Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
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.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
Sometimes when I play Prokofiev, I try to extract the groove or beats from other rock music.
Other rock music!
Sunday, July 5th, 2020
The animated line-drawing illustrations at Ralph Ammer blog definitely make me want to read every post!
Poolside.FM, the lovely Mac throwback to 1997.
We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, General George Patton, the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali.
Yet the media called the speech “dark and divisive”.
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
Amalgamated from a dialog in the comments at a Marginal Revolution post “How to Live in a World Gone Mad?”:
The mob is saying silence is violence. Funnily enough, the mob also says speech is violence. They also say violence is not violence.
Fun, fun, fun!
This fellow Guy Stagg did what I failed to do in reverse: walked from Canterbury to Jerusalem.
Monday, June 29th, 2020
Cancelled Canadian Hal Niedzviecki is still at it, as deliciously elucidated in the rather literate comments.
Jordan Peterson is back, warning that the hard sciences are next.
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Theodore Dalrymple on “Silence is violence”, “No justice, no peace”, and other ominous bits of what he coins moral thuggery.
Monday, June 15th, 2020
Capping off a triumvirate of essays I’ve come across in the past few days that elucidate the current moment is Ross Douthat on the successor ideology.
David Goldman produces a fact-filled yet overarchingly-theoried analysis of the mid-pandemic race-themed disturbances. Like for Palestinians, he argues it’s about humiliation. Goldman is sympathetic but not sycophantic, analytic but not caustic.
Sunday, June 14th, 2020
This is the most cogent, bracing clarification of the non-Covid aspects of our current moment that I’ve yet to encounter.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
The problem is that you have people who are so exhausted from their lousy diets and poor lifestyles, that the idea of putting any effort into anything is overwhelming.
Most of the food in the grocery store is nothing more than a few heavily subsidized grains like wheat, corn and soy cooked with oil, salt and sugar, and smashed together in different forms — that’s essentially what people are eating.
Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Saturday, June 6th, 2020
“The Problem of White Efficacy” by Rebekah Frumkin in Guernica. Totally mental.
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
Rejecting “false equivalency between rule of law and rule by law”, the USA has published its Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
“Opposing an aspiring Eurasian hegemon is the American prime strategic directive.” Donnelly’s back!
Saturday, May 30th, 2020
The editor of Spiked castigates the media for misreporting facts on Dominic Cummings’ lockdown behavior. But Brendan O’Neill’s focus on possibly disingenuous facts misses the larger disheartening truth.
Which is that a senior head needs to roll for the UK Government’s humiliating and deadly botching of its initial response to the pandemic. (That many of the leaders themselves contracted the disease is emblematic of this failure.)
Since elections will not be held for years, the next best thing to the PM’s head is that of his high-profile advisor. And this is fitting: as the great visionary and strategist, Cummings should have been the one who got the PM to take the pandemic seriously in good time.
So the details of Cummings’ hypocritical behaviours under lockdown are merely the pretext for some just humiliation for him and this Government. His firing would be the catharsis that marks entry into the next phase of this pandemic; indeed these are political norms. Instead however we slouch further into uncharted territory — political as well as medical and economic.
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Sauna: The Finnish Bath
H J Viherjuuri
Even in English translation, this relatively slim definitive work on Finnish sauna is filled with the dignity that seems to come with everything Finland. The author notes that the Finnish way of hot bathing — heating rocks and occasionally pouring water on them to produce steam — is the only one that can be both dry and wet.
Something new to me is that feet can take — and require — more heat than the rest of the body, so that not only should one be mostly prone in the sauna rather than sitting in order to heat the body equally (the hotter parts of a sauna are closer to the ceiling), but the feet can be even higher, so that a ledge or feet stirrups might be good.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
“We’ll be lucky if we just get a cold war.” Nouriel Roubini seems on the money that we’re outta money.
He says it’ll be a decade of depression, but why even only a decade? Covid-19 aside, massive change is coming, because Peak Stuff.
So a thought: why must retail be the heart of the economy? What if we were to become a civilization not of shopkeepers, nor even of marketers, but researchers?
Marketing could move from the core to the margins, with us only buying what we need, which is a lot less than what we’ve been buying to date, while taxes — collected on the profits gathered by a select few conglomerates manufacturing super efficiently with automation — pay for tons and tons of scientific research.
Most people being scientists: perhaps less chimera than inevitability?
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
John Gruber awakens me to the difference between coding and programming. Coding is a means to a more distant end, the software product, whereas programming has a nearer end, a program.
A program is a thing worthy itself of attention and appreciation, whereas code, lacking the definite article, is not.
technovelgy.com, where science meets fiction, and a glorious taste of the old web.
Monday, May 25th, 2020
I’m doubt there’s much in Deep Work by Cal Newport that I didn’t already know, but I nonetheless had a hankering to see these ideas conveyed in an organized and impassioned way. My own way of working is already akin to what Newport suggests — for instance I disabled push email on my laptop years ago, and stopped using social media a couple of years ago.
Although he refers quite frequently to David Allen and GTD, one thing he does encourages that is not a GTD emphasis is setting time limits to work sessions with a view to working quicker — like say the Pomodoro Technique but not necessarily stuck on 25-minute periods.
I personally have eschewed this because I feel that with my work, you keep plugging away until the problem is solved. But I do see that there are many benefits to limiting the time on a task, one of them being (though I don’t think Newport mentions this) that it can make the task feel less onerous and intimidating if you know you’re only going to need to work on it for a limited period of time.
One immediate application for me was to start working on a somewhat mindless administrative task that normally takes me one or two full boring days. I realize that if I work on it an hour a day for a week or so, it will be all in all less onerous (and on time).
Sunday, May 24th, 2020
An anonymous employee beneficiary of Twitter’s IPO: “I think a lot of [people in Silicon Valley] care about basic income for everyone, because we’ve lived with it ourselves.”
Friday, May 22nd, 2020
So now I understand the source of the myriad of preposterously-priced online courses I come across with preposterous limited-time-only sign-ups. Preposterously-priced because they are book projects broken up into series of articles or videos then priced an order of magnitude or two higher than a book; and preposterously time-limited because these are digital products and so can be purchased at any time. They are from the “secret formula to sell almost anything online” from this book Launch by Jeff Walker.
To be fair, Walker stresses that limited-time-only purchasing should be a genuine constraint resulting from the nature of the product, even if many acolytes seem to ignore this part. And his general admonition that a product launch matters and requires much preparation is something to take seriously. But I think regarding a SaaS, launches can be multiple and almost irrelevant to the product itself; launches are marketing activities that can be about any new feature no matter how trivial.
But I’m not responding directly to the book here, rather to my irritation at what it spawned. There is some good marketing advice here certainly, it’s just that I don’t find marketing very interesting. More fool me.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 apparently interferes with the body’s one-two process of knocking out a virus, reports Stat News on discoveries made by Benjamin tenOever of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The virus blocks the production of interferons by infected cells, which slows down viral replication. But the signal to bring in killer cells goes unabated. The result is an arms race of virus and inflammatory cytokines within the lungs. Ingestion of interferons could redress this problem.
Monday, May 18th, 2020
Sunday, May 17th, 2020
The Making of Prince of Persia
Video game maker Jordan Mechner wrote a rich diary of his life in the mid-1980s. This book covers the creation his second hit game, Prince of Persia, so we gain access of unique immediacy to the heroic tale of producing a universe-dent-making hit.
I wanted this book, which I discovered via Tyler Cowen’s most recent What I’ve been reading, as inspiration during a small lull in morale as I work on a digital product of my own.
Thirty years on there is some poignancy in that this early period of Mencher’s life was the peak: after graduating Yale, already dreamily successful, he shuttles between San Francisco and Hollywood creating video games and pushing screenplays, a digital Orson Welles (in his later game The Last Express, Mechner combines these passions, relying on cinema to produce an impressive commercial failure).
That said, perhaps it is no failure at all that one can point to the creative peak of a life — Mechner’s arguably was working within the memory constraints of the Apple II to create a foe, Shadow Man, based on the hero character. Here I’m reminded of Ken Kocienda’s not dissimilar Eureka moment when up against a constraint, that of using a dictionary to help create the iPhone keyboard.
Perhaps it would have been a better book if he had fleshed out the journal with an italicized retrospective written now, but count me a late-arrival Jordan Mechner fan. And don’t get the Kindle edition lacking the illustrations; I think I’m gonna need to buy the actual book.
Thursday, May 14th, 2020
The comfort of having an organization is largely illusory; it still comes down to one programmer in the end.
Jordan Mechner, The Making of Prince of Persia
In the morning I put in the stair-climbing, and in the evening, the sword-sheathing.
Jordan Mechner, The Making of Prince of Persia
Monday, May 11th, 2020
What a fandango by Tel Avivi Hagai Farago.
Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Writing in The New Atlantis, Yuval Levin explicates in “Prudence in a Storm” the terrible opportunity cost of the politics of partisan catastrophizing:
We should be capable of seeing the difference between a crisis rooted in a chronic problem that demands to be addressed within the normal bounds of our political culture and a rare, extreme emergency that requires us to suspend some of the usual frameworks of our politics and mobilize massively but temporarily to respond.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Saturday, April 25th, 2020
The biggest balagan ever, the USA’s flailing then failing pandemic response:
By the time the virus broke on American shores, the problem was not that the United States didn’t have a single plan for an international pandemic. The problem was it had dozens of plans, totaling thousands of pages, issued by different agencies and by different administrations, apparently with little thought to how they would be combined or who would implement them.
Friday, April 24th, 2020
Some reflections on the pandemic by Yuval Levin:
Rather than a sense of mutual dependence … we might walk away from this crisis as even more capable loners.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
Cool made with Zoom music video (though if this is the state of contemporary pop music, count me out of the tune).
Sunday, April 19th, 2020
The eleven days in question are 12th–23rd March. Eleven days in which the [UK] government decided to give up with contact tracing and do, well, nothing. Mass gatherings were still allowed (because “science”). Concerts and racing and Champions’ League football. Pubs. Public transport. Everything. The over-70s, it must be conceded, were advised to avoid cruises.
Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Russia says Turkey tested its S-400s on US F-16 jets...
Vatican Cardinal: Humanity Facing Tsunami of Crises...
538: Daily presidential tracking polls...
Ghislaine Maxwell Taps Broad Range of Legal Talent for Defense...
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'Slave Monkey' Scandal Forces Rethink on Coconut Trade...
Rudy Giuliani calls NYPD on Sacha Baron Cohen over prank interview...
SUPREMES TO RULE ON TRUMP TAXES... DEVELOPING...
AMERICA SICK MAP...
Researcher Fired From MSU for Advancing Facts
U.S. Needs to Stop Reacting to Covid Like Hysterics
George Washington and Self-Government
My Cancelation Doesn't Bother Me. The Cowardice Does
It's Time for Washington, DC to Become a State
The U.S.-China Cold War Has Already Started
AZ's Kelly Helped Secure Chinese Tech Giant's Stake in Firm
SCOTUS: Little Sisters of the Poor Win Again
Neocons & Corruption of Washington Keep Us in Afghanistan
Kanye West: Planned Parenthood Doing 'The Devil's Work'
The Study That Debunks Most Anti-Abortion Arguments
Trump's Dereliction of Duty Over Afghanistan and Russia
Schools Need to Stay Closed to Protect Teachers
The More We Learn, the Worse Flynn's Prosecution Seems
A 'Divisive' Speech? Only If You Don't Believe in America
Links for the intellectually curious, ranked by readers.
Unit Testing Is Overrated
Animals Use Social Distancing to Avoid Disease
Nvidia passes Intel as the most valuable US chipmaker
Developing Computer Self-Reliance
Substack (YC W18) Is Hiring to Build a Better Business Model for Writing
Markdig and Error-Free Programming in F#
Hacker News RSS Feeds
Between Workaholism and Procrastination (2015)
EFF to Supreme Court: Violating Terms of Service Isn’t a Crime Under the CFAA
Data WhiteOps collects
RediSearch – Redis Powered Search Engine
Can Archaeology Dogs Smell Ancient Time?
Vienna, City of Paradox
Can Israel beat Coronavirus Stage 2?
Evidence that tiny covid-19 droplets stay suspended in the air
FBI Director: China is greatest threat to the US
Another 1,052 active coronavirus cases raise total to 16,653
Key health official Prof. Sadetzky quits in protest of covid-19 policy
Another explosion in Iran at a factory in Tehran kills two – report
Israel clamps harsh restrictions as coronavirus soars near 1,000 a day
Israel behind blast at Iran’s Natanz enrichment center – report
Israel’s Ofek-16 spy satellite successfully launched into space
Hamas’ underground facilities bombed in reprisal for rocket fire
Prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
Iran Registers Another Victory in Iraq
Israel Launches Ofek 16 Reconnaissance Satellite
Iran Admits Serious Damage to Natanz Nuclear Site
Mysterious Explosion and Fire Damage Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Facility at Natanz
Incident at Nuclear Facility a Message to Iran
Don't Call It Annexation
Explosion Reported at Secret Iranian Nuclear Facility in Parchin
Palestinian Authority Schools Edit Out Christians and Jews from Textbooks
EU Says Iran Has Triggered Nuclear Deal Dispute Mechanism
Palestinians Fire Rockets at Israel from Gaza
Coronavirus Cases in Israel Continue to Rise
Israel Appoints First Bedouin Ambassador
Over 30,000 Israelis Ordered into Quarantine as Coronavirus Digital Tracking Resumes
Israeli Diplomat: How Is a Failed Palestinian State Good for the Palestinians?
Palestinian Authority Reports 528 New Coronavirus Cases in West Bank
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
A mobile robotic chemist
Mitochondrial ubiquinol oxidation is necessary for tumour growth
Glucose metabolism links astroglial mitochondria to cannabinoid effects
Astronomers unveil epic X-ray map of the Universe
The six-year-old space agency with hopes for Mars
Massive haplotypes underlie ecotypic differentiation in sunflowers
Coronavirus research updates: One nation shows wildly disparate local infection rates
How to reach another planet when a pandemic is hobbling yours
Native American gene flow into Polynesia predating Easter Island settlement
Microbiota modulate sympathetic neurons via a gut–brain circuit
Structures of fungal and plant acetohydroxyacid synthases
Mitochondrial genome editing gets precise
OpenSAFELY: factors associated with COVID-19 death in 17 million patients
UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented’
Houthi ballistic missile injures civilian in Yemen’s Marib
Moscow push to reduce UN cross-border aid to Syria fails
Tehran mayor sees ‘threat’ in Iranians’ dissatisfaction
Stranded Egyptians return from Sudan, Kuwait and Qatar
Five days of disagreement during Renaissance Dam negotiations
Yemen court begins trial of Houthi leaders
US military commander stresses the importance of Lebanon’s stability
How conflicts turned the Middle East into an organ-trafficking hotspot
Pompeo hints at Iran links in killing of Iraq expert
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.
Cult Programming in Seattle
A Summer of Violence?
Brave New Britain
The Nursing-Home Catastrophe
The Waning Days of Camp Maroon
US-China trade war reaches second anniversary, with superpower relations at ‘alarming’ lowest ebb
‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned in California lake where she took son on rented boat
France ditches ‘minister for attractiveness’ title after ridicule
Grim US projection: 200,000 dead by Election Day
Activists sue Ghana government in bid to stop China-backed mine in forest
No joke, you can hire this donkey to crash a Zoom meeting
Worldwide coronavirus cases top 12 million
Is Joe Biden, 77, too old to be president? Trump, only three years younger, spends millions on ‘ageist’ attacks
North Korea nuclear programme: Seoul hopes Trump can learn the art of the ‘small deal’
As TikTok competitors swoop in amid global pushback, is the short video app losing its ‘first mover advantage’?
Brain candy for Happy Mutants
In a pinch, this solar powered phone charger could just save the day
Coffee shop ambient sound, for those staying at home who miss it
You can still enjoy your favorite drinks while wearing your mask with this innovative option
Facebook removes Trump ally Roger Stone's accounts and pages
Joe Biden campaign upgrades typeface
Cats enjoy lounging in their basket hammock on a hot summer day
'Origami LED Wall Art,' DIY electronics project that cost only $15
We Are Little Zombies is a treat for eyes and ears
If Cannabis Is “A Potential Way To Prevent COVID-19” Then Why Is Trump Blocking Research?
Fashion trends at Goodwill
Good deal on Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device
Japan parks ban screaming on rollercoasters
The screaming no-masker was fired from his job
Analog Tetris — the homemade cardboard version
Pooled Testing is Super-Beneficial
A highly qualified reader emails me on heterogeneity
The Harpers free speech letter and controversy
Wednesday assorted links
Sweden fact of the day
Tuesday assorted links
Southeast Asia coronavirus update
Signaling vs. certification at Harvard
*False Alarm*, the new book by Bjorn Lomborg
Monday assorted links
The Seen and Unseen: Rajagopalan and Tabarrok
What I’ve been reading
Signaling virtuous victimhood as indicators of Dark Triad personalities
Alcohol is again the culprit
Sunday assorted links
Where the design community meets.
Finally! Somebody noticed that Bootstrap 5 is out
Typography lovers: Thought on Biden's new typefaces?
Lessons learned from designing a mobile platform
Anima for Figma - Figma to HTML!
kue - no bs design and tech news for busy designers
The Guide to Design
Reasons Not To Become a Product Designer
Issue N10 Colorion - Code Keep - Visuals Of Earth - Method - Tetrisly - Freelancer’s guide to work samples you can’t ignore and many more.
A collection of creative resources in support of Black Lives Matter
The Crazy One, Episode 101: #ShareTheMicNow: Maurice Cherry and Debbie Millman
How to make draggable elements in jquery UI | Living room design with light on,off
Art vs. Design: Are Illustrations Art or Design?
A place to share all your links - Share your design portfolios, social links etc
Help for Prototyping tool
Rumors and news on everything Apple since 1997
Foxconn revenues start to recover from coronavirus
How the iPhone 11 Pro cameras nearly looked very different
Everything new with the Photos & Camera in iOS 14
Intel details Thunderbolt 4 spec, but 'Apple silicon' support is unclear [u]
Apple silicon Macs to support Thunderbolt despite shift to ARM
Apple tech is being used to track the speed of U.S. reopening
Apple launches Back to School in Mexico, Europe, Asia and the Middle East
'AirPods 3' to adopt SiP technology similar to AirPods Pro, Kuo says
Apple Stores now offer personal 'Shop with a Specialist' appointments
OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 enclosure and dock now available to order
Apple releases new clip giving an inside look at 'Greyhound'
Compared: Razer Blade Stealth 13 versus Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro
Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for HumanForest by South
Spotted: New Logo for Ontario Association of Architects by Leo Burnett Canada
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for Center for Reproductive Rights by Isometric
Linked: Quite a Steal
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Belgian Pro League by Mirror Mirror
Reviewed: New Logo and Identity for Oklahoma Christian University by Switch
Spotted: New Logo and Identity for CAYCO by Beusual
Spotted: New Logo for Zwiesel Glas by KW43
Linked: Logo Archive#7
Noted: New Logo and Identity for Ghost Locomotion by Play
Reviewed: Follow-up: New Name, Logo, and Identity for TGI Fridays UK by SomeOne
Spotted: New Logo by Epidemic Sound (Revised)
Spotted: New Logo for Wrike
Linked: Philadelphia's Bicentennial Logo Entries
Noted: New Logo and Packaging for Tohum by Pearlfisher
Biting the hand that feeds IT
experiments in refactored perception
The Venus Effect
Notes: A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman
Mansionism 1: Building-Milieu Fit