Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Clips from the great British documentary The Great British Year. No need for a BBC license; this is the programme’s web page. Just great stuff.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Clips from the great British documentary The Great British Year. No need for a BBC license; this is the programme’s web page. Just great stuff.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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, December 9th, 2018
The insect apocalypse is here, reports The New York Times. This seems likely to be what does us all in; indeed most of us already have been.
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
“Respected journalist” Joel Golby has pulled off a rather spectacular series of mini-essays for Vice in Choose Your Own Adventure: Friday Night Edition!. More relevant perhaps for people say a quarter of a century younger than me, but one can appreciate.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
The more you keep your mouth shut, the more fertile you become.
If you don’t give literature a decisive part to play in your existence, then you haven’t got anything but a show of culture.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
According to The Secret Anglo-French War in the Middle East by Prof. Meir Zamir, British Intelligence provoked the Arabs to invade Israel in 1948. The link is to an episode of the Tel Aviv Review podcast featuring Zamir.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
A savvy 69-year-old Dutchman who “identifies as 45” aims to legally reduce his age.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Concentration without effort is the heart of the thing.
America and I, both exceptional, would together elude prediction and defy determinism.
The degree to which you challenge your own beliefs and expose them to destruction is a test of your worth as a novelist.
Telling all is the function of intellectuals.
The historic task of a civilization is to remake the world in its own image.
Thursday, November 1st, 2018
In this survey of Palestinian opinion conducted 25-27 October 2018 in the West Bank and Gaza [.doc] by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University, there’s a drop in support for “the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause” from a mere 34.6% to a meager 16.4% if it includes “some land exchange”. But if they don’t want this, what do they think they can achieve that’s any better?
Important to consider: despite choice fatigue, users do benefit from some symbolic choices, this piece argues.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Species eradication and wiping out animal populations seem to me a more dire problem than mere climate change. It should be our environmental priority.
Thursday, October 25th, 2018
British influence in the EU has been far greater than recognised, this piece argues. If this was better understood in Britain — and if, say, the BBC had devoted a couple of hours a week to pure Europe news — I’m guessing Britons would be much more pro-Europe today and the Brexit own-goal would not have occurred.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
The 1953 Bergren Residence, on the market for $2m, is a pretty Wrightian Lautner, especially around the fireplace.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Sunday, October 14th, 2018
You’re ♬ never ♫ too old ♬ to ♫ be young. “The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45” in the Harvard Business Review.
Saturday, October 13th, 2018
I’m with Thomas (now Giselle), as robust as it blimmin’ gets with his Empire for Liberty.
My own sort of wacky view about it is that the American Revolution was basically a dispute over the course and direction and ground rules of the Empire.
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Worrying that you’re late is one of the signs of a good idea.
Paul Graham, How to Get Startup Ideas
Hussein Agha, senior Fatah member, discusses at some length — and it seems to me with honesty — the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
When Palestinians are close to reaching an agreement and are genuinely faced with giving up 78 per cent of their homeland, they feel surrender, so they recoil. Whenever Israelis find themselves at a similar point and try to justify giving up material assets in return for mere words, i.e. promises about future conduct, they recoil.
An interview at the impressive Fathom Journal with Lyn Julius, author of Uprooted.
The Jews were intrinsic to the rhythm of life in the Middle East. It all ended in the space of a generation. Some 850,000 Jews fled 10 Arab countries; most found refuge in Israel, where over half the Jewish population has roots in Arab or Muslim lands.
Try to do things that would make your friends say wow.
Paul Graham, “How to Do What You Love”
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Now that’s a web site: New York City tree map — every last one, including street view, species, diameter. [via Kottke]
Monday, October 8th, 2018
Friday, October 5th, 2018
The Power of Pull
John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
The core ideas are repeated so unabashedly often that distaste for the repetition makes me want to reject the ideas. Perhaps though repetition is deliberate, like in television commercials, working under the rhetorical theory that the reader will be irritated into remembering the message?
At any rate, the book posits three steps to getting anywhere: find the resources you need, attract others to your vision, and move at the appropriate pace to implement it. Crossing these three steps is the idea that innovation tends to occur not at the heart of things but at the edge, and so there must be an interplay between the incumbents and the hungry marginal outsiders. And the current business paradigm of digital transformation pumps up these perennial dynamics to where they must now be utilized as a framework.
The book’s blurbs are so hyperbolic and from such high-powered people, perhaps its simplicity is its power and the repetition worked on me: I dismiss the book merely because I understand it, and I understand it due to the repetition. And my understanding the book proves it a good one.
Since a few years have now passed since publication, some of the enterprises cited as exemplary wonders in the making, like Shai Agassi’s Better Places, have collapsed, giving further if unintentional insight into the topic.
You could argue that I missed the point entirely, in that I don’t even mention here the concept of “pull”. But that’s because to me it gradually lost any meaning, they used the term so often, and became a stand-in for “good”.
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Tim Berners-Lee announces his startup Inrupt to support and popularize Solid, a platform to enable people to regain control of their own data.
Thursday, September 27th, 2018
In case anyone else was mildly traumatized by the way fonts appear on MacOS Mojave due to the disabling of subpixel antialiasing, here’s the solution by Github user alexanderyakusik:
defaults write -g CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled -bool NO
Also, in System Preferences > General, check Use font smoothing when available.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
More incredibleness: sefaria.org, a beautiful bountiful platform of the Jewish texts. What an accomplishment.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
John Gruber’s Daringfireball reviews — no, essays — on The iPhones XS and Apple Watch Series 4 are a pleasure worthy of their subject matter. They feel informed, informal, thoughtful. “Series 4 is to Apple Watch what iPhone 4 was to iPhone,” Gruber writes. “The model that takes the original design to a new level.”
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
How did I not know about ribbonfarm all these years; truly I’ve been living under a rock for ages. Thoughtful, concise, erudite, relevant: Tendrils of Mess in our Brains by Sarah Perry.
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
Million Dollar Consulting
This most renowned book by the engaging Alan Weiss has a tone of practical, optimistic advice. Its title however is unfortunate as the first part may come off as cheesy while the second part comes off as only applying to consultants. Its subtitle, “The Professional’s Guide to Growing a Practice”, is more accurate; I was talking with an old friend who now has his own one-man legal practice and realized that pretty much all the book’s advice applies to him.
Although famous for advocating value billing rather than hourly, perhaps the book’s dominant concept is that you should invest your marketing energy in becoming a thought leader — in speaking and writing.
Weiss is a bit of a minor national treasure (despite hovering sometimes on the edge of bad taste — and I believe he is way sophisticated enough to understand exactly what he’s doing) and despite becoming slightly cranky in his more recent musings (not that I disagree with where he’s coming from, but political musings may be off-putting to others). He is a gifted writer in that having read his book you feel he is your friend looking out for you.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Premieres for the Rams doc by Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica) are being held all around America. The only cities where it’s sold out are: NY, LA and SF.
Monday, September 10th, 2018
When Judaism curls into something surely bonkers and even deleterious: Orthodox Jewish women shamed for long wigs. Ah, to cover one’s hair with… hair.
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Never mind it being yet another acronym, this method humanizes selecting colors for the web: On Switching from HEX & RGB to HSL by CoDrops explainer extraordinaire Sara Soueidan.
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
I miss the days of forums, when any issue about a product was discussed on its own site and nowhere else. I do believe issues are better resolved online with posts, not chats.
Inappropriate use of chat software erodes mental health, at least, mine. Here’s a fun articulate essay on why the author hates Slack (and you should too).
And Slack is proprietory. I just scrolled up and was stopped and told I need a paid plan! And Discord: why?! Trendiness happens.
Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Trump the Shibboleth Marauder: On August 31st, the State Department announced that the United States will not make additional contributions to UNWRA, the UN agency that has served to perpetuate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
“Breaking Smart” by Venkatesh Rao. This is the first collection, “Software is Eating the World”, inspired by a residency at Andreessen/Horowitz.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Spotting the Golden Ratio in the wild: At the end of their hairbrained Federation Plan for Israel and the Palestinians (minus Gaza, which would spoil the math), the authors state: “Jews and relatives of Jews, in this estimate, would comprise 62% of the population, while Muslim and Christian Arabs would total 37%.”
Monday, August 27th, 2018
Adventures of a Bystander
Peter F. Drucker
Beloved creator of management, recipient of 25 honorary doctorates, Peter F. Drucker wrote his autobiography in the form of vignettes of spectacular individuals whom he encountered throughout his fabulous life from privileged childhood in Vienna, through journalism in Germany, banking in London, and over to America. It’s a book of overflowing humanity.
Friday, August 24th, 2018
“Modelling Process Intensive Scenarios for the Smart City” [PDF]. In this paper by professors at the computer science department at the University of Camerino in Italy, the authors discuss BPMN (and bpFM, which I’d never heard of before) in the context of municipal services, specifically bike-sharing.
Jake Shears at Concorde 2. Bloody missed it, is all.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Video shows NYC police pulling toddler from mother's arms...
STUDY: Masculine faces seen as more competent...
'Human SOUL' to be scanned?
58% adults NEVER do muscle-strengthening...
Gaunt, Filthy Kids Roam Streets of Caracas in Packs...
8 In 10 Lie To Doctors About Their Health...
BUST: Roger Ailes documentary earns less than $13K at boxoffice...
100 Christians snatched in overnight raids in Sichuan province...
Russia Dispatching Bombers to Venezuela...
Chinese military official urges plan to attack American naval vessels...
Hundreds of allegations in fundamental Baptist churches across USA...
Beijing Summons U.S. Ambassador Over HUAWEI...
'John of God' hit with sex abuse claims...
Brain Transparency? Lose jobs over THOUGHTS...
Twelve Women Accuse...
Defeat and the Dossier Explain Everything
Surviving a Criminal Presidency
Mueller Probe Still Missing One Thing: A Crime
John Kelly the Latest Victim of Trump's Dumpster Fire
Democrats Decry Polarization (When They Aren't Promoting It)
The Real Roots of American Rage
How 'Vice Signaling' Became the Language of Liberal Politics
The Utterly Lawless 'Individual-1'
Why Has Mueller Ignored Obama Admin Crimes?
I Like Joe Biden. I Urge Him Not to Run
Elizabeth Warren Forges a 2020 Machine
Sherrod Brown Has a Blueprint for America 2020
Ocasio-Cortez's Green Policies Would Cripple Our Economy
France's Political Crises Play Out in Riots - Unlike Britain
Only the 2nd-Worst Result of Efforts to Unify Europe
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Ask HN: How to incorporate machine learning into day job?
IPFS, The Interplanetary File System, Simply Explained
Tableau Software Threatened? Rival Growing at 70% Just Raised $103M
GoPro to move U.S.-bound camera production out of China
Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak
The cold start problem: how to build your machine learning portfolio
Movie genre prediction with the Object2Vec algorithm
On Shutting Down
Verizon says to shed 10,400 jobs by mid next year
Multimodal Business Models as a Product Strategy
Work on hard algorithmic and distributed systems problems. Pachyderm is hiring
Show HN: Failory 2.0 – Learn How to Build a Profitable Startup
Soulja Boy Is Selling Cheap Emulators as His Own Consoles
Nasa's Voyager 2 probe 'leaves the Solar System'
Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.
Macron promises minimum wage hike in bid to calm protestors
Security bug affecting millions speeds up end of Google+
Podcast: The trade battle over Huawei's jailed CFO
Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood in funding battle
Theresa May delays key vote on her Brexit deal
Breaking down the Uber-Lyft-Slack IPO rush
China bans many iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute
America’s new civil war: Democratic cities versus the nation
Trump has a chief of staff mess on his hands
Google's turn for the Facebook treatment
Trump’s missed opportunity on coal and climate change
The climate may be warming even faster than the UN's dire warning
Condition of woman shot by terrorist slightly improved, her baby still critical
Theresa May postpones parliament vote on Brexit
DEBKAfile: UNIFIL tunnel inspection contingent on relaying IDF plans to Lebanese army
Israel’s shrinking military deterrence emboldens terrorists and hostile forces
Condition worsens of mother and child injured in Ofra junction terror attack
Updating Ofra attack: Doctors induce childbirth for seriously hurt woman
Nine injured, one a pregnant woman, in Palestinian drive-by shooting near Ofra
Damascus international airport under air/missile attack
Six injured, one a pregnant woman, in Palestinian drive-by shooting near Ofra
US ambassador summoned by Beijing for protest
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
If UNIFIL Expands Mandate, Few Countries Will Send Troops
Israel: Lebanese Army Turning Blind Eye to Hizbullah Practices
Israeli Startups Raised $600 Million in November
Lebanese Businessman Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering for Hizbullah
10,000 Palestinians Rally at Gaza-Israel Border Friday
Israel Joins Anti-Illegal Funding Body FATF
How Major Countries Voted at the UN General Assembly on Condemning Hamas
Palestinian Opens Fire on Israelis at Bus Stop, Wounding 7
Iran Significantly Expands Missile Testing
Netanyahu: Israel Is Preventing Iran from Taking Over the Middle East
Merkel's Party Rejects Freeze of Funds for Palestinian Terrorism
IDF Warns Lebanese to Leave Homes Covering Hizbullah Attack Tunnels
Haley: 87 Countries Said Hamas Was a Problem
Hamas: Armed Struggle Against Israel Will Continue
UNIFIL and the Hizbullah Tunnels
Maths shows how we lose interest
Europe’s AI researchers launch professional body over fears of falling behind
Undergraduate students can be a boon to your lab
Identifying the pathways required for coping behaviours associated with sustained pain
East Antarctica is losing ice faster than anyone thought
Voyager 2 enters interstellar space after 41 years
COP24 and SDGs — use same statistics please
China launches spacecraft to the far side of the Moon
Science in hand: how art and craft can boost reproducibility
How snuggling close affects bats’ microbiome
River bounces back after world’s largest-ever dam removal
How to measure a superheavy atom
The automatic-design tools that are changing synthetic biology
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Betraying the Most Vulnerable
Solzhenitsyn: A Centennial Tribute
Capitalism in America, Up and Down
Riots in Paris
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
Horrifying video of cops trying to pry baby away from mom all because she sat on the floor
LiartownUSA's Social Justice Kittens calendar
Me, Myself and Microbes: the relationship between microbes, brains and behaviors
Watch how a delivery man reacts when a squirrel jumps on him and climbs up to his head
Syndicated columnist censored for writing about the risks of hedge funds and billionaires buying papers
Elton John for Christmas gets some likes and some hates
Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space!
Outstanding podcast on the Canadian government's plan drop $600m on a bailout for the national press
Robert Mueller devotional candles
Rhode Island lawsuit argues that the Constitution guarantees a right to sufficient education to be an informed citizen
Superb makeup transformation from young woman to elderly genius
Costa Rica abolished its army in 1949 and thereafter enjoyed the best per-capita GDP growth in the region
How Doonesbury helped turn George HW Bush into a mass-murdering war criminal
Is it better to read a book or listen to it?
Monday assorted links
The Cryptoeconomics Lab at Ivey
Best movies of 2018
Tom Lehrer, man ahead of his time
Sunday assorted links
Increases in Inequality Have Been Overestimated
*The Horn of Africa: State Formation and Decay*, by Christopher Clapham
Popular music CDs from 2018
Race discrimination in the NBA, alas I have long suspected this
Saturday assorted links
Kenneth Tynan on Alec Guinness, circa 1952
The jobs of the future, circa 1988
Is the age of man-machine cooperation over in chess?
Friday assorted links
The Cost of Occupational Licensing
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Holiday Gift Guide: the best books and e-books about Apple
Green Monday Apple deals: Save up to $1,300 on MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watches, iMacs, software & more
Review: Caviar's luxury $4,600 iPhone has more gold than purpose
Apple commences developer beta testing of iOS 12.1.2, tvOS 12.1.2, macOS 10.14.3, and watchOS 5.1.3
Apple Watch ECG feature not arriving in Canada anytime soon
Apple Pay could launch in Germany this week after long wait
Some iPhone apps handing precise location data to as many as 40 businesses
11 hours left: Apple's 2017 12.9" iPad Pro (512GB, WiFi) on sale for $799 ($350 off) for Green Monday
Citi reduces AAPL target to $200, because 'trade wars are bad for tech stocks'
Qualcomm wins import & sales ban on iPhones shipping with iOS 11 in China
Looters rob Bordeaux Apple Store during French 'Yellow Vest' protests
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Spotted: New Logo for Aeroflow Healthcare by Percepted
Spotted: New Logo for The New Press by Cstudio Design
Announced: First Round 2019 - Austin: Early-bird Ends December 14
Linked: Fit for a Queen
Noted: New Logo for Drinkworks by Sterling Brands
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for League of Legends European Championship by DesignStudio
Spotted: New Logo for Brittany Ferries
Noted: New Logo for Alexander Wang
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Cominar
Spotted: New Logo for Cognizant
Linked: Miller Lite 2018 Knitwear
Noted: New Name + New Logos for Rocky Mountain Vibes by Brandiose
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Frans Hals Museum by KesselsKramer
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
“Something Runs Through The Whole Thread”
The Digital Maginot Line
The Age of Early Divinity