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, December 6th, 2019
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
What a gorgeous country revealed im this photo essay of “contemporary life in Iran”:
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
VDH provides a bit of actual strategy for the USA on the China, Iran, and North Korea fronts :
The most dangerous moments … are predictable. They follow when one side, arrogant from previously being exempt from any consequences for its aggression, believes it’s starting to lose a conflict that it prompted and cannot afford to lose.
With hundreds shot dead, Iran’s Islamic Republic is undergoing its worst unrest to date.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Quite the overview: “The Real Class War” by Julius Krein, editor of American Affairs.
The real class war is between the 0.1 percent and (at most) the 10 percent—or, more precisely, between elites primarily dependent on capital gains and those primarily dependent on profes sional labor.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
The Smithsonian Magazine excerpts Paul Hendrickson’s Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright. Among the gems:
Will the author spoil it for me though? Among the crisps are tonal annoyances such as beginning sentences with “Heck,”…
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
A view to the best bit of Bond fan art I’ve seen maybe ever: David Reed’s 007 film title anagrams.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Friday, November 1st, 2019
A deep dive into the newness of the iPhone 11 camera at the Halide blog.
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
A meditation in The New Yorker on aging.
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
The Tube Ronnies complete with transcript, thanks to the invaluable IanVisits.
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Gadget: 1. Survey [PDF] is a cool history of software milestones “from Smalltalk to Minecraft” Chaim Gingold (2017). When you see these things collected you realize how much progress they collectively represent. I wonder what we’d have been doing otherwise…
Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Dr Alex Joffe notes that while the West’s working classes are still relatively sensible, “in Western social and information environments saturated with virtue-signaling, [grafting BDS onto contemporary concerns and movements is] having some success with members of the image-conscious, predominantly white middle class.
Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Friday, October 18th, 2019
Dore Gold primes us on why Israel must retain the Jordan Valley. Like the Golan, it’s not only about strategic depth but also strategic height. When driving down the magnificent road along the Dead Sea from Jerusalem to Ein Bokek, I would often loftily complain that one wouldn’t know one has exited Israel proper as there are no signs, just a little roadblock upon entering Ein Bokek (and a much more significant one upon reentering Jerusalem near the city limits). Whenever there’s no sign, it’s a sign that the State has deemed this land integral yet history has not yet ripened sufficiently for declaring it so.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Volvo unveils its first full battery electric model, the XC40 Recharge SUV with 402bhp a 248-mile range. Featuring no front grille!
Succession as comedy. Obvious, given its producers, but still, nicely written.
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 fall, some climb — Robert Hunter, 78. Mister, your inspiration moved me brightly.
It’s good, I’ve had time to contemplate my Indecisiveness.
MSN: Daily presidential tracking poll...
Echoes of Cecil the Lion as Botswana Research Elephant Shot...
DRUDGE APP IPHONE, IPAD...
Animal groups outraged...
NOONAN: Who Can Beat Trump?
Most active flu season in 15 years wreaking havoc...
BORIS IN A BLOWOUT!
China Says Deal Agreed; USA to Roll Back Tariffs in Stages...
PAPER: THIS IS THE WHISTLEBLOWER...
Jewish prayer has returned to the Temple Mount...
AI puts final notes on Beethoven's Tenth Symphony...
SUPER PUMP: Fed to Flood Market With $500 Billion In Liquidity...
Name-calling, insults and scandals...
It's Boris Johnson's Britain, Now
The Fall of Labour's 'Red Wall' Is a Moment to Celebrate
IG Report Exposes the Fraud & Lies of the U.S. Media
The House Republicans' Slimy Defense of Trump
The GOP's Four-Point Defense of Trump Is Devastating
Impeachment in the House Is the Victory
Carter Page/Ukraine Lie Kept On Lying for Mueller and the FBI
Democrats' Self-Inflicted Diversity Vulnerability
Should Warren and Buttigieg Change Tactics?
Trump Is Reviving Anti-Semitism and Anti-Leftism
Trump a Better Friend to the Jews Than Even Truman
Millennials Are Leaving Religion and Not Coming Back
Kanye vs. Cancel Culture
Obama's Administration's FISA Abuse Is a Massive Scandal
With Donald Trump, All Roads Lead to Moscow
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
McKinsey infiltrated the world of global public health
How to Reduce the Costs of Your HTTP(s) API on AWS
We 30x'd our Node parallelism
Learning human objectives by evaluating hypothetical behaviours
Probability Theory for Physically Based Rendering
Deepmind: A set of 13 machine-learning tasks that require memory to solve
Pipenv: If this project is dead, just tell us
Phonon heat transfer across a vacuum through quantum fluctuations
General Election 2019: How computers wrote BBC election result stories
How to Build a Remote Team: Resources and Advice from Remote Companies
Google Culture War Escalates as Era of Transparency Wanes
Show HN: Happy Hues – Curated colors in context
Reddit now requires signing in to read comment threads
Mathematician Proves Result on ‘Dangerous’ Problem
Are there lessons for Israel in Johnson’s huge election victory?
Exit poll puts Johnson on course for wide majority in UK election
Taliban and Iran Discuss the Day after the US Leaves Afghanistan
Iraq’s Sadr Taps War Hero Gen. Al-Saadi for PM in Push for Nonpartisan Government
Erdogan’s Double Game with Russia Makes Him Acceptable to Trump
US-Israel Thrust Wired up to Oust Iran from the Syrian-Iraqi Border
Is the Netanyahu Era Drawing to a Close?
Unprecedented third election in a year leaves Israeli public cold
More US sanctions imposed on Iranian shipping and air lines
UK faces tight, contentious election on Thursday
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
U.S. Concerned about Iranian Attacks in Iraq
U.S. President Explains Executive Order: "We Will Not Permit Anti-Jewish Bigotry"
Jeremy Corbyn Defeated by Large Margin in British Elections
The Rise of Anti-Drone Tech
New Jersey Attackers Linked to Anti-Semitic Fringe Movement
U.S. about to Sanction Assad, Russia and Iran for Syrian War Crimes
UN Unable to Verify that Weapons Used in Saudi Oil Attack Were from Iran
Deconstructing the Nakba Myth: The Palestinian Aggressors Became the Victims
Saudi Arabia Seeks to Ease Tensions with Iran
The Campaign to Hunt Down and Deport Nazi Killers Living in the U.S.
Turkey Moves to Stop Israel from Building Undersea Gas Line to Europe
Visiting UN Ambassadors Tour City of David in Jerusalem
U.S. Senate Affirms Turkish Responsibility for Century-Old Armenian Genocide
Iranian Gen. Soleimani's Multi-National Army Is Destabilizing the Mideast
Senate Committee Approves Turkey Sanctions Bill
UK election dashes scientists’ hopes of staying in the EU
United States drops charges against two more scientists after Iran prisoner swap
Books for our time: seven classics that speak to us now
‘Marsquakes’ reveal red planet’s hidden geology
Daily briefing: How to make research better
A developmental landscape of 3D-cultured human pre-gastrulation embryos
Rogue stem-cell salesman Davide Vannoni dies
NASA asteroid hunter chooses landing site on boulder-strewn space rock
Identifying the source of tumour-infiltrating T cells
What’s next for psychology’s embattled field of social priming
Homes, not hospitals, now host most US deaths
Indonesian fires, exoplanet telescope and the world’s oldest story
Making a more diverse entrepreneurial environment
Earliest hunting scene in prehistoric art
Turkish-Qatari alliance threatens Washington: US defense think tank
Former PM calls for overhaul of Turkey in challenge to Erdogan
Libya’s Haftar announces ‘decisive battle’ for Tripoli
Algeria declares former PM Tebboune winner of presidential election
Mideast faces opioid crisis as it rages through developing world
Egyptian start-up Shamseya empowers people with medical information
A project helps Syrian entrepreneurs in four countries escape the shadow of war
Israel bars Gaza’s Christians from visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas
Palestinian strawberry farmers hope for rich pickings as export markets open up this season
Indicted Netanyahu to quit all ministries, remain PM
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Constitutional Principles Over Party Demands
Medicine to Kill the Patient
Kanye v. Cancel Culture
A Land Without Charters
The Great Society, Reconsidered
EU leaders prepare for post-Brexit trade talks after Boris Johnson’s election win
Czech Republic becomes unlikely front line in China’s soft power war
One dead, around 15 injured after suspected gas explosion in German town
US House panel delays vote on Donald Trump impeachment until Friday
‘We are not a US colony’: South Korean protesters destroy portraits of US ambassador outside embassy
US and ‘like-minded’ partners will maintain security in Asia in face of Chinese ‘competition’, American admiral says
Clint Eastwood slammed over ‘sex for scoops’ portrayal in new movie ‘Richard Jewell’
Could Boris Johnson’s election victory spell end of the United Kingdom?
UK election: jubilant Boris Johnson shatters expectations with thumping victory
UK election: Jeremy Corbyn’s time as Labour leader running out after ‘disappointing night’
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
House approves Trump impeachment articles
Threat Level Midnight is a go
Gretchen Carlson to Fox: release employees from NDAs, 'buying silence instead of stopping harassment is immoral and unjust'
Workers at Spin, Ford's e-scooter company, have unionized in San Francisco
Bikini Kill, Circle Jerks to headline Burger Boogaloo in 2020
Nulledcast: a podcast where hackers play live audio of themselves breaking into Ring cameras and tormenting their owners
LA police union will not defend cop accused of sexual assault on a corpse
The cinematic universe of Melania Trump christmas videos
A harrowing look inside the apocalyptic Evangelical cult around Donald Trump
Save over 50% on this slim battery case for your iPhone 11 Pro Max
Homeland Security labelled a group of volunteer doctors as "radical political activists"
Star Wars Imperial keycaps
You can buy million-watt tattoo-removal lasers on eBay, but don't
Here are the freebies college football players will get for participating in bowl games this year
Taiwan fact of the day?
What should I ask Ezra Klein?
q-Factors and Investment CAPM
The mattress-stealing, luxury hotel culture that is German
A simple word in defense of David Cameron
We need more indices
Thursday assorted links
The macro frontier (not your grandpa’s Keynesian economics, or is it?)
Martin Gurri on the current Age of Revolt
Sweden recovers in the PISA tables
Wednesday assorted links
A Symposium for John Perry Barlow
Non-cognitive skills and earnings in Canada
From the comments — on Paul Volcker
Tuesday assorted links
Where the design community meets.
Picking the right stock photo for your next design project
The icon kaleidoscope - Microsoft design
20 hilarious logo design parodies you can't unsee
Octopus.do, a lightning-fast visual sitemap builder 2.0
What Are The Benefits Of Website Testing On The Cloud?
I recently started posting frequently on Dribbble. Do you guys wanna check it out?
Uplaunch. Power up your launch!
Bravo Studio - Design Prototypes just got REAL!
Sizle - Bring your slide decks to life
[1988-2019] 32 Years of Adobe Photoshop Version History and Fun Facts
Use scarcity with finesse… I almost threw Uber Eats down the drain because of it!
10 posters on usability heuristics for user interface design
Bat UX – rethinking Batman’s classic outfit in a user-centric way
Generated Photos Releases API for Face Images Made by AI
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Pro Display XDR works on iMac Pro at 5K, not 6K
Apple's Mac Pro, iOS 13.3, encryption backdoors on the AppleInsider Podcast
Tim Cook's international tour continues with developer visit in Thailand
Cellular support for Apple Watch finally arrives in New Zealand
Apple Arcade introduces 'Ultimate Rivals' hockey game featuring sports all-stars
Apple avoids iPhone, iPad and Mac tariff as US and China strike trade deal
Holiday deals: Save $150 to $438 on every Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro
Apple sued over iMessage support for SMS embedded links
Apple's new Communication Limits parental control feature bypassed by bug
'Robust' holiday season for AirPods Pro & iPhone 11 will return Apple to growth
Apple acquires machine learning startup to improve iPhone photos
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Linked: Wim Crouwel Exhibit, Available Online
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Literary Emporium by Fiasco Design
Reviewed: Friday Likes 310: From Futura, Kuudes, and Studio Born
Spotted: New Logo for Oshkosh Corporation
Spotted: New Logo for Avanti West Coast
Linked: Nike Does MLB
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Expograph by Brand Brothers
Linked: Opening at Matchstic
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for ESADE by Firma
Spotted: New Logo for Trainline
Linked: The Name of the Game
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Offftlv by Firma
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for MOKSOP by Molto Bureau
Spotted: New Logo for Nebraska Furniture Mart
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
Predictable Identities: 22 – The Entropic Brain
The Ovaltine Moment