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.
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
“The Soleimani Killing:An Initial Assessment” [PDF], a study by Hillel Frisch, Eytan Gilboa, Gershon Hacohen, Doron Itzchakov, and Alexander Joffe at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Friday, January 3rd, 2020
From “you can’t do anything” to “a severe revenge”: Khamenei fumes regarding “that guy” Trump as US kills Iran’s Al-Quds Force leader Soleimani in a missile attack at Baghdad Airport.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
In trying to improve the performance of an ExpressionEngine-powered web-based system, I came across the following database fields within MySQL query WHERE clauses that therefore should be indexed but aren’t:
* exp_actions: class, method
* exp_categories: cat_url_title
* exp_ce_cache_tagged_items: item_id
* exp_channels: channel_title
* exp_channel_fields: field_name
* exp_extensions: enabled, hook, priority
* exp_fieldtypes: name
* exp_members: in_authorlist, screen_name, username
* exp_menu_items: sort
* exp_modules: module_name
* exp_playa_relationships: parent_is_draft
* exp_plugins: is_typography_related
Every little bit helps.
In r/saltierthancrait and posted by u/yellowdawg299, In your opinion, who is the worst character in Star Wars?. Great stuff.
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Matt Layman’s handy Failed SaaS Postmortem — too much tech tinkering; I need to take heed. Plus it’s great he’s getting right back in the saddle.
“A proper understanding of biblical and rabbinic theology might identify a solution to Israel’s constitutional vacuum“. By Michael Wyschogrod in First Things 
Counterintuitive arguments from the redoubtable Ambrose Evans-Pritchard that Boris’s ascension reduces the plausibility of Scottish secession from the UK.
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
“Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict” — the inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics by Thomas Piketty (March 30th, 2018).
Labour is now populism for the lightly-educated middle-classes, argues John Gray with stonking cogency — and, it turns out a month later at the December 2019 election, accuracy. Until 2008 the Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, Gray has been referred to by one Nassim Nicholas Taleb as “prophetic”.
Friday, December 6th, 2019
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
What a gorgeous country revealed in 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,”…
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
Shaman: A novel of the Ice Age
Kim Stanley Robinson
As I return to this a couple of months later to write up this brief review, much of the book unfolds mentally in my head: scenes, characters, the unfolding. Whereas the other couple of books read at the similar time are blanks to me. This book delivered on my hope of a vivid portrayal of the protean human, and was even more vivid than I had expected. KSR is to be congratulated and I’m sure he’s proud of this one. Has anyone else done this so well?
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
A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
Written aphoristically, long-time Kyoto resident travel writer Pico Iyer provided me with a new view of a major people: that the Japanese exemplify Oscar Wilde’s catechism that style is substance, surface depth. One telling anecdote from his pal the Dalai Lama: when speaking to Western audiences, they perk up at the philosophy and tune out for the rituals; with the Japanese it’s the opposite. There are many more such reflections. One reviewer says the book is profound, and I guess that is the case, yes.
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.
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The FBI Scandal
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How Trump Could Build a NATO in the Middle East
America's Debilitating Middle-East Obsession
Europe Fusses and Fidgets While Trump Defends U.S.
Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump
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Bernie Devours Warren
Democratic Attacks on Sanders Are Long Overdue
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Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law
Does Your Domain Have a Registry Lock?
Master of Orion
How to Read Self-Help
Nuclear waste recycled into diamond batteries with 'near-infinite power'
Show HN: Postgresqlco.nf: PostgreSQL Configuration for Humans
Announcing RDS/Aurora Snapshot Export to S3
First successful electrochemical carborane process for uranium extraction
What can you use instead of Google and Facebook?
Clojure – Fascinated, Disappointed, Astonished
Kube-scan: Octarine k8s cluster risk assessment tool
How much longer will we trust Google’s search results?
Smarking (YC W15) is hiring a Tech Lead Back end to scale tech infrastructure
IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 EAP is open
Air-Traffic Control Is in the Midst of a Major Change from Radar to GPS
Trump: Reports about timing of our peace plan are purely speculative
Netanyahu proposed Trump also invite Gantz Tuesday for his peace plan
Berlin Summit Skirts Libya’s Ills, Primarily the Russia-Turkey Contest
Iran’s Hardliners Use Soleimani Killing to Block Reformists in February Vote
French Special Ops for Saudi Arabia, Carrier for Mediterranean
Three New US Bases to Go up in Iraq – One Near Iran
Trump Invites Netanyahu to White House for Launch of His Mid-East Peace Plan
Netanyahu & Gantz invited to White House for Trump unveiling of Mid-East peace plan
Speeches -yes, but no collective declaration on antisemitism from 50 world leaders at the Auschwitz liberation anniversary in Jerusalem
Saudi religious leader makes groundbreaking visit to Auschwitz site
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
The Beginning of an Israel-Hamas Truce?
At Holocaust Memorial, a Survivor Says He "Cannot Forgive"
Israel Develops Method to Rejuvenate Kidney
The Prince of Wales at the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
Natan Sharansky: "Anti-Semitism Is Not Just a Jewish Problem"
Islamic Leaders Make "Groundbreaking" Visit to Auschwitz
The U.S. Peace Plan Is Coming
Successor to Slain Iran General Faces Same Fate If He Kills Americans, U.S. Warns
Why the EU Should Ban Hizbullah
U.S. to Release Middle East Peace Plan Next Week
Israel as a Counterweight to Anti-Semitism
U.S. Forces in Iraq Are Facing More Attacks from Shiite Militias than ISIS
Vice President Pence: We Must Stand Strong Against the Leading State Purveyor of Anti-Semitism - Iran
Afghan Refugees Head to Turkey after Economic Downturn in Iran
Direct Peace Talks Are Still the Only Way Forward for Israel and the Palestinians
The battle for ethical AI at the world’s biggest machine-learning conference
Daily briefing: First evidence of how stress turns hair grey
This scientist hopes to test coronavirus drugs on animals in locked-down Wuhan
Wuhan scientists: What it’s like to be on lockdown
After Colombia’s civil war ended, so did ‘gunpoint conservation’
Thousands of ancient Aboriginal sites probably damaged in Australian fires
Ancient African genomes offer glimpse into early human history
Why snakes probably aren’t spreading the new China virus
The race to decipher how climate change influenced Australia’s record fires
Vitrified brains and baked bones tell the story of Vesuvius deaths
China virus latest: Second US infection confirmed
Organoids show the brain’s cognitive centre taking shape
Daily briefing: New Zealand’s unique academic rating system reveals gender pay gap in unprecedented detail
Glacial quakes reveal huge chunks falling off Antarctic ice mass
Constructing protein polyhedra via orthogonal chemical interactions
Two Iraqi protesters killed, 25 wounded in clashes with police
Prince Charles calls for ‘freedom, justice, equality’ for Palestinians during Bethlehem visit
Kuwait summons Iran envoy over Soleimani killing claim
Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: Iran should stop targeting Kingdom with missiles and militias
‘Jury still out’ on new Lebanon government, says rights chief
Thousands protest in Iraq to demand ouster of US troops
Trump: Middle East peace plan likely rolled out in days
Militant sentenced to 19 years for role in Benghazi attacks
Lebanon MPs call for extra security
Tehran using violence and politics to push US out of Iraq, say experts
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Tackling Our Retirement-Savings Crisis
Labor’s Love Lost
A Catholic Debate over Liberalism
How Risk Fuels a Healthy Economy
A Neighborhood Grows in Brooklyn
Irish court approves extradition of 2 men charged with manslaughter in deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in London truck
China coronavirus: second US patient tests positive as health officials investigate 63 more suspected cases
German gunman kills six in ‘brutal attack on his own family’
Thousands protest in Iraq to demand ouster of US troops
Two dead, homes damaged after large explosion rocks Houston
EU chiefs sign off on Brexit deal, say our ‘friendship will remain’
Libyan militant gets 19 years in prison for role in Benghazi attacks
Mexico detains 800 Central American migrants headed to US
New US limits on Huawei suppliers coming soon, says US Commerce Secretary Ross in Davos
‘Ghost guns’ threaten everyone if White House isn’t stopped, say US states in lawsuit
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Driver exercises poor judgment by trying to pass a truck on a narrow mountain road
If everyone hates Spirit Airlines, how is it making so much money?
This is the first cannabis-themed US restaurant that encourages you to smoke weed inside
Stretchable, twistable battery for future wearable devices
Washington state government tweets photo of Bigfoot
Howto: roleplay a suit of armor filled with bees
Wells Fargo's ex-CEO will pay $17.5m in fines and never work in banking again (but he is still very, very rich)
Youtube's Content ID has become the tool of choice for grifty copyfraudsters who steal from artists
The Guardian has outed the true identity of the mysterious founder of the Base, a white nationalist terror group
The case for replacing air travel with high-speed sleeper trains
Canadian "protesters" at Huawei extradition hearing say they were tricked, thought they were in a music video
London cops announce citywide facial recognition cameras
Terminal Phase: side-scrolling shooter in the terminal
Police called on man for attempting to deposit checks while black
Friday assorted links
Are political leaders with a business background any different?
*Serious Noticing*, the new James Wood book
Thursday assorted links
Countering The Narrative
Peter Thiel on the funding of science
The economics of pandemic preparation
How bad are smart phones for people and kids?
*Smith: It’s a Capitalist World*
Wednesday assorted links
Marginal Revolution University video for Anna Schwartz
Assessing State Capacity Libertarianism
Tuesday assorted links
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Ticket agency StubHub offering 10% discount with Apple Pay
Apple leases entire 'Triangle Building' near Apple Park
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
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