNews.
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
In “The Realignment” authors Michael Doran and Tony Badran are forthright about the egregious and insensible Iran-appeasement policy that the Biden Administration is continuing from the Obama era, despite years now of experience both bitter (Syria) and sweet (Abraham Accords) demonstrating its utter folly.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
English has a specific order for adjectives: opinion, size, age, shape, color, origin, material, then purpose. Cool.
Victor Davis Hanson, caustic as usual, on Leftist support of Hamas: “The new American Middle East policy is an extension of the new American domestic policy.” Yet so far the Biden Administration has been pretty good at holding off the “international community”‘s usual calumnious onslaught against Israel during conflagrations. I hope the current White House doesn’t expect as quid pro quo Israel’s support for its desire to appease Iran.
Monday, May 17th, 2021
A sober-sounding Thomas Friedman argues that the Israeli-Hamas war broke out to derail the Lapid-Bennet-Mansour Abbas coalition that was being formed. Now, I would have thought that the unprecedentedly egregious Jewish-Arab tensions within Israel would be all the more reason to bring an Arab party into a governing coalition. Instead — and demonstrating how much I consistently misunderstand the Israeli mindset — Naftali Bennet explicitly ruled out such a coalition, returning to Netanyahu.
What are we to do with how loathsome we find our public selves? Meghan O’Gieblyn writes:
Like many people who become writers, I believed the page offered a way out, a loophole in the world knot. It was only there, with work and deliberation, that the soul became flesh and I could speak in a voice I recognized as my own.
Sunday, May 16th, 2021
Jerusalem Post editor Yaacov Katz argues that Israel’s rough treatment of the international media during the current conflagration — duping them to entice Hamassholes into their tunnel network before bombing it, then razing the building that housed the AP and Al-Jazeera — will bite us in the behind.
I’m not so sure Katz is correct — it could be the media needed to stop taking Israel for granted, that they required a little fear put in them in order to finally do their job properly and aim for truth — but at at any rate the issue he raises is a real one.
Writing in TidBITS, Glenn Fleishman gives us 13 AirTag tracking scenarios.
Friday, May 14th, 2021
This feels important — Austria flies Israel’s flag alongside its own and the EU’s over the Chancellory in Vienna.
Excellent piece by Haviv Rettig Gur explaining that the current conflagration between Israel and Hamas is more about internal Palestinian power struggles.
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defence in action, in a series of videos compiled by the UK’s The Sun.
Every scientific or technological revolution tears down yet another anthropocentric conceit.
Venkatesh Rao, Superhistory, Not Superintelligence
Monday, May 10th, 2021
Elle Griffin is serializing her novel on Substack and here lists others also publishing fiction on the platform.
Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Sometimes a cool story is strong enough to override my current aversion to The New York Times, and this interactive piece about Oval Office art qualifies.
This Dutch fellow tracked the mailing of an AirTag to his own home. It travelled 120km just go to 500m. Next he’s going to send one to Norway.
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Top 20 racing cheats by Preston Lerner at Hagerty, a reminder that rules are made to be… stretched.
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
A bit mindblowing: put the browser itself in the cloud: Mighty [Hacker News discussion].
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
(The irritatingly insouciant) Lionel Shriver notes that there will likely be unpleasant geopolitical consequences to wokeness in that Western civilization’s illiberal adversaries will interpret the bewailing self-castigation coming from American and British elites as evidence of actual decline — correctly or not (though I suspect correctly).
From the banned books department (the author’s When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment cannot be found on Amazon), on the battiness of trans ideology.
I came to this article after seeing the phrase “gender assigned at birth” on my child’s school acceptance form and googled for when “assigned” became the de facto usage even here in the seemingly more sensible UK instead of, say, “registered”.
Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Friday, April 23rd, 2021
There is no correlation — in fact, probably an inverse correlation — between how badly you behave and how much money you make.
Paul Graham, Billionaires Build
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
Some smarmy vituperative resentiment re Silicon Valley bloggers in The Baffler.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
Since the 1990s I’d had a mild hankering for the Mazda MX-5, and it seems I’m not alone, and it’s still selling well. The Telegraph compares some low-cost Miata competitors, including the Audi TT and Mini Cooper.
Sunday, April 18th, 2021
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
If you want to feel like Western society is convulsing, there’s an app for that.
Ross Douthat, The Decadent Society
Craig Mod reveals the consolations of we the web-literate as he tinkers with his servers. Plus the man walks and writes rather well and is probably tall to boot.
Monday, April 12th, 2021
OK I haven’t actually read this yet but really honestly intend to. Via Robin Rendle on CSS Tricks via Jim Nielsen’s Blog, A Complete Guide To Accessible Front-End Components by Vitaly Friedman in Smashing Magazine.
Congress barrels toward debt cliff...
Businesses beg for ANOTHER bailout...
UPDATE: DRUDGE APP IPHONE, IPAD...
My battle to save Princess Diana: Doctor gives first ever account...
Cruel, Twisted Discoveries at Germany's Stonehenge...
Blue Animals Different from All the Rest...
Accused of 'excessive, unnecessary' secrecy...
Australia embraces USA -- and pays price with China...
Teachers on edge over debate...
Republicans, spurred by unlikely figure, see political promise in critical race theory...
Addiction treatment had failed. Could brain surgery save him?
Does Nikki Haley's road to White House start in Jerusalem?
30% of Republicans believe Donald will be reinstated this year...
'Italygate' conspiracy pushed by firms led by woman who falsely claimed $30 million mansion was hers...
Eric Adams Is Awful. I'm Putting Him on My Ballot
CNN's Brian Stelter Draws Fire Over Ratings Decline
Greatest Danger to U.S. Isn't China, It's Much Closer to Home
A Father's Day Thank You Letter and Apology to My Son
How Biden's Climate Change Agenda Hurts Children
Becoming a Father Is the Best Sacrifice You'll Ever Make
Jon Stewart Shows How Political Comedy Is Done
America Takes the Knee on International Stage
Can Biden Overcome GOP Resistance to His Agenda?
Biden's Do-Nothing Mandate & Infrastructure Mess
A Familiar Voice Echoes on Father's Day-His & Mine
Strong Fathers Essential in This Time of Moral Chaos
Biden, Putin, and the Weight of History
There's No American Renaissance Under Biden
America's Hollow Embrace of Juneteenth
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Smarking (YC W15) Is Hiring a Head of Engineering to Scale Product
Constraints (1981) [pdf]
Nixos-unstable’s ISO_minimal.x86_64-Linux is 100% reproducible
If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel (2014)
A dwarf planet coming within 11 AU of the sun over the next 10 years
Our journey from office-centric to remote-first
Father's Day (2008)
Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers
What every programmer should know about SSDs
Mitochondria may contribute to neurological and psychiatric disorders: research
Watchy: Open-source E-Paper Watch with ESP32
GAN Prior Embedded Network for Blind Face Restoration in the Wild
Julia: Faster than Fortran, cleaner than Numpy
So Long Autodesk Shotgun
LDtk: A modern and open-source 2D level editor
Bennet: We’ll no longer put up with trickling attacks from Gaza
PM Bennett: World must wake up before nuke in hands of executioners
Security cabinet to air options on Iran after new president
Face masks are back in schools of two towns
Hardline judge wins Iran’s presidential election amid low turn-out
Israel’s top soldier must overcome Biden’s downgrade of the Iranian peril for fast action against a nuclear-armed Iran
US withdraws air defense forces from some Mid East countries
Outbreak of violence on Temple Mount. 14 detained
Israel strikes Hamas targets after two-day balloon barrage
Presidential frontrunner Ebrahim Raisi would bolster Iran’s anti-West hard line
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Lebanese Politician: 1982 Israeli Invasion Solved the Problem of Palestinian Terrorism for Us
U.S. Envoy Says Criticism of Israel at UN Is "Appalling"
Israel Leasing Maritime Reconnaissance Drones to Greece
UK Apologizes after Renewed Passport Lists British-Israeli's Birthplace as "Occupied Palestinian Territories"
How Not to Think about the Conflict
Scientific American Removes Article Promoting BDS
New Palestinian Poll Finds Support for Armed Conflict with Israel, Opposition to Talks under U.S. Leadership
Biden's Jerusalem Envoy: A Friend Who "Won't Go Easy on Israel"
Arab Leaders Finesse Military Defeat
Palestinians in Gaza Attack Israel with Wave of Incendiary Balloons
In Ireland, a Pavlovian Response to Conflict in Middle East Is to Visit Ire upon Jews
Report: PA Formulates Negotiating Demands
Iranian Presidential Front-Runner Linked to Mass Executions
"A Nuclear Iran Is the End of the Middle East"
If Hamas Tries Collaborators in Military Field Courts, It Could Face the ICC for War Crimes
Better together: collaborative spaces can inspire scientists of all ages
Author Correction: Assembly of synaptic active zones requires phase separation of scaffold molecules
Base editor treats progeria in mice
CureVac COVID vaccine let-down spotlights mRNA design challenges
How scientists are embracing NFTs
Towards personalized treatment of smoking-related lung cancers
Mathematicians welcome computer-assisted proof in ‘grand unification’ theory
Communities, COVID and credit: the state of science collaborations
Daily briefing: Why humans are so thirsty
How three missions to Venus could solve the planet’s biggest mysteries
Research collaborations bring big rewards: the world needs more
ctDNA guiding adjuvant immunotherapy in urothelial carcinoma
Structural basis of omega-3 fatty acid transport across the blood–brain barrier
Peopling of the Americas as inferred from ancient genomics
Great Dimming of Betelgeuse explained
Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown
Decision time on Iran nuclear deal ‘approaching fast,’ says European diplomat
Israel launches official probe into deadly festival stampede
New compensation offer made over Suez Canal blockage — lawyer
Rocket targets Iraq base hosting US troops: security source
UAE confirms 1,850 new coronavirus infections, 5 deaths
Lebanon’s Hezbollah hails Raisi’s election win in Iran
Lebanon’s Christian leader says he still wants Hariri as prime minister
Libya reopens highway linking east and west
Libya’s Haftar closes border with Algeria
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
All the Projection That’s Fit to Print
Entrenching an Inequitable Land-Use Process
Punting Again on Religious Liberty
Obamacare Survives a Third (and Likely Final) Challenge
More Good Sense, Please
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s party far ahead in early election results
Marine Le Pen’s far right party falls short in French regional elections, exit polls indicate
US is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia over Alexei Navalny poisoning, White House warns
Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes unexplained emergency shutdown
Six people critically injured after driver rams truck into group of cyclists in Arizona
‘Belgian Rambo’: body of fugitive right-wing soldier who threatened top virologist found in forest
Israel’s new leader warns Iran’s election a sign for world leaders to ‘wake up’ on nuclear deal
France’s far-right politician Marine Le Pen could gain first victory in regional elections
Coronavirus: too early to tell if vaccine booster shots are needed, WHO chief scientist says
China’s Covid-19 vaccination drive hits one billion mark
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Dan Harmon talks about "Community," "Rick and Morty," and working with Kanye West
Discovering William Shatner's first spoken word album in a bakery
Recommended: "My Favourite Elliott Smith Song" podcast
Darwin award candidate flies homemade drone contraption
Let's Not Meet is a true horror podcast
How to find a pet tardigrade and care for it
Clinton divorce drama and Hitler's kinky sex life in this week's dubious tabloids
Check out this 1987 Ringling Bros. instructional video on how to be a clown
A lot of folks want Jeff Bezos to stay in space
Californians: get your digital COVID-19 vaccine record
Beware the axe-wielding Bunny Man
Get a Sam's Club membership for only $20 this weekend only
17 apps, software, streaming services, and more on sale for this weekend only
Box fans for cooling my gaming PC case
Sunday assorted links
The looks gap in earnings
The best mask-wearing study so far?
Long-term gene–culture coevolution and the human evolutionary transition
Basil Halperin on sticky wage vs. sticky price models
North vs. South India?
Saturday assorted links
China fact of the day
Friday assorted links
It’s Time to Open the Canada-US Border
Caplan on Open Borders
The Edward Nelson books on Milton Friedman
John Stuart Mill on the English
The political economy of green energy
Where the design community meets.
How to Gain a Positively Unfair Advantage in Getting more Instagram Followers
10 GitHub Repositories every Developer should know
Create Video Podcasts Online
How to prepare a Pitch Deck?
How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Chat App?
Hourly rates are the worst.
Is a Career in UX and Product Design Stable?
The Best Chrome Extensions For Designers - No BS Guide
Top Free Business Softwares for 2021
Participatory Design - Bringing users to design
Robotic Process Automation in Healthcare Industry - [Infographics]
5 Things You Need to Know About Website Design
Create scribble animation effect in Adobe Xd using Auto Animate!
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
How to move your Mac's mouse by tracking your head with a webcam
FCC updates emergency alerts to avoid 2018 false alert fiasco
Best Apple Watch Prime Day deals: Series 6 now $279 ($120 off) at Amazon
Best Prime Day 2021 deals on Apple AirPods
Lack of 'creativity and enthusiasm' prevented big tech antitrust law overhaul
Texas homes heat up as power companies alter smart thermostats
Russia votes to force U.S. tech giants to open local offices
Nude photo texts and iPhones switched for fruit in the Apple Crime Blotter
Bug in iOS can break iPhone Wi-Fi using rogue hotspot name
Google plans Android version of Apple's Find My network
Fox Now app ends third-generation Apple TV support
Beats Studio Buds, AppleCare, and Antitrust -- This Week in Apple
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
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Netgen by IDnaGroup
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Correos de México by Carl Forsell
Spotted: New Logo for Playtika
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for The 19th by Page 33 Studio
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
Storytelling — Mamet’s Conflict Airing Theory